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The symbol shows the location of the Llandrindod Wells (Powys, Wales) transmitter which serves 5,900 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 Llandrindod Wells (Powys, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Llandrindod Wells 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
 V max
C39+ (618.2MHz)513mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)513mDTG-3400W
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 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)513mDTG-6400W
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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Llandrindod Wells (Powys, Wales) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Llandrindod Wells transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 86km south (171°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 90km south (173°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

HundredhouseTransposerCregrina, 8-11 km SE Llandrindod Wells80 homes

How will the Llandrindod Wells (Powys, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1969-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Dec 2019-
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TB E K T
C1BBCtvwaves
C9ITVwaves
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves BBCA
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCBBBCB
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+BBCA

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 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Monday, 20 May 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:11 PM

hugh williams: I suggest that you use a log periodic aerial with a booster at your disposal. See:

TV Aerials for Boats and Caravans

A receiver (TV or box) with manual tuning may be useful, although you will need to know what channels to tune to (after having wiped what's already stored).

Manual tune functions usually act like a signal meter if you enter the desired UHF channel number but do not press the button to scan.

At the Fforest Fields Caravan & Camping Site, set your aerial for vertical polarisation and point it at 316 degrees. Then (having wiped what's already stored, perhaps by running it through with the aerial out) go to the manual tune screen and select/enter 49 and do not press the button to scan it, but instead see if it gives yo an idea as to the strength/quality. C49 carries BBC services. The other, independent, ones are on C42, so try that as well.

The hope is that it will show something and that it will allow you to adjust your aerial so as to see if you can better the signal.

It may be a long shot, but knowing where you need to point your aerial and using the manual tune function may help pick up an otherwise elusive signal.

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Tuesday, 21 May 2013
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:31 AM

hugh williams: Just a point concerning that seen in Dave Lindsay's link, I would strongly recommend the DM log be used in conjunction with a 0-20dB variable gain booster such as the SLX brand sold by Argos @ £11.99 item number 534 / 4235, because this makes an excellent combination for virtually any application whether caravan / boat or even a normal house.

The only one thing I will point out being, is that although the DUK trade predictor indicates excellent reception in the caravan site area from the Llandrindod Wells transmitter, this is somewhat contrary to what would be expected when viewing the info given on both terrain predictors, these indicating that the signal path between the Llandrindod transmitter and the site suffers from a severe level of obstruction, and so I would keep this in mind should you experience any problems as any signal that is received is likely to be mostly through reflection.

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Dave Lindsay
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1:25 AM

jb38: I'm not sure which "DUK trade predictor" you've been checking, but the official one suggestions diddly squat:

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

It is worth pointing out that the postcode is quite large, and even the Site's own website warns visitors to beware of trusting their satnavs because the centre of the postcode is not near the site.

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jb38
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11:05 AM

Dave Lindsay: You are of course quite correct! as the indications indeed are that no reception is possible at this location from any transmitter including the signal from Ridge Hill which is also indicated as being blocked by the terrain, and so I have to put the cause of the error down to a post code typing glitch.

That said though, I do intend to check back later on today (after having had some sleep as on night time maintenance work this week) to see exactly what I was looking at, as wherever it was only indicated the Llandrindod transmitter on the predictor, although on a scout about the area the only aerial I found on a property facing towards the Llandrindod TX was in a place to the left of Hundred House shown in Google as Llansantffraed-in-Ewel, as one solitary aerial could be seen mounted on the property behind the phone box.

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Saturday, 25 May 2013
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Keith
6:13 PM
Llandrindod Wells

Re the Llandrindod Wells relay transmitter work I see it states, Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:00 on 22 May to 09:20 on 22 May.
Well, I dont have Freeview HD just the bog-standard Freeview Lite with the dismal 32 services.
Nevertheless, since 22 May that has been reduced to a mind-blowing 8 services. I have lost 75% of Freeview Lite - it is now Super Lite?
All missing services are BBC related, i.e. all I have now are the ITV, Channel 4 & 5 services these being ok with strong signal strength, unlike the others which have zero.
I still receive the full 32 services on the EPG - although even that showed only 8 after one reinstall attempt!
Can things get any worse (rhetorical question I know the answer)?


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Dave Lindsay
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6:45 PM

Keith: Have you tried a manual tune on UHF channel 39 (for the missing BBC services)? Prior to pressing the button to scan, having entered or select C39, see if it gives an indication as to strength/quality.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013
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Keith
3:05 PM
Llandrindod Wells

Hi Dave, Ive tried a manual tune but theres no signal strength available during that process (as per the auto tune/install), the only way I can access signal strength is on an individual service basis by selecting the Information option.
Re manual tune: I enter 39 then it starts scanning but soon scrolls up to 42, where it sits for a while and captures the 8 services on that channel. Then it continues on around the clock scanning, in vain, until the progress bar reaches 100% - all pretty similar to an auto tune, except an auto tune automatically installs what it finds and overwrites any old stuff. I did have it show a bit of interest in channel 39 yesterday, during an auto tune, but all that gave me was the full 32 services showing on the EPG when I selected any of the channel 39 (BBC) services it still said the program wasnt tuned.
Its not as if Ive moved anything equipment-wise and nothings popped up between the aerial and the transmitter which is situated fairly close. The fact I receive channel 42 stuff a-ok makes me feel as though someone has reduced the power output on 39?

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Dave Lindsay
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3:31 PM

Keith: Perhaps the only thing left is a full/factory reset. What's the make and model of your receiver (box/TV with built-in Freeview)?

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jb38
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8:59 PM

Keith: Have you checked with your neighbours to determine if they are also experiencing similar problems with BBC reception? but as far as the manual tuning of mux Ch39 is concerned, if you were genuinely on your TV or boxes manual tuning menu and entered Ch39, but with this NOT being followed by pressing search or scan, then this should only have resulted in the signal strength of anything received on mux Ch39 being indicated, because if as you have said, you seen it scrolling up to Ch42 then you must have accidentally selected the auto tune menu.

By the way, if your neighbours are not experiencing any problems then try connecting a short length of wire (about 5 feet or so) into your aerial socket and select ITV, and if this results in ITV1 being seen then carry out another auto tune whilst the wire is still being used.

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Saturday, 3 August 2013
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James
2:56 PM
Llandrindod Wells

Just got Film4 added to the channels list - Hurrah!!! - anyone know of any more to follow???

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