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Freeview reception at WS4 2HW


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 3 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of WS42HW (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

Together TV +1Sutton Coldfield com7
CCXTVSutton Coldfield COM4
MeritSutton Coldfield com7
1BBC One (SD)Sutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
2BBC TwoSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
 
3ITV (SD)Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
5Channel 5Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
6ITV 2Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
7Big Centre TVSutton Coldfield LB
 
9BBC FourSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
10ITV3Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
11Sky ArtsSutton Coldfield COM5
12QuestSutton Coldfield COM4
13E4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
14Film4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
15Channel 4 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
17ReallySutton Coldfield COM5
18More4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
19DaveSutton Coldfield COM5
 
20DramaSutton Coldfield COM4
215USASutton Coldfield COM4
23Dave ja vuSutton Coldfield COM6
25ITV4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
26YesterdaySutton Coldfield COM6
 
28ITV2 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
29E4 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
304MusicSutton Coldfield COM5
315STARSutton Coldfield COM4
32Paramount NetworkSutton Coldfield COM4
 
33GREAT! moviesSutton Coldfield COM6
34ITV +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
35pickSutton Coldfield COM5
38DMAXSutton Coldfield COM6
39Quest RedSutton Coldfield COM5
 
40CBS JusticeSutton Coldfield COM6
41GREAT! movies actionSutton Coldfield COM4
42Food NetworkSutton Coldfield COM5
43HGTVSutton Coldfield COM6
45Channel 5 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
46Film4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
47ChallengeSutton Coldfield COM5
484sevenSutton Coldfield COM5
555SELECTSutton Coldfield COM4
56Smithsonian ChannelSutton Coldfield COM5
 
57ITVBe +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
58ITV3 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
59ITV4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
63BlazeSutton Coldfield COM4
64FreeSportsSutton Coldfield com7
 
66CBS RealitySutton Coldfield COM4
67CBS DramaSutton Coldfield COM6
68Horror ChannelSutton Coldfield COM4
69Quest +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
70Quest Red +1Sutton Coldfield com7
 
72Shopping Quarter Sutton Coldfield PSB3
73Drama +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
74Yesterday +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
76Now 70sSutton Coldfield com7
77TCCSutton Coldfield COM4
 
80Blaze +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
81Talking Pictures TVSutton Coldfield COM6
82Together TVSutton Coldfield COM5
84PBS AmericaSutton Coldfield COM6
86More4 +1Sutton Coldfield com7
 
87PBS America +1Sutton Coldfield com7
89Court TVSutton Coldfield com7
96Forces TVSutton Coldfield com7
101BBC One HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
102BBC Two HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
103ITV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103STV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103UTV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
104Channel 4 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
105Channel 5 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
106BBC Four HDSutton Coldfield com7
107BBC News HDSutton Coldfield com7
108BBC Scotland HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
113RT HDSutton Coldfield com7
114Quest HDSutton Coldfield com7
 
201CBBCSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
202CBeebiesSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
203CITVSutton Coldfield COM4
204CBBC HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
205CBeebies HDSutton Coldfield com7
 
211Ketchup TVSutton Coldfield COM4
212YAAAS!Sutton Coldfield COM4
231BBC NewsSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
232BBC ParliamentSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
233Sky NewsSutton Coldfield COM5
 
234RTSutton Coldfield COM6
235Aljazeera EnglishSutton Coldfield COM6
250BBC Red ButtonSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1

 

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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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