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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?

The Wrekin transmitter - The Wrekin transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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
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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 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

 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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?

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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

Wednesday, 21 November 2012
Stephen P

8:25 PM

+ UK digital TV reception predictor
cjane plug your own postcode into the above for a choice of transmitters.
I suggest you contact a LOCAL aerial man - but ask your neighbours if they have your problem too.

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Stephen P's 1,173 posts GB
Sunday, 23 December 2012
David Bullock
3:25 PM

We live in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, ST5 3TB, and get good reception for all the main channels except ITV3 and ITV4. Also we would like to get Yesterday and some of the other channels. I have tried retuning several times. Are there any plans to increase the signal for our area? Or please let me have any tips you have.

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David Bullock's 1 post GB
Monday, 24 December 2012
Jacquiline Brassington
8:21 PM

Hi our aerial is on the roof and yesterday and today despite the signal being fine by 7pm we are on low signal strength and cannot get a steady picture with ITV being the worst please help

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Jacquiline Brassington's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 6 February 2013
d crannage
10:35 AM

I have lost ITV3 and 4 in the last few days, roof aerial fitted aimed at Wrekin BBC and others although limited are of good reception quality.

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d crannage's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

11:07 AM

d crannage: The COM channels do not have as great a coverage as the PSBs. For a list of Freeview services by multiplex, see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

There are three PSB (Public Service) multiplexes, of which PSB3 is the HD one, and three COM (Commercial) multiplexes.

Only the larger transmitters carry the COM channels and of those that do, some are marked down in terms of power with respect to PSBs. In the case of The Wrekin, its COMs are on lower power than its PSBs. So whilst the PSBs may be adequate to reach you, the lower power of the COMs may make them somewhat intermittent.

There is another factor and that is that the COM channels from The Wrekin are outside of the former analogue channel Group and so a replacement aerial may be required.

What I suggest that you do is confirm that you are tuned to The Wrekin (so that you aren't unknowingly thinking that you are when in fact you're watching the output of another transmitter). Bring up the signal strength screen whilst on ITV3, Pick TV and Film4 and observe which UHF/RF channel they are tuned to. For The Wrekin they are 41, 44 and 47 respectively. Sutton Coldfield's are 42, 45 and 39 respectively.

What you can get can only really be determined by an installer whist on site. However, Digital UK suggests Sutton Coldfield might be a better possibility for a full service; much better than The Wrekin.

If you have already had your aerial replaced, then it will be suitable for use on Sutton Coldfield; it will just need turning clockwise 63 degrees. If you haven't had your aerial replaced from the analogue days, then it won't be suitable for Sutton Coldfield and you may find that with a replacement on The Wrekin that it brings in the COMs much better.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 25 May 2013
phil turner
7:58 PM
Market Drayton

no freeview channels except for channels 800 to 807 no signal saturday 25/05/13 all day

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phil turner's 2 posts GB
phil turner
8:00 PM
Market Drayton

aerial on roof had no problems up to 24/05/13

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phil turner's 2 posts GB

8:21 PM

phil turner: No faults are being indicated on the engineering notice board as far as the Wrekin is concerned, have you as yet made any local enquiries (neighbour etc) for purposes of verifying, or not as the case may be, if others are also being affected?

If your TV or box has a "manual tuning" facility then enter mux Ch26 (BBC) into the box but do NOT press search or scan, because if the signal is there its level will be shown on the indicator bar even although it might not be strong enough to resolve a picture, although if it did appear above 50% you could try a scan and then check if BBC1 can be viewed.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 September 2013
6:54 AM

I live near Oswestry and have had an intermittent signal since 2100 23/09/13 I would like to know what is going on as the signal strength varies between 100% and 0%. According to your website there are no known problems or engineering problems ! So some thing is not right here

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CB's 1 post GB
7:42 AM

I am nr Wem and experience the same since 9pm yesterday. Some issues this morning lso...

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