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The symbol shows the location of the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter which serves 72,000 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 Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Carmel 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
 H max
C23- (489.8MHz)411mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)411mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)411mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 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
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 20 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Quest HD, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Together.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 68km east-southeast (122°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 68km southeast (127°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbergorlechActive deflectorDyfed5 homes
CwmereActive deflector11 km NE Aberystwyth10 homes

How will the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1322 May 132013-1717 Jul 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TW T
C23BBCA
C26D3+4
C29BBCB
C33SDN
C36ArqA
C48ArqB
C49tv_off ArqBArqB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C54tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C55tv_off1_local_local_local_local
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C58tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C59tv_off-A
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA
C61ArqB
C62-B
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65-2
C66+D
C68C

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 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 26 Aug 09 and 23 Sep 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux A*(-13dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Carmel 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. Carmel 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
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Alan Landry
12:32 PM

We have 4 televisions at home and none have worked today, we are unable to re-tune and the aerial is in the loft.
Can somebody please help.

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Paul Madden
1:18 PM

Alan Landry: I think Carmel is off air but nobody seems to be admitting to it ?

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nobody
1:55 PM

Paul Madden:

A Retune event for Carmel was scheduled for today 17 July.

A retune of your receiver may be required to restore service.

See

http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/SA14%C2%A07NA/NA/0/

for details.


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Ry
3:24 PM

I have lost many channels today and I have retuned my telly still no joy.

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Ryan
3:33 PM

Is anyone else having the same problem?

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:36 PM

Alan Landry, Paul Madden & Ry: Frequency changes have taken place at Carmel today, resulting in many viewers now needing wideband aerials for reception of all multiplexes. If retuning does not restore your channels, you should contact the Freeview Advice Line (see link below) who can arrange for a replacement wideband aerial to be fitted, free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable.

https://www.freeview.co.uk/tvchanges

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:00 PM

Richard:

You need to retune as there has been engineering woirk at Carmel today. See the posts above yours.



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Derek Brabrook
10:36 PM

Hi,
I maintain a linux DVB media server in our large school, previously before the engineering work on the 17th July it received all channels without any bother at all and all having a strong signal

Since the engineering work I have managed to get all the muxs working except channel 48 (690Mhz)

it's completely dead here, this has been confirmed by an elderly neighbour who lives nearby the school, who asked me to retune his 3 tv's, all of his (modern) TV's cannot get channel 48 (690Mhz) even after a full hard reset

COM6
ArqB H -3dB C48 (690.0MHz) 411m DTG-8

We have the highest antenna around here it's on top of a 3 storey secondary school unfettered line of sight to Carmel Transmitter and about 3 times higher than an average house, but it's totally dead on 690Mhz, it's also a wide band antenna set for horizontal polarisation

it goes down to a very expensive distribution amplifier and a Johansson 6600 profiler, the clusters have been set
to allow through the appropriate muxes

I've even done a low level scan of the entire frequency range from uhf 21 to the top

it's definitely dead as dodo on 690mhz

I was thinking it was a hardware problem with our media server, but once I noticed modern TV's in a nearby estate wouldn't tune 690Mhz either is it conceivable they've messed something up ?

any ideas ?

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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:23 PM

Alan Landry: & others:

It's possible COM6 is still off air - there was a suggestion earlier (around mid-day) that the whole transmitter was still off-air at that time.

If you have had no joy by the morning, I suggest you ring the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288 and ask them what is going on at Carmel. If they don't know ask them to find out from Arqiva! If they still give BS ask to speak to a manager.

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