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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?

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
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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

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
Sunday, 18 December 2011
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Allan Gainer
3:40 PM
Wolverhampton

Thank you, Briantist. However, the problem does not seem to be single frequency interference, as COM5 is on channel 44 and the only UHF output I have is on channel 21. In any case, I have tried switching off the device and retuning, but I still get no signal on COM5 stations (E4+1, Sky News, etc). Neither is the fault intermittent - it is permanent.

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Allan Gainer's 9 posts GB
Friday, 30 December 2011
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Peter Matazinskas
1:23 PM
Wolverhampton

Since the April switchover there have been no issues with the signal strength, that is until around mid November. We have has a very veried signal quality for BBC since then.ITV has remains at 100% quality. Today BBC is around 10% with no picture ITV is fine at 100% - the readings coming from the BT Vision strength within settings. Our high gain aerial since in the loft with a direct sight to the Wrekin.

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Dave Lindsay
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2:56 PM

Peter Matazinskas: Perhaps the signal level going into your tuner is too high and "blinding" it, which would suggest that the high gain aerial is now OTT.

Try an attenuator. See here for information:

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

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Steve P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:26 PM

Peter The fact that there is a local repeater at Brierley Hill suggests that there may be some local issues.

UK digital TV reception predictor

Odd that the two should differ so as they are on similar frequencies. Have you compared notes with locals? Or phoned a local aerials man?

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Steve P's 1,172 posts GB
Monday, 2 January 2012
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Peter Matazinskas
5:20 PM
Wolverhampton

Dave & Steve - Thanks for your responses, I think the attenuator may be an option, the variable type. The signal strength is currently at around 45% with quality of around 45% on BBC at present, though it has dropped to 0-10% in the last few days - I had never considered that a signal could be too strong showing a weak signal! Strange though that ITV seems to remain at 65%ish strength with 100% quality, consistantly. I will try the attenuator, failing that an aerial man seems the best option.


Many Thanks

Peter M.


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Peter Matazinskas's 2 posts GB
Monday, 23 January 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

11:28 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Over the next week The Wrekin main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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11:28 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Over the next week The Wrekin main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Sunday, 26 February 2012
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Mike Foster
7:44 PM
Stoke-on-trent

I am in ST7 4UB and get freeview from the Wrekin,including HD, although on the map above we are in about the weakest possible area.Most channels are good but we loose those on ARQ A from time to time.
Whilst there are trees behind the house these do not affect the other channels except in very high winds when some other channels break up a bit. Is the complete loss of reception due to the specification of ARQ A rather than my aerial reception? From the info above it looks very little different from ARQ B. (We can watch internet TV now but it is inconvenient and slow changing channels and we can't avoid the Ads!)

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Mike Foster's 7 posts GB
Monday, 27 February 2012
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Steve P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:08 AM

... UK digital TV reception predictor

This place says you would be far better off using Fenton! Is yours a large postcode area?

Otherwise, do you have a decent rooftop amplified aerial?

No obvious reason why ArqA worse than B, but your aerial might be better at some frequencies than others.

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Steve P's 1,172 posts GB
Tuesday, 28 February 2012
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Mike Foster
8:39 PM
Stoke-on-trent

HI Steve P, We are in a row of bungalows,we have a rooftop aerial but it is not boosted. Next door gets the Wrekin with a boosted aerial, next door but one points to Fenton, but our aerial man could not get anything from Fenton.There is just one street of 24 houses in the postcode.The annoying thing is that we had all the freeview stations about five years ago(when the aerial was put up) but reception has just got worse rather than better.I suppose we have got to have the aerial man back!Thanks for your reply.

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