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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?

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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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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C25 (506.0MHz)138mDTG-8200W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)138mDTG-1220W
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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.

Friday, 30 November 2012

8:50 PM

Mat Iles: Plus to add to Michaels request for further info, as your query is one involving reception then its essential that info regarding your location be provided, this in the form of a post code or one from nearby, as knowledge of this will then enable access to the reception predictor as well as info on the transmitter covering your location.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 16 December 2012
9:07 PM

Since 12 Dec. 2012 I am unable to get any free view progs. On ch.60 486 MHz Kings Weston transmitter ie yesterday etc. all these progs were fine before the 12/12/12

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Frank's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

9:13 PM

Frank: See the posting from Transmitter engineering above; there are ongoing engineering works.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 29 March 2013
10:55 AM

No channel 5 ,have tried retuning but know change,Help??

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Tim's 1 post GB flag
Amanda Day
9:23 PM

Hi itv as gone from my tv's it say no signal when a few days ago channel 3 I was getting can you tell me if you are having a problem in the lawrence wsston bristol area please .the tvs are running of off different airel s

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Amanda Day's 1 post GB flag

9:47 PM

Amanda Day: The frequency of the multiplex that carries ITV (Channel 3) was changed at Kings Weston on Wednesday 27th March 2013. You will need to re-tune your receiver to continue watching ITV. If a scan for channels does not automatically restore the missing services you will have to do a factory reset to delete the old frequency information from the receiver's memory. If you do a manual tune for the new frequency enter "40", then store the channels that are found.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 1 April 2013
Stanners, Bristol
9:33 AM

Re-tuned on 27th March 2013 as per the on-screen blurb. Since then unable to recieve any BBC channels or radio stations. Have also lost ITV3 and Quest. All other channels are fine. Have tried numerous re-tunes since to no avail.

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Stanners, Bristol's 1 post EU flag
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Tuesday, 2 April 2013
WJ Freeman
1:32 PM

I manage an elderly peoples extra care home and since the changes to the transmitter on the 27/3 none of my residents that only have freeview can get any BBC channels. The arial is a communal one and there have been no changes or alterations made to that. We've tried resetting all the televisions numerous times but to no avail. The schemes post code is BS7 0FD.

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Dave Lindsay

2:09 PM

WJ Freeman: Communal systems can be filtered so as to only allow through the frequencies used by the designated transmitter.

The PSB2 multiplex (ITV, C4, C5 etc) from King's Western changed frequency last Wednesday, but the BBC one didn't. The PSB1 multiplex (which carries standard definition BBC services) changed frequency from Mendip, but the others did not.

With this in mind, I wonder if the aerial faces Mendip and not King's Western, both of which may be possibilities at the location.

For receivers with a manual tune function, BBC is on C49 from Mendip and C43 from King's Western. Having entered/selected the channel number, before pressing the button to scan/OK, wait and see if the receiver gives an indication of strength/quality as many receivers act as a signal meter before scanning.

To find out which transmitter is being used, in addition to observing the aerial, you may be able to view on the signal strength screen the UHF channel (frequency) being received for ITV. For Mendip it is C54 and for King's Western it is C40.

Either way, if it is a communal aerial and it is that which is the issue then the only thing to do is contact the party responsible for it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 20 January 2014
Chris OReilly
8:22 PM

I live in the Henleaze area [BS9 4]of Bristol (which apparently should be covered by Bristol King's Weston transmitter. Indeed this corresponds to the frequencies I am receiving on each of the Mux I receive. I don't know much about the history of digital switchover here etc, but I can see that there are several different types of aerial (a 'regular' one, which is positioned vertically, and a 'cross-headed' one).

I notice that while using my tv tuner stick at the front of the house, I pick up all the main Mux. However, at the back of the house, the reception of
COM 6 C60 at 785.8MHz is variable at best but several of the Welsh Mux from the Wenvoe TX are received albeit at relatively low levels.

Currently, there is no aerial point in my room. I am looking for an indoor aerial that will give me the best possible reception for my Elgato TV Tuner. Failing that, I would be interested in getting an external aerial (with some guidance - wideband etc, group etc).

Finally, I see that only Mendip will receive the newest HD channels in my area and was wandering what chance I have of receiving them. I apologise for the verbose questioning, but there are several points at issue here which I really need your attention with. Any help appreciated. Thanks in advance. Kind Regards

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