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The symbol shows the location of the Storeton (Wirral, England) transmitter which serves 45,000 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 Storeton (Wirral, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Storeton 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.

 V -5.5dB
C28 (530.0MHz)109mDTG-3560W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 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 16 others

 V -5.5dB
C25 (506.0MHz)109mDTG-3560W
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3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

 V -5.5dB
C22 (482.0MHz)109mDTG-6560W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 V -5.5dB
C23 (490.0MHz)109mDTG-8560W
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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

 V -5.5dB
C26 (514.0MHz)109mDTG-8560W
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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 8 others

 V -5.5dB
C29 (538.0MHz)109mDTG-8560W
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 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

 V -15.2dB
C30 (546.0MHz)109mDTG-1260W
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 7 Bay TV Liverpool,

 H max
C57 (762.0MHz)109mDTG-32,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 13 others

 H max
C53 (730.0MHz)109mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

 H max
C60- (785.8MHz)109mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Storeton (Wirral, 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 Storeton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 51km east-northeast (74°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 51km east-northeast (74°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Storeton (Wirral, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1730 Mar 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-5 2.8kW
PSB1 wa≡, PSB2 wa≡, PSB3 wa≡(-1.5dB) 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 560W
LL(-16.7dB) 60W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 56W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Storeton 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.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

4:29 PM

Richard Bradley: Storeton does broadcast ITV Granada, but we need a full postcode so see if it is predicted to give good reception at your location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

8:09 PM

STORETON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 16:16 yesterday to 18:44 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Thursday, 29 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

STORETON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 16:16 on 27 Aug to 18:44 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 30 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

STORETON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 16:16 on 27 Aug to 18:44 on 28 Aug. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 20 November 2019
Alan Darlington
11:20 AM
Ellesmere Port

Transmitter: Storeton,Wirral, England

My Postcode is CH66 2UU (Ellesmere Port, Cheshire)

I can receive channels on the following Multiplexers OK
PSB2, D3+D4 - C25
Com4, SDN - C23
Com6, ArqB - C29
LL - C30
PSB2, D3+D4 -C53

I can't receive channels on the following Multiplexers
PSB1, BBCA - C28
PSB3, BBCB - C22
Com5, ArqA - C26
PSB1, BBCA - C57
PSB3, BBCB - C60

Please note that C26 (Sky News) and C28 (BBC stations) sometimes tune in and work for months and then 'disappear' for weeks/months.
Thanks in advance
Alan Darlington

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Alan Darlington's 1 post GB

3:01 PM

Alan Darlington:

Hmm, this is very interesting !! Whilst Freeview predicted reception (by DigitalUK/BBC/Freeview) is NOT always 100% accurate, you aren't predicted to get any reception from this transmitter - except, according to one Freeview listing Storeton Wales poor reception PSB3 on C42 (with no reception PSB1 C45, D3&4 C39), yet according to another Freeview listing Storeton Wales with variable reception for PSB1 on C57, D3&4 on C53, PSB3 good reception on C60 !!
Also according to mapping, you are within the predicted coverage area! That doesn't mean that there won't be interference that could prevent reliable reception when all retunes are completed.
There is only one retune event for Storeton (Granada) on 10th Feb. where the Local multiplex is moving from C30 to C43. If you have an old group A aerial you will most likely need a new aerial to get it once it moves. If you already have a wideband aerial it shouldn't be a problem.

In your listing above C57 & C60 are supposedly old UHF channels for Storeton before a retune last year, but according to another Freeview listing, as already mentioned, still Storeton Wales. In any event, there will be a retune event on 27th Feb. where those Wales multiplexes on C57, C53 & C60 will move to C45, C39, C42. So the first listing above is the final situation not the current, but it doesn't say that !!

Now then, from what you say you seem to be having unreliable reception BUT it might be due to periodic Planned Engineering. There is none listed by Freeview at present, and (allowing for above comments) you should get all six multiplexes on C28,C25,C22,C23,C26,C29 + C30 (Local) moving to C43 next year.

It may well be worth you checking your installation if reception continues to be unreliable, check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial or downlead. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction. For Storeton it should have the rods vertical pointing roughly NW.

Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

It's also worth noting that your are predicted by Freeview to get very good reception from Winter Hill and receive all 8 + the Local multiplex. Also note Winter Hill has two major retunes on the 20th Feb. & 22nd April.

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Chris.SE's 3,094 posts GB
Sunday, 1 December 2019
11:28 PM

a load of channels have disappeared tonight.
1 BBC1 Wales
2 BBC2 Wales
4 S4C
101 BBC1 Wales HD
102 BBC2 Wales HD
103 ITV Wales Cymru

We're in Connah's Quay and all TVs in the house are affected. We had a new splitter put in last year, all connections seem fine. Aerial looks OK. It was working on Friday and now nothing.

BBC1 North West and ITV Granada are fine but obviously being Welsh I don't give a hoot about local news in Liverpool or Manchester. Tried retuning one TV and it came back with the Welsh channels removed completely. Any help or advice welcome!

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Steven's 6 posts GB
Monday, 2 December 2019

2:09 AM

Steven :

Well, if you looked at the post previous to yours, you may wonder why/if there is some confusion. It certainly seems as that there is, not only by DigitalUK/Freeview but by the BBC Reception advice service.

As you have already discovered, retuning when there is no signal just loses the channels, it's not advised.

Long story short, as far as I can tell the Storeton (Granada) UHF channels are as listed in my post above which seems to agree with the Reception Advice from the BBC (the RTIS - https://www.radioandtvhel…uk/) - however according to them the BBC multiplexes are off air since 5.20p.m due to a fault YET the Storeton Wales multiplexes are fine !! Hmm. Freeview aren't reporting any faults (no surprise there!).

But The BBC also seem to think that the Welsh multiplexes are on C45, C39, C42 already rather than C57, C53, C60. I've also noted that C45,C39,C42 are those used by Moel-y-Parc, so whether they are or next Feb. are to become Single Frequency Networks (SFNs) is not clear!

Perhaps, when you get them back you can confirm which UHF channels those multiplexes are on. I've tried to check the Freeview/Digital UK data and there's clearly some new errors that at present as it's showing channels "Now" as 2020 with ArqB on UHF C30 and the Local (LIV) mux on C43 with no change in Feb. and I can't get any listing for Storeton Wales.

So it seems likely that the Storeton Wales transmitter(s) are off-air since 5.20p.m Sun 1st Dec. due to a fault, and maybe the Granada channels are ok, the BBC RTIS having got the two mixed up.

Next time you post, please provide a full postcode - the Coverage checker doesn't work on place names or partial postcodes, so we can't give the most accurate advice on faults or predicted reception.

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Chris.SE's 3,094 posts GB
10:32 AM

Hi Chris.
My post code is CH54FY. When I awoke this morning I checked my own TV which hasn't been retuned and all was back on and working perfect so I retuned the kitchen one again and all came back on there too.
You asked for the muliplex channels so
1 BBC1 Wales - C45
2 BBC2 Wales - C45
3 ITV - C39
4 S4C - C39
101 BBC1 Wales HD - C42
102 BBC2 Wales HD - C42
103 ITV Wales Cymru - C42

Was really worried it was an aerial fault so glad it wasn't!!!

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Steven's 6 posts GB
Tuesday, 3 December 2019

12:30 AM

Hi Steven,

Glad everything is now working ok again. The BBC RTIS still seems to think it was Storeton (Granada) that was off-air (until 2.21a.m 2nd Dec.) rather than Storeton Wales!

Thanks for confirming the channels for the Wales multiplexes. This evening it seems that Freeview/DigitalUK have got their coverage checker sorted out and it's showing those channels for Wales with no further retunes. The move took place in Feb.2019

Whole sections of the database were offline over the w/e and there is now some consistency in what's being displayed compared to the various clearance pdf documents, both 2019 & 2020, so we can now clarify some of the confusion that existed prior to your Dec.1st post.

No further retunes for Storeton Wales, it uses UHF channels C45, C39, C42
For Storeton Granada currently using UHF channels C28, C25, C22, C23, C26, C29 + C30 (Local) it shows there's one retune on 22nd April 2020 when L-LIV moves from C30 to C43 and ArqB moves from C29 to C30.

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