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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
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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
Thursday, 2 October 2014
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jb38
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8:37 PM

ian : Purely out of curiosity, when you mention Freesat as not being an option for reasons of the terrain / trees etc, have you actually had this vetted as not being possible by a dish installer? or is it an assumption based on your personal opinion?

The only reason I ask, is because there are very few places in the UK where satellite reception is in reality, just not possible, as although a tree or some other obstacle might well be considered as being capable of blocking the signal to a dish, in many cases there are ways around this, as dishes can be mounted on the side of a chimney, on top of a pole, or alternatively on a tripod stand positioned at near to ground level, plus of course the signal hits the dish from above at an elevation of around 23 degrees or so, and not the horizontal direction the dish happens to be facing, which is always lower.

If of course you are located tight on the Northern side of a reasonably high Southern facing hill, then this type of situation is indeed most likely to be a no-go for satellite reception, although a view from above does not suggest that this applies, and the satellite signal plotter does "not" indicate a no-go situation at the location given.



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jb38
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9:47 PM

ian : Update on that said. Unfortunately it would appear that a terrain problem does exist, as further checking using an another (and superior) sat signal plotter site indicates that an obstruction does exist in the form of the hill seen to the front of the property in question, the obstruction occurring at just under 50m from said property at a height of 21m.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
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10:31 PM

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

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Thursday, 9 October 2014
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4:32 AM

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

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Friday, 10 October 2014
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4:31 AM

BLAENPLWYF 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, 3 January 2015
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Geraint Jenkins
6:01 PM

Hello can you tell me when HD on freeview will be available on BBC Two Wales and channel five From the transmitter in blaenplwyf.

Many Thanks.

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Dave Lindsay
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6:30 PM

Geraint Jenkins : Channel 5 was offered the capacity on PSB3 which is now occupied by BBC Three/CBBC, so the likely answer is "not any time soon".

As for BBC Two Wales in high definition, your best bet is to look to the BBC:

Nations HD Channels - BBC - FAQs - Home

It is the case that there is only one variant of BBC One HD on the terrestrial platform. The same applies for BBC Two. I imagine that when the time does come to change this that they are both likely to be done.

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Thursday, 5 February 2015
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1:32 PM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 today to 08:13 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 February 2015
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4:31 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 yesterday to 08:13 yesterday. [BBC]

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BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 on 05 Feb to 08:13 on 05 Feb. [BBC]

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