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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

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

 H max
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

 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 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

 H max
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

 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), 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, 19 September 2012
Valerie Sweet
8:33 AM

I have been getting a message today from lunchtime to retune. How do I do this on the Hutton reflector/relay please?

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Valerie Sweet's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 23 September 2012

5:55 AM

Valerie Sweet: The easiest way do do this (whatever your transmitter)is a full factory reset using the Freeview reset procedure (there is a link below these posts).
If you are only able to receive the Hutton Relay this should be straight forward. If however you can also pick up Wenvoe and have problems with the Welsh BBC1/2 and ITV1 channels in the wrong locations, you would be best doing a manual tune when you get to step 7. If you are having problems with this, try posting on the Hutton transmitter page.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag

6:10 AM

nige burr: In your location you should have no problem with reception either from Mendip(aerial rods horizontal pointing South) or from Kings Weston (aerial rods vertical pointing West).
As you say how can you get BBC "back" on your freeview boxes, I assume that you could get them previously. If a full reset using the procedure in the link below does not solve the problem, then you may have some sort of interference (or have altered something in you set up?) so try using the other links below these posts.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag
Thursday, 4 October 2012
2:55 PM

I have a digibox which would always give the Welsh programmes preference. I now know why. With an 'auto scan' I am scanning CH41 & CH44 first and getting an acceptable signal from Wenvoe (as I live between the Mendip & Wenvoe Transmitters). I have at last resolved the issue by doing a manual scan of CH61,CH54,CH48,CH52 & CH56 following a first time install to clear all pre selected channels. My equipment does not support HD so I did not need to instal CH58.

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Stan's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 22 October 2012
Alex Beaujean
5:14 PM

I live in north Cardiff, and am the 'wrong side of the hill' to receive transmissions from Wenvoe. The Mendips transmitter gives the best reception, so need to fit an appropriate aerial. I guesss we are about 30 miles or so direct line of sight to the transmitter - should I fit a yagi type CD, a yagi type E or would a log40 broadband do the job?

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Alex Beaujean's 1 post GB flag

5:33 PM

Alex Beaujean: Where the reception of digital TV is concerned then very few places exist in the UK where a Log 40 (or even a DM log) would not be suffice.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 November 2012

9:17 AM

Hi Brian, I'm a bit confused. You said elsewhere that you'd amended the database for Mendip, but ArqA is still showing as C52 here and ArqB as C56 when they should be the other way around ie. ArqA is on C56 & ArqB is on C52.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag

1:14 PM

Chris.SE: The page cache needed clearing... it is showing correctly now.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 November 2012
David Rowe
2:29 PM

I was experiencing poor reception on BBC Programmes (ecept when on HD Channals. The problem is Auto Setup gets me tuned in to The Wales Transmitter rather than Medip - resulting in Welsh local News etc rather than BBC West. How do I do a Manual Retune ?

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

9:37 PM

David Rowe: Follow the Freeview reset procedure with the link at the bottom of the page, then do a manual scan, one multiplex ata time using the following UHF channel numbers -
CH61,CH54,CH48,CH52 & CH56 . If you have HD then also C58.

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