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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;
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
Tuesday, 13 March 2018
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StevensOnln1
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12:04 AM

Kevin Amesbury: The most likely explanation for why you are unable to receive COM7/8 since the frequency changes at the Fenton transmitter is that you are using a Group A aerial which was never designed to receive frequencies in the upper half of the UHF band such as UHF channels 55 & 56. The highest UHF channel ever previously used at Fenton was C35 (used for Channel 5 analogue) so there would have been no need for anyone in its coverage area to have a wideband aerial fitted.

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Lee Drummond
4:06 PM

Not getting anything on channel 55 or 56 so missing some HD channels like bt sport showcase. BBC news hd. Is this correct. Is it a transmitter issue still ?

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StevensOnln1
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4:57 PM

Lee Drummond: There have been no faults showing for the Fenton transmitter since the frequency change work was completed. The most likely explanation for why you are getting no signal on UHF channels 55/56 is that you are using a Group A aerial which was not designed to receive these frequencies (see my reply to Kevin Amesbury above).

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Sunday, 18 March 2018
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Nev
11:58 AM
Newcastle

Hi,
I am unable to receive any TV channels from from COM7/8 at ST5 3JW which is less than 4 miles from the Fenton transmitter (which can be seen from the top of our roof) and relatively high elevation for the area (492 above sea level). I can receive most other freeview channels using a wire coat hanger for an aerial, but absolutely no signal detected by the TV (fairly new Sony Bravia) for Channels 55 & 56. I have bought and fitted a new Labgear 48 element wideband aerial which is located in the loft, vertically polarised and with the direction set to 79 degrees using a compass, but no difference. I would appreciate any helpful advice as to what the problem may be.
Thanks,
Nev

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Monday, 19 March 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:27 AM

Nev:

Fenton transmits the main channels in Group A but COMs 6 and 7 are on channels 55 and 56, which cannot be received successfully with a Group A aerial.

You need to replace your aerial with a wide band type that is capable of receiving the higher channels. Contact Freeview for assistance as you may qualify for a free replacement aerial.



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Saturday, 24 March 2018
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Nev
5:48 PM

Update to my previous post on 18th March.

After retuning several times (automatic, manual, full scan, normal scan) with no change and zero signal showing on channels 55 & 56, despite fitting a new high gain wideband aerial, I eventually gave up.

However, yesterday, I gave it another go. Miraculously all the moved / disappeared channels magically reappeared and I have them all back. The signal strength on channels 55 & 56 is now showing 97% with 100% signal quality. I have not touched anything in the intervening period, so what changed? The Fenton transmitter has been showing no problems since the switchover, but clearly something has happened to resolve the issue.

Nev

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Sunday, 25 March 2018
MikeP
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1:36 PM

Nev:

Glad you had a wideband aerial fitted. However, your signal strength is too high now. The ideal is for a strength of between 60% and 85% on all channels. If it is lower or higher than that range you may well suffer intermittent 'loss of signal' if the tuner is getting too much or too little. An attenuator in the aerial lead behind the equipment will help. They are cheap and available in different strengths, 3dB, 6dB, 12dB, etc. You have to try the lowest first and if the signal is still too high then change to a stronger one until the reported signal strengths are within the desired range.



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Wednesday, 4 April 2018
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Frank
9:24 AM

I am in st6. I have always had poor reception on itv3 etc. I installed a lab gear high gain antenna, and no change. If I look around, the antennas in the area are mounted in different ways eg horizontal and vertical. Which is the correct way for fenton

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Frank
9:32 AM

Ch28 I have 100% strength 0%quality

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StevensOnln1
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10:16 AM

Frank: The antenna should be mounted vertically for Fenton. The horizontally mount antennas will most likely be pointed at another transmitter. What signal strengths do you get on the other multiplexes?

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