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The symbol shows the location of the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter which serves 280,000 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 The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the The Wrekin 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)455mDTG-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-320,000W
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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C41+ (634.2MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C44 (658.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
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, 91 Classic Hits, 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 0 Freeview HD channels?


The The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, 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 The Wrekin transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1327 Feb 2018
A K TA K TA K TW TK T
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCABBCA
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C30-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C35C5wavesC5waves
C41+SDNSDN
C44ArqAArqA
C47ArqBArqB
C48_local_local
C51tv_off_local

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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the The Wrekin 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. The Wrekin 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 9 April 2011
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A Smith
7:28 PM

I have retuned the freeview box on 6th April as instructed - all channels coming through except BBC 1 and 2 - the strange thing is that on tuning I get BBC 1 and 2 for a short time and then lose them? I am in Shrewsbury and receive the Wrekin signal. Whats goin on? I have tried to retune manually but it says that teh service in not available?

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Sunday, 10 April 2011
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steve
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2:05 PM

A Smith - I presume you can't get any of the Mux PSB1/BBCA - as listed here Freeview on The Wrekin TV transmitter | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .
You are very close to the Wrekin - could be too much power! Are you using an amplifier? If so, remove or depower it. (LL145HD)

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steve's 1,172 posts GB
Monday, 11 April 2011
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T E Badham
8:42 PM

Will you have BBC & ITV HD Channels and if so when

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:25 AM

T E Badham: From The Wrekin, Wednesday 20th April 2011, ie next week.

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Alan Smith
9:30 AM

I have been working hard retuning sets/boxes for people since Wrekin and Ridge hill had the first of thier retune days, and am not looking forward to the next!
Most of my work is done in Cleobury Mortimer (DY14 8..)where around 90% of properties receive from Sutton, with the others spread between Wrekin and Ridge Hill.
In some places the signal strength is very similar from sutton or wrekin, and there is around 90degrees difference in direction.
When Wrekin start transmitting on channels 41, 44, and 47, what effect will that have on the Mux's from Sutton already using 41, 44, and 47? As we will be recieving 2 different signals on the same frequency, will the decoder cope?, or, are we going to lose half our freeview services between 20 April and 21 September?

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:03 AM

Alan Smith: The COM muxes from The Wrekin do not use their high power post switchover frequencies until 28th September 2011, after Sutton Coldfield has switched.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
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Chris Wilson
10:09 AM
Whitchurch

I am in the north Shropshire area at SY13 2BT, and the house has three cheap, (and old), Alba STB8 digital set top boxes feeding analogue TV's. Recently the channel allocations were changed on our local transmitter so I did a retune to delete the original channels and get new ones. Despite still not being able to receive ITV4, which went after the last channel change months ago, presumably due to too weak a signal, we now have an issue with BBC2. Immediately after a full re tune BBC2 is present and correct, but after several minutes a box pops up saying something like "29 new channels found, 3 channels have stopped transmitting" Press select to continue. as soon as you press select BBC2 is no longer available. It does the same on all 3 boxes. We have also lost BBC3 and BBC 4 entirely, even immediately after a re tune So, from hoping for a signal increase and the return of Dave and ITV4, we have still lost those, and effectively lost three more channels. There does not appear to be a firmware upgrade available off air. Any ideas? We have another box in the spare room, and that, despite still not picking up a signal for ITV4 or Dave, picks up BBC2 (from the same aerial and distribution amplifier) after the re tune. There is a wideband multi element in the loft of the bungalow, with a good quality amplifier feeding the boxes from 4 of its six ports.

Is my only option to buy new boxes? I am tempted to put a dish up and go Freesat, so I can get ITV4 again, and hopefully Dave, too, which has some motor sport on occasionally.


Thanks for any help you can offer.

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Sid
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:42 PM

The commercial stations change over next week on the 20th on the Wrekin transmitter. You should then get everything on freeview including the HD ones.Regarding your Alba box some very early ones were built for the ONdigital spec and not the later Freeview spec so after the change over in your area may not work due to transmission mode changes. Try a full factory reset/new install rather than a retune.

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steve
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5:17 PM
Whitchurch

Chris Wilson - are you using the Wrekin?

Both this p[lace and wolfbane say you can't see it!

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Mike Dimmick
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5:55 PM

steve, Chris Wilson: This site considers any terrain obstruction as completely opaque, preventing any signal getting through, which isn't the case. Wolfbane's calculations are way off, far too low, suggesting that most people can't get the signals they actually do get.

The Digital UK predictor shows The Wrekin as possible at that postcode, although - today - variable on BBC A, poor on Mux B, and no prediction for the other four. Next week it changes to variable for D3&4 and good for HD, non-existent for commercial muxes.

Chris should be able to get reasonable results from Sutton Coldfield now, and good results after switchover. His best option is Winter Hill, which switched at the end of 2009, although ArqB is still on low power until SC switches over in September (same channel as Sutton Coldfield Mux D).

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