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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
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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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 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
Monday, 26 February 2018
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John B
6:17 PM

Like Rick, I too have been disappointed about the lack of HD channels broadcasting from Kilvey Hill and have attempted for years to learn what organisation is responsible for deciding whether Kilvey will broadcast COM7 and COM8 to write to them to enquire, however, I have never been able to find out. Does anyone know? Having just read your reply StevensOnln1 if all COM7 and 8 are closing in a few years what will happen to HD channels?

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StevensOnln1
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7:27 PM

John B: COM7 & COM8 are commercial multiplexes operated by Arqiva, using spare transmitter equipment that was taken out of service at the time of the digital switchover. This allows it to operate at a low cost (very little new equipment needed) and allowed additional Freeview capacity to be made available to broadcasters at a significantly lower cost than capacity on the existing (and nearly full) COM4/5/6 multiplexes. Adding additional transmitters such as Kilvey Hill would require additional equipment (therefore more cost) and would only add a small percentage of households to the coverage area - COM7/8 would have to be added to more than double the number of transmitters to reach the same level of coverage as COM4/5/6 (80 transmitter to reach 90% of UK households) which would push the cost up significantly and probably wouldn't have attracted some of the smaller channels such as FreeSports, PBS America, Forces TV etc to join Freeview. None of the broadcasters have announced what will happen to their channels on COM7/8 when these temporary multiplexes close.

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Friday, 26 October 2018
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Jo
11:10 AM

Why can't I get freeview channel 61, I've been in touch with freeview and they say I shouldn't have a problem

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MikeP
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11:29 AM

Jo:

Please provide a full post code so that we can check your expected reception conditions at your location. We may then be able to suggest why you are not able to view True Entertainment.



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StevensOnln1
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2:59 PM

Jo: True Entertainment is not broadcast from any transmitters in Wales. Depending on where you are (please provide a full postcode) you may be able to receive it from a transmitter in England.

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Monday, 7 January 2019
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Graham Richards
11:26 AM
Narberth

Hi there,
In the last few months I have lost Drama & Quest channels from the Kilvey Hill transmitter.
I see on your above table that this is the COM4/SDN MUX and that changes were made on the 17th Oct. 2018. (I seem to have also lost the other channels you list on this MUX)
Does this mean I should buy a Wideband aerial to restore these channels.
My postcode is SA67 8NT and my Group A aerial is mounted on roof.
Kind Regards,
Graham Richards

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StevensOnln1
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5:36 PM

Graham Richards: All multiplexes broadcast from Kilvey Hill are well within the frequency range that should be receivable on an existing Group A aerial. Have you tried manual tuning on UHF channel 25?

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MikeP
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9:16 PM

Graham Richards:

Looking at the expected reception at your location using the Digital UK Coverage Cgecker, at Coverage Checker - Detailed View it suggests that reception of the BBCA and D3&4 multiplexes is likely to be poor and variable whilst that of the BBCB HD multiplex should be good. However, the signals from the Preseli transmitter are better and probably more reliable, it does however mean a change of aerial to either a Group B type or a wideband one. Preseli is only 25km from you on a bearing of 5 degrees, whilst Kilvey Hill is 54km distant. So I would suggest you consider having your aerial chaned and aimed at the Preseli transmitter.



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Wednesday, 9 January 2019
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Graham Richards
7:05 PM

StevensOnln1:
Thanks for the info. I have now tried manual tuning but still no good. I will have to see if there is a problem on the roof and if not invest in a new aerial. Drama & Quest channels were always a bit 'iffy' especially in the summer.

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Graham Richards
7:15 PM

MikeP:
Thanks for the info Mike. Yes I know Prescelli is quite close to me but unfortunately nobody in my locality is pointing that way. When I first moved here in the mid 70's I remember trying for the Prescelli transmitter without succss.
I will look on the roof for obvious cable problems with the wiring to the booster boxes etc but if nothing is obvious I will have to invest in a new aerial. The signal from Kilvey is generally good enough for most of the channels but marginal on Quest & Drama.

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