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Full Freeview on the BlaenPlwyf (Ceredigion, Wales) transmitter

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

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txdabxxDAB in CeredigiontxradioxxAM/FM in Ceredigion

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C27 (522.0MHz)331m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
40,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C24 (498.0MHz)331m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
40,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Wales), 4 S4C, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 8 Channel 4 South ads, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C21+ (474.2MHz)331m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
40,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -6dB
C25 (506.0MHz)331m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 28 E4, 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, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -6dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)331m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Pop +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -6dB
C28 (530.0MHz)331m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others



Are you trying to watch these 9 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 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?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 113km south-southeast
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFA KWWA KA KA K
C3BBCtv
C21C4C4C4+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C22+2+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C24ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C25+ASDNSDNSDN
C27BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C28+1ArqBArqBArqB
C29+C
600C31BBC1BBC1BBC1
C32+B
C33+D
700C56C5C5

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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.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 40kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Analogue 5(-14dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Blaenplwyf 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. BlaenPlwyf 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.



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Thursday 2 October 2014 8:37PM

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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Thursday 2 October 2014 9:47PM

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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Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 8 October 2014 10:31PM

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

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 9 October 2014 4:32AM

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

Transmitter engineering
Friday 10 October 2014 4:31AM

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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