Full Freeview on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Radio Wales, 720 BBC Radio Cymru,
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, 16 QVC, 22 Ideal World, 50 TJC, 95 Create and Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 45 Gems TV, 85 Craft Store TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 72 Shopping Quarter, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
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 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?
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 68km east-southeast (122°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
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?
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|Cwmere||Active deflector||11 km NE Aberystwyth||10 homes|
How will the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 26 Aug 09 and 23 Sep 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|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
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
I get my signal from Carmel transmitter but I get intermittent poor/weak signal on channel 33(always this channel).
Sometimes the signal is good for weeks and then I lose the signal for a number of days and then the signal improves. The signal quality is never better than about 6 to 7 whilst the other channels are constantly strength 10.My aerial is outside and is over 20 years old.Can you give me some pointers as to what the problem might be.
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What is obviously important with an aerial that old is its condition and that of the downlead and it's still pointing the correct way. You are so close to the transmitter - I guess you can see it! That said, before the 700MHz clearance programme Carmel was an aerial Group C/D and if that is what you have, it's performance at the lower channels now used by Carmel will not be as good. Although the PSB multiplexes are on lower UHF channels again they are also transmitted at higher power than the COM4-6 multiplexes. You might be able to see a Green plug in the end of the aerial if it's a Group C/D but not all manufacturers fitted correct coloured plugs and it might be black (possibly making you think it's wideband).
Unless you are certain the aerial is wideband I would assume the problem could be related to performance as well as possibly condition, weather can play havoc with connection boxes and cable insulation. Aerial misalignments, problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just AN individual or several multiplexes.
It should be pointing at bearing 28 degrees, fractionally E of NNE, but if you can see the mast, pointing it shouldn't be an issue.
Even so, you location is predicted to get variable/poor reception of the COM multiplexes (predictions are often based on external aerials at about 10m height).
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.
I guess you may be on fairly high ground, so that interference from other transmitters using those channels (possibly Mendip) might be an issue in certain weather conditions. I do know that in such conditions, signals from Mendip can get to the Preseli's. Even though the aerial isn't pointing that way it will have what are called sidelobes, especially with smaller standard aerials which I assume this probably is being so close to Carmel, where it will be able to receive signals in those directions.
The trick to deal with this sort of interference problem (as that is quite likely) is to have the aerial positioned maybe not as high if there is a clear unobstructed view of Carmel, and somewhere which screens it (by eg. buildings) from the directions most likely to have the interfering sources. Also use an aerial likely to have better directivity and minimal sidelobes - a log-periodic could be the best option, if for some reason it's not the best, a Group K aerial will be better than wideband. Even consider loft mounting, but that can have issues with partition walls, water tanks, metal chimneys, lead flashing and so on requiring careful positioning.
Being on-site and maybe a little bit of experimenting to get the best arrangement and using an experienced (and recommended) aerial installer if it's not a job you are able to tackle yourself.
As for weather conditions, there has been quite a bit of "Tropospheric Ducting" around lately which has been quite variable. It can come and go in seconds or minutes or last for longer and doesn't always affect all multiplexes - it tends to be frequency dependent.
See Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | Help receiving TV and radio for a simplistic explanation.
Some predictors are showing that there could be more over the next few days, but they aren't specific for the frequencies used by TV, and like weather forecasts they can change!
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