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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.

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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
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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?

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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;
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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.

Monday, 21 December 2015
12:02 PM

Mike B: Apprecate the comment but it's not that I'm setting up a new TV and can't get the HD channels - My HD TV has been getting them for ages but they went off air yesterday afternoon/evening and are still off.

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Brian's 4 posts GB
12:37 PM

BS1. All OK last week. Lost HD channels yesterday. Checked signals today. All OK except Channel 47 which shows no signal??

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Anthony's 1 post GB
paul denning
1:00 PM

still not getting channels 101 to 104 ilchester crescent - any eta of return of services

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paul denning's 19 posts GB
1:14 PM

Lost all HD channels here today off Ilchester Cresent Transmitter too... ETA on fix?

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Greg's 1 post GB
3:46 PM

Hi All

My HD channels came back about 15 mins ago. No explanation!!!

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Brian's 4 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 February 2016
carolyn george
11:27 AM

Hi I need help please I have lost all my htv channels the tv has been gradually getting worse over last few weeks but no I have nothing .I have called out an aerial repair man in case it was my aerial but he has checked and the problem is the signal he thinks is from 4g in Ilchester as i am a senior citizen ,and disabled I rely on my tv now I can only watch bbc , no good to me please please help

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carolyn george's 3 posts GB

10:21 PM

carolyn george:

If your aerial contractor thinks the problem is due to 4G services, you should contact at800 using the Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800 web address. That page has a number of options to help checl the cause and allow you to contac t them directly.

If the cause is suspected to be 4G services they will supply free of charge a filter to add into your aerial system. I'm surprised your aerial contractor did not mention this as it's very well known and documented.

I'm assuming that your live within the Ilchester Crescent transmitter service area, a post code would help us to check that.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 27 February 2016
carolyn george
11:37 PM

ty Mike for your reply My postcode is bs13 0jy.
When I called the aerial man he put a new aerial up and found it was no better so put mine back up , He also put a filter to the aerial as you spoke about and it made no difference, the equipment he had checked my aerial which he said was fine,he checked my tv which again was found to be ok (as it only approx. 2 yrs old he thought it wouldn't be that} .he then checked my set top box which I use to record and he found that to be working ok.he retuned the tv and finally I had quite a good picture on every channel so he thought it may just be signal and it was sorted .Since then it has continued to cause problems so I called a tv repair man more cost and he said same tv ok set box ok aerial ok so more cost and still my tv is having problems the last 3 days I can only watch bbc as all other channels are either saying no signal or picture breaking up .I just don't know what else to do or try please can you help me I am on small income and practically housebound so the tv is one of my last pleasure in life

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carolyn george's 3 posts GB
Sunday, 28 February 2016

6:37 PM

carolyn george: Check your signal strength! I sometimes get the same problem, and its the signal suddenly going down to about 30% or way up to 80 or 90% - both end up looking the same. Strangely, I'm getting both problems a bit at the moment.

Since you've had everything checked, I doubt the signal is too low. Now the transmitter your on is very low power, but on the other hand, your very very close 2km. So it could be your jusdt getting too much signal, and that causing the problems.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB

8:23 PM

carolyn george : On having read over what you have said, and in particular the fact that your aerial installation as well as the equipment connected into same has been checked over by two separate engineers, I was just wondering if the fault referred to was actually in evidence at the time of any of their visits?

However, as to the cause of said problem, although an overly strong signal can indeed result in signal break up etc, the fact of you having stated that you can only view the BBC is inclined to suggest that this isn't the reason for your difficulty, as the BBC and ITV (excl ITV3) are transmitted on twice the power of all the other channels, i.e: the ones that you have reported as being unable to view, the reverse of what would be expected.

Another thing I wondered about being, as you would appear as being able to view Freeview via either the tuner in your TV, or alternatively via same in your "Freeview" set top box recorder, does the signal on the other channels referred to break up no matter what you are viewing them through?

To clarify the aforementioned, Freeview through the TV means using the TV's remote to change channels, whereas via the set to box, means by selecting the set top box via the "input select" button on the "TV's" remote control, but using the set top boxes remote control to change channels.

My personal suspicion is that your problem is possibly being cause by some intermittent form of localised interference, "local" meaning such as even through the adjoining wall between two properties.

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