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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?

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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
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.

Monday, 15 October 2018
Clive Austin
10:30 PM

Is anyone else experiencing 'West' programme reception issues? We have picture break-up fairly regularly on the weekend, but after the storm, we can only get Welsh versions in Clevedon...

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11:07 PM

Clive Austin: If the problem only started after the storm then chances are your aerial has been moved or damaged by the storm, or water is getting in to the cable somewhere. Is the aerial still attached and pointing the say way as those on neighbouring properties?

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts US flag
Thursday, 25 October 2018
8:13 AM

Recently the channels on C58 (770.0MHz) (BBC1 HD, ITV HD, etc) have been intermittent.. I have checked with others in the area and they too are experiencing this. It could be morning or night, and keeps dropping out.

I know there are no reported faults on the Mendip transmitter, but surely this isnt right?

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Scope's 4 posts US flag

11:08 AM


It is not a problem at the transmitter that serves almost 1m people and few are experiencing the problems you report. It is far more likely that the current atmospheric conditions are causing the problem so DO NOT RETUNE. There is nothing anyone can do about the effects of atmospheric high pressure.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 November 2018
SJ Gale
8:12 PM

Back in the analogue days , although living 54miles distant -and cranbourne chase between , with a contract' 18element Ariel , we could receive good enough ( except bbc2 on ch68 ) picture from Mendip. In the interest of following Yeovil Town and the novelty of local news from beyond east Dorset and Salisbury , with a WB14 quality Ariel on a 10ft pole above my chimney would a Digital Signal be received or is it not worth the bother ? I read somewhen that a digital signal was potentially 5x stronger ( maybe that being as only data being received ) ...with only schoolboy' knowledge of the subject and old anorak Tony no longer being around , can anyone shed light or advise on this ? The YT website is as slow as The Cherries when updated to cover games so the reliable Regional News coverage would be fantastic. Thanks , Steph, SW new forest

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SJ Gale's 16 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 November 2018

10:56 AM

SJ Gale:

To answer your question we need a full post code for your location. Only then could we see what the reception conditions are like where you live.

The nature of a signal does not affect how it is transmitted or received by your aerial system. ALL television signals are in the UHF bands and receivable by a range of aerial designs. The fact that the signal is carrying digitally encoded signals does not affect how it is received. On most transmitters, the signals strtengths have not changed since the days of analogue TV.

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Jane Evans
6:41 PM

Hello, I have lost my analogue channel which i need for sky eye, If I do a manual retune, what number channel signal should I set. I live in Wraxall north somerset. thank you

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Jane Evans's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 November 2018

9:58 AM

:Jane Evans:

There are no analogue channels broadcast now, they were all turned off in 2012. All television transmissions are now digitally encoded and have been since at least 2012 or before. A good read of the Sky Eye User Manual should help.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 November 2018

3:45 PM


D3+4 is still on UHF 54 on Mendip and ArqB is on 52. And in the "Which Freeview channels does the Mendip transmitter broadcast?" listing, some of the channel numbers are showing as -1 or are incorrect or missing.


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Chris.SE's 4,083 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

6:43 AM


Forgot to mention PSB3/BBCB is still on UHF58 until next year.

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