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The Wrekin overnight 18th-20th January tests will affect Sutton Coldfield

Each main Freeview transmitter, prior to actual switchover, requires a full-power overnight tests. This will happen at The Wrekin for three nights, taking the analogue services off air. However, as three of the signals conflict with the pre-switchover Sutton Coldfield transmission, these tests will also take Multiplexes 1, 2 and A off air in Birmingham overnight.

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An essential part of the tests on the new aerials at The Wrekin transmitter - so they will function correctly on switchover day, 20th April 2011 - full power overnight testing is done.

During the test, all the existing Freeview services will remain on air.

However, the analogue services will be switched off as follows:

Tuesday 18th January: BBC ONE, BBC TWO from 0020 (plus ITV1, Channel 4 and FIVE).

Wednesday 19th January: BBC ONE from 0110, BBC TWO from 0010 (plus ITV1, Channel 4 and FIVE).

Thursday 20th January: BBC ONE from 0150, BBC TWO from 0010 (plus ITV1, Channel 4 and FIVE).

Because the commercial multiplexes will use C41, C44 and C47 at The Wrekin after switchover (and hence, during these tests) this will clash with Freeview multiplexes 1, 2 and A on the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.

This means that many Sutton Coldfield Freeview users will not have usable service overnight during the testing period.



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Wednesday, 19 January 2011
Briantist
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7:05 PM

Also, given that Lark Stoke is at 1.26kW AFTER switchover, it is unlikely to be 6.3 kW before.
http://www.ofcom.org.uk/s….pdf lists it as I have given it, actually at 0.03W because 0.025W won't fit in the page.
Ofcom's publication is the official primary source as far as I am concerned.

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Briantist
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7:38 PM

And, whilst we are at it, here is a 25W energy saving bulb - BioBulb SAD Daylight Bulb 25W=100W ES .

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Stuart
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8:55 PM
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Briantist, I already said I am completely well aware that Channel 5 comes from Lichfield and that BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Chanel 4 come from Sutton Coldfield. You do not need to remind me.

Also, when I said I was receiving BBC1 from Lark Stoke during the hours of The Wrekin analogue shutdown, I did obviously mean I was receiving the ANALOGUE signal of BBC1 off Lark Stoke, not the DIGITAL signal off Lark Stoke.
So this comment was not applicable or relevant:

Stuart: Lark Stoke's pre-switchover digital services at at 25W, about the same as single energy-saving bulb. It is amazing that anyone gets Freeview from there at the moment.

Lark Stoke will be a 1.26kW digital transmitter after switchover, that's 50 times more powerful.

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Thursday, 20 January 2011
Briantist
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5:32 AM

Stuart: OK. Sorry, I get to talk to a hundreds people a week, I apologise if I lost track.

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Mike Dimmick
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8:29 AM
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Brian: Stuart was clearly talking about analogue, not digital, services. I missed that you were talking about the current low power digital service. The Wrekin tests clash with BBC Two analogue at Lark Stoke, on C26, and ITV1 analogue, on C23 - both 6.3 kW. They don't clash with any current digital services from Lark Stoke.

Unless they're *actually* testing the Single Frequency Networks that will form between The Wrekin, Lark Stoke, and Bromsgrove, in which case I would expect LS to be temporarily broadcasting the same test signals as The Wrekin, at 1.26 kW.

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Briantist
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9:02 AM

Mike Dimmick: Yes, I did say I lost track.

They were not testing the SFN.

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