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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?

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
C41+ (634.2MHz)384mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
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Paul
9:11 AM
Pontyclun

Briantist.
Have done some checking around by me and it look's like for some reason my problem is that I'm not only missing Sky News but everything on MUX COM4 SDN. I just did a retune and it detected 8 carriers not 9 and the above is missing from me and others by me
cheers

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Briantist
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1:53 PM

Paul: You either receive a multiplex or not, you can't receive a bit of it, that is impossible.

Have you done this - My Freeview box has no EPG, is blank on FIVE, ITV3, ITV4, ITV2+1, has no sound or the channel line up is wrong | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice ?

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Paul
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7:15 PM

Briantist: Sorry my bad I am not able to receive any of the channels from COM5 ArqA which is sky3, Dave, Dave ja vu, E4+1, price-drop tv, sky 3+1, sky news,
cheers

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Paul's 21 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:41 PM

Paul: It's back to Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice again. Did you do the above procedure?

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Thursday, 17 February 2011
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Paul
8:23 AM
Pontyclun

Briantist: Yes I did the above procedure but alas no joy.
Thank you very much for your help, I'm going to give it a miss for a while to see if it will sort it's self out on its own. But I will say this, Ive only had this problem since I was able to pick up Ch4 HD. lol
cheers

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Wednesday, 2 March 2011
Mark Aberfan Aerials
sentiment_satisfiedGold

5:03 PM

Hi Brian,

Yesterday I received notice from Digital UK that the frequency changes you mention above will happen on 27th April, Channels on 51 will move to 42 & channels on 30 will move to 45 bringing Wenvoe firmly into group B .
The event description is "COM mux power up & frequency change" but it neglects to mention what the erp will be for these mux's after this retune.

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:52 PM

Mark Aberfan Aerials: I'll change the note. I presume they will go to 50kW.

Also, Ofcom have it listed as C42+ for COM4.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011
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Marc Howells
5:05 PM
Hengoed

I'm currently receiving my freeview signal from the mynydd bach transmitter. My post code is CF82 7DR. I've been experimenting with an aerial in the loft and tried to pick up wenvoe. I've successfully picked up channels 41, 44 and 49. The digital uk website suggested I wouldn't pick up 49 until next year so that was a surprise. If I change my aerial should I be able to pick up the other muxes? Thanks Marc.

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KMJ,Derby
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8:16 PM

Marc Howells: On 27th April 2011 Mux SDN changes frequency to C42+ and Mux ArqA to C45. The digital UK postcode checker shows you should have good reception of those two muxes from that date. As you say reception of C49 is expected to improve in 2012. A group B aerial will give the best pick up of the Wenvoe frequencies after 27th April.

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Sunday, 17 April 2011
Jay
3:27 PM
Cardiff

Hi Brian, I believe your current Cxx listings for ARQA and SDN are based on the future plans which should come into play on the 27th April from what I can tell.

At the moment, ARQA is on C30 at 10kw and SDN is on C51 also at 10kw. Fingers crossed when they move to their bumped strengths, my little indoor powered aerial in CF10 will have a bit more luck with them. The joys of city centre living, 5 storeys up but no central aerials in the buildings!

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