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The symbol shows the location of the Bristol Kings Weston (City of Bristol, England) transmitter which serves 18,000 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 Bristol Kings Weston (City of Bristol, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bristol Kings Weston 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.

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C43 (650.0MHz)138mDTG-200W
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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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C40 (626.0MHz)138mDTG-200W
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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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C46 (674.0MHz)138mDTG-200W
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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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C22 (482.0MHz)138mDTG-8200W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C25 (506.0MHz)138mDTG-8200W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C28- (529.8MHz)138mDTG-8200W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 V -10dB
C31 (554.0MHz)138mDTG-1220W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Bristol Kings Weston (City of Bristol, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Bristol Kings Weston transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 5km southeast (140°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 9km southeast (133°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Bristol Kings Weston (City of Bristol, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1730 Mar 2018
C40 D3+4D3+4D3+4
C60tv_off -ArqB-ArqB

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 1000W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 100W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, LBS(-17dB) 20W

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. Bristol Kings Weston 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.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

8:17 PM

Antony: You will really have to try and trace where the feed to the socket comes from, as one could be for a TV and the other for an FM radio, or alternatively one of them being for the purpose of feeding a signal into another room.

If you have a loft then have a look in there just in case someone has been using an aerial amplifier but has taken it away with them again when they left leaving the coax input / output plugs not connected, but there are all sorts of theories about what it could be.

The other check you could make though is to slacken the socket from the wall just enough to see behind it just to verify that there are actually cables connecting into it.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 April 2012
1:48 PM

Thanks for your quick reply JB38.

I have followed the cable from the ariel on the roof in to the loft and then down into the bedroom wall where one of the sockets is located. There is no sign of any booster being used in the loft as the cable is one continuous length.

I have removd the socket from the wall in the lounge and there is a cable attached to it. I'm assuming this is some how connected to the socket / cable in the bedroom as there is only one cable in the loft.

I have tried to remove the socket in the bedroom to see if it is conncted correctly but there isn't enough slack to get a good look.

I'm guessing either the ariel is broken (is this possible? is there much that can go wrong with them?) or the cable has unattached itself from the ariel on the roof. Either way I think I'm going to have to call out a specialist. Can anyone recommend anyone in the Bristol area?



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Antony's 2 posts GB flag

5:20 PM

Antony: I think you are probably correct in your assumption that the coax from the lounge is likely to go to the bedroom socket then is linked at that point then up to the loft / roof.

Of course, if the cable that feeds the bedroom socket plate does not have enough slack to allow inspection behind it then that could indicate that the coax to it has been pulled from its other end, and one wonders for what the the reason? as the sockets installer must have had enough slack on the cable to connect it up in the first place.

Before you call anyone to check it out though, you should try your TV on the bedroom socket just in case its the link from there to the lounge that's broken.

As far as the coax connection to the actual aerial is concerned, all I can really say is although it cannot be classed as an every day occurrence its obviously something that can happen.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 4 August 2012
10:45 AM

hi kings weston transmitter is faulty, signal breakup is commom,

also i have retuned as specified and now found transmitions from the wenvoe transmitter on channels 801 etc,

please can u look into this , i thought that bleedover had been sorted out as with the old systen!!!!!!

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11:14 AM

TED: Although what you have mentioned may or may not be applying at this present time (no info available) you should also beware of the problems caused by receiving an excessively high level of signal, something which could possibly apply to your situation by you being located at only 1 mile away from the Kings Weston 200 watt transmitter, the symptoms of signal overloading being identical to that of a weak signal.

Without knowledge of any details regarding the aerial being used if you have any booster in line then try by passing it, (not switching off) or if a booster is not being used then purely for a test try either a set top aerial or a short piece of wire connected into the aerial socket, if this produces a more stable picture then an attenuator is required to be placed in line with the aerial input to your TV / box.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 9 September 2012
nige burr
10:05 PM

Hi guys,
we cannot receive any BBC freeview channels at our house. We have 3 different freeview boxes. We have retuned them and still no BBC.
Can anyone tell me if there are problems in my area in Bristol?
How do I get BBC back on the freeview boxes?

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nige burr's 2 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 23 September 2012

6:21 AM

nige burr: I've replied to you post on the Mendip transmitter page.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 October 2012
Brian B
11:55 AM

Since the retune last week 16th October, the reception on the BBC channels is not as good, breaking up on occasions. Signal strength indicated by my Humax is now 80% rather than the previous 100%.

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Friday, 30 November 2012
Mat Iles
12:58 PM

Ever since the latest retune request (approx 2nd week OCt 2012) on our Freeview TV, we have absolutely NO signal coming through!!

I have tried x3 different signal boosters and still nothing, I can't help but think that this has to have something to do with the retune or with this 4G problem that others on the web have mentioned? HELP!!!

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Mat Iles's 1 post GB flag

4:15 PM

Mat Iles: 4G has nothing to do with it, as it's only being used in under a dozen cities and currently using the spare capacity in the 3G frequencies.

So have you had no TV for 6 weeks? If so, do your neighbours have problems? Do you have other TVs that have a signal? Have you checked the connections and done a first time installation/factory settings on your TV?

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