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The symbol shows the location of the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmitter which serves 360,000 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 Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Wenvoe transmitter broadcast?

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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
C41+ (634.2MHz)384mDTG-3100,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)384mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)384mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales),  CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45+ (666.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LCF
 H -10dB
C51 (714.0MHz)384mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Cardiff,

com7
 H -3.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)384mDTG-647,000W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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 Wenvoe transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 6km northeast (42°)
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 1km east-northeast (74°)
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbergwesynActive deflector7 km N Llanwrtyd Wells20 homes
BarryTransposer10 km SW city centre300 homes
Celtic ManorTransposer5 km E Newport80 homes
PentrebachTransposer3 km S Merthyr Tydfil100 homes
YstradfellteActive deflector30 km NE Port Talbot20 homes

How will the Wenvoe (Cardiff, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1323 Jan 132013-1715 May 2019
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TB E K TW TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C30LOCAL2
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C39 ArqBArqBArqB
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCABBCA
C42+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C44BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C45+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_off+ArqB
C51tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesLCFLCF
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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 3 Mar 10 and 31 Mar 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
com8(-9.7dB) 53.2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-10.3dB) 47kW
Mux 1*, LCF(-17dB) 10kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Wenvoe 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. Wenvoe 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
Saturday, 25 October 2014
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:08 PM

jpreece: Extremely doubtful.

There's no such thing as a "digital aerial" as against "analogue aerial".

What you would be trying to do is receive from Wenvoe, as it carries all the channels. However, even though it's only 12 miles away, you're a long way off seeing it, as this terrain plot shows:


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location


All in all, think you're better considering Freesat.

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Friday, 31 October 2014
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Chris
7:31 AM

Ian pointing to wen or and 2days ago I noticed that my bbc channels had disappeared along with some other free view channels channels 3,4,5 remain there is no mention online that there are any issues and I have retuned my TVs which just removed the channels all together. Does anyone else have this issue or know the cause

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Chris's 1 post GB
Monday, 24 November 2014
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Anthony
5:54 PM

Chris: Hi. My name is Anthony. I have a similar problem in that a few weeks ago we lost a lot of channels to our freeview box. Our nearest transmitter is Wenvoe and we live in Llanedeyrn, Cardiff. We can get BBC 1,2 3 & 4 and some others like Yesterday, Drama, Pick, ITV3, etc.
No ITV1 Channel 4 or 5. and loads of others are gone.
It sounds like the same problem you had, although the lost channels are different.
Did you find out what the problem was?

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Anthony's 1 post GB
Saturday, 27 December 2014
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John Preece
10:01 AM

I live in The Morriston area of Swansea and get my signal from the Kilvey Hill transmitter. Will I ever be able to receive BBC4 in HD. I find it very frustrating that I can only get a standard signal on one of my favourite channels. I would love to see the Christmas lectures in HD. I cannot receive a signal from any other signal as far as I know.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:58 AM

John Preece: Unfortunately Kilvey Hill is not listed as one of the stations in line for providing an extended HD service, a few test p/codes from around the Morriston area entered into the terrain indicator revealing large multiple line of sight obstructions between the Wenvoe transmitter and the location covered by all of the test codes, this reflected by that seen on the reception predictor using the aforementioned test codes.

The only way full programme channel coverage can be obtained is via Freesat.

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Monday, 12 January 2015
Transmitter engineering
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10:32 AM

WENVOE transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 16 March 2015
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9:09 AM

WENVOE transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

WENVOE transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 12 April 2015
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Thomas
3:14 PM

Why can't I get ITV3 (Channel 10) on my Freeview tv. I live in the CF46 area (Nelson)

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:06 PM

Thomas: There are 11 relay (PSB only) transmitters dotted around the CF46 postal code area and one main full service transmitter, namely Wenvoe.

As relays do not transmit commercial programmes such as ITV3 whereas the main station of Wenvoe does on COM4 Mux C42, its really a case of whether or not you reside in an area with a chance of picking up Wenvoe, a post code being required for checking.

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