menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.237,-2.626 or 51°14'12"N 2°37'33"Wsa_postcodeBA5 3LB


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
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 45 Film4 +1,

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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,

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English 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
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327 Mar 132013-1727 Feb 2018
C49tv_off BBCABBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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, 24 June 2019

8:00 AM

All using Mendip:

It seems a number of posters are not reading back at the information and advice already given to people with similar or identical problems, so I will repeat most of the information I & others have previously posted.

The changes that have taken place have been planned for several years to clear those UHF frequencies for use by new 5G mobile services. The changes are managed by OFCOM and the transmitters operators (usually Arqiva).
Note this site is not owned or managed by any of the broadcasters or transmitter operators, it is a help site for people with Freeview problems.

The changes at Mendip mean that channels have moved from those previously covered by a C/D group aerial. Some very old C/D aerials won't pick up lower UHF channels C32-C36 satisfactorily, but many will. For those still having problems with the lower UHF channels 32, 33 etc, then your aerial system may need upgrading to a T Group or Wideband & for those where the aerial is an issue, as long as they don't also have Cable and/or Satellite, they may be eligible for assistance with an aerial change from Freeview as detailed on this page Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview (Important changes to Freeview TV signals).

For up-to date information about channel numbers & predicted coverage at your location, go to Digital UK - Coverage checker and put in your postcode & ensure the box 'Detailed view' is ticked.
The "final" UHF channels for Mendip are now 32, 34, 35, 48, 33, 36 for the main 6 muxes, 55 & 56 for COMs 7&8 and 30 for the Local Mux. Note 35, 55 & 56 are HD muxes that you will only get with an HD tuner.

For those still having problems with the new UHF channels, check other things such as poor connections on all your connectors by unplugging them, check connections and plugging in again. Also check that your aerial hasn't moved in high winds.
If you have any devices with RF outputs (such as game consoles, old video players, sky boxes etc) make sure they aren't set to any of the new channels. Try a channel above 56.

If you are still having trouble getting all the muxes tuned in on some devices, try a complete retune with the aerial unplugged to clear all the current tunings. Then reconnect the aerial and ideally do a manual tune for the UHF channels listed above to avoid any clashes with Wenvoe signals. Some devices will allow you to choose a region after an automatic scan where you are getting more than one transmitter.

Finally, some of the information on this site is incomplete or out-of-date. Brian Butterworth (the site owner) has posted elsewhere about the mostly "final" position listings showing on a lot of transmitter pages, and this is in part due to a bug in his code, but keeping up with all the changes across the country is no mean feat. But thanks anyway to Brain Butterworth for providing and hosting the site at no cost to us.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 705 posts GB

9:28 AM

Another link I forgot to include in my last post Digital UK | Channel listings which is where you should get an up-to-date list of which channels are on which multiplex. You can order the list by LCN, Mux etc by clicking on the heading of the column.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 705 posts GB
10:28 AM

I'm wondering when tuning in my TV it tells me I can get a good/very good signal for channels 32, 33, 34, 48 but only poor/no signal for channel 36 and hence no picture for it. It was fine before the move to 36.
Bristol BS8.

link to this comment
Dean's 1 post GB
Thursday, 27 June 2019
3:34 PM

Carole: I have yet again tuned my system, and I can see all the channels clearly, except for 81, which is breaking up and low signal strength. Could someone explain to me without using a lot of technospeak how I can fix this? It was fine for years until the last few months. Since then I have had poor service, but with occasional good spots. I have not changed my tv, aerial or anything else. BS10 6NS

link to this comment
Carole's 6 posts GB

7:43 PM


Because of recent changes to the frequencies being used, you need to have your aerial changed to a wideband type so it can receive the COM7 and COM8 broadcasts better. Channel 81 is on COM7.

If you do not have cable or satellite you may qualify for a free aerial replacement by contacting the Frevview support by looking at Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview or ringing them on 0808 100 0288.

link to this comment
MikeP's 3,010 posts GB

9:17 PM

Carole : It's possible that it's picking it up from the wrong transmitter.

If so, you might find a better signal one at the end of your channels list in the 800's

link to this comment
satman's 31 posts US
Friday, 28 June 2019

1:33 PM


As satman has already said, it's possible you are picking up the wrong transmitter. I'm afraid MikeP seems to have made an error there, as Talking Pictures on 81 is on ArqB multiplex UHF36 from Mendip, so in your particular location you will be getting strong signals from Wenvoe, and despite the predicted coverage you could even be tuned to Kings Weston. Are you getting similar issues with Ideal World, Yesterday or 4seven for example - all on the same multiplex? Can you get the Bristol Local mux ok, try LCN channel 7. Do you have anything on LCN channel 8?

Did you do a manual tune or an automatic one? Have you tried to look at the tuning settings to see what UHF channels you are actually tuned to? Your TV setup may have asked you to set a region, and even setting it to West, you'll still get Kings Weston.

How old is your aerial? If it's not a Wideband type (or type T) it could be a quirk in the performance that means you aren't getting UHF36 quite as well as the others lower down.

If you are struggling to find information in your Settings about the precise tunings you have, please tell us the exact model of TV that you have and someone may be able to tell you the exact methods to use - do you still have the manual for it?

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 705 posts GB

1:53 PM


A similar question about the age of your aerial as I've mentioned to Carole.
Now BS8 has a lot of buildings of varying height in it, so it'll depend exactly where you are. Put your full postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker to see what it predicts for UHF36, and also try it again with your house number to see if it gives a different result.


That's good news Mike, considering your location getting such good signals from Mendip! Might be a bit frustrating for local news though (unless you can get a decent signal from Rowridge off the back of your aerial).

Everyone that gets very good signals (in general) from Wenvoe:

You may find that the signal strength you are now getting from Mendip for COMs 7&8 (UHF55&56) is not as good as before even though you get 100% quality. In my particular location it's down a lot, which at present I can only put down to interference from Wenvoe & Oxford (as I also get signals from there). That of course is unless there is a Mendip Transmitter fault and the power is down (it's supposedly the same as before the changes) as I'm not convince the Fault reporting is up-to-date/correct, as the Bristol Local Mux was off-air/low power in the latter hours of last night and that has yet to be reported!

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 705 posts GB
Saturday, 29 June 2019

10:18 AM

Much mention here of a wideband ariel but how can one tell which ariel you have? Visually? Had mine upgraded a couple of years ago. Previous was like most of the ones around my location - many short "uprights" same size on a long beam with a smallish reflector on the rear. New one much more like an old VHF radio ariel. Thanks.

link to this comment
DL's 25 posts GB

11:03 AM


The aerials all carry a colour coded insert at the end of the horizontal pole to which the elements are attached. You can look at Untitled to see a list of the colours and what they mean. A wideband aerial will have either a grey or a black insert, grey being for a type K aerial which covers channels 21 to 48 whilst a Group W has black inserts and covers channel 21 to 68. If the inserts are red, yellow, green or brown then it is not a wideband aerial but a grouped aerial and is now unlikely to help receive all the available channels.

I use a pair of binoculars to focus on the ends of the horizontal main beam to see the inserts.

link to this comment
MikeP's 3,010 posts GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.