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The symbol shows the location of the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter which serves 25,000 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 Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

 V max
C41+ (634.2MHz)96mDTG-3200W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)96mDTG-3200W
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3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West),

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C47 (682.0MHz)96mDTG-6200W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C42+ (642.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 V -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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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 9 others

 V -3dB
C39+ (618.2MHz)96mDTG-8100W
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 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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 V -10dB
C30 (546.0MHz)96mDTG-1220W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Bristol,

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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

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 Bristol Ilchester Crescent transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 4km north (1°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 4km east-northeast (65°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Bristol Ilchester Crescent (City of Bristol, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 500W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 200W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7dB) 100W
Mux A*(-11dB) 40W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBS(-14dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip 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. Bristol Ilchester Crescent 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.

Sunday, 27 March 2011
8:49 PM

my aerial is in the loft keeps breaking up and saying no signal

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mandy's 1 post GB
Mark Aberfan Aerials

9:39 PM

Hi Mandy,

In many areas a loft aerial isnt good enough to recieve all channels all the time, you would be better off with a aerial mounted outside.

Mark Aberfan Aerials

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Mark Aberfan Aerials's 1,059 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
j r randall
5:02 PM

reception for itv 3 keeps coming and going.very good reception when on

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j r randall's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 5 July 2011
1:55 AM

im getting duplicate channels problem is the weaker ones are stored in the correct places and the stonger ones are stored in the 800s i do i resolve this

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jade's 14 posts GB

7:58 AM

jade: You appear to be in one of those locations where the possibility of receiving multiple channels from different sources exist, as although Ilchester Crescent shows as your best option local circumstances as well as your TV's tuning system dictates what is stored in 1,2,3 etc,etc.

To be able to give more accurate assistance, go into your TV's tuning menu signal check area and check if BBC1 is showing as Ch41 on your EPG1 position, then do the same test on BBC1 in the 800 ranges and come back with the result of the test.

Further info will be dependant on what you find, as manually storing channels "might" be the only successful method in your location, or possibly another tick involving "partially scanning with the aerial removed" doesn't work.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
12:48 PM

hi jb38, thanks for the reply its showing 43 for the bbc1 stored on channel 1, and 41 for the the bbc1 stored in the 800s, how would i go about manually tuning i i can make head or tales of the manual tuning menu

ps i believe its because im pointing a directly 2 transmitters
as i live in the bs13 area

many thanks

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jade's 14 posts GB

4:46 PM

Jade: Its a bit surprising that 43 has shown as BBC1, as according to the trade predictor I am looking at 43, which is Bristol - Kings Weston Hill @ 6miles away, isnt shown as operational on that channel.

However, the procedure to use for manual tuning of the strongest signals you have mentioned (Ilchester Crescent @ 1 mile away) is to first of all remove the aerial, then follow this action by carrying out a complete re-scan. Obviously nothing will be received but this procedure is to blank the memory of anything stored.

Once completed, re-connect the aerial and go into the tuning menu again selecting "manual scan or tune", after which enter the first channel on the list (Ch41), click "scan" and once the channels are found dont forget to store them.

Use this exact procedure on each of the channels listed in turn, doing the same as applied to the first after each scan is completed, i.e: storing them.

The only thing to note is, that the tuning menu system isnt the same on each brand of set and so slight variations can exist, so if after you have scanned and stored your first on the list and you try a second scan and get a warning that anything saved will be erased, just use the "add channels" option for each of the subsequent scans rather than the normal manual scan. (it all depends on the TV's menu!)

Individual scan channel list:- 41 - 44 - 47 - 42 - 45 - 49

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

9:22 PM

jade: Just in addition to what was said, "if" you find that some of the lesser EPG channels (not main BBC / ITV etc) are a bit weak make a note of the actual programme EPG number that's affected then come back on it, as some of the MUX channels you are entering are only on half the power of the others, MUX channels referred to being 42 - 45 - 49, as although not appearing as such on the predictor it still might be found that better results could possibly be had by substituting the three mentioned for 53 - 57 - 60 , these being from Kings Weston.

This problem is only occurring because your two choices of transmitter are virtually in the same line as each other, auto scans not really coping that well in these type of situations dependant on the receiver being used. (Maybe you could mention the brand of your TV or box being used)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
12:23 PM

jb38, im using a humax hdr fox t2

sorry for the delayed reply

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jade's 14 posts GB
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