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The symbol shows the location of the Backwell (North Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 4,600 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Backwell (North Somerset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Backwell transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)125mDTG-319W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)125mDTG-319W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)125mDTG-619W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Backwell (North Somerset, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Backwell transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 8km east-northeast (75°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 11km east (90°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Backwell (North Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-135 Jun 2019
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 94W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-6.9dB) 19W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip transmitter area

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Backwell was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Comments
Sunday, 3 April 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:17 PM
Reading

Lynda: The Wales and West regions have completed switchover - there aren't any major changes to come for the public service channels. The commercial multiplexes at Wenvoe are changing frequencies on the 27th, and many get an increase in power, but this won't affect any regional news services.

You could try deleting all the channels and adding them manually. However, it really sounds like you have a horizontally-polarized aerial pointing at Wenvoe and the levels received from Backwell just aren't high enough for the TV to receive reliably.

You could try removing the aerial connection, performing a complete reset of the TV ('Reinstall All Services'), wait for it to retune (it shouldn't find anything), then plug the aerial in and enter the frequencies manually. For the Public Service channels use the frequencies I gave above. For the commercial channels:

Now: C51/714MHz C30/546MHz C49/698MHz
27 April: C42/624MHz C45/666MHz C49/698MHz

You may get two copies of E4, because in Wales, the slot on D3+4 is taken by S4C and E4 is broadcast on the SDN multiplex instead.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2011
L
Lynda
6:32 PM
Bristol

Yaaay! I think you've got it. Have got BBC West on 794MHz. Lost some channels but that's ok. Thank you so much.

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Lynda's 3 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:31 AM

BACKWELL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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11:30 AM

BACKWELL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 yesterday to 09:48 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 yesterday to 09:48 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:35 AM

BACKWELL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 on 16 May to 09:48 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 on 16 May to 09:48 yesterday [BBC]

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Thursday, 19 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:37 AM

BACKWELL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 on 16 May to 09:48 on 17 May HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:41 on 16 May to 09:48 on 17 May [BBC]

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Sunday, 3 November 2013
R
Roger Higgins
9:56 AM
Bristol

All BBC channels went off air last evening (Saturday) and remain "no signal" this morning (Sunday) TV and Radio. Have tried "auto tuning" and merely get signal to "connect aerial". What should I try next?

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:13 AM

Roger Higgins: If you have lost the channels from the channel list you will need to re-tune when the transmitter is back on air to restore them. The BBC SD multiplex is shown as having returned to service at 10.37 this morning 3rd November 2013.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
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Steve
11:16 AM

Roger Higgins:
Backwell transmitter is at fault. If this was London it would have been sorted in a few hours. BBC don't seem bothered. No info about cause/duration. No point retuning.

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Steve's 1 post GB
Monday, 13 April 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

BACKWELL transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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