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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?

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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-40,000W
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-40,000W
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-40,000W
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), 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 13 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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:33 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:36 PM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 10:21 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 10:21 today, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 10:21 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 10:21 today, Radio 4 FM [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 11 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:33 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 10:21 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 10:21 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 10:21 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterda [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 12 September 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:35 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 on 10 Sep to 10:21 on 10 Sep. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 10 Sep to 10:21 on 10 Sep, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 10 Sep to 10:21 on 10 Sep, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 10 Se [BBC] MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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ian
7:51 PM

I use the BlaenPlwyf transmitter but see that it is NOT providing Extended Freeview, given my location and the fact that the terrain and trees prevent me from considering FreeSat what are my options? Also should I pay less for my TV license?

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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:26 PM

ian: If you'd provided a postcode, the reception guru's could have considered your options.

Its a pain that you can't get Freesat, etc, but frankly, its only due to the PSB channels providing a local transmitter (even if it does have the full channels) that you have any TV at all. The idea of paying less for fewer channels comes up a lot, but its the commercial channels who cant be bothered to pay to broadcast to you, so no, you cant get a reduction.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:15 AM

ian: By law a TV Licence is required to *view* any broadcast channels.

However, the TV Licence goes exclusively to the BBC and, as a Public Service Broadcaster, you have all BBC channels.

It is absurd to raise the question of paying a Public Service Broadcaster less because Commercial operators do not serve you. This is because Public Service Broadcasters have obligations as far as terrestrial coverage goes and the Commercials do not.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:20 AM

ian: As MikeB says, your postcode might give us an idea as to what your options are. On the basis of BlaenPlwyf's COMs being at lower power than the PSBs, in some cases it may be possible to receive the former with an amplifier or perhaps higher gain aerial.

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ian
10:08 AM

Thanks for your feedback. I was pretty sure i had included PC, perhaps that was a different forum. So her is PC SY233EU. Ian

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:48 PM

ian: I'm surprised. A terrain plot shows you can almost see the top the transmitter, were it not for the high ground just over a mile away:
Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location
Digital UK suggests that you might be in with a good shot, obstructions such as trees not being the fly in the ointment. Use a TV or box to test to see if the three COM muxes are there (you need one with manual tuning). For each one, select/enter the UHF channel number and wait - do not press the button to scan/add services immediately. Give the thing 10 seconds or so and see what readings for strength and quality you get (in this state the device operates as a poor man's signal meter). The UHF channels are: COM4 - ITV3 etc - C25 COM5 - Pick etc - C22 COM6 - 4music etc - C28 While you're at it, see what you get for PSB1 (BBC SD services) and PSB2 (ITV, S4C, C4, C5 etc) which are on C27 and C24 respectively.

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