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Full Freeview on the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter which serves 17,000 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 BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the BlaenPlwyf 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
C27 (522.0MHz)331mDTG-340,000W
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
C24 (498.0MHz)331mDTG-340,000W
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 ITV1 +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)331mDTG-640,000W
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, 110 Channel 4 HD (Wales), 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 113km south-southeast (149°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 115km south-southeast (151°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

How will the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1331 Oct 2018
VHFA K TW TW TA K TA K T
C3BBCtvwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C25SDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C28ArqBArqB
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C56tv_offC5wavesC5waves

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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 10 Feb 10 and 10 Mar 10.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 40kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Analogue 5(-14dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Blaenplwyf 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. BlaenPlwyf 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 8 September 2012
P
Phil
1:57 PM

Very bad signal today and the last few days from Blaenplwf. Very blocky and not signal at all today!! any Ideas??

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Phil's 3 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 October 2012
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Miceil
5:24 PM
Aberaeron

I live in (uphill) Cwmann outside Lampeter. Blaen Plwyf tv reception is brilliant.

DAB radio from there 'bubbles'a bit even with a 5 element external aerial.
I once attached an Antiference tv arial booster in a previous location and that magnified the DAB signal amazingly! Hopefully this will work again.
Any other ideas please?

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Miceil's 1 post GB
Saturday, 13 October 2012
K
KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:19 PM

Miceil: You are not (officially) served by any DAB transmitters at present, however the BBC reception report for your postcode does show that you could be receiving DAB transmissions from Blaenplwyf, Preseli and Carmel. Have you tried pointing the DAB aerial towards Preseli to see if that signal offers any improvement over Blaenplwyf? Trying different locations for the aerial might also find pockets of stronger signal, otherwise, as you suggest, the use of an amplifier can raise the threshold when the signal level is low and there are no particular interference problems.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
B
Bruce MORRIS
11:57 AM

Blaen Plwyf and relays. The positions given for all these transmitters are in the Indian Ocean!

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:43 PM

Bruce MORRIS: Try swapping the longitude and latitude around; this works for Blaen Plwyf.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 21 March 2013
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Dave Bradney
8:42 PM
Aberystwyth

Since 1pm today 21 March 2013 have lost most of Blaenplwyf's output. Since 1pm can usually but not always get Channel 24 2/D3+4 (ITV channels), and always get Ch 22 C/ArqA (Dave etc). Nothing more. Channel 27 signal strength is 26-28% consistently. Using Humana set-top box and indoor aerial. In line of sight of Blaenplwy mast, about 7km away. Advice? Suggestions?

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Dave Bradney's 5 posts GB
Friday, 22 March 2013
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Dave Bradney
12:19 PM
Aberystwyth

Further to previous (21.3.13), Channel 24 output of Blaenplwyf was back at 20.30pm on Thursday 21 March (yesterday), with signal strength 60%, but today at 12 noon strength had returned to 28% and no pictures were available. At least now I have realised that doing a rescan is a bad idea! I suggest this transmitter has a current problem, even if it is not a current *reported* problem. Comments??

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Dave Bradney's 5 posts GB
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Dave Bradney
12:21 PM
Aberystwyth

Sorry I meant Channel 27 not 24 in above

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Dave Bradney's 5 posts GB
Monday, 25 March 2013
D
Dave Bradney
4:15 PM
Aberystwyth

In answer to your q, aerial is on top of my small TV set, ie it's the one that came with the set - I live close to the mast and in direct line of sight, reception has never been a prob before last Thursday

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Dave Bradney's 5 posts GB
Thursday, 8 August 2013
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:57 PM

Howell Edwards: Can you please provide your postcode so we can see what your reception should be like? Thanks.

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