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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?

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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
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
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-32,000W
Channel icons
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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 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
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 V -11.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons


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
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
Monday, 12 September 2011
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russ
11:32 AM

Hi There
Was wondering if the digital signal from Fenton
will increase significantly after 21/09/11.
I'm currently receiving a weak ITV1 signal.

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Mike Dimmick
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11:44 AM

russ: So far only the multiplex containing the BBC SD channels is on its final channel and power level. The other multiplexes will change to their final channels, modes and power levels on 21 September.

The post-switchover power levels are 20x pre-switchover levels, but more to the point are calculated to give equivalent, or slightly better, coverage compared to analogue. (Exception: SDN is 10x Mux A's pre-switchover power - it used to carry a PSB channel, Channel 5, but this moved to Mux 2/D3&4 a couple of years ago.).

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Briantist
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4:26 PM

Alan Hewitt: It does say above "D3&4 at Fenton will move to ch33 (100W) in advance of switchover on 20th April 2011. The final frequency, C27, will be adopted at switchover."

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Alan Hewitt
5:05 PM
Newcastle

Sorry about that was reading from much further up!

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Tuesday, 13 September 2011
Briantist
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7:39 AM

Alan Hewitt: Sorry, there are a few transmitters with odd changes that don't fit into the standard template.

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Alan Hewitt
9:28 AM
Newcastle

Hi Brian what I was referring to was the listing of Mux's just below the distribution map. Mux 2 is listed there as "a digital multiplex transmitted on frequency C30- (545.8MHz)"
I take that this graphic does not show the upto date information for the Fenton Transmitter? but reflect that of July 2010?


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Mike Dimmick
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11:54 AM

Alan Hewitt: It reflects the situation in 2007 before the switchover programme really got going. Brian has put an additional line in for transmitters that had major changes early on - Rowridge, where the line-up changed a lot, and Sheffield, where one mux had to move to squeeze in HD at Emley Moor - but mostly the pre-switchover changes, and any parking channels used after switchover, have not been listed.

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Briantist
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3:31 PM

Mike Dimmick/Alan Hewitt: I have to make manual changes to the code to make them display these little extra changes, and the problem is that the rest of the site is data-driven and doesn't see the bit of code that drives these pages, which then makes it inconsistent.


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Tuesday, 20 September 2011
R
russ
9:25 AM
Stoke-on-trent

russ: Thanks for that Mike - it's interesting to note that some of my receivers seem to be more liable to intermittent reception than others - Videomate TV capture card(PC running Win 7 and Win Media Center) in particular.


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Mike Dimmick
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2:46 PM

russ: It'll be down to the length of cable from aerial to each tuner (card) and the amount of electrical noise picked up. I would expect the noise level within a PC to be quite a bit higher than inside a regular box. The longer the cable, the more signal is lost, and more signal is lost at higher frequencies than lower ones.

Don't forget to retune tomorrow - Fenton is slated to be complete by 6am.

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