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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
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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-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

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

com7
 H -1.4dB
C55 (746.0MHz)591mDTG-672,400W
Channel icons
34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT 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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1727 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
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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7:57 AM

All:

I'm not getting any signal from the Local multiplex (C30) at present. Whether or not this is down to the Planned Engineering is not confirmed.
Earlier Bristol TV was not broadcasting Bristol Live but Yorkshire Live. The other morning it was North Wales LIve, so it suggests there are some major issues at present!

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Chris.SE
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8:26 AM

The Local multiplex signal is coming and going, whether this is "tropo" at my location is as yet unconfined. However, why I have signal Bristol TV is now broadcasting North Wales live (not the listed Judge Judy). It's been suggested that they may have had some servers crash!!

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Chris.SE
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8:50 AM

Tropospheric Ducting confirmed here, so not everyone will be having the signal issues.
However whilst North Wales Live is far more interesting than endless repeats of Judge Judy, uklocal.tv really need to sort out their servers or their listings for Bristol TV!!

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Saturday, 3 October 2020
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bruce tearle
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9:49 AM

Just looking for help & suggestions!!!!!!!

Can no longer get any BBC channels on my TV. All others tried [ITV, Channels 4&5, UKTV, etc.] are coming through fine. My set-top box is a HUMAX; I have tried a factory reset on this without any success. Any & all suggestions gratefully received?

Regards
Bruce

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Chris.SE
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12:41 PM

bruce tearle:

Well, as you know you shouldn't have any problems with all the main muxes from Mendip. When was he last time you tried a retune, can you do a manual one for C32?
Looking in the tuning section, what are the signal strengths and quality showing for other multiplexes?
This might indicate an issue with the received signals being fed to the box.
Has the box recently had a firmware update? There might be some sort of issue there, but that would surprise me if you are getting the other muxes ok.

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Friday, 16 October 2020
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Jackie
3:03 PM

I just cannot get Sony channels on Freeview - in particular Sony Channel (48) and Sony Movies Christmas (50). I might get them on the odd day but most of the time they are either totally unavailable or are pixilated and impossible to watch.
I only get this problem with Sony. Is it the Satellite from the Mendips or are Sony playing a game so you pay more? I am fed up with it.

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Saturday, 17 October 2020
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Chris.SE
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12:14 AM

Jackie:

These channels (and some other Sony channels) Sony moved to Freeview Local multiplexes over a year ago.
For which channels are on which multiplex, see https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings
(Note: Sony have renamed Sony Movies Classic as Sony Movies Christmas for the festive season, see https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/24-sep-2020-channel-changes-freeview they did a similar thing last year).

Unless you live in an area that can receive the Local multiplex (have a local station at LCN 7 or 8 in your EPG) then you won't get these channels. On the Mendip transmitter (which I think your meant - not "Satellite") it's on UHF C30 and with most Local multiplexes which are beamed at larger centres of urban population, it's beamed towards Bristol. The Local channel is Bristol TV at LCN7.

If you provide a full postcode we can look at your predicted reception and might be able to offer further advice.

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Monday, 19 October 2020
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bruce tearle
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3:51 PM

Chris

Thanks for info & help.

The solution [in the end] was very simple. My Humax box was 'daisy-chained' through a couple of other pieces of equipment before connecting to the TV. Taking these out of circuit solved my problem. Now with the Humax box directly connected to the TV I have all channels available.

Thanks again for help.

Regards

Bruce

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