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Freeview Light on the Pontardawe (Neath Port Talbot, Wales) transmitter

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sa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.718,-3.837 or 51°43'4"N 3°50'13"Wsa_postcodeSA8 3DY

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Pontardawe (Neath Port Talbot, Wales) transmitter. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Pontardawe (Neath Port Talbot, Wales) transmitter which serves 2,700 homes.

Other mapstxregionKilvey Hill TV regiontx1BBC Walestx3WalestxdabxxDAB in Neath Port Talbot
txradioxxAM/FM in Neath Port Talbot

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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 Pontardawe 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
 vertical max
C49 (698.0MHz)204m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
25W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 vertical max
C58 (770.0MHz)204m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
25W
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
 vertical max
C54 (738.0MHz)204m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
25W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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, plus 1 others



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The Pontardawe (Neath Port Talbot, Wales) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5*, 5USA, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, Channel 5 +24, CITV, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, Drama, E4+1, Film 4 +1, Food Network, ITV 2 +1, ITV 3, ITV 3 +1, ITV 4, ITV 4 +1, Movie Mix, Movies4Men, pick, Quest, Quest +1, Really, RT English , Sky News, Travel Channel, True Entertainment, truTV, Vintage TV, VIVA, Yesterday.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Wales Today 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 2YQ, 49km east-southeast
to BBC Wales region - 206 masts.
regional news image
ITV Cymru Wales 1.2m homes 4.7%
from Cardiff CF5 6XJ, 48km southeast
to ITV Wales region - 206 masts.

How will the Pontardawe (Neath Port Talbot, 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 BBCABBCA
C54BBCBBBCBBBCB
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
800C61ITVITVITVBBCA
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2
C68C4C4C4

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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 12th August and 9th September 2009.

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

Analogue 1-4 125W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Kilvey Hill 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. Pontardawe 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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Transmitter engineering
Thursday 17 April 2014 12:42PM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterday, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 08:51 on 15 Apr to 14:45 on 15 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 17 April 2014 3:40PM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 yesterday to 14:01 today, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 08:51 on 15 Apr to 14:45 on 15 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Friday 18 April 2014 1:29AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 on 16 Apr to 14:01 yesterday, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 08:51 on 15 Apr to 14:45 on 15 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Saturday 19 April 2014 1:24AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 on 16 Apr to 14:01 on 17 Apr, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 08:51 on 15 Apr to 14:45 on 15 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 20 April 2014 12:35AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 08:51 on 15 Apr to 14:45 on 15 Apr, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 on 16 Apr to 14:01 on 17 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 20 April 2014 1:31AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 15:21 on 16 Apr to 14:01 on 17 Apr. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 23 April 2014 11:28AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 23 April 2014 1:27PM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 today to 11:45 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 today to 11:45 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 24 April 2014 1:28AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 yesterday to 11:45 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 yesterday to 11:45 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Friday 25 April 2014 1:37AM

PONTARDAWE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 on 23 Apr to 11:45 on 23 Apr, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:25 on 23 Apr to 11:45 on 23 Apr. [BBC]

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