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Updates for 700MHz Freeview retunes, fixed all channels, new icons, radio fixes

Over the last week I have had, at last, enough free time to spend several days fixing everything that had stopped working properly on

Making it all work together again.   Photograph: Shutterstock
Making it all work together again. Photograph: Shutterstock
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700MHz clearance

700MHz clearance is the project of rolling retunes to better arrange the Freeview transmission frequencies, so they can be used in 2020 for 5G mobile data. It was blogged about here, but not integrated into the site’s many features.

Having spent a whole day gathering the change information for 300 transmitters and placing them in a database table, I was able to re-code four of the UK free TV features to use them.  These are the technical prediction system where all change dates are showing…

The transmitter frequency history, such as

The transmitter multiplex (current state) sections

The all-changes page at


Fixed all channels

The popular “All channels” page – the one that shows all the channels you can watch free-to-air – was a little out of date.   I am once checking automatically against the other sources such as DMOL and Freesat.  

New icons

I have selected icons for each section, which makes everything a little friendlier. 

Radio sections -  general fixes

There are many and various fixes in the radio section.   All of the links now link to pages of information, and all of those now have one of the static maps on them, showing the overage area.  Such as this example



Backend stuff

I have also fixed a number of back-end systems that provide features such the channel viewing figures history graphics.   Such as


So, everything should work now!

Let me know if there is anything else to improve!

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Sunday, 25 November 2018
10:20 AM

i have just received your latest email...69 times ..think you may have a problem

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hammer1800's 2 posts GB flag
11:02 AM

I would just like to thank you for your effort and time informing us of the updates and information you kindly let us have. A big thank you.

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Tiddler's 2 posts GB flag
michael scott (G1ZVO)
1:33 PM

hammer1800: I feel completely left out as I only received about 8 or 10 e-mails for the same issue.........BUT I don't mind 'cos I got worn out reading the same e-mail after about three times.........ONLY JOKING!!!!!!!!!
Thanks for any improvement and the explanation.

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michael scott (G1ZVO)'s 5 posts GB flag

6:51 PM

Sorry about the re-sent (!) emails. When the server moved the connection to SendGrid wasn't working and it went into overdrive when it restarted. I managed to stop it after 69,000 emails.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Ian Taylor
11:45 PM

How can I get BBC 4 HD on you view from Winter Hill?


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Ian Taylor's 4 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Mike O'Sullivan
7:05 AM

I just received the same email 17 times!

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Mike O'Sullivan's 8 posts GB flag
11:14 AM

Brian, I really missed not getting your emails for months but you didn't have to send 20 all at the same time. Joking aside I find them very informative. Thanks for your hard work.

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Rega's 7 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
Stephen kirman
10:12 PM

I guess from sandy heath I was getting keep it country (87) vintage (82) also forces and one or two other channels and for some reason they have disappeared but still show as being as being on the channel numbers given but no pictures

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Stephen kirman's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 November 2018

12:23 AM

Stephen kirman:

There is engineering work at Sandy Heath this week. See -
Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy

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Chris.SE's 4,229 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 November 2018
John quinlan
11:56 AM
East Grinstead

I've lost 25+channels does that mean after next shuffle I will get them back I.e psb bbc4 he etc

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