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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?

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
C32 (562.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 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 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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 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), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LBS
 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
C/D EEEC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C30_local
C32BBCA
C33com7com7
C34D3+4
C35com8com8
C36ArqB
C37C5wavesC5waves
C48SDNSDNSDNSDN
C49tv_off BBCABBCA
C51tv_offLBSLBS
C52tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqACOM8tv_off
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

Comments
Sunday, 7 April 2019
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Gammerx
7:44 AM

BBC channels may vanish from 760,000 homes across Mendip as Freeview stations move to new airwaves - Somerset Live says:

"Further updates at the Mendip transmitter group to move other channels will take place on 5 June and 19 June. On both dates, work will be carried out overnight at the main transmitter and be completed by 6am. Viewers can then retune at any time after this."

Wonder if this will fix things without needing a new aerial?

FAQs here https://www.freeview.co.u…D.97 mentions:

"4) I've retuned but I'm still missing some channels. What do I do?
Carrying out a full retune on your Freeview TV or box should restore your channels. However, in some cases you may need a new aerial to continue watching all available services. For more information or help with this call the Freeview Advice Line on freephone 0808 100 0288. You may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if needed."

Some form of compensation? Who would be eligible?




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StevensOnln1
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10:05 AM

Gammerx: The retunes in June will see further multiplexes move to new frequency allocations. If you have a fault now, you should contact the Freeview Advice Line, as you have quoted above. Any viewer who has reception issues following the recent frequency change (where there wasn't a pre-existing fault) and who doesn't also have satellite or cables will be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge. This must be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line, they won't reimburse you for the cost of having work carried out by anyone else.

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Monday, 8 April 2019
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Chris.SE
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1:03 AM

Gammerx:

Did you carry out a retune as I advised in my Friday 9.10pm post? Clear the existing tuning, then do a MANUAL tune using the Mendip UHF channels (mentioned again to Brian yesterday).
Current Mendip UHF channels 32, 54, 58, 48, 33, 52, 36, 35.

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Iain Davies
9:14 AM

I think a Manual tune is the answer if people are still finding problems. A lot of the Mendip coverage area is also covered by Stockland Hill and Wenvoe, which confuse many boxes on an auto set up option.

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Friday, 17 May 2019
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Brian Newcombe
9:22 AM

To whom it may concern:

Mendips is still sending out a signal on c49.

1) this is a waste of electricity.

2) My old Sony vcr DOES NOT have a manual digital channel search (it has one for analogue...) which means the auto search always locks on to c49 first, over-riding the new BBC1 channel (c32).
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Please will someone do something about this??
Brian 17 May 2019

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StevensOnln1
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10:59 AM

Brian Newcombe: There's nothing anyone on this website can do as no one here has any connection with any broadcaster or the transmitter company (Arqiva). There are further frequency changes due at Mendip on 15th and 19th June so perhaps the additional mux will be switched off on one of those dates.

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Thursday, 23 May 2019
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Chris.SE
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4:42 AM

StevensOnln1:

Typo there ;) The retune dates are 5th June & 19th June.

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Friday, 24 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:09 PM

MENDIP transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 20:26 today to 20:32 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 25 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 20:26 yesterday to 20:32 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 26 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

MENDIP transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 20:26 on 24 May to 20:32 on 24 May. [BBC]

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