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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-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

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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
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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, 20 March 2018

4:51 AM

Gary Colby: Just to add what has already been said, you shouldn't have any trouble with reception once your aerial has been sorted. AFAIK there's no new buildings in the Concorde Rd area of the trading estate that might obscure the signal, and especially as you've implied you aren't having any issues with the other UHF channels from Mendip.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag
Graham Richards
7:44 PM

I live near Dursley, north of Bristol, and manually tune my devices to avoid picking up Welsh channels.
Recently i've noticed a problem with no signal on the bbc news hd channel 107. This is on 2 Panasonic tvs and a panasonic hdd recorder. Ie none show 107. However, a talktalk youview box which was tuned automatically does show107.
This website shows 107 being on channel 33 or com 7, but there seems to be a big discrepancy between the stations you indicate here and what i actually got after factory resetting and manually tuning to the channels you list for the mendip mast. Eg 107 and 108 et al are not picked up but 12 which should be on 56 is.
Is your lusting up to date and should i be tuning into other channels?

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Graham Richards's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 27 March 2018

9:43 AM

Graham Richards: The listings at the top of this page are indeed in need of a major update. Please see my post on
Tuesday, 6 March 2018 Chris.SE 3:55 PM on page 171.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 March 2018
4:04 PM

All the advice regarding loss of comm 5 ,is nothing related to the aerial size . modern sn=mart tvs tune automatically to the strongest signal ,when they retuned the signal to 33 it fell below the auto scaning range. so you cant receive sky new ,pick etc.

the fix is simple and cheap go to the tv manual setting and search for 33 then it will restore the lost channel.
I spent a lot of time any money changing aerials to no avail from advice from this site.

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phil's 2 posts GB flag

5:52 PM

phil : Manual tuning will only restore the missing mux if you have a strong enough signal, although it is certainly worth trying. Many viewers will require a new aerial, which should be available free of charge to those who don't have satellite or cable.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 April 2018
Barrie Wreford
10:29 AM

Since com7 has gone to ch 36 I am having problems with it pixellating and sound cutting out when checking the signal on my you view box it was a lot weaker than ch 33 and ch 35 is the transmitter output on ch 36 at much lower power than the other two thirties channels.I can see the mendip mast on a clear day from my downstairs lounge window and have a professionally installed log periodic roof aerial. my postcode is np11 6qx.

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Barrie Wreford's 11 posts GB flag
Barrie's: ...
Tuesday, 3 April 2018

1:51 AM

phil: You are not correct in what you state. StevensOnln1 has explained it correctly. Sometimes for obscure reasons tuners can miss a channel on an auto scan. If you've experienced those sort of issues (and you have an adequate signal - which might mean a new aerial to achieve that!) then it often pays to do a factory reset/a complete scan with the aerial unplugged to clear all the stored information from the set and then start again.

Barrie Wreford: The transmitter power for COMs 7&8 has not changed since the UHF channel move. It is slightly lower than the other main muxes, but this should not affect your reception - especially if you can see the transmitter! This is also confirmed by the DigitalUK Coverage Checker Coverage Checker - Detailed View for your location. As others have mentioned previously, sometimes poorer reception on one mux can be due to a possible bad connection somewhere in your system. It would be worth checking through that all the connections, coax & aerial plugs/sockets etc are clean and free from corrosion or damage. I presume you have checked that the aerial hasn't moved in any recent high winds and is pointing correctly. If it's been installed for some considerable time, it could be worth checking the connections at the aerial itself if all else has failed to resolve the problem.

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Chris.SE's 4,191 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 April 2018
2:10 PM

Chris.SE is correct in what he says about checking connections. I lost channel 36 (Com 7) on my lounge television, channels 33 and 35 (Arq. A and Com 8) worked okay, although the signal level wasn't fantastic. All other used channels.had reasonable' signal levels.

Problem was caused by a poor connection at the aerial wall box, after a bit of wiggling channel 36 returned and the signal level on other channels also increased. So the moral of the story is check connections, even if other channels are working fine.

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RichardH's 7 posts GB flag
6:14 PM

David Newton: I have retuned my humax 2000t to postcode TA9 4HE numbers 49,54,48,33,52. And HD 58,36,35. As given by humax but I still cannot receive itv West on had, any ideas please?

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Terry's 2 posts GB flag
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7:28 PM

Terry: ITV West is on UHF channel 54 from Mendip. ITV West is only available in SD on Freeview (the HD version is currently only available on satellite) so you will get a different region if you watch ITV HD on Freeview.

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