Desperately seeking Pen-y-Fforest

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Desperately seeking Pen-y-Fforest

Post by scanlos » Wed Oct 25, 2006 11:33 am

With the exception of Pen-y-Fforest I have managed to successfully track down all the hilltop sites used for the Royal Observer Corps at Wrexham in the pre-WARC era. The ordinance survey Gazetteer finds only one place with this name but it looks unlikely for a number of reasons. It is 60 miles from the mast it has a VHF link with. There is higher ground in between. No mast is shown at the location. Another mast mentioned in the HO circular HOC 155/1963 - USE OF POLICE WIRELESS STATIONS FOR CIVIL DEFENCE PURPOSES AND THE PROVISION OF EMERGENCY GENERATORS is only 10 miles away and on a far better site another 200 Metres above it.

Could anyone please assist in locating the Pen-y-Fforest mast and is it still there now?

Thanks in anticipation
Steve

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Pen-y-Fforest found

Post by scanlos » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:44 pm

I have received a couple of emails that have identified the mast located on Black Mixen hill as the one know as Pen-y-Fforest. A photograph of this mast (http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/7811) and many other HO masts may be found on the Geograph site along with other features of the countryside.

If anyone can remember just the odd link on the pre-WARC network it may be helpful in putting together a few more pieces. For example A photo of Charter house on this site (http://www.dtels.org/html/shapwick_1vr_9.html) mentions the UKWMO link passing from Bristol to Exeter. It all helps.

Many Thanks
Steve S

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