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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
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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
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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
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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

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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 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
Thursday, 8 March 2018
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Chris.SE
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2:42 AM

Gary Corby: Could you correct the postcode you entered into the site. It looks as though you missed the digit for the last part of the postcode as the terrain plot and Digital uk checkers think you are in BS3.
StevensOnln1 has provided the most likely explanation, however if you have an HD tuner and were receiving COM7 on UHF33 satisfactorily before the change on 27th Feb., then there may be another cause.

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Chris.SE's 3,193 posts GB
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
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M Moppet
7:07 PM

Since the re-tune we have lost ITV (inc Channels 3 - 8) through our LG Smart TV BUT we can receive these via our old Panasonic DVD. Have done auto and manual retune for 49, 54, 58, 48, 52 and 56. Any ideas most welcome. Thanks.

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StevensOnln1
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7:42 PM

M Moppet: ITV/Channel 4/Channel 5 haven't changed frequency at Mendip yet (the PSB2 multiplex doesn't change until next year). Try retuning with the aerial unplugged to clear your existing tuning date, then plug it back and try a fresh retune.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Sunday, 18 March 2018
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Adrian Pinsent
12:43 PM

Hi, I've been reading the pots with interest as we have lost all channels associated with COM5. I've replaced our aerial with a high gain wide-band, replaced the co-ax with new end connections. We've re-tuned without the aerial plugged in and re-tuned with the aerial lead connected. After all this expense and time we still can't receive these channels, getting frustrated now! We use the Mendip transmitter.
Any further advice greatly appreciated.

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StevensOnln1
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2:20 PM

Adrian Pinsent: Please provide a full postcode so that we can see your predicted signal strength and where you are in relation to the transmitter etc.

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StevensOnln1's 3,403 posts GB
Monday, 19 March 2018
MikeP
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11:21 AM

Adrian Pinsent:

Further to that said by StevensOnln1, I can confirm that COM5 is transmitting as normal from Mendip, we use Mendip as our main transmitter.

So please provide the requested full post code.



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Gary Colby
7:12 PM
Bristol

My postcode = BS34 5SJ

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Gary Colby
8:48 PM

StevensOnln1:

Thank you very much for the feedback. The aerial in use has been in the loft for at least 10 years, so maybe a new purchase for a wideband aerial is needed.

Interested in what you said about contacting Freeview advice line as I don't have satellite or cable, just Freeview.

Will let you know how things progress, especially in the light others are complaining about the same problem.

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Gary Colby
8:57 PM

StevensOnln1:

Freeview advice line ? Can't find the link to that. Could you please post that link.

Many thanks in advance. Gary.

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StevensOnln1
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11:15 PM

Gary Colby: Details of the Freeview Advice Line can be found at the link below. You should be eligible for a free replacement wideband aerial if you don't have cable or satellite and are unable to restore the channels you've lost via manual tuning.

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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