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Full Freeview on the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, 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 Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter.


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The symbol shows the location of the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmitter which serves 72,000 homes.

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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 Carmel 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
C60- (785.8MHz)411m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
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, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C53 (730.0MHz)411m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C57 (762.0MHz)411m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -3dB
C54 (738.0MHz)411m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
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, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C58 (770.0MHz)411m64QAM 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, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -3dB
C49 (698.0MHz)411m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
10,000W
Channel icons
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), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others



Are you trying to watch these 9 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Carmel (Carmarthenshire, 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 Carmel transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 68km east-southeast
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 68km southeast
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbergorlechActive deflectorDyfed5 homes
CwmereActive deflector11 km NE Aberystwyth10 homes

How will the Carmel (Carmarthenshire, Wales) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20092009-1322/5/13-2013-18
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E
700C49 ArqBArqB
C53C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C54SDNSDNSDN
C551_local_local_local
C57BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCBBBCBBBCB
C58ArqAArqAArqA
C59-A
C60ITVITVITV -BBCA-BBCA
800C61ArqB
C62-B
C63BBC2BBC2BBC2
C65-2
C66+D
C68C

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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 26th August and 23rd September 2009.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux A*(-13dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Carmel 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. Carmel 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, 21 June 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

CARMEL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:27 on 17 Jun to 13:06 on 17 Jun. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 05:32 on 19 Jun to 05:37 on 19 Jun, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 05:32 on 19 Jun to 05:37 on 19 Jun, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 05:32 on 19 Jun to 05:37 o [BBC]

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Saturday, 2 August 2014
Transmitter engineering
1:31 PM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 today to 12:06 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 today to 12:07 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 3 August 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 yesterday to 12:06 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 yesterday to 12:07 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 83,543 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 4 August 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:33 AM

CARMEL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 on 02 Aug to 12:06 on 02 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:59 on 02 Aug to 12:07 on 02 Aug. [BBC]

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