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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
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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-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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 ITV +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 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
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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, 10 January 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:20 PM

Russell: See:


Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works


Mendip digital TV is "liable to interruption".

I think the clue here is that you have lost signal on two separate aerials.

As the saying goes "do not adjust your set".

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Saturday, 12 January 2013
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Bob F
9:11 AM
Stonehouse

Hi Dave Lindsay,

Thanks for your advice about not being able to receive Points West from Wenvoe.

Further to that a friend, who lives about 200 meters from us in Eastington, has just had a new aerial fitted. The signal strength from Mendip was stonger than from Wenvoe.
Digital UK shows Wenvoe should provide the strongest signal for Eastington.


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Bob F's 11 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 January 2013
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John Boyce
9:28 AM
Bradford-on-avon

Hi I can't get channel 58 from Mendip, it says 0% signal strength. I have full strength on 48 52 56 54 and have all the programmes
Obviously I need 58 for HD
any ideas
It's a samsung freeview TV (new)

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Dave Lindsay
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9:31 AM

John Boyce: The most common reason for people finding that they get no signal on the HD channel is because the receiver doesn't contain a DVB-T2 tuner which is the mode used for HD signals in the UK. Standard definition pictures use DVB-T format. If you are manually tuning, you may (depending on the design of the receiver) need to tell it that C58 uses DVB-T2 mode.

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John Boyce
2:17 PM

Thank you for your prompt reply!
I have checked and the Smasung TB550 DOES have buitl in DVB-T2
There is nothing in thje setup menu to select DVBT2
any other suggestions?

27" SyncMaster TB550 LT27B550EX/XE - SPECIFIKATIONER | SAMSUNG (BA151RF)

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:35 PM

John Boyce: The link you have provided is to the Danish edition of the model, which as you say, has a DVB-T2 tuner in it.

As you have a Danish model, have you set the country/nation to "UK" (or, incorrectly, "GB")?


As an aside, the UK edition does not have a DVB-T2 tuner in it:

27-inch T27B550EW Full HD 1080p 300cd/m2 5ms TN LED Monitor - Samsung UK - TECH SPECS

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John Boyce
2:59 PM
Bradford-on-avon

Really? I do actually have a UK model, and it states clearly on the packing box built in HD tuner? If it doesn't have this then it will go back to Currys..


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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:27 PM

John Boyce: It states either "Freeview HD" and/or "DVB-T2" then?

Evidently the box is incorrect. The specs on page 183 of the manual also quote only DVB-T.

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John Boyce
4:21 PM
Bradford-on-avon

I think the literature is very misleading and I'l take it up with Currys on Saturday. If you see below, this is an HD TV with built in freeview. You are right, it does not specifically say Freeview HD, but in my opionion it implies it, and the guy in the shop fell into the same trap as me and told me it was HD freeview!
The box is in multi langauage and the Fench one states Tuner TNT HD integre, which means integral HD TNT tuner. In English it omits the HD part...
Many thanks for your help with this.

The Samsung LT23B550 Full HD 23" LED TV Monitor has a sleek and stylish design, combining monitor and TV capabilities.

This television is also equipped with a Freeview tuner so there are plenty of TV channels to choose from. There's even an Electronic Programme Guide so you have all the channel information you need!


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Dave Lindsay
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4:34 PM

John Boyce: There are terms which I'm sure catch people out and is why there are so many people who think that they have a device that can receive HD broadcasts in the UK when they can't.

These are:

- HD Ready - means that there is no HD tuner in-built, but that it is "ready" to show HD pictures with a separate source (set-top box).

- Full HD - means that it shows HD pictures to the maximum ("fullest") resolution of 1080p. It doesn't necessarily mean that the set can receive HD signals.


Clearly "HD Ready" will have caught a lot of people out before switchover when they assumed that it meant that their purchase is "ready" to receive HD when it comes on air.

It is, of course a "HD Freeview TV", but this doesn't mean that it can receive Freeview HD. With hindsight it is clear to see that there is obvious room for misunderstanding.

The device will receive HD broadcasts in France because they use the DVB-T standard for them.

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