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The symbol shows the location of the Kilvey Hill (Swansea, Wales) transmitter which serves 120,000 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 Kilvey Hill (Swansea, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Kilvey Hill 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
 V max
C21 (474.0MHz)243mDTG-32,000W
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
 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)243mDTG-32,000W
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
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)243mDTG-62,000W
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
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
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
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
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
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
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 Kilvey Hill (Swansea, 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 Kilvey Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 50km east-southeast (108°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 49km east-southeast (113°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

New Inn C/pTransposer8 km NE Tenby1 homes 100 caravans

How will the Kilvey Hill (Swansea, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1317 Jul 2019
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C2BBCtvwaves
C21BBCA
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C24D3+4
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4
C27BBCB
C28ArqBArqB
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C30_local
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C34_local
C35C5wavesC5waves

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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 12 Aug 09 and 9 Sep 09.

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

Analogue 1-5 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*(-12.2dB) 600W
Mux A*(-15.2dB) 300W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Kilvey Hill 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. Kilvey Hill 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
Saturday, 25 September 2021
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Chris.SE
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3:13 PM

Carl Lewis:

You should never retune when you have interference or loss of signal due to that, or Planned Engineering or transmitter faults that cause pixellation or no signal. In most instances this just clears the correct tuning of the affected multiplexes and you end up with nothing or tuned to the wrong (more distant) transmitter.
If you are correctly tuned, do NOT retune it serves no purpose.
The only instance where a retune may be suggested (usually advised by an on-screen pop-up) is where a commercial operator changes one of their channels on one of the COM multiplexes. If you happen to be in an "awkward" reception area then a manual retune on the UHF channel(s) for the affected multiplex(es) is usually the best suggestion.

Your predicted reception at your locale is not the best, although it could depend on where you are within your postcode as it could be variable, even poor or good! for some multiplexes.
This is because you might receive signals from other more distant transmitters (and there are several in parts of Devon, Cornwall, also parts of S.Wales) that use the same frequencies and in normal conditions it wouldn't be a problem. Matters will be made worse in weather conditions that enable the TV signals to travel a lot further than normal - we have had such conditions of late. When there is very strong "Tropospheric Ducting" even signals from Europe can be received (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/help-guides/freeview/how-clear-skies-and-fine-weather-can-affect-your-tv-reception and the links on those pages for a simplistic explanation). Not all multiplexes will be affected at the same time or for the same lengths of time. A lot of aerials have "side-lobes" which can receive signals from directions other than the one the aerial is pointing.

Checking that your aerial is intact with no missing elements, is pointing in the correct direction (bearing 314 degrees - NW at your locale) with the rods (or squashed Xs) vertical.

The best thing to do will be to do a Manual retune for Kilvey Hill as follows - first, unplug the aerial and do a full automatic retune. This should clear all previous (and incorrect) tuning.
Plug the aerial back in, and in the TV's tuning section, do a manual for each UHF channel -
For Kilvey Hill it's C21, C24, C27, for the PSB1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD multiplexes and C25, C22, & C28 for the COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA & COM6/ArqB multiplexes, also C34 for the Local (Swansea) multiplex.
(C means UHF channel).

You may have to repeat that procedure a few times whilst/if interfering conditions persist over the weekend which some predictions suggest.

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