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The symbol shows the location of the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter which serves 25,000 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 Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

 V max
C41+ (634.2MHz)96mDTG-3200W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)96mDTG-3200W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West),

 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)96mDTG-6200W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 V -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 V -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)96mDTG-8100W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 V -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 V -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)96mDTG-1220W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) 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 Bristol Ilchester Crescent transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 4km north (1°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 4km east-northeast (65°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 200W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7dB) 100W
Mux A*(-11dB) 40W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-14dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip 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. Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013
s savage
11:59 AM

both myself and my neighbour from bs14 9eb have no signal on our tv is there a fault in our area. thanks

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s savage's 1 post GB

1:03 PM

s savage: Digital UK's engineering works page says Mendip (and thus its relays) may be liable to interruption.
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works

You should not retune, just wait for the channels to come back.

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Sunday, 26 May 2013
David Branfield
9:31 AM

I live at BS14 0UE and since late Friday 24 May 2013 I have lost all BBC, ITV and SKY channels. I have retuned numerous times but only receive 34 DTV stations and 3 radio stations on UHF Channel 54. I have several TVs running off an amplifier situated by a loft aerial and all are affected. Is there a problem with the transmitter or is it at my end.
Many Thanks, Dave

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David Branfield's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:41 AM

David Branfield: There are no known issues with the Mendip transmitter.

Try bypassing your amplifier by connecting the aerial directly on to one of the TV feeds.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
David Branfield
3:10 PM

Thanks Dave, I tried to connect directly but was having some difficulty. However, by unplugging the cables I must have cleared the problem as now I have full channels restored. Thanks for your quick response, much appreciated, Dave

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David Branfield's 2 posts GB
Monday, 24 June 2013
Will Gage
9:33 AM

I live at BS3 2SX and for the last 2 weeks or so have problems with BBC1, BBC2 & BBC3. All other channels appear to be fine, but BBC has intermittent, blurry picture. I've retuned etc. and all channels come back - yet BBC channels never get any better. My TV has in-built freeview rather than operating from a freeview box.
What's the best way around this?

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Will Gage's 1 post EU
Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Ms K
12:21 PM

Hi, I live on BS3 3PG and bought a new tv recently with built in Freeview.
The TV that was in the lounge used to struggle with some freeview channels, but is now in the conservatory and works perfectly - the new tv however is not picking up any channels at all!

So initially I spoke to a customer advisor at LG, who told me to boost the signal (which didn't work) then I spoke to a lady at from the Digital UK site and she said that our signal would be too strong if anything & advised me to buy a Variable Attenuator.

So that just arrived, (though it had no instructions) and I'm still stuck. Do I literally need to repeatedly auto tune changing the dial in tiny increments to find a signal? Or is there a simpler way?

Also, I've plugged a small tv aerial lead into the attenuator thing, and then have a longer cable running to the aerial point in the wall - is that correct?

Sorry, I'm not overly competent with electrical stuff!

Thanks - K

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Ms K's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

1:43 PM

Ms K: There are a number of possibilities which must really be worked through one at a time.

First and foremost, ensure that the TV is tuned to the correct transmitter - that is to the transmitter which the aerial faces and not a different one. Don't assume that the automatic tuning function will see you right, particularly as there are at least two transmitters that may be picked up. Information on this is at the end of this message.

At your location, Ilchester Crescent and Mendip are on roughly the same bearing. Ilchester Crescent's signals are vertically polarised, hence aerials for it are vertical (elements up/down). Mendip is slightly anti-clockwise of Ilchester Crescent and aerials are horizontal (elements flat).

I looked on Streetview and there is a mixture of the two transmitters being used on your road.

Number 10 has two aerials both which are vertically polarised, but the reflector (the bit at the rear) on the top one is incorrectly fitted as it is horizontal. Also, what is presumably the aerial lead emerges from behind the drainpipe and is probably trapped in the window which is likely to be doing neither the cable nor the window mechanism any good. All these things could be impacting on the TV signals received.

I suggest that you put the attenuator to one side and look at whether the TV is tuned correctly first. Once it is tuned correctly then nothing positive will be achieved by tuning it again - it gives the best picture it can based on the signal that is being fed into it. In such circumstances then your attention must turn elsewhere as to a solution.

Is there one aerial feeding both points or are there two aerials?

If there are two aerials and they both face the same transmitter (i.e. both horizontal [Mendip] or both vertical [Ilchester Crescent]) or there is a single aerial then start in the conservatory. Check that the TV now in the conservatory is tuned correctly. Having done this tune in the new lounge TV by connecting it to the aerial feed in the conservatory. Check that it too is tuned correctly. Once you have both sets tuned correctly leave the tuning alone as any poor reception has its cause elsewhere.

The long lead you mention (or indeed any lead) must be swapped with another, such as the one from the conservatory, to discount it as a possible cause, but ideally only after the TV is tuned correctly.


There are six Freeview signals, each of which carries multiple services, a "service" being BBC One, BBC Two etc. There are five for standard definition and one for high definition.

Bring the signal strength screen up on the following five services (six if it's a HD set) and observe the UHF channel number tuned:

BBC One | IC=C41 | M=C49
ITV | IC=C44 | M=C54
BBC One HD | IC=C47 | M=C58
ITV3 | IC=C42 | M=C48
Pick TV | IC=C45 | M=C56
Film4 | IC=C39 | M=C52

I've abbreviated the transmitter names to "IC" for Ilchester Crescent and "M" for Mendip. If the TV doesn't give the UHF channel number but instead only gives a frequency in MHz then let me know and I will give you the equivalent MHz frequency for each.

If your aerial faces Mendip you may find that Ilchester Crescent is tuned, particularly as its channels are lower and therefore picked up first during the scan.

You may be able to avoid the unwanted one by having the aerial unplugged during part of the scan, but if you provide more information then more accurate advice on achieving that can be offered.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Friday, 13 December 2013
9:06 PM

Is this mast going to transmit the extra Hd channels in the future? If not i may pay for my arial to be turned around. (51.4127,-2.6071) 

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Jade's 14 posts GB
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