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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmitter.

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)384mDTG-3100,000W
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)384mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)384mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales), 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45+ (666.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LCF
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)384mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Cardiff,

com7
 H -3.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)384mDTG-647,000W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1323 Jan 132013-1715 May 2019
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TB E K TW TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C30LOCAL2
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCABBCA
C42+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C44BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C45+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_off+ArqB
C51tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesLCFLCF
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Thursday, 17 July 2014
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barrie wreford
2:18 PM

does anyone know what channels & power the celtic manor transmits on as quite a few people in the Langstone area of Newport are having problems recieving bbc & itv wales,is it a transmitter problem ?.

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Saturday, 2 August 2014
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Eran Elliott
9:30 PM

I live in Merthyr Tydfil but only get the basic freeview channels. If I upgraded to the strongest available digital aerial could I receive more channels from another transmitter such as Wenvoe ? And, what is the self help transposer in Pentrebach which is very close to me. How would that help and what would I need to do ?

Many thanks.

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:29 PM

Eran Elliott: Without more precise information about your location, preferably a postcode in order to do a predicted reception check, it is not possible to give detailed advice. However it is fair to say that even if you are fortunate in being able to receive signals direct from Wenvoe it is most unlikely that reception of the COM muxes would be possible due to the re-use of the frequencies for the low power, but nearby, relay at Trefechan. This would most likely block reception of any signals from Wenvoe on the COM frequencies. A similar situation exists for anyone in the locality who is able to receive signals from Mendip, as in this case the relay at Treharris transmits the PSB muxes on the same frequencies as are used at Mendip for the COM muxes.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014
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kerry
8:03 AM
Barry

i am in barry south wales using the wenvoe transmitter . ithe signal seems to be very poor at night ( after midnight ) . i have to use a booster , but even with this at night i loose a number of channels .

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jb38
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9:28 PM

kerry: Properties in your area would appear to be connected into a communal aerial system, should your TV or box be connected into such a system then the problem is really out with your control, as its really in the domain of the properties maintenance department.

I should say though, that the communal aerials fitted on the properties in the area are seen to be facing towards the Wenvoe transmitter, and although being only 4 miles away, this transmitter is not indicated as providing the best reception due to the signal path from same being blocked relatively close to your location, Mendip being far in a way superior in this respect by having a clear line of sight between the transmitter and your apartment block, of course, that is should the location referred to apply? as its fully appreciated that a post code can cover a number of properties in an area.

By the way, are any of your neighbours suffering from similar problems with reception?


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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:31 PM

WENVOE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 today to 18:33 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 9 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 yesterday to 18:33 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 on 08 Oct to 18:33 on 08 Oct. [BBC]

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Saturday, 25 October 2014
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jpreece
2:45 PM
Hengoed

i am in ystrad mynach cf827df if i upgrade to the strongest digital aerial would i get more channels from another transmitter the aerial is on the roof

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:18 PM

jpreece: Hi. Basically, no, you won't.

As you can't get a signal from one of the "full service" Freeview transmitters, if you want more money then Freesat is the way to go.

Have a look at https://ukfree.tv/chan…esat for the channel lists.

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