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The symbol shows the location of the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmitter which serves 38,000 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 Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Lark Stoke 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
C26 (514.0MHz)281mDTG-31,260W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)281mDTG-31,260W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C30- (545.8MHz)281mDTG-61,260W
Channel icons
73 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 max
C33+ (570.2MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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 Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, 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, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , 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 Lark Stoke transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 45km north-northwest (345°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 46km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TK TK T
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C30-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesSDN
C36ArqA
C41+SDN
C44ArqA
C47ArqB
C48_local_local

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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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 6.3kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 1.26kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-24dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Lark Stoke transmitter area

Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Lark Stoke 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
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
Wednesday, 28 September 2011
Thursday, 20 October 2011
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Andy Butcher
8:58 PM
Moreton-in-marsh

I live in Blockley, south of Lark Stoke and we have always got TV from Lark Stoke. After switchover in April we had almost all Freeview channels, but since 28 Sep we have lost about 20 inc, ITV3, CITV,5*, 5USA.
This doesn't seem to be progress. Why would the service get worse? Andy

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Andy Butcher's 1 post GB
Friday, 21 October 2011
Thursday, 28 June 2012
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Syd Wall
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:46 AM
Shipston-on-stour

Hi - this morning (28th June 2012) I've started receiving a message telling me to retune. I can't find anything on UKFREE to say that a retune is due. Any ideas?

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Syd Wall's 27 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:46 AM

Syd Wall: There were some retunes caused by changes made at a number of transmitter sites in the early hours of yesterday morning, but these were further east and affected some of Anglia and South East areas.

If you can get the message to go away (by pressing "OK" or similar), then you can probably ignore it.


I wonder if your receiver has, in addition to your native transmitter, found and stored signals from Sandy Heath which is an Anglia transmitter. Of the Anglia region, it was the Sudbury transmitter that was affected by the retune (not Sandy Heath). I wonder if the message you are seeing is one which was broadcast over the air from all Anglia transmitters, simply because it is not possible to have the message broadcast only from Sudbury (because perhaps they all have to carry the same message, as it were).

I'm not too familiar with how these things work; just a technical bod giving you my thoughts of what I would see as a possibility. If it continues, then you will have to look at a solution. The worst case solution is obviously to carry out a full retune, but I wouldn't do it at this stage. If it does continue, something to try before doing a full retune might be to add new services (or similar) if your receiver has such a function.

As I say, these are possibilities if the message doesn't go away. But what I can say for certain is that there were definately no changes to Lark Stone and Sutton Coldfield transmitters that would require a retune.

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Syd Wall
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

8:26 PM
Shipston-on-stour

Syd Wall: Thanks Dave..I'm away for a few days now but would be surprised if we were able to get broadcasts from the Anglia region. I'll check that local BBC news is still Midlands when I get back.
But thanks for confirmation that there are no changes at Lark Stoke & Sutton C.

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Syd Wall's 27 posts GB
Saturday, 20 October 2012
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Mike Lavender
10:46 AM
Shipston-on-stour

My postcode is CV37 9JN
I get a zero signal strength on channel 30 from Lark Stoke whereas I get a good signal on the other 5 channels.
Is it working?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:22 AM

Mike Lavender: UHF channel 30 (PSB3) from Lark Stone carries HD services and operates in DVB-T2 mode whereas the others carry standard definition services and use DVB-T mode.

The most reason for no signal being shown when tuning to PSB3/HD mux is because the tuner only works with standard definition (DVB-T) signals.

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