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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)384mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42+ (642.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 E4 (Wales), 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 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 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45+ (666.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
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 -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)384mDTG-850,000W
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

LCF
 H -10dB
C37 (602.0MHz)384mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Cardiff,

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-1715 May 2019
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TB E K TW TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C30LOCAL2
C31com7com7
C37com8com8
C39 +ArqB+ArqBArqB
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

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 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
Monday, 23 January 2012
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Symon Densham
8:14 PM
Newport

Could you tell me why on my main tv a 5 year old philips I get all channels but on the 2 year old tv in the bedroom I have a lot of channels missing,both tv's run off the same ariel pointing at Wenvoe, some channels indicate full signal and others don't, I have tried re-installing but no go, any idea's?

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Symon Densham's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
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Miles
9:29 AM
Usk

My Freeview has dropped like a stone recently and I'm left with just the BBC channels. My postcode is NP15 1EQ and whilst i'm 'tuned' to Welsh broadcasts (I'm guessing Wenvoe), I'm wondering if i should have the aerial repositioned. Is Freeview signal affected by PV panels? The aerial cable runs beneath some and i wonder if there is a magnetic field disturbing it?

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Miles's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:31 AM

Symon Densham: Could you take the bedroom TV to the lounge and tune it in there? Then take it back to the bedroom and see if it works of the aerial outlet there.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:58 PM

Miles: As far as the PV panels are concerned as these are DC devices then they shouldn't have any effect in the way you are wondered about, however they are capable of blocking a loft aerials signal or alternatively causing deflection or reflection of a signal reaching a roof aerial, and especially so if its not that powerful.

However you are indicated as being located in a difficult reception area, as using the p/code provided you are only predicted as being able to receive the BBC's channels plus ITV1 from Wenvoe with none of the lower powered commercial multiplexes indicated as being possible to receive, and I feel that although you might well have received them before its likely to have been at a level not too far away from the reception drop out threshold of your equipment, and which they have now most likely dropped under hence no reception.

For a test, select BBC and go into the signal check menu and make a note of the level seen, then provided you haven't carried out a re-scan select ITV1 (or some other non BBC channel) and go into the signal check menu to see what's being indicated strength / quality wise, if though you have carried out a re-scan then the ITV1 mux channel will have been lost from the memory so go into the tuning menu / manual tune and enter Ch44 (ITV1), and as soon as you enter it look to see if a signal level is being shown, and if so how much it is under the level of the BBC channel previously tested for strength, but no matter what the level it will need to be lifted otherwise you will not get a picture, this being where you would benefit from an amplifier in line with your aerial lead, that is if you haven't already got one.

Just as a point of interest, I noticed that moving a short distance from your p/code location to nearer the village actually loses Wenvoe reception and its Mendip that takes over, but in exactly the same way as Wenvoe, that is with only the main PSB channels being possible to receive, albeit coverage in the immediate vicinity really being provided by the USK PSB only relay @ 1 mile away.

Anyway have a test at the levels seen and giving an update on results, as further advice can then be given if required.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Monday, 5 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:31 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Over the next week Wenvoe main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:31 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Over the next week Wenvoe main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Sunday, 1 April 2012
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Will
8:43 PM
Newport

Why has Wenvoe disappeared from my "My Freeview" transmitter list on this site? I live in NP19 9ER and I can pick all multiplexes of Wenvoe up perfectly. It is also the primary transmitter for my location, being as I am in Wales.

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Will's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 5 April 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:48 AM

Will: Looking at Postcode Checker - Trade View you can't get all the services from Wenvoe, and the lack of a good line-of-sight makes it a less probably transmitter for the simplified version of the prediction engine.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:29 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Over the next week Wenvoe main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:29 AM

WENVOE transmitter - Over the next week Wenvoe main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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