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The symbol shows the location of the Bath (Bath and North East Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 24,000 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 Bath (Bath and North East Somerset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bath transmitter broadcast?

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

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C21 (474.0MHz)228mDTG-50W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C24 (498.0MHz)228mDTG-50W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

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C27 (522.0MHz)228mDTG-50W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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The Bath (Bath and North East Somerset, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, 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 Bath transmitter?

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BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 21km west-northwest (294°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 17km west-northwest (291°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

ClavertonActive deflector4.5 km E Bath40 homes

How will the Bath (Bath and North East Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W

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•
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Saturday, 1 October 2011
Nicholas Willmott

3:44 PM

Circa 2005/ 2006, Bath was on a list of 120 then analogue-only relays that was expected to get all 6 muxes at DSO.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011

10:23 PM

Nicholas Willmott: It was only a planning list, the commercial operators never applied for the frequencies.

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Friday, 24 February 2012
Nicholas Willmott

5:48 PM

Any chance of a full list of those 120 relays being posted somewhere on here Briantist?

Anyway oOn Wednesday 28 September 2011, I suddenly started getting SDN (ITV3, QVC, 5*, 5USA, Quest, etc.) on UHF 48, albeit low power (circa 3 to 5 out of 10), but they have generally worked since, with some drop outs that I can live with. This contrasts with what I was already getting from Bath relay: BBCA UHF 25 almost 10 out of 10 strength; D3&4 UHF 28 almost 10 out of 10 strength.

I know SDN is not available on Bath relay, so my conclusion is it must have been coming from Mendip. The rooftop aerial is vertical (wrong polarity for Mendip), about 10 elements (fine for Bath relay, surely inadequate for Mendip at my address), and facing Bath relay (wrong way for Mendip). Also it's almost certainly the wrong group for Mendip, so I'm amazed I was suddenly able to get SDN from Mendip.

Bizarrely, since 28 Sep 2011, my Panasonic DVD recorder has also tried desperately to lock on to UHF 52 (which is Arq B), but not quite succeeded. I shall wait and see whether or not my DVD recorder picks up Arq B when it's boosted to full power at Mendip on 28 March 2012.

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Sunday, 26 February 2012

4:14 PM

Nicholas Willmott: It was a speculative list of the next 120 transmitters which was something like:

Londonderry, Kidderminster, Mynydd Machen, Fremont Point, Wrexham Rhos, Luton, Tay Bridge, Poole, Perth, Bath, Hertford, Carnmoney Hill, Beecroft Hill, Whitehaven, Weymouth, Millburn Muir, Exeter St Thomas, Bristol Barton House, Thornhill, Seagry Court, Haslingden, Ebbw Vale, Douglas (IoM), Arfon, Dallington Park, Barnstaple, Les Touillets, Darwen, Wharfedale, Stroud, Strabane, Leek, Leamington Spa, High Wycombe, Rhondda, Sunderland, Glossop, Kendal Fell, Halifax, Winterborne Stickland, West Runton, Skipton, Ramsbottom, Pontypridd, Norwich Central, Newhaven, Llanelli, Newton, Rosehearty, Penicuik, Brighton (Central), Workington, Woolwich, Long Mountain, Conway, Aldeburgh, Margate, Buxton, Larne, Cathcart, Balgownie, Mynydd Bach, Chatham Town, Peterhead, Ipswich Stoke, Skipton Town, Cambret Hill, Thetford, Llanfoist, Kendal, Guisborough, Whitby, Bishops Stortford, Windermere, Merthyr Tydfil, Bretch Hill, Ramsgate, Llangeinor, Llandinam, Glasgow West Central, Bury St Edmunds, Hawick, Folkestone, Tiverton, Sidmouth, Lewes, Hemel Hempstead Town, Camlough, Barskeoch Hill, Seaham, Pennsylvania, Gartley Moor, Chepping Wycombe, Westbourne, Kensal Town, Black Mountain, Bargoed, Stranraer, Belper, Orpington, Calne, Penmaen Rhos, New Barnet, Ivybridge, Rhymney, Hutton, Addingham, Ladder Hill, Faversham, Allesley Park, Port St Mary (IoM), Netherton Braes, Llandrindod Wells, Finchley, Rothesay, Monmouth, Bridport, Wonersh, Wall, Bacup.

Looking at UK TV Frequency map - channel C25 (506.0MHz) before switchover map | - independent free digital TV advice I would guess you might be getting a stray signal from Pontypool or Aberdare.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 March 2012
3:41 PM

Weather conditions permitting, I can sometimes get a signal from Mendip. I'm hoping it's power up later this month will actually give me more of the full freeview service!

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Nicholas Willmott

12:36 PM

Thanks for the list Briantist. At first sight there seems no logic to the order of the relay names, but by looking at individual ones I can see they are arranged in the order of homes served, largest number to smallest number.

Earlier I spotted that Selkirk (a main transmitter) serves 24,000 homes, and has all 6 muxes. Therefore it's only right that Bath relay which serves a much smaller land area but just as many homes, 24,000, deserves 6 muxes too.

At the very least Ofcom should have insisted on SDN and Arqiva putting COM4, COM5 and COM6 on the first twenty relays on the list, as they each serve more homes than certain 6-mux main transmitters! After some trawling around UK Free TV and Wikipedia, I've found that Bressay (main transmitter for the Shetland Islands) serves just 5,300 homes! Nonetheless it still carries all 6 muxes. Even Bacup, the last relay listed above, covers 5,500 homes, which is more than Bressay, yet it's only got 3 PSB muxes. Where's the fairness in that?

Ideally all those said 120 relays should have got the full Freeview service.

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Nicholas Willmott

1:15 PM

(continuation of my previous post) Or to put it another way, why didn't Ofcom insist that SDN and Arqiva put the COM muxes on every then analogue-only transmitter / relay serving 10,000+ homes at the applicable DSO date?

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Dave Lindsay

1:40 PM

Nicholas Willmott: The question should surely be, does Ofcom have the Statutory powers to require the operators to broadcast from all relay sites (assuming that there are channels available)?

The other thing is that if the current Commercial operators were to have broadcast from all sites (or as many as there are spare channels for), then it's likely that the channels in the 30s, cleared for the future three licences (COM7, COM8 and COM9) would have had to be used for them. This would mean that there would be no auction and therefore no revenue from the sale of the COM7, 8 and 9 licences for wherever such monies go.

Out of interest, where does the revenue from Commercial licences go, the Chancellor?

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Mike Dimmick

4:34 PM

Dave Lindsay: No, Ofcom don't have the power. When the multiplexes are originally advertised, applications must be accompanied by a technical plan listing the parts of the proposed area that will be covered, the timetable for achieving it and the means by which it will be achieved [Broadcasting Act 1996, 7(4)(b)]. The original technical plans only listed those 80 sites and that's all that is required.

The selection of those 80 sites were those that were easiest - main sites in the analogue network (50 sites) - and those covering important locations not otherwise served. Selkirk was a main analogue transmitter, so was included despite the relatively low population coverage. Some of the transmitters in the Scottish Highlands & Islands have even fewer viewers.

Ofcom then only have the power to vary the multiplex licence IF the operator agrees to it. [Section 3(4)(b) and 12(2)]. The exception is that when the multiplex is due for renewal, they can require a new technical plan, and specify requirements for that plan [16(4)]. Licences last 12 years.

The SDN licence was issued in 1998 and therefore was due for renewal in 2010, and was renewed with no changes to the technical plan. The ArqA and ArqB licences (C and D) were originally held by onDigital/ITV Digital and were handed back in 2002 when ITV Digital went into administration. They were then re-auctioned in a beauty contest. They run until 2014. However, Arqiva have already applied, and Ofcom have already agreed, to renew them on their existing terms.

Had the operators decided to take up the offer of the other sites, the frequency plan would have been drawn up to accommodate them in the spectrum retained for broadcasting: the lower released spectrum, C31-C38, would still have been released. Chances are that some smaller relays would have been shut down.

The Broadcasting Act allows the collection of a percentage of multiplex revenue. However, so far, that percentage has been set at zero. The only amounts paid have been the fees for applying for and renewing the licences, which were (I think) £25,000. Ofcom have stated an intention to start applying Administered Incentive Pricing from 2014.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 21 May 2012
2:16 PM

Hearing reports on twitter that this transmitter is currently offline... I'm not home so unable to confirm.

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