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The symbol shows the location of the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter which serves 720,000 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 Mendip (Somerset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Mendip 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
C32 (562.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)591mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 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 max
C33 (570.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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 max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
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

LBS
 H -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)591mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 25km north (3°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 23km north (11°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

CheddarTransposer15 km E Weston-super-Mare1674 homes
LuccombeActive deflector6 km w Minehead38 homes

How will the Mendip (Somerset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1727 Feb 2018
C/D EEEC/D EC/D E TW TW T
C30_local
C32BBCA
C33com7com7
C34D3+4
C35com8com8
C36ArqB
C37C5wavesC5waves
C48SDNSDNSDNSDN
C49tv_off BBCABBCA
C51tv_offLBSLBS
C52tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqACOM8tv_off
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
Analogue 5(-6dB) 126kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com7(-8.4dB) 72.4kW
com8(-8.6dB) 69.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-17dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip 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. Mendip 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.

Comments
Monday, 15 July 2013
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:24 PM

Charles Stuart: £150 seems to be average, and the 'rigging' part of this site might be of help.

For more info about aerials, etc (particularly if you want to do things yourself) - see A.T.V (Aerials And Television) FM DAB TV Aerial, plus poles and brackets (PE12QN)

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Charles Stuart
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:14 PM
Bristol

Thanks. I think at £150 for a fitter to do it, I might see whether or not I can do it myself first. I have fitted an aerial before but in the loft.

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Charles Stuart's 159 posts GB
Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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Bob
9:59 AM
Swindon

I get my Freeview from Mendip in SN1 5LR and have received a card this morning to say I could be affected by the new 4G services. Unless I am misreading this site the 800 series has been cleared at Mendip and Seagry Court (where I could get a signal) is also clear.

Even more confusingly the 800 website doesn't mention Swindon as one of the areas they are writing to.

Have I lost the plot or have they?

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Bob's 2 posts GB
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SteppeFox
11:28 AM
Swindon

Bob:
I received the same card this morning.
This is probably because some in Swindon are pointing towards Oxford that uses both Ch59+60.

So, no, you haven't lost the plot but some people in Swindon will be affected.

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Bob
12:05 PM

What is the signal strength like in Swindon from Oxford?

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:35 PM

I used to live in Sywell Road, Coleview and had almost equal signal strengths from both Mendip and Oxford transmitters. A lot depends on where you are as the lumps and bumps can make a considerable difference. Parts of West Swindon are unlikely to get good reception because of the Old Town hill shielding but some areas further north may have better reception. In the Stratton and Blunsdon areas you may be better off as long as you are not on the side of a hill sloping away from Oxford. Note that Oxford carries South Midlands programming and Mendip carries BBC West/HTV West.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
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Mike
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:35 AM

Tried manual retune for True Entertainment on channel 52 as shown, no channel. A full retune shows the West channel for this is Mux 48,

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pete green
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:01 PM
Weston-super-mare

Mike

It is on channel 61 on SDN channel 48.

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Thursday, 8 August 2013
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anthony tucker
6:46 PM

Hello,I live in Yeovil and can only receive a couple of tv channels the rest are scrambled,i have tried a reset on my you view box to no avail and even when i plug the aerial into the tv direct it only tunes into a couple of channels,all was well at midday but nothing at 5.30,i have checked all cable and connections with no problems found,is there a transmitter fault? thanks

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:42 PM

anthony tucker: Although this type of query should really be accompanied with a post code or one from nearby e.g: a shop / Post Office, however using Yeovil Post Office as a test code nothing is seen reported as far as any problems are concerned with either the Stockland Hill or Mendip's TV transmitters, although Mendip's DAB radio was off air for a short time today from 13.33 to 13.49.

You should check with a neighbour to find out if they are also experiencing similar problems to yourself, as if they were then you can eliminate your own installation as being responsible for the problem.

Please note though, that should you decide to check elsewhere then have a look up at the direction the other persons aerial is facing just in case its not the same way as yours, Stockland Hill being 246 degrees and Mendip 1 degree, based of course on the location of Yeovil Post office and not wherever you might reside.

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