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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
Channel icons
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, 12 February 2011
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Dunky
12:13 PM

Found it! The bad winds we had turned the aerial; I moved it around and now everything is fine. Thnaks for your support.

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Briantist
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12:15 PM

Dunky: I'm glad to hear you found the cause of the problem.

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Sunday, 6 March 2011
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pauline cope
11:50 PM

I am a small guest house which will be closing down in August 2011 and I haev old style TV's in my guest rooms. Will I loose my analogue signals in April?

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Monday, 7 March 2011
Briantist
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6:55 AM

pauline cope: Yes, from Wednesday, 20th April 2011, assuming you use The Wrekin. You did not provide a full postcode so I can't be sure.

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Rob Parkes
8:19 PM
Stourbridge

I'm about to upgrade a TV aerial in Avon Road, Stourbridge (DY8 2DR this at the back of Mary Stevens Park, Stourbridge) for digital reception. Now, the Brierley Hill transmitter is only 2 miles away as the duck flies', so to speak. A number of neighbouring houses seem to have their newer high gain aerials pointing in that direction whilst the majority of older aerials point toward The Wrekin (mine included). Any thoughts on which might be best as I understand Brierley Hill is increasing its ERP at some stage?

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Briantist
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8:23 PM

Rob Parkes: Your existing aerial, if it is pointing at Brierley Hill should provide all the Freeview services now and after switchover.

Why do you think you need a new aerial? You are 3km from a powerful transmitter, Freeview on Brierley Hill TV transmitter | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Tuesday, 8 March 2011
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Mike Dimmick
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12:54 PM
Reading

Rob Parkes: you should get better results from Brierley Hill or Sutton Coldfield than from The Wrekin, but there's not a lot in it. The predictions You should have sufficient signal strength and quality to use Brierley Hill right now, and possibly more than enough after switchover.

Switchover starts at The Wrekin in about a month (6 April). I'd leave it for now and see how well it works. If it works well enough on the PSB multiplexes, leave it until the end of September, when the commercial muxes at The Wrekin change to their final frequencies, modes, and powers. If after that it's not working reliably, then consider changing the aerial.

The Wrekin will require a wideband aerial for the commercial multiplexes. If channels on multiplex C and D (e.g. Dave, see above for the list) are working at the moment, you're probably OK.

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Stephen Worthington
8:14 PM
Ludlow

We live in Rock Green nr Ludlow (SY8 2BF). We have just had a digital aerial fitted to the rooftop at a cost of £249 which is pointed to The Wrekin transmitter.

We are only getting the BBC channels on Freeview whereas before we got all five main channels on analogue.

We've asked the aerial fitter to return to repair it but he says it will remedy itself once the output power is boosted in April on the commercial multiplexers on the Wrekin transmitter.

Does anyone know if that will be true?

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Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Briantist
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6:24 AM

Stephen Worthington: No, it isn't true. You should be using the Ludlow transmitter for Freeview, but this only starts on 6th April 2011, with the other TWO multiplexes from there on 20th April.

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Martin Jones
6:15 PM

Has the wrekin switchover date been postponed? I had several messages off my freeview box saying the switchover takes place in April, but tonight it says that it takes place in September.

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