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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
1 BBC One (SD) Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 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, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C29+ (538.2MHz)294mDTG-650W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25- (505.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales),  CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C22- (481.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C28- (529.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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 11 Freeview HD 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT 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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-1329 Jun 2019
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C22-ArqAArqA
C23+BBCABBCA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C25-SDNSDN
C26+D3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C28-ArqBArqB
C29+BBCBBBCB
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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, 10 January 2011
B
Bernard
5:11 PM

From a viewer in Llantarnam, Cwmbran.
Yesterday all freeview channels available. Today from at least 0930 to 1630 no bbc signal being received, reception on all other freeview channels fine. All the bbc will do is log my problem. Have checked for transmitter problems on the bbc website. No problems reported! Any ideas ?

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Bernard's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Saturday, 26 February 2011
J
John
7:24 PM
Cwmbran

I live at Greenmeadow top end Ty-Canol side and since digital switch over cannot get any welch channels from Pontypool. Mendip gives perfect reception.I have 2 aireals on pole 1 to Mendip 1 to Pontypool on correct polarity.

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John's 2 posts EU
Sunday, 27 February 2011
K
KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:56 PM

John:It could be that the signals from Stockland Hill which is co-channel with Pontypool are blocking reception of the signals from Wales. The Digital UK postcode checker shows good reception for Stockland Hill at your location on the PSB1 and PSB2 muxes. A weak signal from Wenvoe might be available, a good quality group B aerial would give the best chance of receiving this.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 March 2011
J
john
8:38 PM
Cwmbran

Can anyone tell me how I am getting ITV 1 + 1 on channel 33. see my previuos comments John nCwmbran Welch Channels

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john's 2 posts EU
Mark Aberfan Aerials
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:55 PM

Hi John,

You should have itv1+1 on channel 33 If you have pontpool & mendip aerials joined on one cable you may fnd that the english channels from mendip are stronger so your box/tv gives them priority, check all the 800 numbers as some equipment places extra (weaker) channels on these numbers.

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials's 1,059 posts GB
Saturday, 19 March 2011
M
matthew
9:32 PM

i have recently perchased a small indoor ariel i can only get 25 chanels max do you think it would benefit gettting an outside one and mouting

matt

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matthew's 1 post GB
Monday, 21 March 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:25 AM

matthew: "If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right)"

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 31 March 2011
J
Jamie
3:53 PM
Cwmbran

Hi I upgraded to Freeiview HD at christmas time 2010 and since doing so the HD channels have been very unreliable they will be fine for weeks then out of the blue they will be no signal or unwatchable due to break ups.
The SD channels are perfect but all the HD channels currently are no signal or unwatchable and this has been the case since approx 5:00pm Saturday 18th March.
Since then I have had no HD channels either no signal or stutter stutter stutter.
My equipment is fine I have had it tested so it must be transmitter signal strength reduction or unplanned work for the past few weeks if this doesn't improve I have no choice but to go to freesat for proper reliable HD channels.
Any input appreciated.
Cwmbran.
NP44 7AY.

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