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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Mendip (Somerset, England) mast?

Mendip transmitter - Mendip transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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-100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

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C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1727 Feb 2018
C49tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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.

Saturday, 19 March 2016
Sandra Hares
9:28 AM

I live in Trowbridge and one of our TVs cannot get a good signal on any channels...the other TVs in the house work fine...even changed cable and tried another TV with the same aerial cable in the same room and that works fine...what could have changed...I have tried re-tuning and manual tuning with the correct UHF numbers but stil pixellating on all channels with poor signal

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Sandra Hares's 1 post GB flag

8:58 PM

Sandra Hares: If the TV that you report as not getting a good signal on any channels is found to be the same when tested on any of the outlet sockets used by other TV's? then the TV is defective.

One possible reason for the problem could be that the "inside" of the TV's aerial socket ("o" shaped section) has widened to the extent that it isn't gripping the aerial plugs middle pin, meaning that there is no electrical contact between both.

If on a visual inspection the inside section of the TV's aerial socket does appear to have widened, slightly crimp it together, or just crimp it slightly no matter what it looks like!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Steve Poile
2:42 PM

Just moving to wellingtonand would appreciate which direction to point my ariel?

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Steve Poile's 1 post GB flag

8:19 PM

Steve Poile: Although in the interests of accuracy a post code is really required, however, if you are referring to Wellington - Somerset? (TA21) the two transmitters covering the area are Mendip @ 32miles / 57 degrees and Stockland Hill @ 13 miles / 153 degrees, the degrees in both cases only being approximate, hence why a post code is required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 March 2016

8:05 AM

Steve Poile:

There is also the issue about terrain. Some of the hills around Wellington, Somerset may make reception from one or other of the main transmitters somewhat difficult. A Post Code will allow examination of the terrain and reception predictions for a particular area. These would show as the blue boxes below ypur submission, like those below this for my location.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Dr J Harvey
12:39 PM

Hi, I live in the Chippenham area and we used to have good reception of all the multiplex channels including SDN & BBCA. Recently SDN has moved to C48 which is adjacent to the BBCA mux on C49 and we now have appalling/ unwatchable reception on all program channels on C48 & C49 as evidenced by signal measurements giving good signal strength but very poor and highly variable signal quality for BOTH C48 & C49 (other muxes still give good reception).
I understand that in RF planning one never collocates transmissions on adjacent frequency bands on a given transmitter as this reduces the usable range on these bands arising from increased cross interference.
I would prefer not to have to move to satellite reception or internet to receive Freeview programs.
Why has this been done and are there any plans to move either of these muxes to other frequency bands in the near future to avoid this problem ?

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Dr J Harvey's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 22 April 2016
12:44 PM

Lost signal on com7 C33 (570.0MHz) in the BA1 6xx area of Bath.

I performed a reset (first-time-install) on the tv and all programmes in that block have now been removed from the EPG.

Any advice please?

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fade2gray's 4 posts GB flag

7:06 PM

fade2gray: Mendip is listed on this weeks engineering page with the status of "possible weak signal", the most likely reason for your problem.

If you had refrained from retuning your Freeview device the signal would have returned of its own accord, as the channel would still have been stored in the tuners memory system, retuning having deleted same, as things are, the only way of restoring it is by carrying out a "manual" tune on Mux C33 now and again in the hope that the signal level has risen high enough for the tuner to lock on to it.

By the way, the only reason a manual tune was suggested is to avoid upsetting the programmes already stored.

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