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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
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

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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, 14 October 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 yesterday to 23:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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8:08 PM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 today, Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 yesterday to 23:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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11:08 PM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 today to 20:25 today, Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 yesterday to 23:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 yesterday to 20:25 yesterday, Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 on 13 Oct to 23:05 on 13 Oct. [BBC]

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8:08 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 yesterday to 20:25 yesterday, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 07:00 today, Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 on 13 Oct to 23 [BBC]

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11:08 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 yesterday to 20:25 yesterday, Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 on 13 Oct to 23:05 on 13 Oct, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality fro [BBC]

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2:08 PM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 on 13 Oct to 23:05 on 13 Oct, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 07:00 today to 11:35 today, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 [BBC]

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Wednesday, 16 October 2019
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Robert John
3:03 PM

I've noticed that most BBC and some other channels now pixelate a lot on both of my tvs. Also I've just seen here that frequencies have moved from the 50s-60s range to the 20s- 40s. Would I be right in thinking I need a new aerial as I've had mine since the year dot ?

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Chris.SE
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3:30 PM

Robert John:

You are quite correct, you may need a new aerial, a group K rather than a wideband (better sensitivity as there are no temporary COMs 7&8 from Carmel). If you give us your full postcode or if you put your postcode into About us | Freeview you can see your predicted reception at your location. If any of the multiplexes are not "good" you should definitely go for the Group K.

If you are having issues with the main BBC channels since the retune (and the SDN channels - see About us | Freeview and have retuned it is possible that your aerial is an old C/D group that is not able to receive the new channels sufficiently well, and it may need replacing. You can get free help if you do not have Satellite or Cable by contacting Freeview on 0808-100-0288 see Important changes to Freeview TV signals Important changes to Freeview | Freeview and also see the FAQs on that page in case they may help.

BUT you need to do it NOW as there's a 3 month time limit on the free help.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Transmitter engineering
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2:10 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:38 on 11 Oct to 10:46 on 11 Oct. FM: Radio Wales FM Off Air from 22:50 on 13 Oct to 23:05 on 13 Oct, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 07:00 today to 11:35 today, Radio Wales FM Reduced Quality from 17:41 [BBC]

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