Work continues as we approach Christmas. The Wrexham Rhos and Moel-y-Parc transmitters are installed and powered-up. 3G Modems for telemetry at these sites are scheduled to be installed this week. St John’s Beacon transmitter, antennas and rack are with the installation contractor, awaiting the OK for installation subject to permissions and weather. This transmitter’s telecoms connectivity is currently providing longest delay.
On the service side the multiplexer rack is installed at Mux Centre and configuration is ongoing – we are awaiting service IDs from Ofcom and BBC which will determine how analogue and digital versions link up. Encoders are installed and tested at Dee, Juice, Nation, Real Radio, BBC Radio Cymru and BBC Radio Wales. SDSL links (the telecoms that get the station output to the multiplex) for Dee is installed, the links for other services start feeding in January.
Below is the multiplexer installed in its rack (on the left). We’re trying to get some pictures of the transmitters and some other parts of the project so you can see how things are taking shape. We hope to have more updates and pictures soon.