Full Freeview on the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter
|Google Streetview||Google map||Bing map||Google Earth||51.237,-2.626 or 51°14'12"N 2°37'33"W||BA5 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.
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.
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Bristol (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Wiltshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Somerset (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Solent for Dorset (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Gloucestershire (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West),
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others 66 TBN UK,
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Create and Craft, Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others 45 Gems TV, 85 CRAFT EXTRA , 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,
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?
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?
|Cheddar||Transposer||15 km E Weston-super-Mare||1674 homes|
|Luccombe||Active deflector||6 km w Minehead||38 homes|
How will the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
|1984-97||1997-98||1998-2010||2010-13||2013-18||2013-17||27 Feb 2018|
|C/D E||E||E||C/D E||C/D E T||W T||W T|
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 5||(-6dB) 126kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|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
AFAIK there's been no engineering work and none has been listed for the last couple of weeks. The six main muxes are all supposed to be transmitting at full power of 100kW. I'm not seeing any issues with UHF 35 & 36.
COMs 7&8 on UHF 55&56 transmit on less power than the others, but again all seems normal.
If you provide a full postcode, we can see what predicted reception at you location should be according to the DigitalUK checker.
|link to this comment|
allan smith: We need a full postcode, the coverage checkers don't work with place names or partial postcodes. In general, indoor aerials only work in areas with a strong signal (most a made up of little more than a piece of wire sticking out of an amplifier which picks up as much unwanted electrical noise as the wanted signal).
|link to this comment|
Knowing the area fairly well, I would suspect that it would be unreliable as it is a bit too far from the transmitter. You may get some reception but it would be quite variable. It would be far better to have a suitable outdoor aerial install at roof level and away from any water tanks and solar panels.
|link to this comment|
This isn't a reception problem but does anyone know what's happened to the Digital UK website? Several replies on this forum have directed users to this site, which contained a lot of useful info such as coverage checker, channel nos etc. Now a search for Digital UK appears to redirect to the Freeview website which doesn't contain anything useful in this respect.
|link to this comment|
Yes it has been amalgamated into the Freeview site and a very sloppy even bad job has been made of it, and some of the issues that I would have expected to have been fixed quickly have not.
The only old link that redirects correctly is the channel listings, but here is some links that will provide most of the useful information
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/700mhz-clearance">What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free service-updates">Service updates | Freeview
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/planned-engineering-works">Planned engineering works | Freeview
Freeview seem incapable of providing decent fault information so check this site (BBC) -
Welcome to BBC Reception Advice | Help receiving TV and radio or Advice about receiving TV and radio | RTIS
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/channel-listings">Channel listings | Freeview
For the Coverage Checker -
Go to Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free scroll down the page to the box "Check Freeview at my home" and enter your postcode and house number/name. Scroll down the following page where available channels are shown in "tiles". Below the initial block there is a "down arrow" if not all are displayed. But if you are only interested in one group of channels click on that button on the top row.
If you scroll down just after half way down the page, there is a button "Detailed view". If you click on that it will show the predicted reception of transmitters and multiplexes that may be receivable at your location.
It's not currently possible to get/derive links for specific postcode predictions but there's a long winded work around for a given postcode. At the top of the Detailed View page there is a button for "View Region". If you select that (for the region for the postcode) it will give a url with postcode (and house number if provided) which is of the form -
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free help/coverage-checker/detailed-view/west?postcode=bs35%202yj&address=80
To get to the predicted reception for that address, scroll down the page slightly and click on "Summary view". Scroll just over halfway down the new page and click on "Detailed view". It will now display all the transmitters and multiplexes that are predicted to give some reception at your location.
The only advantage I can see for this method is so others might be able to look at exactly what you've looked at, because otherwise they may as well check for themselves using the instructions in the previous paragraph.
NOTE: The Yorkshire Region information is not working at time of posting and wasn't last I checked when it was DigitalUK. (The pdf for Yorkshire clearance events wasn't working either last I checked!).
It does seem that Region pages can be accessed from a cut-down of the above example link, eg. -
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free help/coverage-checker/detailed-view/west
For other regions, replace "west" with the relevant region name eg. central, wales, etc.
However I have discovered some inaccurate information on some of the above pages.
|link to this comment|