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The symbol shows the location of the Washford (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 1,600 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 Washford (Somerset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Washford 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.

 V max
C59 (778.0MHz)85mDTG-312W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 V max
C50 (706.0MHz)85mDTG-312W
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, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 V max
C55 (746.0MHz)85mDTG-612W
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, 204 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 Washford (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 Washford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 61km east-northeast
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 63km east-northeast
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

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

years1984-971997-981998-20102010-1327/3/13-2013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupEEEC/D EC/D EC/D EA B C/D E K VHF
C50 D3+4D3+4

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?

Analogue 1-4 62W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.1dB) 12W

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. Washford 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, 29 March 2013
Alan Coomber
6:35 PM Taunton

Dave , Many thanks for your patience with my questions.
The other option I think might be Freesat - more expense but I think that might separate us from transmitters and mobile operators.

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Saturday, 30 March 2013
Dave Lindsay
2:03 PM

Alan Coomber: Freesat is an option and you have some points to consider because, as you say, any change will mean more expense.

If you decide to have Freesat in all three rooms, then you will need a single dish with a cable running to each room. Should any of the receivers be recorders then you would need two cables from the dish to the room in question.

For each room/TV you require Freesat, as well as the cable(s), you will need a set-top box receiver.

If you decide to have Freesat only in your lounge, solely in order to receive ITV West (as it isn't available with your current setup), then I would point out that Freeview, with a separate Washford aerial and separate set-top box would achieve the same result. The cost for the latter may be cheaper. It may make use of your current Washford aerial and therefore just require adjustment to the wiring and a Freeview set-top box. (This option may mean loosing the ability to view BBC One West and BBC Two England in the two other rooms, although their may be other options so this isn't the case.)

This isn't ideal - as I say, I know this is going to mean expense - but it may be an alternative, less expensive, option.

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Monday, 1 April 2013
steve hill
3:28 PM

Alan Coomber: With reference to your loss of ITV west on the 27th, what has happened is that it has moved down to channel 50, all that is really needed is a retune. Check my website if you need any more info.

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steve hill's 2 posts GB
Monday, 11 July 2016
Transmitter engineering
9:09 AM

WASHFORD transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Transmitter engineering
12:09 AM

WASHFORD transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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