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The symbol shows the location of the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter which serves 17,000 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 BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the BlaenPlwyf 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.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)331mDTG-340,000W
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1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)331mDTG-340,000W
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3 ITV (Wales), 4 S4C, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 8 Channel 4 (Wales) South ads, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)331mDTG-640,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 H -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 28 E4 (Wales), 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 H -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

 H -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)331mDTG-810,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 10 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Channel 4+1 HD, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Motors TV.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the BlaenPlwyf transmitter?

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BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 113km south-southeast
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
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ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 115km south-southeast
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

How will the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupVHFA KWWA KA KA K

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 10th February and 10th March 2010.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 100kWBBCA, D3+4
Click/touch here to read Other mapsBlaenPlwyf Freeview, Blaenplwyf TV region, BBC Wales, Wales, DAB in Ceredigion, AM/FM in
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Blaenplwyf transmitter areaJan 1958-Jul 19
Click/touch here to read Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld

Thursday, 2 October 2014
8:37 PM

ian : Purely out of curiosity, when you mention Freesat as not being an option for reasons of the terrain / trees etc, have you actually had this vetted as not being possible by a dish installer? or is it an assumption based on your personal opinion?

The only reason I ask, is because there are very few places in the UK where satellite reception is in reality, just not possible, as although a tree or some other obstacle might well be considered as being capable of blocking the signal to a dish, in many cases there are ways around this, as dishes can be mounted on the side of a chimney, on top of a pole, or alternatively on a tripod stand positioned at near to ground level, plus of course the signal hits the dish from above at an elevation of around 23 degrees or so, and not the horizontal direction the dish happens to be facing, which is always lower.

If of course you are located tight on the Northern side of a reasonably high Southern facing hill, then this type of situation is indeed most likely to be a no-go for satellite reception, although a view from above does not suggest that this applies, and the satellite signal plotter does "not" indicate a no-go situation at the location given.

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jb38's 6,414 posts Platinum Platinum GB
9:47 PM

ian : Update on that said. Unfortunately it would appear that a terrain problem does exist, as further checking using an another (and superior) sat signal plotter site indicates that an obstruction does exist in the form of the hill seen to the front of the property in question, the obstruction occurring at just under 50m from said property at a height of 21m.

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Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
10:31 PM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 today to 18:33 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 9 October 2014
Friday, 10 October 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 on 08 Oct to 18:33 on 08 Oct. [BBC]

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Saturday, 3 January 2015
Geraint Jenkins
6:01 PM

Hello can you tell me when HD on freeview will be available on BBC Two Wales and channel five From the transmitter in blaenplwyf.

Many Thanks.

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Dave Lindsay
6:30 PM

Geraint Jenkins : Channel 5 was offered the capacity on PSB3 which is now occupied by BBC Three/CBBC, so the likely answer is "not any time soon".

As for BBC Two Wales in high definition, your best bet is to look to the BBC:

Nations HD Channels - BBC - FAQs - Home

It is the case that there is only one variant of BBC One HD on the terrestrial platform. The same applies for BBC Two. I imagine that when the time does come to change this that they are both likely to be done.

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Thursday, 5 February 2015
Transmitter engineering
1:32 PM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 today to 08:13 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 February 2015
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 yesterday to 08:13 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 7 February 2015
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

BLAENPLWYF transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 on 05 Feb to 08:13 on 05 Feb. [BBC]

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