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The symbol shows the location of the Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) transmitter which serves 19,000 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 Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Pontypool 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
 V max
C23+ (490.2MHz)294mDTG-350W
Channel icons
9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C26+ (514.2MHz)294mDTG-350W
Channel icons
5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C29+ (538.2MHz)294mDTG-650W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25- (505.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C22- (481.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C28- (529.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Pontypool transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 25km southwest (214°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 30km southwest (215°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

How will the Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1729 Jun 2019
A K TA K TW TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C22+C-ArqA-ArqA-ArqAArqA
C23+BBCA+BBCA+BBCABBCA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C25-SDN-SDN-SDNSDN
C26+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C28+D-ArqB-ArqB-ArqBArqB
C29+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C42A
C45B
C482
C52tv_off1

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 3 Mar 10 and 31 Mar 10.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 250W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-11dB) 20W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Wenvoe 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. Pontypool 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
Monday, 12 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 PM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 04:00 on 09 Aug to 04:15 on 09 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:06 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 16:41 yesterday to 16:43 yesterday, Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 1 [BBC]

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:08 AM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 04:00 on 09 Aug to 04:15 on 09 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:06 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 10 Aug to 12:16 on 10 Aug, Radio 1 FM Off Air from 16:41 on 1 [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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8:08 PM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:06 on 09 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 04:00 on 09 Aug to 04:15 on 09 Aug. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 12:15 on 10 Aug to 12:16 on 10 Aug, Radio 1 FM Off Air from 16:41 on 1 [BBC]

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