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Freeview reception at WD3 9RF


For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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There are 4 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of WD39RF (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

 EE,  Multiple operators,  O2,  3,  Vodafone,  location on line-of-sight,  Selected location,  Freeview transmitter,  Freeview light transmitter,  Engineering/fault today.

These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

FreeSportsHemel Hempstead COM6
1BBC One (SD)Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
2BBC TwoHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
3ITV 1 (SD)Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
 
5Channel 5Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
6ITV 2Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
9BBC FourHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
10ITV3Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
11Sky ArtsHemel Hempstead COM5
 
12QuestHemel Hempstead COM4
13E4Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
14Film4Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
15Channel 4 +1Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
17ReallyHemel Hempstead COM5
 
18More4Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
19DaveHemel Hempstead COM5
20DramaHemel Hempstead COM4
215USAHemel Hempstead COM4
23BBC ThreeHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
 
25WHemel Hempstead COM6
26ITV4Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
27YesterdayHemel Hempstead COM6
29ITV2 +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
30E4 +1Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
 
31E4 ExtraHemel Hempstead COM5
325STARHemel Hempstead COM4
335ActionHemel Hempstead COM4
34GREAT! moviesHemel Hempstead COM6
35ITV1 +1Hemel Hempstead LondonPSB2
 
36pickHemel Hempstead COM5
39DMAXHemel Hempstead COM6
40Quest RedHemel Hempstead COM5
41LegendHemel Hempstead COM4
42GREAT! movies actionHemel Hempstead COM4
 
43Food NetworkHemel Hempstead COM5
44HGTVHemel Hempstead COM6
46Channel 5 +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
47Film4 +1Hemel Hempstead COM5
48ChallengeHemel Hempstead COM5
 
494sevenHemel Hempstead COM5
565SELECTHemel Hempstead PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelHemel Hempstead COM5
58ITVBe +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
59ITV3 +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
 
60Drama +1Hemel Hempstead COM5
64BlazeHemel Hempstead COM4
67CBS RealityHemel Hempstead COM4
70Quest +1Hemel Hempstead COM5
71Quest Red +1Hemel Hempstead COM6
 
73HobbyMakerHemel Hempstead COM6
74Dave ja vuHemel Hempstead COM4
75Yesterday +1Hemel Hempstead COM5
78TCCHemel Hempstead COM4
81Blaze +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
 
82Talking Pictures TVHemel Hempstead COM6
83Together TVHemel Hempstead COM5
84PBS AmericaHemel Hempstead COM6
88Classic HitsHemel Hempstead COM6
89ITV4 +1Hemel Hempstead COM4
 
101BBC One HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
102BBC Two HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
103UTV HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
103STV HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
103ITV 1 HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
 
104Channel 4 HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
105Channel 5 HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
106BBC Four HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
109BBC Three HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
 
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)Hemel Hempstead PSB3
201CBBCHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
202CBeebiesHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
203CITVHemel Hempstead COM4
204CBBC HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
 
205CBeebies HDHemel Hempstead PSB3
208POP MAXHemel Hempstead COM4
209Ketchup TVHemel Hempstead COM4
210Ketchup TooHemel Hempstead COM4
211YAAAS!Hemel Hempstead COM4
 
231BBC NewsHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
232BBC ParliamentHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
233Sky NewsHemel Hempstead COM5
235Aljazeera EnglishHemel Hempstead COM6
250BBC Red ButtonHemel Hempstead LondonPSB1
 

 

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Comments
Monday, 25 May 2020
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David
10:05 PM

Hi, I've been trying for many years to get decent viewing at my home. CH3 8BA, every checker I look at tells me Moel-y-parc is the transmitter to aim for. The problem is I live in a dip and and surrounded by hills close to my home. I have no line of sight. I've tried a number of aerials but nothing is offering a consistent picture.
To stand any chance I think I'd need a pole on the chimney at least 18ft to ensure I clear the hills.
Any thoughts that could help me?

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StevensOnln1
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10:54 PM

David: Do you have a clear view of the sky to the south/south east? If so, consider getting Freesat, which will give most of the channels available on Freeview as well as various others via free to air satellite (i.e. a one-off cost for the dish, cabling and receiver, with no ongoing subscription cost).

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Tuesday, 26 May 2020
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Chris.SE
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1:46 AM

David:

How odd. The Freeview Detailed Coverage checker for your postcode say your "most likely" transmitter is Winter Hill yet it's only predicting good coverage from COM7, poor for COM8 and nothing for the other multiplexes!!
Yet is shows Good coverage from the "alternative transmitter" at Moel y Parc. Well we have come across stupid anomalies like this in the coverage checker before.
Looking at the actual terrain, there seems to be a clear line of sight due W to Moel Y Parc but towards the N end of your postcode, Winter Hill (to the NNE) is obscured somewhat by the terrain, also trees may be an issue.
As StevensOnln1 has suggested, going for Freesat may well be the solution if you really can't get a reliable signal from Moel Y Parc. Indeed your TV may already have a built in satellite tuner, many modern sets do.

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David
7:11 AM
Chester

StevensOnln1: I do have a clear view of the sky in that direct, I was hoping that Freeview via the aerial was going to win out but this is just not going to happen.
Thank you for you're quick response.

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Chris.SE
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10:28 PM

David:

Are you saying that there's no clear line of sight due W?

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Tuesday, 2 June 2020
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Bridgette Blaskett
1:42 PM
Broadstairs

Aerial is on flat roof area at top of 3 storey building comprising 3 flats (one each storey) in Brodstairs CT10 1DP. Aerial is next to a Sky dish serving middle flat. Cannot retune smart TVs to find/pick up any signal for ITV, Channel 4 but can find BBC channels though these break up due to weak signals as well especially in afternoon. Freeview experience therefore has been almost non-existent for many weeks.

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Chris.SE
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4:03 PM

Bridgette Blaskett:

Hmm, you are not in a good spot there having very limited choice. Do you know which way your aerial is pointing and whether the rods are vertical or horizontal, there's a choice of which transmitters you MIGHT try and get, none with good reception!
To add to things, there has been recent Planned Engineering on some transmitters that you might possibly get but that is supposedly completed. However, to mess things up there has also been some Tropospheric Ducting recently (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/rec…iew) causing interference from other transmitters (UK or Europe).

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Chris.SE
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4:06 PM

Bridgette Blaskett:

When I say which way your aerial is pointing, I mean rough compass bearing, not which transmitter, but if you know that, it could help.

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Friday, 5 June 2020
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Brian Gregory
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3:29 PM

The postcode database is either screwed up or is an antique.

Bizarre results imply I need to swing my areial around between Crystal Palace and Hannington depending on which channel I want to watch. This is nonsense. All channels except the two different local TV channels are transmitted from both.

What happened to the excellent predictor that used to be, I think, accessible from both the ofcom and freeview websites that gave results for many transmitters?? I can't find it now.

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Saturday, 6 June 2020
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Chris.SE
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12:55 AM

Brian Gregory:

It may seem bizarre, but it's not, it's telling you which transmitter gives you the most reliable signal for each multiplex, if you'd clicked on the Frequency Data link it would show you the predicted signal levels. (There is an error on this site for Crystal Palace as it lists C48 for PSB3 instead of C30, but many lists on this site haven't been correctly updated with all the 700MHz Clearance changes as the site owner hasn't had time.)
You'd get good reception from Hannington for all multiplexes, fractionally better for the PSBs from Crystal Palace, but poorer for the COMs except 7&8 which are marginally better from Crystal Palace.

The Digital UK Detailed Coverage Checker to which you refer was moved by Freeview/DUK from DUK's own website and amalgamated into the Freeview one (badly). There are boxes on the Freeview Homepage Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free & having entered your details, you then had to scroll down on the new page past all the Channels Icons to click Detailed view. After a lot of criticism they've since added boxes on the Corporate "Platform Management" page that take you straight to the Detailed view.

As you may recall the Detailed Coverage Checker gave a list of predicted transmitters and their multiplexes that may be receivable at the specified location, that's still the case. If you put your details in the boxes and check, you'll see that it's giving much the same results as you see from this site.
But bizarrely The Freeview/DUK checker suggests the most likely transmitter is Crystal Palace despite overall reception being somewhat better from Hannington! However this sort of oddity is also the case for a number of other locations and other transmitters.

HTH & explains what you're seeing.

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