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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-3100,000W
Channel icons
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-3100,000W
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-6100,000W
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
12 Quest, 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 15 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)591mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

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
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
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:46 AM

'Me': ITV1 +1 and ITV1 HD broadcast on macro-regions only. The whole of Wales, West and Westcountry is one macro-region, and ITV plc have decided to use the Wales regional output as the service for this macro-region.

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Me
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6:49 PM

Sorry I forgot to say thanks for the reply.

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Thursday, 11 August 2011
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Lynne Smith
7:39 PM

My problem is i'm picking up the local channels (West) on both my tv's upstairs,but i'm getting the Welsh ones downstairs!How is this possible? Thanks in advance

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Saturday, 13 August 2011
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bruce
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8:09 PM

Bath repeater is transmitting a limited number of freeview, are there plans for the repeater to become fully functional or will user in this and similar areas always be the poor relations?


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Monday, 15 August 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:50 AM

bruce: No. In fact quite the opposite, the plans specifically disallow the possibility of the "full Freeview" service extending beyond the main 80 transmitters. If you want more channels, try Freesat - see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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jason carter
10:46 AM
Bath

hi, i have been having picture quality issues on various channels e.g film4,viva etc from Peasedown st.john postcode ba2 8aa. the mendip transmitter is at 237 degrees from centre of this postcode so popped up into loft to check out aerial allignment which was way off (about 200 degrees) so have realigned it. however the aerial itself looks ancient and very basic plus have 2 feeds coming off aerial with bare ends of coax cable attached to 2 screws on top of mast level with aerial "branches"! all looks very diy to me! also tried splitting signal in lounge to incorporate ps3 Playtv and signal even worse so have ordered plug in signal booster with necessary m/f bits-will this help please? finally tv in bedroom runs off other access point in lounge but is 6m cable length away so have to have 4m+2m coax joined-will 10m cable improve the signal strength in there too or is my issue in the loft? there are 2 huge trees outside too 10m and 30m respectively so hoping the 237 degree angle of aerial points between them (which i think it does on checking!) help as have just spent alot of money on new tv set up etc!


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Tuesday, 16 August 2011
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jason carter
3:52 PM

can anyone tell me what would be the best type of loft aerial for peasedown st.john postcode ba2 8aa? the existing one is very basic with 2 coax cables attached to the screws where the top of the mast joins with the aerial ( i presume this is normal?) but the whole set up looks old and shabby. also can anyone recommend if i would need to install some type of booster/splitter either plug in or passive as the signal strength is below 75%. thanks in advance.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:09 PM

jason carter: I'd suggest using a Log40 - Online TV FM DAB Aerial sales . See Loft and indoor aerial installations for TV, FM and DAB for thoughts on fitting - also see http://wrightsaerials.tv/….pdf .

I would strongly recommend *not* using a booster. The signal strength meters on most boxes are completely useless, not being calibrated to anything sensible, and you could well have too *much* signal, not too little. If you're having problems, and you already have a booster, try removing it. If that doesn't help, try adding an attenuator.

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