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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C23+ (490.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
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, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C26+ (514.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
Channel icons
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 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C29+ (538.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD Wales, 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 110 Channel 4 HD (Wales), 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25- (505.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales), 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, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C22- (481.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C28- (529.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
Channel icons
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

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? 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.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
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6:39 PM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 31 Jan 16:45 until 31 Jan 18:00. . [BBC]

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Friday, 25 June 2021
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11:45 AM

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 28 June 2021
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5:46 AM

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 28/06/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 6 September 2021
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11:23 AM

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/09/2021 Screen may go black on all or certain channels [DUK]

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Monday, 13 September 2021
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11:23 AM

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 13/09/2021 Screen may go black on all or certain channels [DUK]

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Thursday, 20 January 2022
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1:31 PM

Transmitter engineering: is ITV1 on the Pontypool Transmitter


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2:36 PM

Paul Clark: ITV is broadcast from every Freeview transmitter. Pontypool carries the ITV Wales region.

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Thursday, 16 March 2023
Transmitter engineering
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11:25 PM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 16 Mar 19:45 until 16 Mar 19:52. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 2 May 2023
Transmitter engineering
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10:08 AM

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 01/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Friday, 19 May 2023
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Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/05/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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