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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
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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Richard Hunt
5:06 PM

27th Feb I have retuned today but I cannot get any signal for channel 56 . Has these programmes moved to another channel? I am at TA246SR and receive signal from Mendip

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Richard Hunt's 1 post GB
5:35 PM

would seem Richard H is suffering the same so could it be a Mendip fault!!!


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bruce's 33 posts Bronze Bronze GB
9:16 PM

To all posters who have lost channels from Mendip today:

Firstly, as Mike suggests, check for any loose or damaged cables or connections as any faults in your aerial system could be preventing the channels which have moved being found on their new frequencies. If you are still missing channels such as Pick, Dave or Sky News you should contact the Freeview advice line for assistance (some viewers may need a new aerial which will be arranged free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable), details can be found at the link below:

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 2,224 posts Platinum Platinum GB
11:43 PM

I re-scanned earlier and Channel 56 has moved to channel 36 ahead of the planned schedule.

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Ian's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Transmitter engineering
4:30 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 yesterday to 04:27 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 yesterday to 04:28 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 113,272 posts Owner Owner xx
8:51 AM

The schedule of the 700 MHz clearance changes on the Mendip transmitter shown on this web site is incorrect.

The correct information is published by digitaluk.
Coverage Checker - Detailed View

The channel 56 to 36 move was as listed by digitaluk and no further work takes place this year!

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Richard's 1 post GB
12:28 PM

To those having oproblems with receiving certain programmes from Mendip, I can assure you that it is not a fault at the transmitter as I have all the usual channels still. As I'm in Trowbridge, I have a Log36 aerial with a powered amplifier adjacent to it. I did the retune yesterday after the overnoght work and all is as expected. No channe;s are missing.

So some may have the wrong aerial to cover all the channels, which is why we recommend a log-periodic aerial as that covers all the frequencies used for Freeview TV and hence will not need replacing if/when there are further changes in the future.

Bruce: It is a well known that a poor connection in an aerial feed can cause loss of just one group of channels in a multiplex. So please do as suggested and check all the leads and connections (by unplugging and then refitting) behind the TV and as far as you can safely reach to the aerial.

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MikeP's 2,572 posts Platinum Platinum GB
9:53 PM

MikeP: word of advice before faffing with the aerial that was working perfectly fine previously, I recommend trying a re-tune!

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BrizzleRocker's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 1 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
4:30 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 on 27 Feb to 04:27 on 27 Feb, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 on 27 Feb to 04:28 on 27 Feb. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 113,272 posts Owner Owner xx
11:22 AM


It is always good advice to check all the aerial connections BEFORE attempting a retune. All a retune will do is wipe all the current tuning stettings and that is not something you want to do if the problem is with one multiplex.

Checking aerial connections is something that we television service engineers have been doing for more than 70 years, as even in the days of VHF TV there were problems of corrosion affecting coaxial plugs/sockets causing loss, or poor reception, of some signals whilst others were perfect.

I did not suggest any work on the aerial other than recommending use of a log-periodic aerial for all reception of all channel now and in the future.

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MikeP's 2,572 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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