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Photos by Nigel Stapley, James Marten and Stuart Owens Page last updated: 2014-04-29

Wrexham-Rhos was built to bring Welsh TV to an area otherwise served by both Winter Hill and The Wrekin. Due to the lack of available channels, within the planning constraints in force at that time, Wrexham-Rhos entered service on 1st July 1977 with just two programmes. BBC 1 Wales on channel 39 at 200 W ERP and ITV, HTV on channel 67 at 400 W ERP. The ERP difference was to compensate for the greater losses at channel 67. The UHF cylinder contains a south facing cardioid. The IBA were the original site landlord.

Channel 67 was re-assigned from ITV to S4C soon after its launch during November 1982. In 1997 ITV was added on channel 32 and BBC 2 was added during 1999 on channel 28. During 2000, S4C was changed from channel 67 to channel 25. This change was a consequence of the DTT multiplex coverage equalisation changes at Winter Hill.

DSO was on the 28th October and 25th November 2009.

ILR Wrexham (Marcher Sound) launched on 5th September 1983 on 95.4 MHz. Changed to 103.4 MHz on 20th July 1987. Radio Wales entered service during 1999 on 95.4 MHz. Real Radio was added on the 30th November 2010 on 88.0 MHz. NE Wales and W.Cheshire DAB went into service on 12th March 2013. BBC DAB on 31st March 2014.

James lives on the outskirts of Wrexham in North Wales:
The Wrexham-Rhos transmitter has always looked down onto us, even though our aerial points towards Winter Hill. It's all to do with the Welsh stations the Wrexham-Rhos transmitter carries!

I finally got some free time to venture the 5 miles or so to the site to get some closer photos of it. Even though the transmitter site is called Wrexham-Rhos it is actually situated in a small village called Moss, just slightly north of Wrexham itself. The transmitter appears to have been plonked in some poor guy's back garden and although there is an access road to the site, it had the usual gates and 'private property' signs.

All of the photographs were taken from the small street in front of it, but it was the closest I was prepared to get without doing a bit of trespassing!

The purpose of this vertical log is unknown.

... and this shot rather amused me too!

Stuart Owens took the next six shots. He says: "I took my camera for a short drive to Broughton Heights, Moss Village, Wrexham, a new estate where one row of houses backs onto a path you are able to walk down where behind this there is a field overlooking the Wrexham-Rhos mast."

Stuart's shots from April 2010 show the VP log has now been removed.

The band II mixed polarisation aerials for the 2 ILR services.

Above, on the right, between the 2 SHF antennas, is the Radio Wales aerial. A vertically polarised, band II log-periodic.

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