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The symbol shows the location of the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter which serves 130,000 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 Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Fenton 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 V -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Fenton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4
C28ArqBArqB
C29_local_local
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32com7
C34com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 1-5 10kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 1000W
com7, com8(-18.5dB) 140W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-20dB) 100W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-23dB) 50W

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. Fenton 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
Friday, 8 April 2011
C
chass
12:26 PM

im on fenton lost itv3 etc retuned now gives two transmitter choice both west midlands one 27 channels itv3 one 77channels bbc etc
have other freeview box have all 104 channels no prob
all of same ariel any ideas or will this right its self after full d s o as some channels moverd on fenton april 2011

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Mike Dimmick
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4:14 PM
Reading

chass: Sometimes the broadcasters change the region name slightly to indicate that they've changed the multiplex line-up slightly, adding or removing a dot at the end or adding a space before the dot. I don't know if this was in the D-Book specification, but it causes problems for some boxes.

Is there no way to get it to store the channels from both 'regions'? If it won't, try selecting the 77 channel variant then manually tuning whatever multiplex carries the channels that you're missing. Mux A and D both carry 27 channels, so it could be either, but it's most likely to be Mux A as ITV3 is carried on this mux. At the moment, Mux A is on C22.

You should also see whether there are any updates available for your box, and if not, let the manufacturer know about the problem.

No multiplexes have yet changed frequency at Fenton. Mux 2 will move to C33 on the 20th, to avoid problems when The Wrekin, Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke start using that channel for HD services. You will need to retune again to keep ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV 2, Channel 4+1, More 4, E4 and ITV1 +1. The main switchover is in September.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011
C
chasss
1:18 AM
Stoke-on-trent

mike dimmick
i noticed the difference in the region name by the dot as you said got onto tesco had box replaced its fine now thanks for your help
chass

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:28 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:29 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:34 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:28 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:29 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:28 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:29 yesterday [BBC]

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4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:28 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:29 yesterday [BBC]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
J
John Gardner
1:08 PM

Mike Dimmick: Thanks for your advice re the RF lead. I will try a better quality lead and see what happens.

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Monday, 25 April 2011
G
G Jackson
12:06 PM
Newcastle

Recently had a new aerial fitted for digital viewing and new tv with freeview. No problems whatsoever and the quality of all the channels were very good. Since the 20th April I have retuned the tv many times and the picture quality of ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 has been just about watchable during the day but totally useless at night. Whatever has happened has knocked my confidence with the Fenton transmitter. Is this poor reception going to improve or do I need to move to a better transmitter?

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Briantist
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12:35 PM

G Jackson: Basically, yes, you need to use either the Sutton Coldfield or Winter Hill transmitters if you want reliable reception.

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