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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Pontypool (Torfaen, Wales) mast?

Pontypool transmitter - Pontypool transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

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C23+ (490.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
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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

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C26+ (514.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
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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),

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C29+ (538.2MHz)294mDTG-50W
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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

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C25- (505.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
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 E4 (Wales), 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 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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C22- (481.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
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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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C28- (529.8MHz)294mDTG-850W
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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

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?

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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
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.

Friday, 2 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:10 on 31 Aug to 13:18 on 31 Aug [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,839 posts xx flag
Friday, 23 September 2011
1:00 PM

I cannot get sufficient signal strenght on hd channels to keep a picture i have direct sight of the aerial at pontypool 2 miles to the south.BBC 1hd comes in on 832 itvhd833 bbchd 831 no channel 4 hd is pontypool transmitting an hd signal my aerial man says not yet

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HUGH SMITH's 1 post GB flag
HUGH's: ...

2:28 PM

HUGH SMITH: Pontypool HD is on Mux Ch29, but as you say reception from there is in the 800 ranges then you must also be picking up signals from some other station, and which has taken up the normal EPG channel positions.

Take the aerial out and carry out a scan without it, this blanking out whats stored, then re-connect the aerial again and carry out a further re-scan to see what comes up.

Further info supplied depending on results.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 December 2011
6:49 PM

Wanted 'Yesterday' channel on 24th Dec, but although all, or most, other channels (freeview) were there, channel 12 definitely was not, screen message said 'no signal' available

Gear is Samsung 40" LCD,
Samsung FV PVR, all cables are OK, antenna is a twelve element digital specific type, aimed at (?) Pontypool, but could be hitting on Mendips, I have clear line of sight on both TX stations, my antenna is at approx 300 Mtrs ASL, I ain't about to go fiddling at this hour, nor in the rain.
Presently alignment is horizontal, but easy reached to swing it to vertical.

However, I was under the impression in digital alignment was immaterial, I could be wrong, perhaps I read the 'rules' wrong when I first got TV.

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morgan's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

9:08 PM

morgan: Mendip and Pontypool are only 11 degrees apart at your location. The difference is that the former requires a horizontally polarised aerial and the latter a vertically one.

The predictor suggests that Mendip is the best for all services, albeit that regional programming is West.

I would check that receivers are tuned to the correct UHF channels as there are quite a few transmitters that are receivable at your location.

For Wales regional programming, the predictor suggests Wenvoe will be best for all services, although the commercials are "variable".

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 March 2012
Wayne kelly
8:12 PM


I am a local aerial installer and I am trying to find out if the mynyth machen transmitter may of been the problem I came across today at a customers house being that it is using the same frequency's as pontypool.(SFN). I had line of site to machen and line of site for pontypool. The aerial system is new and has been working perfectly with S/D but when a new H/D freeview tv was fitted there were no hd channels on mux29.. The mux looked fine using my promax explorer meter with a signal power reading of 55db but still no h/d. The only way I could get a h/d programme was to realign the aerial to wenvoe but it is a much weaker signal with only 43 db on mux 47 but it did work with stable pictures, but I am anticipating a call back in the summer to increase the pole size and maybe the aerial due to leaves growing on the trees which the aerial is now looking towards.

Hope you may shed some light on the problem, and has there been simular probs in other parts of the country with S.F.N transmitters.


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Wayne kelly's 7 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 April 2012
9:02 AM

Anyone else lost all the hd channels since 31.03.2012 ?

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Jamie's 8 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Monday, 9 April 2012
11:15 AM

They came back when I checked Monday the 2nd April and lasted all week but now they are breaking up badly so if there are no faults then maybe I am not using this transmitter and I could be using Mynydd Machen ? I did not install my antenna and its in the loft so never checked anything but have had issues with HD channels since the switch over.

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Jamie's 8 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
9:48 AM

Just to update the HD is working again now as of 8:30am 10.04.2012.

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