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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Matt M
7:00 PM

I'm in Brislington in Bristol and have my tv connected to the main roof aerial. Have retuned manually, automatically and have reset my Samsung Freeview 3D tv about 5 times and nothing works, I can only get ITV1&2, C4, C5, C4+1, ITV1+1, More4 and E4. Not a hint of other channels especially BBC. I've even tried using the other nearby transmitters just in case and emailing digital UK, who were no help at all. I'm getting fed up of it now.

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Matt M's 1 post GB flag
7:37 PM

I am in Little Stoke, Nth Bristol, no BBC Channels here either since last Wednesday, tried everything, digital uk said they had no idea what to do and a reset of my Technika TV hasnt worked. Have a roof top aerial which has been fine up to now and still receiving ITV etc. Does anyone have any ideas when this will get fixed or what we can do about it?

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ChrisE's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

7:47 PM

ChrisE: How about your reception of COM4 (ITV3 etc) on C48?

Some others who have poor or no BBC reception now have poor or no COM4 reception, when they did before.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
8:54 PM

I am in a dip at BA3 5XU. Roof top arial (But fairly old)
Since 27th March BBC channels from Mendip arial has been a problem.
Humax freeview box. BBCA channels are found on C49 (698.0MHz) but reception is poor and freezes a lot. Signal strength is ~75% but quality is is erratic. Average 50% but varying 40-80%

C54 ITV etc has good reception. Signal strength ~82% and quality 100%

Also appear to have problem with SDN C48 group. (these channels not found in auto search)
Channel strength and quality (manual tune) is same as BBCA.

Have tried removing any old set top boxes with no improvement.

Any ideas please? How can I tell if it's arial related?

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
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9:45 PM

Having re-read all these posts again, I wonder if the problem is too much signal overloading the tuner. I have signal monitoring facilities which tell me I have 99% signal strength and 100% signal quality. Much more signal and the quality would drop, possibly to zero. The frequency change could result in a stronger signal thus turning good reception into bad. Where I am (near Taunton race course) there are no buildings nearby in my line of sight to the transmitter.

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Bizman's 20 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:08 PM

Peter: You are yet another person reporting issues with PSB1 (BBC) and COM4 (SDN).

Was SDN fine before the change?

Bizman: If you are right, then I wonder could the issue be being exacerbated by the two channels being adjacent?

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Sue B
11:16 PM

Since 'retuning' our TV on 27th April, we have lost BBC 'Points West' and gained 'Spotlight', which is of absolutely no interest!

Have manual tuned C58 and the other BBC channel. C58 didn't exist and other Mendip related channel signals were very poor.

I'm pretty certain that we live south west of the Mendip transmitter. Aerial is in roof space - we can't change it's direction.

Would appreciate advice (although am not hopeful after reading all these comments!).

It's a total mess IMHO!

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Sue B
11:20 PM

Oh, by the way, there are numerous reports of lost channel signals in your comments section. However, your website states that there isn't a problem with the Mendip transmitter coverage ... which there obviously is!

Why is this the case?

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Dave Lindsay

11:37 PM

Sue B: This website is "independent" of broadcasters, as it states in the titlebar of every page.

The message at the top does NOT say that there are no faults; it says that there are no REPORTED faults. This is still the case.

If you are receiving Spotlight then you cannot be tuned to Mendip, for BBC One, at least. You are probably tuned to Stockland Hill on C26. Unplug your aerial for the first 50% of the scan and it should miss out scanning of Stockland's channels.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 April 2013

12:04 AM

Bizman: Although I fully appreciate what you are meaning, but though I very much doubt if a "boost free" signal being received from Mendip @ 26 miles away would be capable of overloading a tuner no matter what level might be indicated on a TV or boxes strength / quality scale, unless that is the levels were being viewed on a Humax devices indicator as these are much more in line with reality rather than the grossly enhanced indications seen on some equipment, such as for example Panasonic TV's albeit that these are fitted with top tuners.

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