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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.

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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-320,000W
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-320,000W
Channel icons
5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)411mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales),  CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C36 (594.0MHz)411mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 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
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1322 May 132013-1717 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 - 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
Friday, 26 April 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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8:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today to 05:15 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today to 05:15 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 27 April 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 yesterday to 05:15 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 yesterday to 05:15 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 28 April 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 26 Apr to 05:15 on 26 Apr, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 26 Apr to 05:15 on 26 Apr. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 8 May 2019
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Lynn Samuel
10:49 PM

All BBC channels have pixelated images and breaks in sound on Freeview from Carmel.. no other stations are affected. Appears that mux1 stations BBC stations have the problem for the last 2 days..

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MikeP
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11:18 PM

Lynn Samuel:

Despite recent engineering work, Carmel transmitter is operating normally. I suspect you may have a problem with your aerial connections so please check all the cables for damage or water ingress. Then unplug all coaxial connections and refit. Then check that you are tuned to the correct channels for the multiplexes and that your signal strengths are between 60% and 85%,



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Wednesday, 17 July 2019
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Catrin Evans
5:47 AM
Carmarthen

I have no Freeview signal at all on any TV in the house. Message displayed on all TVs is 'Missing or weak signal'.
All TVs run off individual aerials in loft and locally in rooms. I have checked all connections and reset does not work as no channels can be found.
Postcode is SA32 7AS, local transmitter is Carmel which currently reports no faults or engineering work.

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Ian Fry
5:55 AM
Ammanford

Catrin Evans: I have the same issue in sa18 2re.

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nobody
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:17 AM

A Retune event for Carmel is scheduled for 17 Jul 19.

A retune of your receiver may be required.

See

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

for details.

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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:35 AM

Ian Fry: & Catrin Evans:

Both of you should have no trouble receiving the Carmel transmitter after retuning BUT if you do not have a Group T/Wideband aerial (old group was C/D) then you may struggle with some of the multiplexes on the low channels.
If you don't have cable or satellite the you may be eligible for free help, See Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

"Important changes to Freeview

Changes are being made to the way some channels are broadcast on Freeview. You may need to retune your TV equipment to continue watching programmes when these take place in your area. Find out more below.

You can watch videos about retuning on our website. If you need help with this or retuning doesn't restore your channels, see our FAQs or call the Freeview Advice Line free on 0808 100 0288. You may be eligible for free in-home support, including aerial work if needed."

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