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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.

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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
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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
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-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
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;
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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
Sunday, 25 January 2015
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jb38
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5:00 PM

Alan : Although I fully appreciate that this might well be the case, but though in practically all cases where a time factor is associated with interference, the reason for is usually traced to a fault having developed in a piece of household electrical equipment such as the devices mentioned in the examples. The point being that the defective equipment need not necessarily be located within your own household, as interference can be of a radiated nature and picked up in your aerial system, or alternatively by it passing through the mains wiring, the test mentioned of using an AM radio being a highly effective way of detecting the latter.

If interference is entering your household via the mains wiring, sitting an AM radio near to the incoming supply or even next to a power socket, will usually detect its presence.

Its also prudent (where possible) to make an enquiry with a neighbour to ascertain if they are also experiencing the problem or not just in case its widespread, although I have known cases where an enquiry resulted in the problem magically vanishing, it eventually being found out to have been caused by badly worn out brushes in a washing machines motor, motorised devices of the type that use an copper armature being prone to causing interference as soon as the brushes get worn.

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Monday, 22 June 2015
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10:30 AM

FENTON transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 13 July 2015
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10:30 AM

FENTON transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Saturday, 25 July 2015
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4:31 AM

FENTON transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
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steve
3:29 PM

When the transmitter changes its functions or intended uses like the addition of 4g mobile coms and alike do local residents get notification?
I'm about to buy a house nearby but have been told that different frequencies can cause illness.
Can any comments or reports be sent to give me some confidence that there is no risk ??

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MikeB
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3:34 PM

steve: Sorry, thats nonsense. The biggest problem with 4G is putting your phone to your ear. Dont worry about it.

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MikeP
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7:23 PM

Steve:

I have worked in the TV industry since 1960. The concept of RF signals causing illness has been mooted for many years and has no validity unless you are a TV transmitter engineer working on a 'live' transmitting aerial. You can stand directly underneath the transmitting aerials at Crystal Palace, in London, and be perfectly safe.

The general population has been 'bathed' in RF radiation for as long as man has been on the Earth and the natural radiations were present long before then. Man-made RF signals have been around for more than 100 years and almost no one has suffered (there are a few who claim to suffer but no scientific evidence has been found yet).

TV transmitters will not be used for 4G transmissions, they are designed differently. A separate transmitter has to be built for 4G and almost always it uses a separate mast for the aerials.

When 3G started, Ofcom authorised an organisation called 'at800' to inform people who might be affected and to provide those who definitely were with filters. It has nothing to do with any health issues purported by the 'doom sayers' to exist. With 4G that does not seem to exist as the 4G signals will largely use the existing frequencies that have been used for some TV transmissions but these are being moved to other frequencies to all safe operation of 4G.

Stop worrying about nothing and concentrate on whether the house is suitable for you and your family.



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Thursday, 1 February 2018
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4:29 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 today to 03:43 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 today to 03:43 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 2 February 2018
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FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 yesterday to 03:43 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 yesterday to 03:43 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 3 February 2018
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FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 on 01 Feb to 03:43 on 01 Feb, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:16 on 01 Feb to 03:43 on 01 Feb. [BBC]

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