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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, 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
C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-3400W
Channel icons
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),

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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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
C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
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
C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD 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: .

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

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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 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
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
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Mike Dimmick
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8:28 AM

Mart G: First, check that your equipment can actually handle the new transmissions. Digital UK have two lists of equipment with known problems at http://www.digitaluk.co.u…ment and http://www.digitaluk.co.u…tnit .

If you are on a communal aerial system - a shared antenna - it may be channelised, only amplifying selected frequencies for distribution, and it will need retuning for digital.

You could now have too much signal, if you're quite close to the transmitter. If you have a booster, remove it or turn it down. If that doesn't help, add an attenuator.

Before switchover, five of Sutton Coldfield's multiplexes were on the same channels as Malvern's, so would interfere with each other if the relative distances were right - it would be down to the aerial to provide enough margin between the wanted and unwanted signals for the receiver to decode. If Malvern was too strong, 'Mark the Engineer' should have used a smaller aerial and added an attenuator, not tried to point an aerial at Sutton Coldfield!

The ITV1/C4/C5 multiplex is the one that was not affected, so this is unlikely to be your problem. If you never replaced your aerial for digital, it could be that the gain down on C39 just isn't sufficient - this is at the bottom of Group B and an aerial installed for analogue services would be Group C/D. The nearest source of co-channel interference is Hannington BBC One, so that can probably also be ruled out.

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Mart G
9:41 AM

Cheers mike
Am off to get a freesat box as I have a dish left by previous house owners so think I'm gonna ditch the freeview

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Graham B
12:25 PM

hello Mart

I had the same problem, and I can wave to the Malvern transmitter, but "no signal"....

what hasn't been mentioned is that BBC digital channels have relocated to ch53. So you'll need a retune.

Improves things a lot!

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Will
1:06 PM
Malvern

Hi I have just retuned my Freeview HD TV I am not and my Philips Freeview HD Recorder
and am unable to recieve the HD channels as promised on the 7th September When will Malvern start transmitting these channels and on what ufh channels will they be.
All the retuning of my equpment has so far gone smoothly as I can see the malvern transmitter fom my house


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Mike Dimmick
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1:22 PM

Will: HD services start at the *second* stage of switchover, on the 21st.

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Mike Dimmick
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1:23 PM

Mart G: See Compare Freeview and Freesat TV | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice for the difference between the Freesat and Freeview line-ups.

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Mike Dimmick
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1:26 PM

Mart G: I should have added, make sure you do a full retune - first time installation, default setting, full reset, 'virgin mode', reinstall all channels, it's called different things by different manufacturers - as many receivers won't pick up a change to a different frequency when you just use 'add channels'. See TV Re-tune for some product manuals and retune guides, or check the manufacturer's support site.

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Steve
2:04 PM

Will (Freeview) BBC HD be available?...asuume it will occur on the next switchover for Malvern on 21 September 2011?,as it has not happened on first-stage digital switchover. We are in Droitwich.

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Briantist
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5:28 PM

Steve: Yes, from Wednesday 21st September 2011.

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Thursday, 8 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

MALVERN transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 yesterday to 01:34 yesterday [BBC]

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