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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
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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),

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 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

COM4
SDN
 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 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, 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 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
Wednesday, 25 March 2015
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Frederick Foulkes
12:00 AM

I Have periods of very poor tv reception even on bbc one and itv one everyone else's aerial is pointing towards the Wrekin ours is pointing northwards. We live at tf93bh no 39 we live beside the water tower which has a lot of phone masts on top could this be the problem

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jb38
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9:01 AM

Frederick Foulkes : A study of your area is more inclined to suggest that your aerial has been installed facing towards the Winter Hill transmitter (@ 50miles / 359degrees) in order to received BBC North West and ITV Granada regional news services, rather than the BBC West Midlands and ITV Central West micro region from The Wrekin transmitter @ 16 miles / 187 degrees.

Another aspect of reception from Winter Hill being that it transmits the relatively new COM7 HD transmissions whereas the Wrekin does not.

Although water towers can cause an element of signal blocking if located "directly" in line with the signal path from the transmitter, and especially if the receiving aerial is relatively close to the tower, but you should try a test to ascertain if any signal is being received from the The Wrekin on the reverse of your aerial, as its only 6 degrees or so out.

This can be done if your TV or box offers a "manual tune" facility rather than just auto-tune, the procedure being to select manual tune followed by entering or selecting C26 (The Wrekins BBC1) but stopping at this point, do "not" press scan, because if any evidence of a signal is being received, the strength and quality of will appear in the indicator bars. If a signal is being received, it might then be worth swinging your aerial around to face towards The Wrekin.

By the way, I feel that you can discount the masts referred to as being responsible for your problem.

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9:51 AM

Frederick Foulkes : In addition to that said. As reception in your area is indicated as being good from both Winter Hill and The Wrekin, and it might possibly be the case that your aerial is simply facing in the wrong direction for the Mux channels stored in your TV or box, therefore undermentioned is a list of the Mux channels used by both stations, this will enable you to check this out by carrying out a signal test on each of the programmes in question.

Winter Hill:
50 (BBC1) / 59 (ITV1) / 54 (HD service) / 58 (10-ITV3 etc) / 49 (11-Pick TV etc) / 55 (18-4Music)
31 (63 - Community on COM7)


The Wrekin:
26 (BBC1) / 23 (ITV1) / 30 (HD service) / 41 (10-ITV3 etc) / 44 (11-Pick TV etc) / 47 (18- 4Music)

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Wednesday, 8 April 2015
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10:30 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 12:20 yesterday to 14:34 yesterday, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 12:20 yesterday to 14:33 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 today. [BBC]

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1:30 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 today, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 today. [BBC]

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4:32 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 today to 12:49 today, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 today to 12:49 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 today to 11:33 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 9 April 2015
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4:31 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 yesterday to 12:49 yesterday, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 yesterday to 12:49 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 11:33 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 April 2015
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4:31 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 on 08 Apr to 12:49 on 08 Apr, HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 09:53 on 08 Apr to 12:49 on 08 Apr. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:03 on 08 Apr to 11:33 on 08 Apr. [BBC]

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Sunday, 30 August 2015
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Simon
10:52 PM

I have tried a full reset now several times. All channels are satisfactory except those from the highest frequency mux (682mhz) C47 com 6, which covers Yesterday, Aljazeera and Russia today plus a few more I rarely watch. These signals are either very blockie or so poor that they often just display the 'no signal' logo.
According to the field strength meter built into the box this mux is only a couple of percent below the other two lo power muxes so why is reception either very bad or sometmes non existant, just from this mux.
Post code is SY5 5AN

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10:53 PM
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I have tried a full reset now several times. All channels are satisfactory except those from the highest frequency mux (682mhz) C47 com 6, which covers Yesterday, Aljazeera and Russia today plus a few more I rarely watch. These signals are either very blockie or so poor that they often just display the 'no signal' logo.
According to the field strength meter built into the box this mux is only a couple of percent below the other two lo power muxes so why is reception either very bad or sometmes non existant, just from this mux.
Post code is SY3 5AN

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