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The symbol shows the location of the Idle (Bradford, England) transmitter which serves 21,000 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 Idle (Bradford, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Idle 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.

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C23 (490.0MHz)260mDTG-350W
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1 BBC One (SD) Yorkshire, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)260mDTG-350W
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3 ITV (SD) (Yorkshire (Emley Moor micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C30 (546.0MHz)260mDTG-650W
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72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-850W
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 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

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C35 (586.0MHz)265mDTG-850W
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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

 V max
C34 (578.0MHz)265mDTG-850W
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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

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)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Idle (Bradford, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Idle transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Leeds) 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS9 8AH, 15km east-southeast (105°)
to BBC Yorkshire region - 56 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 12km east-southeast (105°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Emley Moor) region - 59 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Belmont region

How will the Idle (Bradford, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1312 Feb 2020

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 1-4 250W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Emley Moor transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Oct 2002Yorkshire Television
Oct 2002-Dec 2014ITV
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Idle 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.

Saturday, 20 February 2021

3:41 AM

Michael Swift:

I agree with what StevensOnln1 has said and his approach to investigating this, but do check that the aerial is pointing the right way - bearing 189 degrees (rods vertical) that's 9 degrees W of due S. Also that the down lead is secure and not flapping in the wind.

It's slightly baffling that the quality is showing as 100% as one would expect it to decrease with overload, but nevertheless remove these small boosters to start with and see what happens to the strength and quality figures.
In addition, make sure you don't have any HDMI cables close to any aerial leads and flyleads, especially if the aerial leads and flyleads are not high quality double screened types. HDMI has been known to cause interference which could produce the effects you are seeing.

If the 4 channel splitter/booster also supplies power to the masthead amp, then it'll be almost impossible to take it out of circuit for tests. I don't suppose it has a variable gain control that you can turn down?
If removal of the set back boosters still leaves the signal the same, then it might be worth trying a variable attenuator at the set back so you can reduce the signal.
Something like this eBay item number: 310039226920
Coax TV Aerial Attenuator Adjustable Variable Between 0-20 dB Reduces signal | eBay

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Chris.SE's 2,439 posts GB
Saturday, 27 February 2021
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 25 Feb 10:05 until 25 Feb 10:27. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 29 July 2021
Andrew Fox
3:15 PM

About 3 months ago, a mast was erected on Leeds and Bradford road Idle (outside The George pub) which I presume is a 5G. Lots of others are appearing all over the area as well.
At first, Freeview reception was shady and now it is none existent at certain times of the day.
The degradation of signal is truly remarkable and beggars belief. Even the BBC services are unobtainable at certain times and no ITV/Channel4/Channel 5 at all.
Previously and prior to the 5G install, we could receive usually 136 TV/Radio channels. Now we are lucky to get 50 and sometimes none.
I know it is not an aerial issue as I used to install them. We retune the TVs in the house every day so no 'update' issues either.
A few days ago , we retuned to 136 channels again briefly (it lasted 2 days). I guess it was because the 5G mast was undergoing maintenance.
Please advise

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Andrew Fox's 2 posts GB
Friday, 30 July 2021

6:51 AM

Andrew Fox:

Please provide a full postcode and which direction your aerial is pointing so that we can look at the predicted reception in your locale. Are the aerial rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal or vertical? Roughly how old is the aerial and downlead?

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Chris.SE's 2,439 posts GB
Sunday, 26 September 2021
Julian Taylor
1:15 PM

Problems with receiving tv/radio channels in bd6 3db area

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Julian Taylor's 2 posts GB

3:10 PM

Julian Taylor:

You are not predicted to receive any signals from the Idle transmitter. See my reply on the Bradford West page.

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Chris.SE's 2,439 posts GB
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