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Freeview reception at TF4 3LU


For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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There are 10 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of TF43LU (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

 EE,  Multiple operators,  O2,  3,  Vodafone,  location on line-of-sight,  Selected location,  Freeview transmitter,  Freeview light transmitter,  Engineering/fault today.

These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

FreeSportsThe Wrekin COM6
1BBC One (SD)The Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
2BBC TwoThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
3ITV (SD)The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
 
5Channel 5The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
6ITV 2The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
7Big Centre TVSutton Coldfield LB
9BBC FourThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
10ITV3The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
 
11Sky ArtsThe Wrekin COM5
12QuestThe Wrekin COM4
13E4The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
14Film4The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
15Channel 4 +1The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
 
17ReallyThe Wrekin COM5
18More4The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
19DaveThe Wrekin COM5
20DramaThe Wrekin COM4
215USAThe Wrekin COM4
 
23BBC ThreeThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
25WThe Wrekin COM6
26ITV4The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
27YesterdayThe Wrekin COM6
29ITV2 +1The Wrekin COM4
 
30E4 +1The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
31E4 ExtraThe Wrekin COM5
325STARThe Wrekin COM4
335ActionThe Wrekin COM4
34GREAT! moviesThe Wrekin COM6
 
35ITV +1The Wrekin Central (West)PSB2
36pickThe Wrekin COM5
39DMAXThe Wrekin COM6
40Quest RedThe Wrekin COM5
41LegendThe Wrekin COM4
 
42GREAT! movies actionThe Wrekin COM4
43Food NetworkThe Wrekin COM5
44HGTVThe Wrekin COM6
46Channel 5 +1The Wrekin COM4
47Film4 +1The Wrekin COM5
 
48ChallengeThe Wrekin COM5
494sevenThe Wrekin COM5
565SELECTThe Wrekin PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelThe Wrekin COM5
58ITVBe +1The Wrekin COM4
 
59ITV3 +1The Wrekin COM4
60Drama +1The Wrekin COM5
64BlazeThe Wrekin COM4
67CBS RealityThe Wrekin COM4
70Quest +1The Wrekin COM5
 
71Quest Red +1The Wrekin COM6
73HobbyMakerThe Wrekin COM6
74Dave ja vuThe Wrekin COM4
75Yesterday +1The Wrekin COM5
78TCCThe Wrekin COM4
 
81Blaze +1The Wrekin COM4
82Talking Pictures TVThe Wrekin COM6
83Together TVThe Wrekin COM5
84PBS AmericaThe Wrekin COM6
88Classic HitsThe Wrekin COM6
 
89ITV4 +1The Wrekin COM4
101BBC One HDThe Wrekin PSB3
102BBC Two HDThe Wrekin PSB3
103UTV HDThe Wrekin PSB3
103ITV HDThe Wrekin PSB3
 
103STV HDThe Wrekin PSB3
104Channel 4 HDThe Wrekin PSB3
105Channel 5 HDThe Wrekin PSB3
106BBC Four HDThe Wrekin PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDThe Wrekin PSB3
 
109BBC Three HDThe Wrekin PSB3
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)The Wrekin PSB3
201CBBCThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
202CBeebiesThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
203CITVThe Wrekin COM4
 
204CBBC HDThe Wrekin PSB3
205CBeebies HDThe Wrekin PSB3
208POP MAXThe Wrekin COM4
209Ketchup TVThe Wrekin COM4
210Ketchup TooThe Wrekin COM4
 
211YAAAS!The Wrekin COM4
231BBC NewsThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
232BBC ParliamentThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1
233Sky NewsThe Wrekin COM5
235Aljazeera EnglishThe Wrekin COM6
 
250BBC Red ButtonThe Wrekin West MidlandsPSB1

 

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Comments
Thursday, 27 September 2018
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Les Phillips
9:21 AM
Tiverton

Martin: Loss of signal. Lots of pixilation on all channels.


I believe the aerial is directed at Stockland Hill

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MikeP
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10:34 AM

Chris:

Tacolnston transmitter is working correctly at present and no faults reported.

Please check your aerial system and connections.



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MikeP
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10:36 AM

Les Phillips:

Please check your aerial cables and connections. If there are coaxial plugs/sockets please unplug them and refit. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation of ther contacts, which is a well known cause of the problems you report. DO NOT RETUNE.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 29 September 2018
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Kirk
10:17 PM
Hull

I have an Edison HDMI Modulator for my CCTV system and have tried setting it to various channels, no matter what channel I select, when in use I cannot tune in any bbc / itv etc channels on my TV's.

Any help on channel selection to eliminate signal loss would be appreciated.

Location - Humberside

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Sunday, 30 September 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:19 AM

Kirk:

Assuming you are tuned to the Belmont transmitter, try using a channel between 40 and 49 as they are not used by that transmitter now nor in the future.

However, it could be that the HDMI cables are radiating themselves and disrupting the TV UHF signals carried by the aerial cables- expecially if they are close to each other. So try moving the cables as far apart as is reasonably possible. If that helps then it is worth considering buying better cables with improved screening.



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Monday, 1 October 2018
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Chris
10:50 AM

MikeP

Thanks for the Tacolneston advice. With no equipment changes the Channel 56 signal was off and on for me on Thursday/Friday (varying no signal at all to 90%) but stable since Saturday pm. Maybe there has been some 'tweaking' going on and I am right on the edge.

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Chris
4:24 PM

Hmm,. Channel 56 Tacolneston back to zero signal again, channel 55 (also a low power transmitter) is 95% signal. Something must be going on!

Chris

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Tuesday, 2 October 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:27 AM

Chris:

Have you checked your aerial connections as previously suggested? Poor connection can cause loss or interuption of just one channel. There is no reported work at the transmitter at the time of writing.



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Chris
7:38 PM
Saxmundham

Yes, I have checked these thoroughly and re-terminated a couple I thought might be imperfect - no change. What I can't understand is why COM7 on channel 55 is consistently 90% signal strength, 90% signal quality, whilst COM8 (which I thought had about the same 24kW output at COM7) and is on a bearing of 142 degrees from Tacolneston to me, and therefore not restricted by the radiation pattern (according your polar diagram), is currently zero signal today and yesterday (but was solidly 90% on Saturday and has in previous weeks been absolutely fine). 8MHz higher frequency should not affect reception that much.

Are we sure the wind hasn't blown the COM8 aerial away!? A comparison of channel 55 and 56 signal strengths at your location might be interesting.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:16 AM

Chris:

The aerial at the transmitter radiates ALL the channels, there is not a separate aerial for any of the multiplexes. They all use a design known as a trapezoid slot aerial where the signals are radiated from different sections of the slot depending on the frequency. So they are all radiated by all the trapezoid slots and not by separate aerials for each multiplex.

An 8 MHz difference in frequency can make a considerable difference to the transmission and reception of the signals.

Looking at the Digital UK Coverage Checker for your location, see Coverage Checker - Detailed View it shows that reception of COM8 is expected to be poor and unreliable, as it is for other multiplexes from Tacolnston.

Where is your arial positioned? If it is possible, it might be worth trying a different position - on the othert end of the roof perhaps? Such a change has given good results in the past in my experience.



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