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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?

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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.

 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

 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),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-620,000W
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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

 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

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

 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
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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, 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

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

Saturday, 10 November 2012
Ian Humphreys
9:14 AM

I live at The Stiperstones where freesat is not an option for many people due to the hills behind the village. None of us can watch our local regional television via freeview either and have to watch either Northwest or Wales. Is there a plan in place to help the hundreds of people in my and other villages watch their own regional television? A relay transmitter near Oswestry would probably do the trick

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Ian Humphreys's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:27 AM

Ian Humphreys: There are some "self-help" relays and information from Ofcom is here:

Ofcom | Self-help TV Relays and Digital Switchover

Maybe your MP would be able to help.

Is it really the case that hundreds cannot have dishes fitted? They could of course go above the roof-line on a pole, possibly on the chimney or if not, fitted to a side-wall with a mast.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Ian Humphreys
2:30 PM

Hi Dave, In our valley some can receive a sat signal but for those living under the hills in Snailbeach, Stiperstones, Tankerville and Pennerley, our only regional television is as stated. I imagine those in the lee of the Long Mynd will be in a similar situation. If I can find the time I might consider starting a petition but I'm not sure how effective it would be and indeed who exactly to petition. Thanks for your help though.

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Ian Humphreys's 2 posts GB
Friday, 16 November 2012
8:27 PM
Market Drayton

We are on The Wrekin transmitter, all was fine until we retuned on the dreaded 14th November, we now get BBC1 Wales ITV1 is totally unviewable. What has happened to my old channels? I have retuned three times and still get the same poor signal. I have changed nothing at my end so can someone explain why? I checked The Wrekin I should be getting all west midlands channels but I am not.

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John's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

9:32 PM

John: I should imagine that your TV has tuned to Moel y Parc instead. Unfortunately The Wrekin's COM channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Film4 etc) are interleaved with Moel y Parc's PSBs (BBC, ITV1, S4C, C4 etc), so unplugging the aerial for Moel y Parc will miss out some of The Wrekin's channels.

If your receiver has manual tuning then run the automatic tuning scan through and unplug the aerial when it gets to 30% (or past UHF channel 30 if it gives channel numbers during the scan).

Once completed, plug the aerial in and manually tune in The Wrekin's three COM channels which are 41, 44, 47.

If you have a signal amplifier, then turn it down. The objective is to reduce all signals and hopefully reduce Moel y Parc enough that it doesn't get picked by your TV but not to reduce The Wrekin too much.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
9:37 PM
Market Drayton

Follow up on poor Wrekin signal.
In the early freeview days our TV engineer fitted a signal amplifier, so my thought was try it without. Success all channels back where they were and good signal strength. Just goes to show the minute you put it in writing you wished you had not.

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John's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

9:39 PM

John: The irony is that the retune on 14th November did not affect The Wrekin.

If you retuned as a result of being prompted to do so as a result of on-screen messages, then this must have come from the fact that your receiver had tuned one or more multiplexes from Moel y Parc, probably with them in the 800s, unless this was also broadcast across the Central region as well. The fact that you are receiving Moel y Parc now suggests that you probably received a message (if indeed there was such a message) from it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 November 2012
8:18 PM

Has anyone else had a problem with the strength of the signal since the foggy weather on the 15th November. That night we lost all channels including the BBC. Although most returned ITV4, Film4, 4Seven, and Yesterday (and many others) did not with the message Bad Signal. Having read the forums earlier today, I thought it best to perhaps retune, now they are completely gone! Is there any hope they will return, along with the long gone and much missed Quest and ITV3? (We are in Tarporley which is never very good, but we do seem to be getting worse, soon we will be back to the standard 5) Any advice? In hope.

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Clamityjane's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

9:52 PM

Clamityjane: For The Wrekin, you will probably have needed to have your old Group A aerial installed for analogue replaced.

The COM channels (ITV3, ITV4, Film4 etc) are on lower power than the PSBs.

PSB1 (BBC standard definition) from The Wrekin is co-channel with Storeton. Also, PSB2 (ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4 etc) from The Wrekin is co-channel with Storeton. Storeton is vertically polarised, and I'm not sure whether that could affect you at your location.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 21 November 2012
7:24 PM

Many thanks for your information Dave. I will get my husband to look at it, I am definitely not a techy. Failed Physics....!

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