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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;
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.

Monday, 16 May 2011
K W Cartwright
10:47 AM

living in Redditch I am having problems with
pigeons using my ariel with the resultant mess. previously took transmissions from lark stoke but have had a Higher ariel installed so as to get channel 5.from sutton
coldfield/lichfield. If I change my ariel to pick up from lark stoke will I be able to get
1 2 3 4 5 &freeview chanels?

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K W Cartwright's 2 posts EU

11:27 AM

K W Cartwright: What is your full postcode please?

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
K W Cartwright
4:37 PM

To Briantist. My postcode is B98 7UN.
From K Cartwright.

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K W Cartwright's 2 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

8:42 AM

K W Cartwright: You will get, today, a better sevice from the Lark Stoke transmitter.

However, you won't get the commercial multiplexes until 28th September 2011.

If you wait until the week before this, the high power service from Sutton Coldfield will provide the full set of Freeviwe services.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 18 May 2011
John Darkin
10:01 AM

Hi: I'm in Stratford at CV37 9SQ. Aerial upgraded a while back and all retuning done during April. I've noticed that Sky News (not HD) has been low power over the past week and unwatchable. Will it be like this until September?

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John Darkin's 2 posts GB

10:37 AM

John Darkin: Yes, as above "Following switchover at Lark Stoke, Arqiva A .. will remain on their existing frequencies and powers ... will adopt their final frequencies and powers during September 2011."

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
11:03 PM

Hi, please could you clarify if the first line saying 'Some channels on the Lark Stoke transmitter have lower transmission power' is the current situation & if so will the power be increased later (sept?)or is Lark Stoke now at the powers it will always be?
The problem I have is that I can't get MUXs C&D shown in your graphics but the rest are ok. Would my aerial need looking at? (Mux A is ok & I've done the full reset procedure). Thanks

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PmJ's 1 post GB
Thursday, 19 May 2011

7:39 AM

PmJ: As above " Following switchover at Lark Stoke, Arqiva A and Arqiva B will remain on their existing frequencies and powers, and the SDN multiplex will use a temporary frequency. All three multiplexes will adopt their final frequencies and powers during September 2011. During this transition period following frequencies will be used: SDN ch31 (50W), Arqiva A ch57 (25/50W), Arqiva B ch60 (25W)"

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Paul Mullen
7:40 AM

On the digital coverage map from Lark Stoke the transmission/radiation area in yellow seems to be incorrect, as the transmission area also covers the vale Evesham and Stratford Upon Avon areas.

Are there plans to update this?

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Paul Mullen's 4 posts GB
Syd Wall

3:26 PM

Update to my Channel 60/ITV4 problem. I had JT Aerials out a couple of weeks ago. He found that the coax from the aerial went through a splitter to go to the conservatory TV as well as the lounge TV. The conservatory bloke hadn't done it very well so he fixed that and replaced coax from the wall to lounge TV, all for very reasonable small charge. Still can't get Ch60/ITV4 on the LG TV receiver, but it's excellent through the Topfield PVR. So at long last, I'm happy. LG TV should be fine in September when Lark Stoke transmits Ch60 on full power. Thanks to John at JT Aerials.

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