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Details of the new Freeview HD transmitters to come on air next year

Details of the new Freeview HD transmitters to come on air next
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I am working on integrating this information into UK Free TV. Note there are a number of sites with restricted radiation patterns. This information may take a couple of days to generate coverage maps for.

I have used the "Nominal ERPs" (the power levels most likely to be employed in practice by the licensee).

Taken from Ofcom - Award of the 600 MHz spectrum band - it's bad news for The Wrekin and Sudbury, but good news for:

Angus com7: C31 4500W at 230m
Angus com8: C37 4500W at 230m
Beacon Hill com7: C33 4300W at 100m
Beacon Hill com8: C34 1000W at 100m
Belmont com7: C33 15400W at 342m
Belmont com8: C35 15400W at 342m
Bilsdale com7: C31 5000W at 296m
Bilsdale com8: C37 5000W at 296m
Black Hill com7: C32 9400W at 264m
Black Hill com8: C35 12500W at 264m
Bluebell Hill com7: C32 1400W at 49m
Bluebell Hill com8: C34 1400W at 49m
Caldbeck com7: C32 5400W at 331m
Caldbeck com8: C35 3600W at 331m
Caradon Hill com7: C31 10500W at 234m
Caradon Hill com8: C37 2500W at 234m
Craigkelly com7: C33 2300W at 131m
Craigkelly com8: C34 3000W at 131m
Crystal Palace com7: C33 15600W at 212m
Crystal Palace com8: C35 13500W at 204m
Darvel com7: C31 2600W at 110m
Darvel com8: C37 2600W at 110m
Divis com7: C33 4400W at 148m
Divis com8: C34 3400W at 148m
Durris com7: C32 12500W at 315m
Durris com8: C35 12500W at 315m
Emley Moor com7: C32 16700W at 279m
Emley Moor com8: C34 16700W at 279m
Fenham com7: C31 80W at 51m
Fenham com8: C37 80W at 51m
Fenton com7: C32 140W at 50m
Fenton com8: C34 140W at 50m
Hannington com7: C32 10000W at 142m
Hannington com8: C34 5500W at 142m
Mendip com7: C33 17500W at 192m
Mendip com8: C35 17500W at 192m
Moel-y-Parc com7: C32 7300W at 236m
Moel-y-Parc com8: C34 5000W at 236m
Oxford com7: C31 5800W at 161m
Oxford com8: C37 5800W at 161m
Pontop Pike com7: C33 9500W at 145m
Pontop Pike com8: C34 9500W at 145m
Ridge Hill com7: C32 4200W at 162m
Ridge Hill com8: C34 4200W at 162m
Rowridge com7: C31 25000W at 156m
Rowridge com7: C31 25000W at 156m
Rowridge com8: C37 25000W at 156m
Rowridge com8: C37 25000W at 156m
Sandy Heath com7: C32 8400W at 220m
Sandy Heath com8: C34 8400W at 220m
Sheffield com7: C31 200W at 48m
Sheffield com8: C37 200W at 48m
Sutton Coldfield com7: C33 6400W at 264m
Sutton Coldfield com8: C35 8300W at 264m
Tacolneston com7: C31 10000W at 200m
Tacolneston com8: C37 10000W at 200m
Waltham com7: C31 1400W at 260m
Waltham com8: C37 1400W at 260m
Wenvoe com7: C31 4200W at 258m
Wenvoe com8: C37 12200W at 258m
Winter Hill com7: C31 14000W at 237m
Winter Hill com8: C37 14000W at 237m

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Monday, 25 March 2019
Liz Hughes-Toner
11:41 PM

We have lost HD PROGRAMMES and other similar programmes in that number range. We are told this is because of black mountain mast that is undergoing repair. We have also heard that this is not so an no working is undergoing there. So why when we have had such HD programmes previously have they now gone? What can we do about this?

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Liz Hughes-Toner's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 26 March 2019

8:14 AM

Liz Hughes-Toner:

Please provide a full post code so that we can check the expected reception at your location. You could be using any one of over 1100 transmitters!

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT flag
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
9:13 AM

Hello , I'm Rob, I'm trying to find out what the best Freeserve reception I can get in Woking - GU220PY.
Many thanks for any help you can give,
Best wishes

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Rob's 1 post GB flag

9:46 AM


Please look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Coverage Checker - Detailed View which is for your location. Your options are either Crystal Palace or Guildford. The foprmer transmits all eight multiplexes whereas Guildford delivers the six main ones. Your will need a wideband aerail for either of these transmitters. The direction it should be aimed is given on the page mentioned.

By the way, you will not get anything from 'freeserve' as that was a commercial company that was closed many years ago. You actually mean Freeview, I suspect.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 25 May 2019
11:18 AM

Hi, I am served by the Dover transmitter. Gradually over the past couple of years I have lost channels. They do seem to be included in the full list of channels from Dover but I cannot receive. I have an aerial in the loft and it was fitted in 2003. I am wondering whether I need to change my aerial or does it just need "adjusting" somehow. I am on a budget and concerned about getting it replaced by a professional. I see places like Argos sell aerials fairly cheaply. I have not been up in the attic to see what I have! If I need to change the aerial I gather it has to be a wideband now rather than a grouped one? ( yes have been googling but not fully understanding|)

Many thanks

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Gill's 2 posts GB flag

12:59 PM


The first thing you should do is to check all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug the coaxial plugs/sockets and then refit (oxidation of the plug contacts is a common cause of the loss of channels you report).

For many years before Freeview, TV aerials were designed to receive only part of the spectrum available as the transmitters were set to use a small group of the available channels, for example, the Crystal Palace transmitter used to use just channels 23, 26, 29 and 32. Hence you used an aerial that matched the 'group' of channels being used, the aerials being designated for group A, B or C/D. Nowadays the main transmitters use 6 channels (usually) but they are often more widely separated so that some use the lower channels as well as a couple of the higher channels and hence the 'old' type of 'grouped' aerial is no longer appropriate. You need to use a wideband aerial, which covers the whole range of channels being used and not just some of them.

Without your full post code we have no idea what the reception conditions are at your location so we cannot provide any more detailed advice. It is often the case that aerials in a loft gove poorer reception than one mounted externally, often on a chmney stack or similar. The tiles and roof structure will absorb some of the signals, especially when it is raining or the roof covered in snow or ice.

As fitting a better aerial is not just a case of putting it in place, I would advise you get a proper contractor to fit and adjust a good wideband aerial. You can look up local aerial contractors on the Confederation of Aerial Installers website at Aerial Installers trade association - Confederation of Aerial Industries

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 May 2019
12:27 PM

MikeP: Hello, thank you very much for responding to my question. I will take your advice. Gill

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Saturday, 13 July 2019
Suzie Johns
11:11 AM

MikeP: I live SS0 0SX. How far is the nearest transmitter
to me and what kind of reception can I expect?

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Suzie's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:48 AM

Suzie Johns:

I put your post code into the Digital UK Cioverage Checker and it returned soome useful information for you. Have a look at Coverage Checker - Detailed View which is set for your location.

Scroll down and you will see that Sudbury and Rouncefall are good options with all multiplexes showing green bars, but other transmitters are unreliable of poor at your location.

Sudbury is 51 km away but Rouncefall is just 6 km away. So It would be worth a try for Rouncefall. You will need to have at least a Group B aerial or you could have a wideband type fitted to be sure it will cover all future changes, if any.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Lorraine ross
10:47 AM

Hi, could you please tell me the distance of my nearest TV transmitter is, as I've only got indoor aerial.

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