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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 26/02/2024 Screen may go black 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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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 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.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

10:43 AM

Jamie: I a glad to hear that the services are working again.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Saturday, 18 August 2012
10:26 AM

Re: Pontypool transmitter.
Rooftop aerial with signal booster but rather low because we live in a bungalow.
Able to receive Ch.22 482MHz - ITV Wales and S4C
but not Ch. 21 474MHz - BBC1 Wales and BBC2 Wales.
Signal quality 0 to 5
Signal strength approx 5.
Mendip signal perfect on different aerial.
Can you help please?

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J.T.Verrier's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

12:58 PM

J.T.Verrier: Pontypool does broadcast on C22, but it is COM5/ArqA which carries Pick TV and others.

PSB2: ITV Wales, S4C etc is on C26 and BBC is on C23 and not C21.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Bernard Tyson
6:47 PM

no signal at 18.16 08/01/13

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Bernard Tyson's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 27 March 2013
9:22 AM

I live in the Cwmbran area and have never been able
To recieve hd chans from the pontypool transmitter even though the aerial can see it, sd progs are perfect..I had a local aerial guy come round and see of he could get hd freeview for me and the only way he could recieve hd was to add an aerial and put it on the mendip transmitter and diplex the aerials together. The aerial guy said that he always gets the same problem from the pontypool transmitter with hd but couldn't give me a reason why. Can anyone shed any light on this problem and has any else experienced the same scenario?

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Wayne's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
barrie wreford
8:24 PM

is there a problem with power output of the pontypool transmitter of radiation to the south as several viewers in the malpas area of newport have lost all mutiplexes very low signal, not aerial problem.

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barrie wreford's 11 posts GB flag
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Friday, 30 May 2014
10:03 AM

Wayne: I have the same problem in Caerllion. All the multiplexers have perfect reception except HD.

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Pedr's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 26 October 2014
2:15 PM

I am trying to locate madei in Cardiff. I can get made in Bristolon Channel8, but following your suggestion of manually retuning C51 ddoesn't find it.
I am on Pontypool transmitter, which Ithink is a sub- transmitter?
My postcode is np44 henllys, Cwmbran.c2
Thanks for looking.

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steve's 8 posts GB flag
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5:35 PM

steve: Local TV for Cardiff is transmitted from Wenvoe on C51, local TV for Bristol from Mendip, also on C51. At your location you appear to have robust signals from Mendip but reception from Wenvoe according to the DUK predictions looks to be somewhat iffy. This suggests that if there is any signal for Made in Cardiff reaching your aerial it is being drowned out by the Made in Bristol signal..There is certainly no prediction for Made in Cardiff being possible, even with poor reception!

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 27 December 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

PONTYPOOL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 02:20 today to 03:05 today. [BBC]

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