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CHARD (Somerset, England) DAB transmitter

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Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the CHARD (Somerset, England) mast?

No problems on any service. BBC

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Chard DAB

Sunday, 15 September 2019
Terry williamson
8:16 AM

Live in chard on non hd keep losing signal had new a/e etc. What are you doing is it 4/5g?
Help please not acceptable could not watch breakfast programme in kitchen as old set none hd.

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Terry williamson's 1 post GB
Monday, 16 September 2019

11:06 PM

Terry williamson:

"We" are not doing anything! This is an independent help site and we'll try and advise you.
You have posted on the DAB Radio transmitter page but appear to be referring to your DTV signals. I assume that you are receiving your signals from Mendip. There is planned engineering work at Mendip this week with "Possible weak signal" and this is probably the reason you are seeing problems. Do NOT attempt any retunes whilst this situation exists!
If you aren't receiving your signals from Mendip, then we'll need a full post code to advise you further.

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Chris.SE's 2,741 posts GB
Sunday, 16 May 2021
Robin Cloke
12:00 PM

When will the new DAB Sataions (Times, Scala etc) be added to the Chard transmitter, Please??

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Robin Cloke's 2 posts GB

1:53 PM

Robin Cloke: Times Radio and Scala are both broadcast on the SDL National multiplex, which did expand it's coverage to a number of new transmitters a few years ago, however nothing has been announced about any future plans to expand coverage. You could try contacting the stations to ask if they have any plans to provide coverage in your area.

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StevensOnln1's 3,214 posts GB
Sunday, 13 June 2021
3:30 PM

Chris.SE: I can receive both stations untill I am nearly home. My hame is in a valley (Although at 500 ft). Blind to the Stockland Txer. When DAB was first I had a poor but usable signal, which improved when the Vhartd Txer incd DAB.
I have tried to find a way to commicate with the stations, but cannot find any links??

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Robin's 2 posts GB
Monday, 14 June 2021

7:02 AM


There isn't exactly a large number of transmitters in quite a large surrounding area transmitting the SDL multiplex - it's not on Stockland Hill.
The only ones AFAIK are Exeter St.Thomas, Beacon Hill, Mendip & Bincombe Hill in Dorset, however I'm a bit baffled by the data I can find, that says in the centre of Chard you can only get the main BBC DAB mux with good reception and fair reception of the Local mux carrying BBC Somerset (possibly from the Taunton transmitter), yet a transmitter map suggests there is maybe a commercial multiplex at Stockland Hill (but not SDL or D1). My guess would be that you are receiving Scala and Times Radio from Mendip on the way home as I don't think the other transmitters' coverage would get to the Chard area!
The SDL mux is Block 11A: 216.928 MHz, have you tried manual tuning on your set(s) at home, often auto-tune can miss signals that are weak. Obviously you've got it already tuned in the car!

Scala is part of the Bauer group and they (Bauer and their stations) don't seem to want to be readily contacted by convenient things like email or phone but they do have presence on social media if you use any of that.
Times Radio are also on social media, but do have an email
If you contact the stations themselves, I'd suggest you ask them to forward your enquiry to the relevanmt engineering people or otherwise you'll likely get a non-committal answer!

As the SDL mux is part owned by Arqiva and Bauer and it's Arqiva that install and maintain the transmitters, you could try asking both of them if there are plans to add the mux to the Chard Somerset transmitter or any other nearby main transmitters.
Arqiva seem readily contactable at, Bauer don't seem to have readily available contacts for the public, the best I can find is their Media Communications Director

So good luck with that, let us know how you get on.

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