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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 73 Sewing Quarter,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 57 Paramount Network, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 64 CBS Action +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C56 (754.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 19 others

LBS
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

com7
 H -1.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-672,400W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 1 others

com8
 H -1.6dB
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-669,100W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 4 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
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
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?

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupC/D EEEC/D EC/D EWK
600C32BBCA
C33com7D3+4
C34BBCB
C35com8SDN
C36ArqA
C37C5C5
C48SDNSDNSDNArqB
700C49 BBCABBCA
C51LBS
C52ArqBArqBArqB
C54C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C55+2
C56+CArqAArqAArqA
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
C59+1
800C61ITVITVITVBBCA
C62+A
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2
C65+B
C67D

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.

Comments
Friday, 30 March 2018
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StevensOnln1
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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Sunday, 1 April 2018
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Barrie Wreford
10:29 AM Newport

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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Tuesday, 3 April 2018
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Chris.SE
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 93 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Friday, 13 April 2018
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RichardH
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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Terry
6:14 PM Highbridge

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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StevensOnln1
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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Tuesday, 17 April 2018
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Chris.SE
12:55 AM

Terry: David Newton is very unlikely to respond to your query as his post is very very old, and his problem appears to be due to having an old band C/D aerial.
In your case it's as StevensOnln1 explains, you will get ITV Central instead. This is because of the way ITV distributes the HD channels to transmitters - it's separate from the SD channel distribution.

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Thursday, 26 April 2018
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wes.w
3:03 PM

If you've lost ITV3 in the last month it has moved. Its now on PSB2 (C54/738.0MHz) same as ITV, ITV2 and ITV4.

I was very pleased to see that the software on my TV (Bush Freeview Play HD 32" Argos special, bought just before Xmas) now has two options if you go for a full retune - the usual "replace all channels" and a new "update all channels" which keeps the channels in the order I want, rather than the muddled order they used to come in.

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SJ Dunnett
7:39 PM Wellington

TA21 8BH
Hello, I wish to get a digital aerial For top of stairs ,next to bathroom, and receive TV channels, so need distance as crow flys and good brand for weak reception area.

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Gary Colby
9:23 PM

Just to update.

Got an aerial guy from Aerial Express to come round and replace my aerial. Don't know the make or model, but the problem has gone, and I'm getting a signal strength of 10 where as before it was just one.

So sorted.

Thanks for the feedback guys.

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