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The symbol shows the location of the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmitter which serves 83,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) mast?

Brierley Hill transmitter - Brierley Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Brierley Hill transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C32- (561.8MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C34+ (578.2MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)179mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LB
 V -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-12200W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 Brierley Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km east (86°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km east (86°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TA K T
C29LB
C31ArqA
C32BBCA
C33_local
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37ArqB
C50tv_offSDN
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offArqB
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+D3+4
C59tv_off-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 2*, Mux B*, LB(-17dB) 200W
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux C*(-20dB) 100W
Mux D*(-21dB) 80W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Brierley Hill 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.

Comments
Tuesday, 5 September 2017
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MikeB
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4:22 PM

Then it sounds like a retune problem (check), or a problem with the aerial itself. Panasonic/Humax both have sensitive tuners, and its not impossible for them to grab a very weak signal at a lower channel level.

Put your postcode into the site, and it will bring up a load of links, which include terrain, DigitalUK, etc. That one has compass bearings for transmitters, and its not a bad bet that there might be one on a similar bearing, with a lower set of channel numbers, but much further away.

But if your tuned to the right transmitter, and your signal strength is low, then its your aerial.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
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Stuart Haaris
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:10 PM

It way be worth contacting someone regarding this, i know from another forum that Brierley Hill have had reception issues and complaints have been made regarding this. A period of off air a couple of weeks ago was for this to be inverstigated but I don't know whether the problem was solved. From what I have heard the reception problems were only in one direction from the transmitter.

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Stuart Haaris's 34 posts GB
Thursday, 14 September 2017
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David Mullett
12:14 PM

Stuart Haaris: I have a good signal on all other tv channels except channel 7 - Made in Birmingham (Big Centre TV) I believe this is transmitted on channel 29) which pixelates occasionally but is better than it used to be. It is only the HD channels which i believe are transmitted on channel 53 that have disappeared since the august 3rd retune. Who would i contact to find out about this and the directional issue? What are the other forums you mentioned?

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David Mullett's 5 posts GB
Friday, 15 September 2017
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Stuart Harris
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:00 PM

David, channel 7 is broadcast from a little side aerial at a much lower rate, 200W as opposed to the main MUXes which are broadcast at 2000W.

The other website was Digital Spy, I was asking about the engineering work going on at the transmitter concerning next years frequency changes. On the 22/08/17, Brierley Hill was off air between 10:40 and 11:59 and I asked was this shut down connected with this work, I received the following reply

"The Brierley Hill work today was unplanned - hence why the work wasn't listed as part of this weeks planned engineering works. This has nothing to do with 700MHz clearance though. It's been done so that they can investigate reports of poor reception in some areas served by the transmitter. PSB 1-3 and COM 4-6 were shut down for up to two hours but were left on air in the afternoon to avoid a loss of lunch time news bulletins."

Whether they corrected the problem I am unsure, being as it is BBCB MUX you are having problems with, would speak to the BBC about it,


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Stuart Harris's 34 posts GB
Monday, 18 September 2017
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David Mullett
2:05 PM

Stuart Harris: Have you any idea what the contact email / website or telephone number is for the correct BBC department.?


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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:16 PM

David Mullett: Try the number listed on the BBC's reception advice pages - BBC - About us - Help Receiving TV and Radio

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StevensOnln1's 3,207 posts GB
Friday, 13 October 2017
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David Mullett
4:36 PM

MikeB:
I have done all of the things to check my equipment, auto and manual retunes, bypassed my amplifier/splitter etc to no avail. I have since spoken to 3 of my neighbours and also my brother who lives about 0.5 miles away. We have all got the same problem and it started about the time work was being carried out on the transmitter and the August 3rd channel retune. We all have good tv pictures on the MUX channels 50, 55, 57, 59 & 60. But we have all lost the HD channels on BBC-B MUX channel 53. And we have also lost the programs transmitted on MUX channel 29 but to be fair the picture was good on this channel before. As Stuart Harris above reported he had heard on a forum other people in one direction from the transmitter were also reporting the same problems. I have just contacted the BBC to report this for the third time.

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David Mullett's 5 posts GB
Monday, 23 October 2017
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David Dunn
3:31 PM

When will Amblecote transmit ch 96 Forces TV

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David Dunn's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 25 October 2017
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Stuart Harris
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:35 PM

Sadly it's on COM8, so never.

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Stuart Harris
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

3:38 PM

Daly it's broadcast on COM8 which relay transmitters don't carry, so unfortunately no chance.

You could try Sutton Coldfield, try a manual tune on channel 35.

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Stuart Harris's 34 posts GB
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