Full Freeview on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter.
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.
9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Radio Wales, 720 BBC Radio Cymru,
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),
74 Shopping Quarter , 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others 65 TBN UK,
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 16 others 16 QVC, 49 TJC, 85 Hochanda, 95 Create & Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 261 Racing TV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 675 ADULT PARTY, 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others 43 Gems TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others ADULT smileTV2, 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 73 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 679 ADULT Studio 66, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
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 12 Freeview HD 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.
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?
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 68km east-southeast (122°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
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?
|Abergorlech||Active deflector||Dyfed||5 homes|
|Cwmere||Active deflector||11 km NE Aberystwyth||10 homes|
How will the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 26 Aug 09 and 23 Sep 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|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
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
Since the change of frequencies last year on the Carmel Transmitter, I have been unable to receive channels 33 & 36 whilst the remaining channels are often subject to poor signal strength and atmospherics. Prior to the changes all channels were providing a good quality service. The question is what has happened? I've checked my antennae for direction (no change), and used different TV's, all with a similar outcome. Having retuned the TV several times I've been surprised that I'm now receiving better quality reception for BBC & ITV from transmitters in the South West of England. This has never happened before - and be assured my antennae has not moved. The only conclusion I can come to is that the radiation patters have changed. I would appreciate a response with solutions to restoring the reception back to its previously good standards.
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Unfortunately you are not in a good spot there for reception of the COM multiplexes from Carmel, but you should be having no trouble with the PSB ones which you should have tuned on C23, C26 & C29 for the BBCB HD mux.
Are you getting COM6 on C48?
The fact that you say that the remaining channels are poor reception and subject to atmospherics makes me wonder how old your aerial is? The original Aerial Group for Carmel was a C/D and the changes now mean the all but COM6 are in Group A, so ideally a Group K aerial is best, although a Group T /Wideband covers the channels depending on the aerial chosen it's not as sensitive. A Group C/D aerial has a Green plug in the end if you can see the end of the aerial.
You mention that you are now getting better quality BBC/ITV from the South West (presumably Huntshaw Cross?). Apart from such signals travelling quite well across the water, if this was the last few days and/or back around the New Year period there have been some quite strong "atmospherics" - "Tropospheric Ducting" that can come with high pressure, but it has been unusually strong for the time of year, as is often not as strong even in summer. You are probably picking these signals up on "side-lobes" of your aerial's reception pattern. If you are not getting C33 & C36, you could try C32 & C34 from Huntshaw Cross but no reception is predicted but specific locations can have unexpected results. I'd not be optimistic because all those just mention channels are used by Mendip, which in all probability may give enough interfering signal at your particular location. You could try C42 & C45 from Wenvoe, but they aren't in your aerial's normal beamwidth and in any event you might get interference from Preseli.
Back to aerials, if you have an old Group C/D this will be the primary issue and it's a shame you didn't say something about it back then because you could get free support (normally a 3 month time limit) from Freeview if you don't have Satellite or Cable. However as you had problems with the PSB multiplexes lately with the Tropospheric Ducting I'd still see if you can get some free help - ring Freeview on 0808-100-0288 tell them it's been bad since July but especially so with the recent weather.
If you don't have an old aerial, post back with some more info and I'll make some other suggestions.
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Cliff, excellent advice from Chris., who has investigated your situation in detail. If you are receving good signals from Huntshaw Cross : welcome! The Bristol Channel is not our best friend. The tital rise and fall can enance and deplete the signal received. We had the same in former years with digital reception from Preseli and Carmel .
Warning: the weaker multiplexes (eg Sky News) from Huntshaw Cross frequently suffer interference, probably from France. I am myself considering a second aerial pointing at Carmel, so you might consider Huntshaw for the main channels and a separate aerial for local Welsh news etc. Now that all transmitters (multiplexes) have been reallocated to lower frequencies (Band A), you might have to install a new aerial for Huntshaw and another for Welsh transmitters, such as Kilvey-Hill, Preseli, Carmel, Wenvoe - or a local relay. That said, IF you have line-of-sight to the Sky position at 28?E, you might find Freesat the most reliable option. Research on - and be wary of "cowboy installers! :-)
Keep us posted!
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