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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?

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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
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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

 H max
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.

Friday, 29 March 2013
John Crabb
11:05 AM


I am just a bit suspicious of a more general problem when I read the posts that say they have no C49 in Taunton, Wellington and Street.

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Dave Lindsay

11:21 AM

John Crabb: I see what you're saying; there are quite a few reports on the south-west side of the transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay

11:34 AM

Alison: All the very best to you as well.

Maybe you can use a piece of wire (if you don't have a set-top aerial. A wire maybe 30cm long into the inner part of the aerial socket.

You may be able to use the aerial lead in the back of the set and put your bit of wire in the end of that. That way you might be able to affix the wire to the window where you get better reception. A wire coat-hanger may do, although I think that some are coated in something which might act as an insulator. You may be able to put a file to it to remove the coating on the end that is inserted into the aerial socket. There is no need to file away the coating elsewhere.


Digital UK - Coverage checker

Enter your postcode and tick "Detailed view". This will give suggestions for transmitters. "BBC A" is the BBC standard definition TV and radio, which you are missing. If you can't pick up C49 from Mendip then maybe there is another transmitter that you can pick up in the mean time.

Near the top, under "Digital transmitters", it gives the bearing of each transmitter. The one(s) to try first are those for which the side of the building you are on face.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
1:39 PM

I do not have any bbc channels in longwell green.
Lots of retunes no joy.
Any suggestions?

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Sam's 1 post GB flag
3:30 PM

We have all channels but extremely bad receptionsince thr retune. Have retuned 100s of times but uts still aweful. Seems to be every channel. Pulling our hair out!!! Help

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louise's 1 post GB flag
4:33 PM
Shepton Mallet

Dave - Thanks again for the tip. Guess what - friend has found a set-top aerial in the cellar and have now got one TV going - everything now even including ITV3 and 5* - signal a little unsteady though. Will give the coathanger a go on the others...

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Alison's 5 posts GB flag
Alison's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

7:03 PM

louise: If all channels now give poor reception when they were all OK prior to the re-tune it suggests that possibly you are storing the channels from an alternative transmitter with each scan; Wenvoe most likely in the Bristol area or more towards the South of the region Stockland Hill or Rowridge could be delivering alternative signals. Check the frequency for each mux that you have stored, often shown on the relevant info screen. For Mendip BBC1 should be on C49, ITV should be C54, QVC (C48), Sky News (C56) and Film4 (C52). You could try doing a scan with the aerial unplugged for the first part of the scan in order to miss out alternative transmitters on lower frequencies, making sure it is plugged in before C48 for the Mendip frequencies.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
7:43 PM

So i take it those of us in the Taunton, Wellington area are not to have BBC for the foreseeable future then as no one seems to be taking us seriously about there being a problem?
Ive tried all the channels you suggested to others but nothing is picking up, I've set the tv back to factory settings, there's just no BBC channels!

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chloe's 7 posts GB flag
10:57 PM

Ilive in Warminster and since March 27th cannot get bbc channels back after many retunes.Have a portable ariel which is working okay with digibox.

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