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Some UK Free upgrades

There have been some upgrades to UK Free TV to deal with new information. This includes various maps, the analogue and DAB radio pages, and fixes for the transmitter information system.

There have been some upgrades to UK Free TV to deal with new in
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Over the last week I have installed a number of fixes to UK Free TV. Some of these are in the "backend" and should make the site run faster.

Automatic map area selection

When you select an map of multiple transmitters, such as Details of 12D/Leeds DAB multiplex or BBC West the map now automatically zooms to show all the transmitters.

Radio and DAB pages

Pages such as List of all DAB multiplexes now show the lists of transmitters or multiplexes in multiple columns, making the pages much easier to read. There are two new colours for the new DAB "blocks" of 05A and 10C.

Also, the import of radio and DAB pages is now set to happen daily, rather than manually. This means new services (such as 05A Oxfordshire service) will appear automatically.

Faster conversion of URLs

I have improved the way that the automatic conversion of posted links in comments are changed to actual links - for "trusted" sites these are displayed much quicker than before.

Better HTML

A number of issues relating the HTML on each page have been corrected, so the pages now always "validate", and there is always the correct tags for text-to-speech software.

Better email notifications

The pages used to select email notifications have been updated to the current "style".

Faster pages

The UK Free TV site uses the "APC" system to improve performance. By eliminating various bits of very old PHP3 and PHP4 code from the site, the pages compute and load faster.

Updates to transmitter engineering

I have created a list of "alternative transmitter names" to match the output of the BBC engineering system to the names used on UK Free TV. Pages such as BBC Transmitter Engineeering information link directly to all transmitters.

The list of alternative names is:

Barnstaple (Barnstaple Uhf), Beddgelert (Beddgelert Link), Berwick (Berwick-Upon-Tweed), Bexhill (Bexhill Uhf), Bleach Green (Bleachgreen), Brecon (Brecon Uhf), Brighton (Central) (Brighton Central), Bristol Kings Weston (Bristol Kings Weston Hill), Bury St Edmunds (Bury St. Edmunds), Cannongate (Canongate), Cefn Mawr A (Cefn-Mawr), Clacton (Clacton-on-Sea), Coniston (Coniston High Man), Corsham (Corsham Uhf), Craig Cefn Parc (Craig-Cefn-Parc), Cwm Twrch (Cwm-Twrch), Cwmafon (Cwmafan), Derby (Derby Uhf), Dunoon Forest Row (Dunoon), Eastbourne (Old Town) (Eastbourne Old Town), Exeter St Thomas (St. Thomas Exeter), Gartley Moor (Gartly Moor), Glencoyne (Glenridding Link) (Glencoyne), Gorleston on Sea (Gorleston), Grantown Link (Grantown), Ham Street (Hamstreet), Hastings (Old Town) (Hastings Old Town), Hythe Marina (Hythe), Kilbride South Uist (Kilbride), Kirkoswald VP (Kirkoswald), Leicester (Leicester City), Llangollen (Llangollen Uhf), Llangurig (Llangurig Uhf), Lowestoft (Lowestoft Uhf), Manchester Hulme (Hulme), Moel y Sant (Moel-y-Sant), Mynydd Pencareg (Mynydd Pencarreg), Nant Y Moel (Nant-y-Moel), Nottingham (Nottingham Uhf), Ogbourne St George (Ogbourne St. George), Olivers Mount (Oliver'S Mount), Penaligon Down (Penaligon Downs), Perth (Perth Uhf), Peterlee (Peterlee (Horden)), Plymouth North Rd (Plymouth North Road), Plymouth Weston Mill (Weston Mill), Preseli (Presely), Preston (Preston (Weymouth)), Rampisham (Rampisham Uhf), Rhondda (Rhondda B), Ross on Wye (Ross-on-Wye), Rouncefall (new) (Rouncefall), Skriaig (Skye) (Skriaig), St Albans (St. Albans), St Anthony-in-Roseland (St. Anthony in Roseland), St Austell (St. Austell), St Bees (St. Bees), St Briavels (St. Briavels), St Davids (St. Davids), St Dogmaels (St. Dogmaels), St Fillans (St. Fillans), St Just (St. Just), St Marks (St. Marks), St Neot (St. Neot), Stavely In Cartmel (Staveley-in-Cartmel), Tarbert (Tarbert Loch Fyne), Tarbert (Harris) (Tarbert Harris), Trefor B (Trefor), Walton Le Dale (Walton-le-Dale), Washford (Washford Uhf), Wells next the Sea (Wells-next-the-Sea), Whitehaven (Whitehaven Uhf), Worlds End (World'S End), Wrexham Rhos (Wrexham-Rhos), Ynysowen (Ynys Owen), and Lochgoilhead AD (Lochgoilhead Link).

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Comments
Monday, 17 December 2012
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deadendwaterfall
7:42 PM

I wish there was some way we could thank you for all of the hard work that has been put into this valuable resource of a website. Was there any parts of this website you worked on during very late at night?

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deadendwaterfall's 5 posts GB
Tuesday, 18 December 2012
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Wilf Fletcher
4:48 PM
Chester

I have a Humax Box which has tuned into West Midlands instead of north west BBC1 can you tell me which transmitter and its frequency i need to manualy tune to it.My Postcode is CH2 2HL.

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jb38
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4:57 PM

Wilf Fletcher: BBC1 North West is From Winter Hill on Ch62 (802.000Mhz), the ITV1 match being Granada on C59 (778.000Mhz)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
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5:16 PM

Wilf Fletcher: I should imagine that the West Midlands transmitter that it has tuned to is The Wrekin.

In which case, run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged for the first 50%.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 19 December 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:18 PM

Wilf Fletcher: In addition to the above comments, you can always find a transmitter from the broadcast frequencies here - Find a Freeview transmitter by frequency | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Keith
9:05 PM
Ipswich

I live 18 miles east of the Sudbury transmitter (in Ipswich, at elev about 120 feet). I have a wideband aerial installed in the loft, which is therefore below the roof level of adjacent properties in the line of transmission from Sudbury. I reliably receive a large number of channels (all that I would expect) with the significant exception of all the HD channels. Are these transmitted using 16 QAM (3/4), and would this be why I cannot receive anything? What is particularly puzzling is that, for a while, I WAS able to receive the HD channels. Any suggestions as to what has changed?

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Keith's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:48 AM

Keith: I would expect you don't have a DVB-T2 receiver from the question you asked as the mode is 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4. Please see the check list at Are you really watching free TV in high definition? | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:51 AM

... Did you also know the HD channels have moved to 101-104 in the Freeview programme guide?

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Monday, 24 December 2012
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conor
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1:11 PM

happy christmas to ukfree.tv and hope for more hd channels in 2013 on both freesat and freeview

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Keith
4:17 PM

Briantist: Re my post of 19th Dec and your reply, thanks. In fact, the TV does have a DVB-T2 tuner built in (checked with handbook!), so I tried a retune and VOILA! HD's come back! The auto tuning routine gives a signal quality indication, 1 best, and I can see that the SD channels are quality 3 but the HD is only quality 4. My guess is that the previous retune may have been done at a time of particularly poor reception (we have occasionally lost other channels in very poor weather), but all now works... at least for the time being! Thanks.

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