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The symbol shows the location of the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 720,000 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 Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Mendip 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
C32 (562.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
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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
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
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
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
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,

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

 H -1.4dB
C55 (746.0MHz)591mDTG-672,400W
Channel icons
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -1.6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)591mDTG-669,100W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Mendip transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 25km north (3°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 23km north (11°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

CheddarTransposer15 km E Weston-super-Mare1674 homes
LuccombeActive deflector6 km w Minehead38 homes

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

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-1727th Feb 2018
aerial groupC/D EEEC/D EC/D EWW

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 500kW
Analogue 5(-6dB) 126kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-8.4dB) 72.4kW
com8(-8.6dB) 69.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-17dB) 10kW

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. Mendip 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.

Thursday, 22 November 2018
SJ Gale
8:12 PM

Back in the analogue days , although living 54miles distant -and cranbourne chase between , with a 'contract' 18element Ariel , we could receive good enough ( except bbc2 on ch68 ) picture from Mendip. In the interest of following Yeovil Town and the novelty of ' local ' news from beyond east Dorset and Salisbury , with a WB14 quality Ariel on a 10ft pole above my chimney would a Digital Signal be received or is it not worth the bother ? I read somewhen that a digital signal was potentially 5x stronger ( maybe that being as only data being received ) ...with only 'schoolboy' knowledge of the subject and old 'anorak Tony no longer being around , can anyone shed light or advise on this ? The YT website is as slow as The Cherries ' when updated to cover games so the reliable Regional News coverage would be fantastic. Thanks , Steph, SW new forest

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SJ Gale's 8 posts GB
Friday, 23 November 2018
10:56 AM

SJ Gale:

To answer your question we need a full post code for your location. Only then could we see what the reception conditions are like where you live.

The nature of a signal does not affect how it is transmitted or received by your aerial system. ALL television signals are in the UHF bands and receivable by a range of aerial designs. The fact that the signal is carrying digitally encoded signals does not affect how it is received. On most transmitters, the signals strtengths have not changed since the days of analogue TV.

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Jane Evans
6:41 PM

Hello, I have lost my analogue channel which i need for sky eye, If I do a manual retune, what number channel signal should I set. I live in Wraxall north somerset. thank you

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Jane Evans's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 24 November 2018
9:58 AM

:Jane Evans:

There are no analogue channels broadcast now, they were all turned off in 2012. All television transmissions are now digitally encoded and have been since at least 2012 or before. A good read of the Sky Eye User Manual should help.

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MikeP's 2,484 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
3:45 PM


D3+4 is still on UHF 54 on Mendip and ArqB is on 52. And in the "Which Freeview channels does the Mendip transmitter broadcast?" listing, some of the channel numbers are showing as -1 or are incorrect or missing.


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Chris.SE's 118 posts Silver Silver GB
Wednesday, 5 December 2018
6:43 AM


Forgot to mention PSB3/BBCB is still on UHF58 until next year.

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Chris.SE's 118 posts Silver Silver GB
Derek Marsh
8:49 AM

Chris.SE: Hi Chris,
I need two channels for multiplexing in the Appleby Guise area (Sandy Heath). I know channel 34 is good. Can I safely use channel 39 please? If not what channel would you recommend please?


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Derek Marsh's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 12 December 2018
8:02 AM

Derek Marsh:

You really should have asked this on the Sandy Heath board
34 is currently free as is 39, but note SDN/COM4 moves to C33 in 2020.
You can check channel usage on and put in your postcode which will show you what transmitters you can receive and their current channels.
I would try to use channels above C56 unless there's a good reason why you cannot (eg. a strong local mobile phone mast using those frequencies).

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