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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
C32 (562.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
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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
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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
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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

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C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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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

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C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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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.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

9:09 PM

David: The clue is probably the 100% on good channels. We have no idea how close you are to the transmitter, but if your close with a amp, then you can overload the tuner - and too much signal looks much the same as none. Check your signal elvels, and then look up 'too much of a good thing' on this site

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 18 May 2016

9:29 AM


Using a higher gain log-periodic obviates the need for any amplification. That has been my professional experience over 50 years in the TV industry!

Amplifiers amplify everything - wanted signal as well as noise.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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9:39 AM

David and MikeB:

Bath is approximately North West of Mendip and only about 14 miles away, so signals shlould not need any amplification.

As MikeB states, a signal strength of 100% is too strong and will oberload the tuner, causing picture and/or sound breakup or even apparent loss of signal. Fo most equipment a strength between 60% and 80% is ideal.

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10:30 AM

Cheers Guys. I'm aware of all that! Though close to Mendip, Bath is surrounded by hills and thus has a local submast. Trouble with this is that it can only accomodate a small number of the available freeview channels and so most of us high enough point our ariels at Mendip. What i can't understand is that while I've been able to receive all channels for years with no problems its just in the last few weeks my problems have begun! What's changed? Mast and booster were installed professionally and signal strength tested good with booster but inadequate without, and I need distro amp to feed signal to 5 rooms! Ah well, will keep investigating!

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David's 25 posts GB flag

3:07 PM


One thing you might try, but no quarantees it will resolve the issue, is to add an attenuator *after* your first amplifier. That will reduce the signal level (and that of any 'noise') entering the distribution amplifier. The overall effect should be to reduce the excessive signal level arriving at the receivers. Coaxial attenuators are inexpensive and available in various strengths (typically 3 dB, 6 dB, 12 dB and 18 dB), so try a 6 dB one first. If that is still allowing too much signal (over 80%) then you can add another in series. If it is too much reduction (signal strength drops below 50%) then try a 3 dB type instead. You can combine attenuators of different strengths until you get the required result.

The 'local' transmitter for Bath is a Freeview Lite intended to serve mainly those areas shielded from Mendip by the hills.

Though I am on Mendip and have no problems, there could possibly be some temperature inversion effects perhaps. Do any or your immediate neighbours have the same problem?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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11:06 PM

To MikeP, you are right that amplifiers amplify the signal and noise, even with a little more noise added by the amp itself, but when amplifying the signal prior to a lossy link, e.g. a downlink cable or even a mast-to-antenna link like Mendip to Chippenham amplified to 100kW (still with noise beforehand or course), it boosts the signal over the noise of the path so that the ratio at the receiving end is improved. Perhaps it wasn't expressed so clearly but I'm sure that x years of experience will not be lost on this point. So my advice to Dr. Harvey in Chippenham is still to use an amp unless the downlink is short. Too many parts of the town have antennae on such long masts that are testimony to the shadowing of the intervening terrain around Corsham and nearer to be able to have total confidence in not using one. A signal path predictor which also takes the earth's curvature into account can be found here: Terrain - shows radio profile between two UK sites to optimise you DTT, Freeview, DAB or analogue TV reception .

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Tim's 8 posts US flag
Thursday, 19 May 2016

7:55 AM

David: Have you noticed any degradation at all in the signal/quality for the main HD channels (BBC B mux) - BBC, ITV etc? This is on C58 from Mendip.
Sky News etc is on the Arq A (Com5) mux on C56. If you are also seeing some degradation of those HD channels, then I'd start suspecting some issues with damp/water in the aerial connections or the coax which will start affecting the higher frequency channels first.

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10:23 AM

Thanks Chris, all HD channels have strong signal. MikeP, I have some signal attenuators which I'll try again. Thankyou.

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David's 25 posts GB flag
5:25 PM

David, there is an outside chance you are seeing co-channel interference from the Huntshaw Cross transmitter, which reuses UHF channels 52 and 56, the ones you are having problems with. The transmitter is more or less behind Mendip from your location though much more distant. You may be able to confirm this by getting your equipment into a portable state and testing it from a location where Huntshaw Cross is not in the frame to see if it behaves the same. Neighbours are likely to be suffering the same issue.

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Tim's 8 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 May 2016
alan swinburne
6:54 AM

This Morning (Friday 20th April) at 6:30 am:
All the PSB2 MUX (ITV) channels have suddenly disappeared from the freeview box and yet there is no planned maintenance from the Mendip transmitter page.
Anyboby else have this problem?

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