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Full Freeview on the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter

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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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Mendip transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 17 others

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C54 (738.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West),

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C58 (770.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 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, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3,

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C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, plus 22 others

 H max
C56 (754.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 63 Community Channel, 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
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from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol, plus 1 others

 H -1.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-672,400W
Channel icons
 Buz Muzik, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 78 5USA +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 86 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

 H -1.6dB
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-669,100W
Channel icons
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
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
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?

aerial groupC/D EEEC/D EC/D EWK

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
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, 2 June 2016
Richard Cooper
10:53 AM Norwich

GEM: As I mentioned in my post replying to Nick Anderson, high atmospheric pressure can indeed affect digital terrestrial television (DTT OR 'Freeview') television reception and if everything such as your aerial (type & condition), aerial alignment, aerial cable (type and length) and connectors have all been checked, and you have also carried out a 'first time installation' retune recently, then you have done all you can, and you simply have to wait until the weather changes and you have low atmospheric pressure again. If you are using the Mendip transmitter, make sure you are using a group E or a wideband aerial, horizontally polarised.Also check whether there are many 4G phone masts close to your location. If there are you may need a 4G filter. You can get them free via the at800 website. Hope the info I've provided here will help you. Richard, Norwich, 2nd June 2016.

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Richard Cooper
11:06 AM Norwich

Martin B: Hi Martin B. There are no faults or engineering work taking place at the Mendip transmitter at the moment and CITV is currently transmitting, "The Dawn of Morphos (Part 2), which looks very exciting! You could watch it live on the itv hub instead of getting it from Freeview. Your Freeview reception may be marred due to high atmospheric pressure, which is dominant across southern UK at present! Hope this helps, Richard, Norwich, 11:05 on Thursday 2nd June 2016.

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Saturday, 11 June 2016
Dave Andrews
12:39 PM


As at the moment, 11/6/16, the LBS multiplex on Mendip TX, C51, is transmitting:

Made in Bristol, LCN 7
Kix, LCN 127
True Crime, LCN 60

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Sunday, 26 June 2016
Monday, 4 July 2016
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
Judith Motler
5:22 PM

I have automatically retuned my T.V. and again I am now piking up Welsh channels, I want to receive channels from the Mendip transmitter. I have followed instructions to manually retune but it hasn't worked. Can you help please?

Thank you.

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Judith Motler's 1 post GB
Thursday, 4 August 2016
1:12 PM

Judith Motler:

To be abke to assist we need to know where you live, so please provide your full post code, or that of a very nearby public building (post office, shop, etc). Then we can see what the reception conditions for both Mendip and Wenvoe are at your location.

With that information, we could also determine whether Mendip is the ideal transmitter for you.

Meanwhile, you should manually tune your TV to the channels used by Mendip. These are shown near the top of this page. They are: 49, 54, 58, 48, 56, 52, 51 (local Bristol only), 33 and 35.

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Richard Cooper
3:38 PM

Judith Motler: Hi, Judith. It is very important in your particular case, for your tv aerial to be pointing at the Mendip transmitter, which is South of Bristol, East-South-East of Weston-Super-Mare and West-South-West of Bath. What you do NOT want is for your aerial to be pointing towards Wenvoe, which is West-South-West of Cardiff. It would seem that you need to ensure that your aerial is being directed towards the Mendip transmitter BEFORE you attempt another re-tune, whether manual or automatic! I also concur with Mike P in that you ought to determine whether, indeed, Mendip is the best transmitter for you at your location, and to determine this a postcode of your location or of a nearby shop, post office or garage is needed. Even the name of a village or the district within a town or city can help us to determine your most likely transmitter, which, as Mike surmises, may not, in fact, be Mendip at all! One other thing - not all tvs are capable of having a manual re-tune done. The first priority is to choose the best transmitter, then aim the aerial at it, then carry out a tune. Richard, Norwich.

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