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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
C23- (489.8MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 14 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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 (Wales),

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD Wales, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 110 Channel 4 HD (Wales), 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales), 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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

The Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) 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 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?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2019
C49tv_off ArqBArqB
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA

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 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

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 flag
Monday, 23 May 2016
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,632 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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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 flag
Richard Cooper

11:56 AM

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 466 posts GB flag
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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 flag

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 2,579 posts GB flag

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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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

11:33 PM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 today to 20:03 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 yesterday to 20:03 yesterday. [BBC]

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