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The symbol shows the location of the Tenby (Pembrokeshire, Wales) transmitter which serves 1,900 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 Tenby (Pembrokeshire, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tenby 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.

 V max
C56- (753.8MHz)97mDTG-20W
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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

 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)97mDTG-20W
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5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Wales),

 V max
C52- (721.8MHz)97mDTG-20W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
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The Tenby (Pembrokeshire, Wales) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, 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 Player, 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 Tenby transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 106km east (101°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 104km east-southeast (103°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

How will the Tenby (Pembrokeshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1331 Dec 2019-

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 25W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1dB) 20W

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. Tenby 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.

Monday, 15 December 2014
John Ross
1:05 PM

The communal TV system in Paxton Court in Tenby provides digital TV I believe from the Penally transmitter. All the channels except channel 60 carrying the BBC programmes show a freeview signal strength of 10 but channel 60 shows about 3 leading to highly pixilated pictures. I have done a reset and rescan with no difference shown. Is there a way to receive good Freeview BBC channels in this location?

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John Ross's 1 post GB

7:05 PM

John Ross: If you are referring to high rise properties in the SA70 7ET post code area, then Carmel @ 29 miles / 71 degrees is indicated as the station covering that area, with a clear line-of-sight to said station.

As your reception is via a communal aerial, then this obviously limits your options for reception by not having any control over the aerial system, the point being, have you checked with any of the other apartment dwellers to find out if they are also suffering from BBC reception problems?

If though they are, then the matter should be referred to the building maintenance department as its their responsibility to have the problem sorted out, that said, the problem might not actually be caused by anything connected with a fault in the communal aerial system, as the possibility always exists that interference being picked up from such as a 4G mobile phone base station could be responsible, should any be located nearby?, a communal aerial mounted on top of a high rise apartment block being in an ideal position to pick up interference of this sort, 4G having a greater affect on the reception of channel 60 more than any others.

Apart from that, there really isn't much that you can do unless the property is fitted with a satellite socket?, because should it have a satellite outlet point then this would enable you to purchase a Freesat receiver box, as those outlet sockets are suitable for use with either Freesat or Sky, although satellite "recorders" do require twin outlet points, as they are fitted with two tuners.

One final point, should any enquiry reveal that others are "not" experiencing any problems with the reception of BBC, try and find out if their BBC is also being received on Mux C60 and not Mux C56, as C56 is from the local Tenby transmitter.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

11:33 PM

John Ross : That said was on the assumption that because of your location having a clear line of sight with the Carmel transmitter, the communal aerial is likely to be facing towards that station to enable the full range of channels to be received, however it may not be!, a simple way of telling being whether or not ITV3 can be received, should it not be, then the aerial will be facing towards the local Freeview "light" Tenby transmitter located @ 1.8 miles / 243 degrees, the Mux channels used by this station being: BBC1 C56 / ITV1 C48 / HD service C52, the transmissions from the station radiating on Vertical polarity, (receiving aerial elements facing up & down) whereas the undermentioned Carmel transmitter is on Horizontal.

Channels used by the Carmel transmitter being : BBC1 C60 / ITV1 C53 / HD C57 / ITV3 etc C54 / Pick etc C58 / 4Music etc C49.

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Friday, 27 March 2020
G meades
4:08 PM

No signal in Tenby SA70 8je for 4 days now. If I retune I can sometimes pick up 13 channels but all are pixilated. Last four times I retuned it didn't pick up any

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G meades's 1 post GB
Saturday, 28 March 2020

7:04 AM

G meades:

As you probably know, you are in a bit of an "awkward" spot for reception from several of the transmitters which you might be able to receive at your location. Most are listed as having "Variable Reception" at your location for some or all of the multiplexes.
None of them are listing any recent or current faults or Planned Engineering, so if you can check which way your aerial is pointing and whether the rods are vertical or horizontal that might help to narrow down the potential problem. If the rods are horizontal, it should be one of the main transmitters, or vertical for Tenby.

If the aerial is pointing -
~SW - it's definitely the Tenby relay, PSBs1-3 on UHF C32, C34, C35
Fractionally E of N bearing 8 degrees - it's Preseli, PSBs1-3 on C43, C46, C40, COMs4-6 on C42, C45, C39
~ENE bearing 72 degrees - it's Carmel, PSBs1-3 on C23, C26, C29, COMs4-6 on C33, C36, C48
It's possible it could be ~SSE bearing 153 degrees, Huntshaw Cross PSBs1-3 on C30, C31, C37 which may give good reception from this West Country transmitter.

As you say you have had no or pixelated reception, if your neighbours aren't having similar problems, it would be sensible (especially if you've changed or moved anything recently) to check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for any of the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

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