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The symbol shows the location of the Kilve (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves less than 500 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 Kilve (Somerset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Kilve 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
C59 (778.0MHz)118mDTG-33W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others

 H max
C50 (706.0MHz)118mDTG-33W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (West), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)118mDTG-63W
Channel icons
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, 204 CBBC HD,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Kilve (Somerset, England) 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 Kilve transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 53km northeast (54°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 55km east-northeast (58°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Kilve (Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-1719th Jun 2019
aerial groupEEEC/D EC/D EC/D EA K
C50 D3+4D3+4

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 24th March and 7th April 2010.

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

Analogue 1-4 8W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4.3dB) 3W

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. Kilve 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.

Friday, 8 June 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:04 AM

KILVE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 06:49 on 06 Jun to 10:26 on 06 Jun. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 114,533 posts Owner Owner xx
Saturday, 9 June 2018
3:52 PM

I receive all freeview and ITV, channel 4 and 5 etc but not any BBC including digital radio. This problem started about 10 days ago. Strangely a pixilated signal appears at about 19.00 but then disappears by 20.30. Aerial is on roof. My postcode us TA51ED. I have tried retuning the TV many times and I have disconnected, cut about 2cm of aerial cable off and reconnected to a new front plate.

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BobMudd's 7 posts GB
4:15 PM


Please put your full Post Code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker will show yopu th4e expected reception for your location. It will also allow you to check that you are tuning to the correct channels as many have changed recently. It will also suggst whether you need to change your aerial as some aerial do not receive all the available channels.

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MikeP's 2,621 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 11 June 2018
Bob Mudd
9:44 PM

BobMudd: thanks but the transmitter us a local one for our village. Further investigation suggests that it is one Mux that I am not receiving. But again why can I receive it at 19.00 but by 20.30 it disappears totally? So I receive the Mux at 706 and 746 KHz but not the Mux at 778MHz. And why can I receive it for about an hour or so and then it goes off?

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Bob Mudd's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
3:29 PM

Bob Mudd:

Without knowledge of which transmitter you are near to nor the expected reception conditions, it is impossible to advise. Please provide a full posy code to this website so we can check those conditions.

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MikeP's 2,621 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Bob Mudd
10:57 PM

MikeP: TA51EQ and it is called the Kilve Transmitter. It is in Somerset by the way. The details to the site are part of website. The site tells me there is nothing wrong with the transmitter. Oh, for no reason, no BBC suite of programmes all evening until 22.30. Watching it now in fact and all seems normal. What is going on? Thanks for your replies and interest.

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Bob Mudd's 7 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 June 2018
6:53 PM

Bob Mudd:

According to Digital UK, you are almost on top of the transmitter - see Coverage Checker - Detailed View That is set to show reception expectations at your location. You should be getting excellent results for all three multiplexes.

Can you check what the signal strengths are for all three, please? The ideal levels are between 60% and 85%. Any less or any more is a problem (the output from the transmitter does not vary). If it is more, which is entirely poissible as you are so close, then you need to use an attentuator to reduce it to a level given above.

The other possibility is local interference.

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MikeP's 2,621 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Bob Mudd
7:21 PM

Hi Mike.
No idea of how I would check signal strength so could you explain a little more what I need to do please?

Again thanks for your interest and help.

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Bob Mudd's 7 posts GB
Thursday, 14 June 2018
4:15 PM

Bob Mudd:

The signal strength for each received multiplex is shown on the page used for manual tuning. Check in your User Manual for how to access that page. Once there DO NOT PERFORM A RETUNE, but merely look at the strength for each multiplex. The link I gave before shows the channels used for each multiplex. You need strength to be between 60% and 85% on every multiplex. Note we are talking about the strength and not quality.

Hope that helps?

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