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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?

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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C26 (514.0MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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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

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C23 (490.0MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C30- (545.8MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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

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C33+ (570.2MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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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

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C48 (690.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 0 Freeview HD 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: .

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?

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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?

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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 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.

Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Mike Dimmick

1:32 PM

Syd Wall: On 6 April, the existing Multiplex 1 closes, as does BBC Two analogue. The new BBC A multiplex (PSB1) starts up on C26, replacing BBC Two analogue. Multiplex B will move to C21 for the two-week period between DSO1 and DSO2.

BBC One, BBC Two, BBC Three, CBBC, BBC News and the other services currently on Multiplex 1 will stop working unless you retune. You will also lose the services on Multiplex B although all the BBC services will be duplicated on BBC A, which is their permanent home. (Sky Sports' permanent home is on the ArqB multiplex.)

Then, on 20th April, Multiplex 2 and B will close, along with BBC One, ITV and Channel 4 analogue. D3+4 starts up on C23 and BBC B (HD channels) starts up on C30. Multiplex A continues unchanged. Multiplexes C and D change to their final mode, becoming ArqA and ArqB, but for now stay at their current power level and channel.

Services will be off-air until 6am on the DSO days. You should retune after that time.

COM/NEW/PSB: There are six multiplexes. Ofcom classifies them as Public Service Broadcasting (PSB), multiplexes operated by the public service broadcasters: the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, and Commercial (COM), operated by SDN Limited and Arqiva Services Limited (two multiplexes). NEW are potential new multiplexes that could be licensed in future: see the Interleaved Spectrum page, although the actual allocations are speculative at this stage and in my view shouldn't be shown here, because they're just confusing.

The multiplexes are also called by the name of the license holder: PSB1 is BBC A, PSB2 is Digital 3 & 4 (D3&4 or D3+4), PSB3 is BBC B or HD (reflecting its use), COM4 is SDN, COM5 is Arqiva A or ArqA, and COM6 is Arqiva B (ArqB).

This webpage ought to be consistent and refer to BBC A rather than PSB1, etc.

Before switchover they were known by numbers and letters, the original PSB multiplexes getting numbers (1 for BBC, 2 for ITV and C4) and the original commercial multiplexes getting letters (A for SDN, B for BBC Free To View Ltd, C for Arqiva A, D for Arqiva B). The BBC has B because originally onDigital/ITV Digital had B, C and D and they were reauctioned when ITV Digital went bust. Ofcom has basically stolen Multiplex B back from the BBC for HD services.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Thursday, 31 March 2011
Syd Wall

4:22 PM

Thanks for the comprehensive answer, Mike

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Syd Wall's 27 posts GB

7:11 PM

Mike Dimmick/Syd Wall: I have changed the old multiplex names to the new ones for consistency.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 April 2011
Syd Wall

9:27 AM

First experience of initial changeover at Lark Stoke is a rater odd result. My LG TV gets BBC1 ok, but my Topfield PVR gives perfect BBC1 reception (on Ch26) for 5 seconds then picture and sound completely disappear even though data shows reception at 99% quality and strength. Topfield BBC2 and other Ch26 PSB1 channels are all fine. I guess I'll just have to wait until April 20th to get everything right.

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Mike Dimmick

2:23 PM

Syd Wall: Try asking on the forums at ~ Index . Particularly, see if there's a firmware update for the box - the TF5800 is known to have had a problem with the 'Split NIT' that only surfaces when you retune it. Try Toppy firmware updates . (RG47SH)

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Jeremy W
7:32 PM

Call me stupid, but I don't quite get all this. I live in Warwick, and on my street half the aerials point at Lark Stoke; half at Sutton Coldfield. Reading these pages, I think I understand that our Freeview signal from Lark Stoke will get 50 times better from 20th April. Is that right? If so, I'll hang tight. If not, I may need to consider a new aerial and/or repointing at Sutton Coldfield!

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Syd Wall

9:48 PM

thanks Mike. I've retuned it a number of times before and this is the first problem I've seen, but there's always a first time so I'll check on updates.

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Syd Wall's 27 posts GB
Thursday, 7 April 2011

8:34 AM

Jeremy W: Yes, wait until next Wednesday. You should not need a new aerial in any case.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

8:56 AM

re: Topfield box
The reason it worked on your previous retunes and not this time may be due to a mode change in transmission standards.

Kit that does not have the digital tick on the freeview label may not conform to the newer standard.

You need to check out the Digital uk web site for a list of boxes and Tv sets that are known to give issues.

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Sid's 33 posts GB
Friday, 8 April 2011
rich greenslade
9:54 AM

I have a Philips Digital Terrestrial Recorder HDT8520 high definition which is quite new and it isn't displaying the BBC channels from lark stoke. I have retuned it twice. My Finlux TV is working fine on it's own digital tuner as is are my other tv tuners. I can't see any known issues with this freeview box. Is this issue likely to go away on 20th April. I wonder if it's a similar issue to Syd Wall's posted Wednesday 6 April 2011 9:27AM...?

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