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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23- (489.8MHz)411mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 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, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)411mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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 11 Freeview HD 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +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?

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
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_off_local_local_local_local
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C58tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA
C61ArqB
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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?

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
Monday, 22 July 2019
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

8:47 AM

Chris, you might wish to ask Arqiva whether the radiation pattern OR the position/height of the antenna on the Carmel mast has changed. Respondents can be very canny with generalisations; specific queries just might elicit some useful info! At this moment, 22 July 09:38, channel 48 from Carmel is stable on my mini-log (Antiference Silver Sensor) pointed out a groundfloor window overlooking the Bristol Channel.

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Derek Brabrook
11:06 AM

Update on channel 48 ....its sprung to life overnight

Did I rescan this morning and all channels on 48 available

(I think somebody flicked a switch ....)

Anyway thanks for all the input and help obviously a transmitter
Issue

But fixed now

and mellie .....take a chill pill (grin)



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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:59 AM

Well that's great news Derek. I'm very keen to find out how/why & whether Arqiva actually did something or whether maybe the wind has shaken one of the panels and a connection happened ;) !!!

Michael: How's your received signal strength now compared to previously? Obviously depending on what the original cause was, it may not have changed much as it might have been primarily a westerly direction affected.

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Roger Mellie
12:38 PM

Derek Brabrook: Well you can certainly smell the cows on here today....

Glad you fixed your fault, even if your not prepared to own up to what you did and insist on blaming others.

Feel free to walt up your past glories and quote more crap about BID250 to help make yourself feel important.

Odd that absolutely no one else reported a problem, eh? other than Michael who isnt in the same area so his problem isnt the same, and chrisse who jumps on everything on here anyway

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Michael
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4:55 PM

Chris, re your query: "Michael: How's your received signal strength now compared to previously? Obviously depending on what the original cause was, it may not have changed much as it might have been primarily a westerly direction affected." - Hard to tell, Chris, as signals from Preseli, Kilvey Hill and Carmel fluctuate all the time with the 7m tidal range in the Bristol Channel - possibly at times in addition to CCI with Ilfracombe channels. To be sure of what has been happening since the retune exercise, I would have had to be squatting in the den 24/7, logging all three signals every 20 minutes :-) At this moment, 22 July 17:54, poking my Silver Sensor log out the window, 690 MHz from Carmel is ok, with some pixelation. A higher, longer rooftop yagi would doubtless behave better! Derek's postings suggest there just might have been a wee problem at the mast...

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Chris.SE
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8:35 PM

Michael:

Yes, just a "wee" problem, I'm waiting to see if Arqiva own up when I ask some "probing" questions ;)

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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:51 PM

Chris, I dearly hope you get some info or, at least, some clues from Arqiva. We might eventually get a clearer picture of challenging DTT retune happenings. Thereafter we will be musing about 5G, which triggered the DTT retune to the lower end of the DTT spectrum. As a licenced radio amateur, I am concerned about the high level of interference from VDSL and domestic digital devices. But Ofcom ain't interested... ( Here, we currently don't get any 2-3-4G signal...) We should all be concerned about the relentless downsliding quality of TV programmes. I have kept my library of books - just in case...

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Thursday, 1 August 2019
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Derek Brabrook
4:37 PM

Roger Mellie:

Whatever .... (rolls eyes) mind over matter Roger ....

I don't mind and you don't matter

Bis dann.....(grin)

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Friday, 9 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 PM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 today to 15:05 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 10 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 yesterday to 15:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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