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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) mast?

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Which Freeview channels does the The Wrekin 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
 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
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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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 8 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, 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 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

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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 1-5 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
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
Dave Lindsay
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11:00 AM

Graham: If you've got 90-95% strength with the amplifier connected, I'd try removing the amp.

See this page for more info:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

I too have had an issue with picture freezing for a few seconds, particularly bad on one mux. The aerial is in the loft and worked with no problem before switchover. Strength after switchover varied between mux and was high 70s to 93%. Attentuation made no difference.

I changed my aerial and it continued (to a lesser degree) and moved the aerial a few times. I have come to the conclusion that it was too close to the roof felt/tiles. Indeed, when I tilted it downwards at 20 degrees the signal increased quite a bit! (This was when it was close to the roof). And not, it still continued after tilting it.

By "close" I am talking that the far end of the boom was around 20cm from the roof. (DN31NJ)

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Graham
11:30 AM
Walsall

Hi Dave,

Many thanks. I will try this but it's the slightly weaker channels that play up and the strongest ones are fine. Most of my channels are 90 / 95% but it's the 85/90% ones where I have the problem.

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Steve P
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11:41 AM

... UK digital TV reception predictor

Graham - Why are you Wrekin? According to this you get twice the signal for S Coldfield. And your problem might be from adjacent channels in the 40s at higher power.

It says you need only a set-top ae. If none built in, try a wire coat hanger. - the famous "Sketchley Loop Antenna"

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Graham
1:16 PM
Walsall

Steve, Wrekin because I was unable to get a decent picture from Sutton on the old analogue service. Our estate has some on Wrekin amd some on Sutton. My house is partially blocked from Sutton as it's in a bit of a dip and taller buildings block the signal. Thanks

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Mike Dimmick
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1:18 PM

Graham: It's quite likely that your box has tuned in ArqB from Sutton Coldfield, on C39, rather than from The Wrekin on C47. See Digital Region Overlap.

I'd second the other suggestions to remove the amplifier. It shouldn't be necessary.

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Graham
1:29 PM
Walsall

Thanks everyone for the suggestions. I think I might try turning the aerial on to Sutton Coldfield and removing the amp. Maybe I might get better results by doing this.

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Steve P
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3:24 PM

I think if you have hiigh buildings ahead it might be worth pointing it up a little too. Any pro's here please confirm/deny that?

Why not give it a try with just a set-top aerial or bit of wire first and see what happens?


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Graham
4:01 PM
Walsall

Thanks again Steve for your input. I don't have a portable aerial or bit of wire presently but I may get up the loft at the weekend and move the aerial / remove the amp. I take your point about pointing skywards a little and I'll try that if I do anything. When I had analogue I simply couldn't get a decent picture on Sutton C but it may be different now with digital.

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Steve P
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4:13 PM

Graham - you could try just a fly lead - with and without your finger touching the centre connection!

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Graham
4:50 PM
Walsall

Or maybe just stick my finger into the aerial socket ! Thanks.

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