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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?

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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
C23 (490.0MHz)260mDTG-350W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Yorkshire, 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 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)260mDTG-350W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C30 (546.0MHz)260mDTG-650W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)263mDTG-850W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)265mDTG-850W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C34 (578.0MHz)265mDTG-850W
Channel icons
 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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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)

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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: .

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
A K TA K TA K TK TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C23BBCA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C26D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCB
C30BBCB
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C32SDN
C34ArqB
C35ArqA
C39ArqB
C42SDN
C45ArqA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 1-4 250W
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W
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.

Comments
Thursday, 10 December 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:56 AM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 10 Dec 10:00. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 9 Dec 10:27 until 9 Dec 14:49. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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1:56 PM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 10 Dec 10:00 until 10 Dec 11:23. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 9 Dec 10:27 until 9 Dec 14:49. . [BBC]

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Monday, 14 December 2020
Transmitter engineering
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4:43 PM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 10 Dec 10:00 until 10 Dec 11:23. . [BBC]

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Friday, 8 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
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7:54 AM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 8 Jan 03:21 until 8 Jan 03:28. . [BBC]

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Monday, 11 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
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1:52 PM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 11 Jan 10:48 until 11 Jan 12:03. Off the air due to a fault from 8 Jan 03:21 until 8 Jan 03:28. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 January 2021
Transmitter engineering
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5:11 AM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 11 Jan 10:48 until 11 Jan 12:03. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 11 February 2021
Transmitter engineering
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2:05 PM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 11 Feb 12:09. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:55 PM

IDLE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 11 Feb 12:09 until 11 Feb 12:20. . [BBC]

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Friday, 19 February 2021
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Michael Swift
1:02 PM

Hi we live at 797 Leeds Road Idle Bradford BD108UJ and are having repeated pixelation and signal lose which lasts about 10 seconds several times a week, the mast is located on the apex of the roof externally pointing to the Idle transmitter and has a mast head amplifier and a really good new 4 cannel booster in the loft which supplies power for the mast head amplifier and feeds the signal to 4 rooms although only 1 or 2 TV's are on at any one time, we mainly watch standard definition but have tried HD but find the signal fails or cannot be received so revert back the SD, each TV also has a small booster, we recently bought a new Humax Smart box which enables up to four channels to be recorded at the same time but have found the problem is worse when three or four channels are set for recording, I have checked the signal strength on the Humax when the signal is lost and it shows 98/100% strength and 100% quality so I am at a lose as to the cause, any help will be appreciated thank you Mike

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StevensOnln1
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2:21 PM

Michael Swift: If you are seeing close to 100% signal strength then you are probably suffering from the effects of having too much signal, which is effectively deafening the tuner so it can no longer decode the signal. The Idle transmitter is only 1km away and you appear to be amplifying the signal several times, so I would start by removing the boosters behind each TV as they are probably completely unnecessary anyway. Did an aerial installer recommend fitting the mast head amplifier, as that plus the distribution amplifier in the loft may still too much amplification?

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