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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

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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

 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

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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

 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.

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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Saturday, 3 September 2016
Louise Tully
11:05 AM

We live at BA5 3QS (Mendip transmitter). Our quite new JVC television has a problem with signals. About three or four times a year we have a message that comes up saying 'loading application' and then a pile of other blurp. We retune the television and that usually works (although we do have the same problem as Judith Motler above so we don't put the aerial in until we are about half way through the search and that excludes the Welsh programmes).

Now though when I retune the problem keeps repeating in that we find the channels we want but the 'loading application' keeps appearing. We have to call the engineer out about twice a year at the cost of 40 a time to get rid of the message. I don't know if this happens when they have been fiddling around with whatever bits of kit they have at the Mendip transmitter, but it is driving us nuts. HELP!

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Richard Cooper

11:32 AM

Louise Tully: Hi, Louise. Firstly, whatever they do at the Mendip transmitter cannot affect messages such as the 'loading application' message popping up on your JVC tv set. In order to offer you some more help, we need to know the date of purchase of the set, along with its model name and model number. Once we have this information, we can research your particular JVC tv set and hopefully give you some further guidance. The model number is imperative if we are to assist you. If you don't have the instruction booklet, look on the back of the set. Hoping to hear from you again within the next few minutes, Richard in Norwich.

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Louise Tully
6:42 PM

Thanks for the help. The date on the back of the television is Jan 2011 but I think we bought it some time after that. The model is LT260DE1BJ

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Monday, 12 September 2016
David Pirie
3:12 PM

Getting intermittent signal on all Mendip frequency 33 channels including BBC News HD. Pleasecadvise. I am BA112QR .

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4:15 PM

David Pirie:

There is no reported problem with transmissions from Mendip currently and my reception of COM8 in Trowbridge is the same as previously, giving no problems at all.

I suggest you check what the received signal strength is by checking on your TV set what strength and quality it is reporting. Your User Manual should tell you how to do that if you have not done it before.

If the strengths are in the range of 65% to 85% on Channel 33 then check your aerial connections as they sometimes work lose and cause such problems. If in doubt, change the cables where possible.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016
9:52 PM

MikeP: HI MIke

I had an aerial engineer who told me he thought there was a problem with the signal which was dropping in and out (though he also said I must have picked it up from another transmitter which is clearly not the case) . If I manually tune to the channels to check strength it varies from 65 or better to no signal. It is possible to watch but you lose the signal about every minute for a few seconds? Is it possible I am getting some local interference on this frequency . |I should add there has been no previous problem, I had all channels until recently and I have two aerials though now both TVs on both aerials will not auto-tune to Frequency 33 ( you said com 8 but I believe it is com 7). Channels affected include BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD and CBS Drama as well as a favourite of mine Talking Pictures TV.

I guess it sounds like single frequency interference?

Any further advice you can give me is welcome. Thank you.



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Wednesday, 14 September 2016

12:36 AM

David: Although fully appreciating that your reply/query is directed at MikeP, I would like to add that the difficulties experienced with the reception of Mux 33 is possibly related to the usual problems experienced during waves of high pressure sweeping across the country, such has been happening for around the last two weeks or so now and indeed continues to do so.

One of the undesirable side effects of same being by allowing reception of distant stations (not necessarily UK based) transmitting on the same Mux channel numbers as that used by the local station, the effect of being erratic intermittent reception dependant on the strength of the alien station.

Needless to say, nothing can be done to help alleviate this type of problem except to wait until the situation improves.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

10:13 AM

David Price:

JB38 says exactly what I would have said. Do NOT try to retune your equipment until at least the warm weather has cooled.

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