Full Freeview on the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC C&W (BBC local radio), 720 BBC H&W (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Shropshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC WM (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Derby (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Gloucestershire (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Create and Craft, Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
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?
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
How will the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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?
|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
Is anyone else having issues with stations on C55 / COM7? A recording of BBC Four HD on the 13th came out unwatchable. Since then I can't pick up any of those channels, and they don't appear on a rescan; forcing C55 gives zero signal strength. Same for several TVs and tvheadend.
I'm a few miles from the transmitter with a relatively new aerial and coax (~4 years). The other multiplexes give 75-80% signal strength - though they are 1-2kW.
Perhaps related to things being phased out for 5G? Though the official Freeview site and the BBC's checker both imply the channels should still be available.
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Dan T: COM7 is still broadcasting from 25 transmitters (it was originally broadcast from 30 but 5 closed during 700MHz clearance) and no closure date has been announced, although COM7's licence is currently set to expire on 30th June 2022. The recent weather conditions may have had some impact, although if a new or upgraded 5G mast has been switched on near you that could be causing interference, as the frequencies either side COM7 are now beginning to be used by the mobile networks following the completion on the 700MHz auction earlier this year.
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Hi Dan. My suspicion is it was most likely weather conditions as StevensOnln1 has mentioned COM7 is still being transmitted from Fenton. Whilst mobile interference can't be ruled out, you should have received a communication from "restoretv.uk" if a new mobile mast operating in the 700MHz band is likely to cause you interference.
There had been moderate Temperature Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting affecting large parts of the UK for several days (pretty well a good week IIRC), it sometimes accompanies high pressure.
In such conditions, do NOT retune, it will more likely remove your correct tuning. It may even leave you incorrectly tuned to distant transmitters whose signals then disappear as conditions change.
Essentially it results in interfering signals from other transmitters in the UK or Europe reaching you and so your wanted signals are disrupted, and of course ability to receive signals from transmitters further afield that are on different frequencies. It can/did also affect FM and DAB.
It won't necessarily affect all multiplexes or necessarily at the same time if more than one. It can last for seconds, minutes, sometimes hours or longer.
These conditions cleared the UK by Thursday morning.
Despite the incorrect spelling, this link does work - simple technical explanation
Since Thursday conditions seem to have returned to normal, so if you haven't tried a manual retune for C55 since then I would give it another go. Also make sure you don't have any HDMI leads close to your aerial or fly-leads (especially if the latter aren't double screened coax) as HDMI has been known to cause interference especially to C55.
What figures does the Freeview Detailed predictor give for your COM7, and does the BBC one say variable or good?
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Hi both, thanks for the responses.
Regarding not retuning yet, it's a bit late for that. :) (In some cases auto-retuning takes place).
Tvheadend will keep the existing stations until I delete them myself. If I tune to one of the channels on C55 and then check the status it shows a signal strength of 65%, but with countless errors. After a while, perhaps a second of garbled video/audio.
If I try and manual tune of the regular TVs to C55, they show 0% strength.
No new cabling/things moved around (mains, HDMI etc).
The official Freeview checker says "Good" signal strength for my postcode.
I've had nothing through the door from restoretv.uk, and checking on their site implies there shouldn't be an issue at my postcode.
The predictor here at ukfree.tv/prediction lists all the channels for my postcode. The map also shows an EE mast being almost directly between myself and the Fenton transmitter, but much closer. EE's coverage checker says weak 5G outdoors here - though I don't know if that particular mast is 5G, anyway.
Checking back on my older posts here - it looks like I was getting 70% on C55 in May 2018 so perhaps they were always borderline for me.
I only use this multiplex to record BBC Four HD maybe once a month to watch back without the iPlayer watermark in the corner - otherwise it's no great loss to me. I'll keep half an eye on it and see if it reappears or if ukfree.tv thinks I need a filter after all.
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Just one point of clarification, it doesn't matter whether it's 5G or 4G etc., it's whether it's transmitting in the 700MHz band. Some of those transmissions from some MNOs can be 4G. The MNOs coverage maps don't usually give an indication as to what band(s) a particular mast is transmitting on. There are some sources that do give some idea, but they aren't always up-to-date as they rely on users updating the data. Whether StevensOnln1 can tell us any good sites in that respect, I don't' know.
I would turn off any auto-retune where you can, it's more trouble than it's worth and there's no real benefit to it. If something changes on any of the COM muxes, you'll normally get an on-screen pop-up message telling you.
It might be worth just checking what sort of strengths you get with the aerial direct to one set, just as some sort of reference, can always be useful to check the amps aren't playing up as well.
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