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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
9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 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 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)243mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)243mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected 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: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel 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-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2019
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C2BBCtvwaves
C21CBBCA
C22-2ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCA
C24D3+4
C25-1SDNSDNSDNSDN
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C27BBCB
C28-AArqBArqBArqBArqB
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C30_local_local_local
C31-D
C32-B
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
Thursday, 10 October 2019
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:40 PM

amanda lewis:

Hmm. Putting your postcode into the DigitakUK checker http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/index/dummy/NA/yes shows that predicted reception from Kilvey Hill at your location is likely to be variable to poor! (Try it yourself).
Are you able to receive the COMs 4/5 & 6 multiplexes from Kilvey Hill, or could you get them before the retune event?
See http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/channels/channel_listings for the channels on those multiplexes if you aren't sure.

The strange thing is that you are 2km from the Pontardawe transmitter which is line-of-sight but there's no predicted coverage from it according to DigitalUK !! But it's not radiating much signal in your direction, and it was off-air briefly this morning.

I'm wondering if when you retuned, you ended up tuned to the wrong UHF channels which won't help.

You need to enter your TV's tuning section and see which UHF channels you are actually tuned to.
For Kilvey Hill it's 21, 24, 27, for the PSB1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD multiplexes and 25, 22, & 28 for the COMs 4,5 & 6 multiplexes.
For Pontardawe its 33, 36, 48 only as it doesn't have the COM muxes.
(Note aerial rods should be vertical for these two transmitters).

Kilvey Hill will give you the best choice for the Welsh region IF you can get the COM muxes. Otherwise predicted reception from Carmel is better (for the Welsh region) for the 3 PSB muxes (although the aerial rods need to be horizontal). You probably wouldn't get the COMs from Carmel because of interference from Pontardawe which uses the same UHF channels !!
It may pay you to get someone who is very familiar with reception in your area to look at you aerial installation to see which transmitter may give you the most stable reception.

Otherwise the other possible option is to consider going Freesat - a lot of modern TVs have built-in Sat tuners so you only need a Dish and LNB.

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