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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
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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
Saturday, 26 October 2013
S
Steve Lee
3:52 PM

I seem to get less freeview channels than I used to. Signal strength is about 75%. Is there anything going on? Aerial looks fine.

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Steve Lee's 2 posts GB
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:22 PM

Steve Lee: Unfortunately, you havn't supplied a postcode, but its a fair bet that an automatic retune or something similar has changed your transmitter from the main to a light transmitter, hence the fewer channels.

Your signal strength is perfect, btw.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Thursday, 14 November 2013
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Phil
2:39 PM

Just lost c41, c44 and c47 multiplexes since last week. Has anything changed with this transmitter? I'm in sy5 really close to the Wrekin and normally get great reception. (52.6048,-2.6451) 

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Phil's 1 post GB
Saturday, 16 November 2013
J
John
7:40 PM

Recently my freeview TV progamme guide is blank or has blank sections.. also the info can be an hour behind. I've found that chaging from 14 day to 8 day epg brings some or all of the programme listings back, I've done a reset on my box (Thomson) and a retune which brings everything back...but again today (16/11/13) it was blank again! I've read that the 4G roll out might cuase interference to freeview..but this is detailed as only on freq channels 59 and 60 (juts below & around 800MHz)...the Wrekin transmitter does not go as high as this..but could 4G still be causing my problem?

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John's 1 post GB
Saturday, 23 November 2013
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Betamax_man
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:16 PM
Stoke-on-trent

My daughter is living in Stoke on Trent and cannot access the Trentham TX because the hill so has to use The Wrekin TX. All muxes work apart from COM4 & COM5. The aerial is a log periodic and is in the loft. Other than installing an outdoor aerial, is there a way to improve things?

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Betamax_man's 43 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:36 PM

Betamax_man: Looking at satellite and Streetview photographs of the area it seems clear that reception from The Wrekin along the road your daughter lives on could be difficult due to the hospital building and the many trees in the area.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 24 November 2013
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Betamax_man
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:08 AM
York

Thanks Dave. I did mean Fenton is impossible at my daughter's location. All the aerials in her location face The Wrekin apart from the odd one or two that face Sutton Coldfield. It's strange it is only COM4 & COM5 that are affected and not COM6 as well.

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Betamax_man's 43 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:04 PM

Betamax_man: Different frequencies (UHF channels) are affected in different ways when they pass through/over objects which is why you get situations where not all signals are received at the same levels.

You may have experienced this if you ever used a set-top aerial with analogue reception. It was a case of putting the aerial in a location that allowed reception of all channels. Some may have been better than others.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 28 November 2013
P
Phil
8:03 PM
Stoke-on-trent

I live in Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, and I can't get any signal at all on CH44, I've had some aerial guys out and I've tried a 22dB gain booster but I've had no improvement, apparently my aerial checks out fine. Should I get a second opinion on that or try another signal booster?

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Phil's 1 post GB
Saturday, 7 December 2013
S
Sid
8:47 PM
Worcester

Phil..
What is ch47 like as this one and ch44 that you are having trouble with are only 10kw, the other multiplexes from the Wrekin are 20kw power.

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