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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.

 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

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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

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C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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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.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011
Mr. M. Brooks
4:19 PM

Further to my previous e-mail on the 20th March, I get a perfect picture on freeview channels 12 yesterday, and 15 film 4 in the morning up to about 9.15.from then there is a "no signal" until about 10.45 at night then the picture is perfect again. This means during daylight hours between the times above I am unable to watch these channels. Can you let me know the reason for this please

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Mike Dimmick

4:38 PM

Mr M Brooks: If you had Freeview before switchover and didn't have problems, the signal is could now be too strong. If you have any amplifiers, remove them. If you don't have any amplifiers, consider adding an attenuator.

In January, the ArqB multiplex changed mode to increase capacity - but at the cost of needing a larger signal-to-noise ratio. This has made the coverage area smaller. However, the Digital UK predictor shows you should be well within coverage.

The ArqB multiplex will change channel and increase in power at the end of September. That may resolve the problem.

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Saturday, 26 March 2011
Chris Gill
7:03 PM


Your site appears to be full of technical wonders, so I hope you may be able to help.

Postcode BA2 7LW. Antenna in the attic with amplifier.

No problems receiving all necessary channels on new Sony TV.

New Humax PVR picks up the wrong BBC1 channel when using auto install. Humax techsupp gave me instructions for manual retune which has solved that but created a new problem: Dave and Dave JaVu both rubbish. Humax techsupp not responding.

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Sunday, 27 March 2011

7:20 PM

Chris Gill: If you are able to receive MuxC from more than one transmitter it is likely that your PVR found a weak signal (possibly from Hannington) and stored the channels from it before the scan reached the stronger Mendip signal.You will need to do a manual tune to C56+ for MuxC in the same way that you did for Mux BBCA (C61) in order to receive the correct BBC1 region.

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Paul C
11:48 AM

I am in the ba1 3rr area , just bought a humax t2 hd freeview , and new high gain 48 element aerial in loft via a booster ,to replace an old yagi roof mount.
i receive all sd channels fine , but am getting break up on the HD channels , humax is showing only 3 bars for HD channels.

I am also getting welsh HD channel along with x3 BBC hd channels,

I did a auto tune search when i got it and problems, i then noticed an Humax update, i did this and re auto tuned , and ithough this sorted the problems,

Is it possible ihave tuned into another tranmitter hence low signal strenghts for HD , maybe a welsh transmitter ?
Can i manually search , if so how ?

much appreciated as i dont know whether to take the Humax back and get a refund

Many thx

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Mike Dimmick

4:00 PM

Paul C: I thought that the Humax HD boxes now asked you which region you want to save.

It looks like where you are, you have a choice of three transmitters: the main West-region mast at Mendip, the main Welsh mast at Wenvoe, and the Bath relay (Freeview Light, carries only the three PSB multiplexes). You should get good or very good results from all of these.

There was no need to replace your aerial. Most of the benefit from the 'high gain' aerial (and most of them have no higher gain than an 18-element Yagi) is lost by putting it in the loft. Putting the aerial outside prevents a lot of problems with signals reflected off interior surfaces and attenuated by passing through roof tile and brick. Reflections can alter the signal's polarization too, so you pick up more spill-over from the other polarization.

A wideband aerial will cause you problems in this area, not solve them. The grouped aerial would have been picking up Mendip and rejecting Wenvoe and Bath. Bath requires a Group A aerial oriented vertically, Wenvoe needs a horizontal Group B, and Mendip a horizontal Group C/D.

Boosters generally add noise and where you are, you shouldn't need one. I'd start by disconnecting that.

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Thursday, 31 March 2011
Mr. M. Brooks
11:07 PM

on wednesday 30th March a note appeared on the TV screen asking me to do a channel scan because of changes in Freeview transmission. I did this which resulted in the loss of all the Freeview channels in ARQb . Is there a reason for this? Can you help please . the aerial is on the roof. The picture and sound is perfect on all other channels. Why have I lost these channels after doing a scan as requested ? Thanks , Mike Brooks

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Friday, 1 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

5:11 PM

Mr M Brooks: You said before you were having picture break-up on channels on this multiplex. Try retuning it after 10:45pm or before 9:15am, the times you said last week that you got a good picture.

I'm not sure why you were prompted to retune, there were no changes at this transmitter on that date. There were switchover changes at Nottingham, Waltham, and Sandy Heath and its relays, but they're right over the other side of the country.

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Thursday, 7 April 2011
S Heaford
7:16 PM

Not sure if anyone else has had this problem but I have BT Vision and today my ESPN and Sky Sports channels have vanished. Any ideas why??? I have rescanned about 5 times and loads of channel have vanished.

Help would be great !!!!!! I am gutted.

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