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The symbol shows the location of the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 58,000 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 Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Malvern 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
C41 (634.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
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, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47- (681.8MHz)204mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
72 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
C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
 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

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
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 Malvern (Worcestershire, 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 Malvern transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km northeast (36°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km northeast (35°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37ArqB
C41BBCA
C44D3+4
C47BBCB
C50tv_offSDN
C51tv_off_local_local
C53tv_offBBCA
C55tv_offArqB
C56tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C57tv_offD3+4
C59tv_off-ArqA
C60tv_off-BBCB
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Malvern 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
Friday, 30 September 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:13 PM

Brian G: Can you please follow the BBC - Reception problems link and report the problem to the BBC via that method?

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Brian G
2:30 PM
Worcester

Hi Briantist

Thankyou for your tireless efforts to help myself and others here. I am pleased to report that Channel 60 (785.8MHz) is, as of 14:20, now on air from Malvern and I am getting a good signal.

I have wasted most of a day trying to get a signal that I am now pretty confident was not being transmitted. We desperately need _accurate_ real-time information on what each transmitter is doing. Do you know if this is available anywhere?




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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:48 PM

Brian G: At the link that Briantist provided, the BBC's Reception Problems page. If you're having a problem that isn't shown there, say 'No' to 'Does this answer your question?', click Continue, then keep going through the wizard until you get to the problem report form.

The BBC use a mixture of direct off-air monitoring, reports from a small group of viewers, and reports from the general public. The direct off-air monitoring is typically only at major transmitters.

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Pedro B
2:53 PM
Worcester

I fully endorse Brian G's comment. We need a reliable up to date information service on Tansmitter status. I have also wasted time trying to receive a faulty channel.

All the status services I could find were reporting no problems at Malvern. The BBC faq service on reception problems does not include HD serices in the drop down menu on "which channel(s) are affected.

While I agree that Briantist has been attentive to our problems, he did state unreservedly yeterday at 6.42pm "the transmitter is just fine" I assume he has the same problems as the rest of us with the inadequate information services.

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Jon Musselwhite
2:58 PM
Worcester

Well I'm glad to say that my HD channels are working again the signal and quality are just fine and I didn't do a thing!!!

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Pedro B
3:16 PM
Worcester

Just a quick observation on signal strength and quality levels. They differ between manufacturers and possibly even models. My Humax Fox T2 says Channel 4 has a signal strength of 50%, whereas the TV it feeds says 90%. Quality also differs but by less.

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Pedro B's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 2 October 2011
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Rich
8:03 PM

I have tried the things suggested (thanks!), and still have problems very similar to those of Brian WR5.

It seems to be a Media Center issue, since my TV works fine. I'm planning to switch to Media Portal instead...

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Rich's 6 posts GB
Monday, 3 October 2011
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James
12:16 PM

Rich - Can you let me know how you go with that as I'm in a similar position.

What I was wondering was that I am using 2 different brands of DVB tuner and wondered if they were conflicting at all.

The other advice I've had is that I might have TOO MUCH signal, and the booster amplifier is killing COM4 and COM6.

I am still wondering if Microsoft has to do an update on the MC to allow it to be able to find the new MUX channels?

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Graham Booth
2:39 PM

Although we live near Kidderminster, I believe that we receive our signal from the Malvern transmitter. This is because we are surrounded on three sides by hills and can only 'see' Malvern.

The reception has not been perfect but mostly watchable. Since retuning after the switch off date, I find that the channels we now receive are -

25 - quality 1,
49 - quality 10,
50 - quality 6,
55 - quality 3,
57 - quality 4
59 - quality 1.

Could you please tell me if these are the channels I should be receiving from Malvern or are they from another transmitter?

Also, why are the quality values generally lower than before the switch off date even thought there is supposed to be more power?

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Tuesday, 4 October 2011
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Jim F
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

10:58 AM

Graham Booth: Mavern's PSBs are on 53, 57 & 60, with the COMs on 50, 59 & 55.
Looks like your 49 is from the Kidderminster relay (BBC A), and 25 is from Ridge Hill (D3&4).
You could try manually tuning for all three Kidderminster MUXs: 49 (BBC A), 54 (BBC HD), 58 (D3&4) and keep the COMs from Malvern: 50 (SDN), 59 (ArqA), 55 (ArqB).
Both Malvern and Kidderminster are vertical polarisaton.

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