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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 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.

 H max
C60- (785.8MHz)411mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C53 (730.0MHz)411mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (Wales), 4 S4C HD, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 7 Channel 4 (Wales) South ads, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales),

 H max
C57 (762.0MHz)411mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,

 H -3dB
C54 (738.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 83 Blaze, 84 Blaze +1, 122 CITV, plus 24 others

 H -3dB
C58 (770.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H -3dB
C49 (698.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 23 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 0 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: .

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
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 68km southeast
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?

aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E
700C49 ArqBArqB

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 26th August and 23rd September 2009.

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

Sunday, 27 March 2016
Michael Spoors
9:59 AM

I live in South Wales, Llanelli near Swansea.
Why is the Carmel (Carmarthenshire) mast not one of the extended Freeview HD transmitters ?It seems rather sad I am unable to receive more HD channels, which most of the rest of the UK can receive.
Are there plans to improve this situation?

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Michael Spoors's 1 post US
Monday, 23 May 2016
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Roger Owen
11:33 AM

Is there a weak signal to the Carmarthen area as the free view reception has been very poor for a few days. Thanks

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Roger Owen's 1 post GB
Richard Cooper
11:56 AM Norwich

Roger Owen: Hi, Roger.There are no reported issues on the Carmel transmitter but a retune may be necessary on your tv because Bay TV for Swansea may have been added to Carmel possibly. Richard, Norwich.

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Richard Cooper's 447 posts Gold Gold GB
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Sunday, 20 November 2016
5:40 PM

I have a 5 year old technika TV which, as of about a week ago, looses the signal about 4.30pm and even though I am not using any new equiment near by it takes several attempts to retune it and then it is "temperamental" pixilating until about 7pm when the signal goes up to 100% again. Is it my TV or does anyone else have this problem? Do I need some sort of booster?

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Gill's 1 post GB
7:15 PM

Gill: There could be two possible reasons.

1) Your suffering from whats called 'single source interference' - you've got something like a thermostat or something with a timer, which comes on and causes interference. Search for that phrase on this site, and it should offer some ways to find out if you have, and what you can do about it.
2) You've just go a problem with your aerial, which just happens to act up at a time you notice it. Check your signal strength - if its very low, then there is a problem somewhere along the chain from the aerial to your TV. Could be a simple as a dodgy aerial lead in the back of the set - they are very cheap, and easy to replace, so at least you can check it. Remember that none of us check signal strength much unless there is a problem - it tends to work or it doesn't. And if thats the time we happen to be watching it, then we'll assume it only problematic at that time. Rain can get into the joints, kill a signal, and then dry out, and everything is fine again, but at some point, thats going to happen again.

3) Your getting 100% signal? See 'too much of a good thing' on this site for further info - 75% signal strength is perfect. If you can supply a postcode, we can see if your getting too high a signal.

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MikeB's 2,050 posts Platinum Platinum GB
8:35 PM

Gill: The timings of the symptoms referred to would suggest that the problem is likely being caused by some form of localised interference, for example such as a neighbours washing machine, worn / sparking motor brushes in same being notorious for causing problems of this nature, other potential offenders in this respect being vacuum cleaners or sewing machines, or indeed any domestic device fitted with a brush type motor can be a potential source of interference.

Should you reside in a property with a neighbour through an adjoining wall? a good way of checking for interference from motorised equipment is by using a transistor radio fitted with a LW band. The procedure being to tune the radio to above where radio 4 LW is received (198Khz) followed by advancing the volume until background mush is audible, if you then position the radio close to the adjoining wall (preferably near to a power socket) shortly prior to when the interference is known to start, said interference if originating from a faulty device in a neighbours property will show up on the radio as a loud raspy type crackle.

This test also works on FM radio's tuned "not" to receive a programme, although the interference referred to shows up as a high pitched raspy noise above the background hiss.

Devices used to extend the range of WiFi etc or cable boxes used by Virgin and such likes are also potential sources of interference with reception, although in this case its somewhat more difficult to determine if the use of such equipment is responsible or not except to observe if said interference ever occurs when the neighbour is not at home.

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