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Freeview reception at GL20 5SW


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 GL205SW (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

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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

1BBC One (SD)Sutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
2BBC TwoSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
3ITV 1 (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 COM6
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
23BBC ThreeSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
 
25WSutton Coldfield COM6
26ITV4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
27YesterdaySutton Coldfield COM6
29ITV2 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
30E4 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
31E4 ExtraSutton Coldfield COM5
325STARSutton Coldfield COM4
335ActionSutton Coldfield COM4
34GREAT! moviesSutton Coldfield COM6
35ITV1 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
36pickSutton Coldfield COM5
39DMAXSutton Coldfield COM6
40Quest RedSutton Coldfield COM5
41LegendSutton Coldfield COM4
42GREAT! movies actionSutton Coldfield COM4
 
43Food NetworkSutton Coldfield COM5
44HGTVSutton Coldfield COM6
46Channel 5 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
47Film4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
48ChallengeSutton Coldfield COM5
 
494sevenSutton Coldfield COM5
565SELECTSutton Coldfield PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelSutton Coldfield COM5
58ITVBe +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
59ITV3 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
60Drama +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
64BlazeSutton Coldfield COM4
67CBS RealitySutton Coldfield COM4
70Quest +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
71Quest Red +1Sutton Coldfield COM6
 
73HobbyMakerSutton Coldfield COM6
74Dave ja vuSutton Coldfield COM4
75Yesterday +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
78TCCSutton Coldfield COM4
81Blaze +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
82Talking Pictures TVSutton Coldfield COM6
83Together TVSutton Coldfield COM5
84PBS AmericaSutton Coldfield COM6
88Classic HitsSutton Coldfield COM6
89ITV4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
101BBC One HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
102BBC Two HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103UTV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103STV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103ITV 1 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
104Channel 4 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
105Channel 5 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
106BBC Four HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
109BBC Three HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)Sutton Coldfield PSB3
201CBBCSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
202CBeebiesSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
203CITVSutton Coldfield COM4
204CBBC HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
205CBeebies HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
208Pop PlayerSutton Coldfield COM4
209Ketchup TVSutton Coldfield COM4
210Ketchup TooSutton Coldfield COM4
211YAAAS!Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
231BBC NewsSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
232BBC ParliamentSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
233Sky NewsSutton Coldfield COM5
235Al Jazeera EngSutton Coldfield COM6
250BBC Red ButtonSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
 

 

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Comments
Saturday, 13 July 2013
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mimi everett
7:34 PM
Gillingham

my pictures keep breaking up and programmes are not recorded is there work being done on the main aerials

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Sunday, 14 July 2013
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Alex
9:47 AM
Sleaford

Cant get dave at ng34 8tr used to get dave ja view. But that has closed down now. Any ideas would be much appreciated. I miss mvf

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Richard Cullen
10:33 AM

This is for Dave.

On June 1 you wrote:
'By using a high-gain aerial you have reduced your acceptance angle. So if the (average) quality over the angle which your aerial works is lower than had you used one with a wider acceptance angle then you will have a lower quality signal. It is a possibility that some object(s) have changed, such as vegetation in the signal path growing.

I think that you should try feeding the output of the aerial directly to one of the TV feeds (sockets), bypassing the amplifier and see if it improves.'

After yet more deterioration/ frustration I finally got up into the loft yesterday and tweaked the aerial back to horizontal (it had sagged a little) (1) and bypassed the amplifier (2). First made no apparent difference. Second - BINGO! Suddenly I have 94 stations and home life is peaceful.

Thanks!

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:36 PM

Richard Cullen: Ah, so it appears that the amplifier was pushing the level of the signal up to above that which your TVs can cope.

Whilst it doesn't always work, you may find that you can run the three TVs from the same aerial using an unpowered splitter, this being because the signal is strong enough owing to your proximity and the high transmission power.

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Monday, 15 July 2013
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toni bussola
10:50 AM
Malton

I intermittently lose reception of Dave and Pick TV. I can still see most if not all other other freeview channels but I get the 'no signal message' for these channels. If at this time I try to rescan, then no channel is found. then later in the same day I can rescan and find and receive the channels again. Then the same re-occurs the next day. I used to get the same problem with film 4, but that seems to be ok lately. Why do I only get loss of these specific channels like this.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:24 PM

toni bussola: It would have been useful if you had said which transmitter you are using because it affects the answer!

At your location Bilsdale is good; this carries BBC North East & Cumbria and ITV Tyne Tees. Emley Moor - which carries BBC Yorkshire and ITV Yorkshire - may also be available, and indeed looking on Streetview I can see some aerials pointing to it.

I shall assume you are receiving from Bilsdale. In which case if you have not replaced your aerial from the days of four-channel analogue then it may be a Group A one. This means that it is most sensitive (i.e. is best at "hearing") at Group A frequencies which are the first third of those used for TV. Sensitivity slopes downwards outside of Group A (outside being higher frequencies/channels).

Unfortunately the Commercial (COM) channels from Bilsdale are outside of Group A; they are in Group B which is the middle third of the band. Consequently Group A aerials may be found not to be sensitive enough on those higher channels (frequencies).

The highest channel, and therefore the one furthest away from Group A is C46 which is for COM5 multiplex which carries Pick TV, Dave, Really, E4+1 and others. See here for a full list:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

For digital reception a receiver requires the incoming signal to be above a particular level - its lower threshold - in order to resolve a picture. Signal levels vary slightly due to the weather and so on. Therefore in order to have reliable reception, the signal level needs to be sufficiently above that threshold such that a slight reduction doesn't put it below. Perhaps your difficulty is that your aerial isn't sensitive enough (as it's a Group A one) to do this, it only providing a signal over the threshold at times when it is a bit stronger.

As such, retuning is a total waste of time. This is not a fault with your receiver 'forgetting' what has been stored and what is being broadcast is not changing such that a retune is required.

If you have a receiver which has a manual tuning function then go to it and select/enter UHF channel 46 but don't press the button to scan/add channels as at this point a receiver often works as signal meter, giving strength and quality, even if the former is under the threshold required (which is what you want). Compare this with C43 (COM4 - ITV3 etc) and C40 (COM6 - Film4 etc) and note down the values. When it goes again (or when it comes back) do the same and you might find the strength has increased.

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Moira Davidson
5:48 PM
Leominster

We have a TV in the bedroom that has always worked on Freeview without any problems but now has a signal strength of 50-59% and no picture. I have reset it several times without any luck. Also, our main TV has, in the last two weeks, stopped getting many channels- Film 4 for example. This has also been retuned. Our aerial is under two years old.
Postcode is HR6

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:12 PM

Moira Davidson: If you have one aerial which feeds the lounge and the bedroom (and maybe other rooms) then how is this distributed?

If it is a powered amplifier (booster) which it may well be then try turning of the mains supply to it and see if the weak signal drops further. Do this by bringing up the signal strength screen and observing the value then switch off the amplifier. If it doesn't drop then the amplifier isn't doing its job and either it or its power supply is faulty. The fact that the power indicator is illuminated on the amplifier and/or amp's power supply doesn't mean that it is functioning normally.

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013
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Angela Payne
4:13 PM

Help please! Our Sky subscription is going up hugely and all we watch are Sky Sports 1 and 2.
How can we get these channels on Freeview?
We cannot afford our Sky sub any longger, as pensioners.Could afford a small sub. Please advise.

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Angela Payne's 1 post GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:41 PM

Angela Payne: which broadband do you have?

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