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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.
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.
Also, when I said I was receiving BBC1 from Lark Stoke during the hours of The Wrekinanalogue 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.
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.