menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview

 

 

Click to see updates

Full Freeview on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter

first published this on - UK Free TV
sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.818,-4.067 or 51°49'5"N 4°4'3"Wsa_postcodeSA14 7NA

 

The symbol shows the location of the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter which serves 72,000 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 Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
_______

Which Freeview channels does the Carmel 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
C23- (489.8MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
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
C26 (514.0MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
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
C29 (538.0MHz)411mDTG-20,000W
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 -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)411mDTG-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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)411mDTG-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 -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)411mDTG-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 Carmel (Carmarthenshire, 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 Carmel transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 68km east-southeast (122°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 68km southeast (127°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbergorlechActive deflectorDyfed5 homes
CwmereActive deflector11 km NE Aberystwyth10 homes

How will the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TW T
C23BBCA
C26D3+4
C29BBCB
C33SDN
C36ArqA
C48ArqB
C49tv_off ArqBArqB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C54tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C55tv_off_local_local_local_local
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C58tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA
C61ArqB
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 26 Aug 09 and 23 Sep 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux A*(-13dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Carmel 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. Carmel 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
Sunday, 27 March 2016
M
Michael Spoors
9:59 AM

I live in South Wales, Llanelli near Swansea.
Why is the Carmel (Carmarthenshire) mast not one of the extended Freeview HD transmitters ?It seems rather sad I am unable to receive more HD channels, which most of the rest of the UK can receive.
Are there plans to improve this situation?
Thanks

link to this comment
Michael Spoors's 1 post US
Monday, 23 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 138,958 posts xx
Tuesday, 31 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 138,958 posts xx
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
R
Roger Owen
11:33 AM

Is there a weak signal to the Carmarthen area as the free view reception has been very poor for a few days. Thanks

link to this comment
Roger Owen's 1 post GB
R
Richard Cooper
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:56 AM
Norwich

Roger Owen: Hi, Roger.There are no reported issues on the Carmel transmitter but a retune may be necessary on your tv because Bay TV for Swansea may have been added to Carmel possibly. Richard, Norwich.

link to this comment
Richard Cooper's 462 posts GB
Sunday, 20 November 2016
G
Gill
5:40 PM

20/11/16
I have a 5 year old technika TV which, as of about a week ago, looses the signal about 4.30pm and even though I am not using any new equiment near by it takes several attempts to retune it and then it is "temperamental" pixilating until about 7pm when the signal goes up to 100% again. Is it my TV or does anyone else have this problem? Do I need some sort of booster?

link to this comment
Gill's 1 post GB
M
MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:15 PM

Gill: There could be two possible reasons.

1) Your suffering from whats called 'single source interference' - you've got something like a thermostat or something with a timer, which comes on and causes interference. Search for that phrase on this site, and it should offer some ways to find out if you have, and what you can do about it.
2) You've just go a problem with your aerial, which just happens to act up at a time you notice it. Check your signal strength - if its very low, then there is a problem somewhere along the chain from the aerial to your TV. Could be a simple as a dodgy aerial lead in the back of the set - they are very cheap, and easy to replace, so at least you can check it. Remember that none of us check signal strength much unless there is a problem - it tends to work or it doesn't. And if thats the time we happen to be watching it, then we'll assume it only problematic at that time. Rain can get into the joints, kill a signal, and then dry out, and everything is fine again, but at some point, thats going to happen again.

3) Your getting 100% signal? See 'too much of a good thing' on this site for further info - 75% signal strength is perfect. If you can supply a postcode, we can see if your getting too high a signal.




link to this comment
MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:35 PM

Gill: The timings of the symptoms referred to would suggest that the problem is likely being caused by some form of localised interference, for example such as a neighbours washing machine, worn / sparking motor brushes in same being notorious for causing problems of this nature, other potential offenders in this respect being vacuum cleaners or sewing machines, or indeed any domestic device fitted with a brush type motor can be a potential source of interference.

Should you reside in a property with a neighbour through an adjoining wall? a good way of checking for interference from motorised equipment is by using a transistor radio fitted with a LW band. The procedure being to tune the radio to above where radio 4 LW is received (198Khz) followed by advancing the volume until background mush is audible, if you then position the radio close to the adjoining wall (preferably near to a power socket) shortly prior to when the interference is known to start, said interference if originating from a faulty device in a neighbours property will show up on the radio as a loud raspy type crackle.

This test also works on FM radio's tuned "not" to receive a programme, although the interference referred to shows up as a high pitched raspy noise above the background hiss.

Devices used to extend the range of WiFi etc or cable boxes used by Virgin and such likes are also potential sources of interference with reception, although in this case its somewhat more difficult to determine if the use of such equipment is responsible or not except to observe if said interference ever occurs when the neighbour is not at home.

link to this comment
jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:33 PM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 today to 20:03 today. [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 138,958 posts xx
Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:33 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 yesterday to 20:03 yesterday. [BBC]

link to this comment
Transmitter engineering's 138,958 posts xx
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.








Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.