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Freeview Light on the Portishead (North Somerset, England) transmitter

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sa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.484,-2.782 or 51°29'2"N 2°46'55"Wsa_postcodeBS20 6LP

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The symbol shows the location of the Portishead (North Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 2,100 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 Portishead (North Somerset, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Portishead 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
C59 (778.0MHz)110mDTG-37W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C50 (706.0MHz)110mDTG-37W
Channel icons
3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C55 (746.0MHz)110mDTG-67W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?


The Portishead (North Somerset, England) 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 Portishead transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 12km east-southeast
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 16km east-southeast
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Portishead (North Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-18
aerial groupEEEC/D EC/D EC/D E
C39BBC2BBC2BBC2
700C49ITVITVITV
C50 D3+4D3+4
C55BBCBBBCBBBCB
C59BBCABBCABBCA
800C62D3+4
C66BBC1BBC1BBC1
C68C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 24th March and 7th April 2010.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 7.4W
Analogue 1-4(-0.2dB) 7W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip 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. Portishead 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
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
M
Mat
12:59 PM

Hi,
I live at bs206dj. Which tramsmitter should I point the ariel towards to recieve the most channels ? Also do I need a wideband ariel the one that I have at the moment doesnt recieve any freeview channels at all.
Many thanks
Mat

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Dave Lindsay
2:05 PM

Mat: Mendip, if possible, aerial horizontal.

The Portishead relay is on the top of Hanover House, although it carries PSB channels only. Aerials should be vertical.

Or Wenvoe which broadcasts PSB and COM channels, although carries the Wales regional variants of BBC One, BBC Two and ITV1. If Mendip is out and Wenvoe is therefore your only full-service transmitter, you could have another aerial pointing at Hanover House, either connected to a separate receiver or diplexed (combined) into one downlead.

For a list of services by multiplex (including which are PSB and which are COM), see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex


See ATV Sheffield's site for lots of information:

Mendip Transmitter

Mendip is all Group C/D so no wideband aerial is necessary. However, you may decide to get a wideband aerial just incase the authorities decide to change it all again so as to sell the spectrum off to the highest bidder...

Plus, if you get a wideband, it will also be suitable for Wenvoe (which is all Group B), should you find that Mendip isn't good enough.

If you are looking at receiving from Hanover House, then I assume that you can see its roof from yours, so a DM Log should do. Logs are wideband but have a flatter response than yagis. See here for examples:

Gain (curves), Again


I am wondering why your current aerial gives you nothing. Is there a fault that needs fixing and once it's fixed will give you the full service (if it points to Mendip)?

Even if it points to Hanover House, it will still be expected to give you PSB channels.

If your existing aerial points to Hanover House and you can get it working, then it's probably best to keep it as a backup. And if you find that Mendip isn't an option, you may decide to diplex it with one on Wenvoe.


It is worth looking to see where other aerials are pointing. Also, see if you can see anything that could be an obstruction that might be to the detriment of reception from your chosen transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 16 April 2013
J
JRD
3:30 PM Bristol

I live at postcode BS20 7BW. My Aerial picks up Welsh telly (BBC 1 Wales, ITV Wales, S4C etc).

Any tips on how I can get proper English/Bristolian freeview?

Any help appreciated!

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Dave Lindsay
5:38 PM

JRD: You've left out a crucial bit of information - which transmitter your aerial faces!

So your aerial picks up Welsh television. But does it face Wenvoe, which is the transmitter in Wales? If it does then the answer is to look at realigning or replacing with an aerial on a transmitter in England.

If your aerial faces a transmitter in England, but your receiver keeps tuning to Wenvoe then your question relates to how you can prevent your tuner opting for the 'wrong' transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 17 April 2013
J
JRD
8:44 AM Bristol

Many thanks Dave, I will check and may come back for some more help if it's facing the right way and still picking up transmission from Wenvoe!

Without meaning to sound too ignorant (this is my first encounter with TV aerials), would realigning it simply be a case of pointing the aerial in the general direction of the English transmitter?!

Thanks again

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