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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-32,000W
Channel icons
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
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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-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 -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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 -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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 -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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

com7
 V -11.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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 - 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
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
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5:05 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 00:02 yesterday to 00:15 yesterday BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 yesterday to 06:00 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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5:05 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 00:02 yesterday to 00:15 yesterday BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 yesterday to 06:00 yesterday [BBC]

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SB
4:40 PM

Hi, this seems a really comprehensive site but I still need help. I live in the ST13 area which I think gets a signal relayed from Fenton. We had what I thought was full freeview yesterday, but from what I can decipher we don't get multiplexes com 4,5&6 so don't get channels such as Dave etc.
There is nothing noted for after 21st Sept 2011, so is this as much as we will get in this area or is there somekind of final boost to give us all the channels in the future? Thanks in advance

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Briantist
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5:29 PM

SB: The commercial multiplexes are at their final power levels.

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Friday, 23 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:40 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 00:02 on 21 Sep to 00:15 on 21 Sep BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 21 Sep to 06:00 on 21 Sep [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:40 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 00:02 on 21 Sep to 00:15 on 21 Sep BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 21 Sep to 06:00 on 21 Sep [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 September 2011
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P Costello
8:53 AM
Sandbach

I have humax pvr which is 2 years old. Recently did update of all channels and now I can.t get a good bbc signal. All itv is ok. We live in nortt west but humax tries to tune to yorkshire. Any ideas?


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jb38
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3:43 PM

P Costello: Your box has most likely picked up and stored Belmont which uses lower channel numbers, Winter Hill appearing to be the station covering your area.

Take the aerial out and carry out a scan without it, this to blank out the EPG memory, then BEFORE re-connecting the aerial carry out another auto-tune whilst at the same time observing the channels rising in the progress bar, then as soon as you see then getting to Ch52 plug the aerial back in again and that will allow Winter Hill to load.

Any problem with this method will require you to manually tune the channels in.

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jb38
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5:10 PM

SB: If you are anywhere near the ST13 7.. area, then Winter Hill presently indicates as being a possibility, Sutton Coldfield in November, although Winter Hill is the best of the two.

But of course this is entirely dependant on local conditions applying, as predictors cannot really cater properly for this sort of thing.

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Jim F
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9:05 PM
Leek

SB: Using ST13 5DR as a nominal post code, coverage is possible from both Fenton and the local Leek relay.
DUK's postcode predictor shows that you can't receive the COM MUXs from Fenton - this is because they are co-channel with Fenton's PSB MUXs (which makes reception of Fenton non-ideal, hence orange colour on DUK trade view).
Reception from Leek PSBs is shown as good (but no COM MUXs transmitted from there).
Your receiver may be able to indicate the UHF channel numbers you are receiving at present (Fenton: 24 & 27, Leek: 25, 22 for BBC A & D3&4 respectively).
Sutton Coldfield shows all green, but would depend on your location in Leek, and you'd need a horizontally polarised aerial (Group B or wideband) pointing slightly east of south.

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