menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview



Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.460,-3.282 or 51°27'35"N 3°16'57"Wsa_postcodeCF5 6SA


The symbol shows the location of the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmitter which serves 360,000 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 Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) mast?

Wenvoe transmitter - Wenvoe transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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

Which Freeview channels does the Wenvoe 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.

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)384mDTG-100,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)384mDTG-100,000W
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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)384mDTG-100,000W
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

 H -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 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 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C45+ (666.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -10dB
C37 (602.0MHz)384mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Cardiff,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Wenvoe transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 6km northeast (42°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 1km east-northeast (74°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbergwesynActive deflector7 km N Llanwrtyd Wells20 homes
BarryTransposer10 km SW city centre300 homes
Celtic ManorTransposer5 km E Newport80 homes
PentrebachTransposer3 km S Merthyr Tydfil100 homes
YstradfellteActive deflector30 km NE Port Talbot20 homes

How will the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1715 May 2019
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB

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 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com8(-9.7dB) 53.2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-10.3dB) 47kW
Mux 1*, LCF(-17dB) 10kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 5kW

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. Wenvoe 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.

Thursday, 24 January 2013

12:05 AM

Gareth Jones: Well now that you have confirmed that you do indeed use a communal aerial system then this is something which somewhat limits the scope of what you can try, excepting of course the wire aerial test! but when taking this into account then about the only thing left that you can possibly do is to find out if any of your neighbours that you might be on good terms with happens to use a small TV in their bedroom that they would be willing to let you borrow for ten minutes or so for the purpose of trying it out on your apartments aerial points, you of course not requiring to do anything more than just plug it in and connect the aerial lead on to it, as the TV will already have all the channels pre-stored.

Should you be successful in managing to borrow a set then this would be an absolute boon as it would instantly point to the source of the problem, because if an engineer was called in to check out your system then the aerial points provided in the flat would be the very first thing that he / she (to be PC) would connect their signal strength meter onto, and if they were proven to be defective then it would save you a wasted visit to Richer sounds, because when dealing with communal aerial systems the possibly always exists that the coax line from the communal aerials distribution amplifier into your flat is defective, and there is no way of knowing whether it is or not except by testing it out using another receiver.

I should of course really have sussed out earlier on about the possibility of your aerial being communal, but by you having mentioned that it was on the roof somewhat swayed me into thinking it was yours.

Maybe you could give an update on how you get on, as I would be interested to know.

link to this comment
jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 7 February 2013
9:23 PM
Dinas Powys

Cf64 5fa. Aerial is on the roof. We've had hardly any television since re-tuning, as directed, on 23rd January. When can we expect th situation to improve?

link to this comment
Nicola's 1 post GB flag
Nicola's: ...

10:10 PM

Nicola: The re-tune on the 23rd January 2013 affecting viewers to Wenvoe followed a change of frequency for ArqB, which carries Film4, ITV4, 4Music etc. If other channels which were working correctly prior to this date are now giving problems first check that the receiver has stored channels for the transmitter that the aerial is pointing to. Check the frequency for BBC1, ITV, ITV3, Sky News and ITV4 also noting the signal strength and quality if your tuner offers this information which is often found by pressing "display" or similar info button. For Wenvoe you should see 41, 44, 42, 45 and 39 respectively. Ridge Hill or Mendip are possible "wrong" transmitters that might have been found when scanning for channels. In the event that the wrong frequencies are stored you will need to do a factory reset to clear the memory of old data, then do a manual tune on the Wenvoe frequencies. Alternatively, do a scan for channels with the aerial plugged in for the Wenvoe frequencies (middle third of the scan), but unplugged for the unwanted transmitters.

link to this comment
KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 March 2013
Gareth Jones
11:32 PM

JB38: Apologies for not responding sooner. My problem ended up being solved surprisingly easily. Given that my cable was labelled 'RF cable' I connected it to the port labelled 'RF' on the wall behind my TV, which resulted in all the issues I have already described. I did try putting a female adaptor on the end of the RF cable so that it would connect to the port labelled 'TV', but this made no difference. However, when someone came round my flat to help, we repeated this step and the TV has been working perfectly ever since!

Thanks for all your assistance. At least if anyone ever has similar problems again they will be able to read this page first.

link to this comment
Gareth Jones's 5 posts GB flag
Gareth's: mapG's Freeview map terrainG's terrain plot wavesG's frequency data G's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:57 PM

Gareth Jones: Many thanks for your update, as on looking back at some of the previous postings I have been involved with I did wonder what the outcome would be of your tests, which of course judging by what you have now reported still leaves an element of doubt as to the exact cause of your difficulty.

However, the main thing is that you are now operational and that's all that really matters.

link to this comment
jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
9:20 PM

Hi, I'm going to have my chimney stack taken down and I therefore need to re site my tv aerial. I have had an issue lately with a 'weak' signal from the Wenvoe transmitter my aerial is pointed question is what type or group aerial do I require if the new position of my aerial is from a 10ft pole attached to the highest part of the rear (wall) of my house (aerial still pointing towards Wenvoe)?
Thanks Al

link to this comment
Al's 1 post GB flag
Al's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Tuesday, 9 April 2013
Alex Theo
1:28 PM

Hello. Please help. I have recently moved to Caerphilly area CF83 1DH. I have aerial on roof and am connected to Mynydd Machen. However I am missing out on the other multiplexes that offer Dave, Film4 etc.. and so would like to connect to Wenvoe transmitter. Can anyone tell me how to do this (I am a real beginner) and also if its even actually possible in my location as Caerphilly mountain (hill) may be in the way? Thanks very much. Alex Theo

link to this comment
Alex Theo's 4 posts GB flag
Alex's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Dave Lindsay

1:44 PM

Alex Theo: One thing you may have to contend with is the Van Terrace transmitter being co-channel (same frequencies) with Wenvoe's COMs. There may be too much interference, or there may be some object that helps block the unwanted signals. That said, Van Terrace is vertically polarised and Wenvoe is horizontally polarised.

The COM channels are those that you don't get from Mynydd Machen.

Have any of your neighbours got Wenvoe aerials? Remember that the fact that they have does not necessarily mean that they can receive all channels (because either the COMs are too weak and/or Van Terrace is being picked up too much).

I'm not sure I can add anything further as I'm not a professional. It's just something to be mindful of. There appears to be no other full-service transmitter that you may be able to pick-up from.

link to this comment
Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Alex Theo
3:36 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thanks for your rapid response. How do I go about stopping any signals from van terrace? However like you said, it may not be an issue as it is vertical?

Regarding neighbouts, my mother (who is not exactly a neighbour but only lives 1 mile away) does pick up OK from Wenvoe but it could well be that she is not as close to the mountain as I am. If this is the case are there any other ways around this?

Also, I notice further up on this feed you replied to somebody from Bedwas on 11 Sept and you suggested he connect to Mendip. Would this be possible for me? I am only 2 miles from bedwas with no hills/mountains in between. He then replied to you saying he connected OK and so maybe it could work for me? How do I go about trying to connect to Mendip? Also you mentioned a duplexer. Since, unlike him, I am able to connect to Mynedd Machen maybe a duplexer would work for me and I could receive Welsh COMS from Mahcen and PCB's from Mendip? Thanks again, Alex

link to this comment
Alex Theo's 4 posts GB flag
Alex's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Alex Theo
3:38 PM

sorry, I got my COMS and PSBs wrong way around! I meant I could get my COMS from Mendip maybe?

link to this comment
Alex Theo's 4 posts GB flag
Alex's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.

Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.