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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
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9 BBC Four, 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
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5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)384mDTG-6100,000W
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74 Shopping Quarter , 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45+ (666.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
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11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 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
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -2.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)384mDTG-653,200W
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-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1715 May 2019
VHFB E TB E TW TB E TB E K TW TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C301LOCAL2
C31com7com7
C342
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40-A
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCABBCA
C42+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C43-C
C44BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C45+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C46-D
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_off+ArqB
C50tv_off-B
C51tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesLCFLCF
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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, 28 April 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:34 AM

Gerald C. May: Sorry about the delay, I thought the software would do it automatically.

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Monday, 2 May 2011
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RonP
9:55 AM

Is Wenvoe not transmitting SDN, supposedly now Ch42? I can get the others (Chs41,44,45,49) @100% level and I was getting SDN on Ch51 prior to 27 April.

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RonP's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 3 May 2011
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Simon Jones
9:02 PM

Since being asked to retune sometime last week, we've lost (I think) two complete muxes. E4 and Dave have gone, we're getting no signal messages. We've had problem free reception for 3 years. What confuses me is that the same thing has happened in my place of work, and also friends saying they've lost the same channels. CF5 postcode / Wenvoe TX

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Wednesday, 4 May 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:15 AM

RonP: Yes, the services are being broadcast as per the table at the top of the page. Please see Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Simon Jones
11:34 AM

Thanks for your suggestion Briantist, and please accept my apologies for forgetting to mention that I've carried out numerous first time installs, with cable removed in between.

I'm getting perfect reception on PSB1, PSB2 & COM6. Just getting constant no signal on all channels on COM4 and COM5.

The missing channels appear on the correct channel numbers, and strangely, I think the EPG works, but just nothing except no signal.

I can't see why it would be a power issue, as COM6 works perfectly, and according to the chart above, it's on the same power.

I've also tried a different freeview receiver to rule out any TV firmware issues, (it's only 3 years old though).

A visual check of the aerial (digital one installed three years ago) couldn't find anything.

No new electrical items (e.g. games consoles, PCs) have been added.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:51 PM

Simon Jones: I would check Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice - also check you don't have too much signal. If you have boosters or amplifiers, try removing them from your system.

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Iain Davies
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9:22 PM

Here in Weston s Mare ALL channels from Wenvoe coming in loud and clear!!!

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:24 PM

Iain Davies: I would hope so, really!

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Tuesday, 17 May 2011
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Donald Chamberlain
2:42 PM

We are having problems with channels e.g. Quest,Dave & many more We are having no signal for these. So far no explenation has been given for the loss of these programs other than the fault always lies with the house holder. The system has been checked and no fault has been found so the problem must lie with the transmission itself ( Wenvoe ).

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