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Freeview reception at CO15 4SD


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 7 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of CO154SD (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

1BBC One (SD)Clacton EastPSB1
2BBC TwoClacton EastPSB1
3ITV (SD)Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
5Channel 5 (SD)Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
 
6ITV 2Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
9BBC FourClacton EastPSB1
10ITV3Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
11pickSudbury COM5
12QuestSudbury COM4
 
13E4Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
14Film4Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
15Channel 4 +1Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
17ReallySudbury COM5
18More4Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
 
19DaveSudbury COM5
20DramaSudbury COM4
215USASudbury COM4
23CCXTVSudbury COM5
24ITV4Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
 
25YesterdaySudbury COM6
27ITV2 +1Sudbury COM4
28E4 +1Sudbury COM5
294MusicSudbury COM5
305STARSudbury COM4
 
31Paramount NetworkSudbury COM4
32Sony MoviesSudbury COM6
33ITV +1Clacton Anglia (East)PSB2
34ITV3 +1Sudbury COM4
37DMAXSudbury COM6
 
38Quest RedSudbury COM5
39CBS JusticeSudbury COM6
40Sony Movies ActionSudbury COM4
41Food NetworkSudbury COM5
42HGTVSudbury COM6
 
44Channel 5 +1Sudbury COM4
45Film4 +1Sudbury COM5
46ChallengeSudbury COM5
474sevenSudbury COM5
545SELECTSudbury COM4
 
57Smithsonian ChannelSudbury COM5
58ITVBe +1Sudbury COM4
59ITV4 +1Sudbury COM4
63BlazeSudbury COM4
64FreeSportsBluebell Hill com7
 
66CBS RealitySudbury COM4
67CBS DramaSudbury COM6
70Horror ChannelSudbury COM4
72Quest Red +1Bluebell Hill com7
74Shopping Quarter Clacton PSB3
 
75Yesterday +1Sudbury COM5
76Quest +1Sudbury COM5
77TCCSudbury COM4
78Now 70sSudbury COM5
79Dave ja vuSudbury COM6
 
80Blaze +1Sudbury COM4
81Talking Pictures TVSudbury COM6
83NOW 80sBluebell Hill com7
86More4 +1Bluebell Hill com7
88Together TVSudbury COM5
 
89Together TV +1Bluebell Hill com7
91PBS AmericaSudbury COM6
92Pick +1Bluebell Hill com7
93PBS America +1Bluebell Hill com7
96Forces TVBluebell Hill com7
 
101BBC One HDClacton PSB3
102BBC Two HDClacton PSB3
103ITV HDClacton PSB3
103STV HDClacton PSB3
103UTV HDClacton PSB3
 
104Channel 4 HDClacton PSB3
105Channel 5 HDClacton PSB3
106BBC Four HDBluebell Hill com7
107BBC News HDBluebell Hill com7
108BBC Scotland HDClacton PSB3
 
113RT HDBluebell Hill com7
114Quest HDBluebell Hill com7
201CBBCClacton EastPSB1
202CBeebiesClacton EastPSB1
203CITVSudbury COM4
 
204CBBC HDClacton PSB3
209CBeebies HDBluebell Hill com7
211Ketchup TVSudbury COM4
231BBC NewsClacton EastPSB1
232BBC ParliamentClacton EastPSB1
 
233Sky NewsSudbury COM5
234RTSudbury COM6
235Aljazeera EnglishSudbury COM6
250BBC Red ButtonClacton EastPSB1

 

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Comments
Sunday, 24 November 2019
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

3:44 PM

Tom Richardson:

It might depend on when you previously retuned, and which transmitter you are actually receiving/wanting to receive. There has been Planned Engineering at Pontop Pike and Bilsdale this last week with "Possible service interruptions". You are predicted to get good reception from both of those.
There is also a low power relay closer to you (with variable/poor reception) which you may have got inadvertently tuned to if you retuned when your chosen transmitter was off-air. It's not a good idea to retune when a transmitter is off-air, you just lose all your correctly tuned channels!

I suggest you try the following first - unplug the aerial and do an automatic tune. This should clear all previous tuning as no channels will be found. Then plug the aerial back in and repeat the automatic retune which will hopefully restore all multiplexes correctly. (2 -PSBs, 3COMs and a Local if your set doesn't have an HD tuner).

If you are receiving Bilsdale (best choice & closer) your aerial should be pointing ~SSE (163 degrees) with the rods horizontal.
If you are receiving Pontop Pike your aerial will be pointing ~NE (315 degrees) with the rods horizontal.

If your set has the option the see which UHF channels it has tuned to for each multiplex or indeed allow a manual tune if autotune doesn't resolve the problem, the channels are as follows in the order PSB1&2, COMs4-6, Local, for the SD channels, + if you have HD PSB3, COMs 7 & 8 -

Bilsdale - 21, 24, 43, 46, 40, 30 + 27, 55, 56, you may struggle with reception of the COMs (SD &/or HD) if you have an old Group A aerial.
Pontop Pike - 39, 42, 32, 34, 35, 33 + 44, 55, 56, you may struggle with reception of the COMs (SD &/or HD) if you have an old Group B aerial.

Note, you only may struggle with reception of some multiplexes with old aerials, a lot depends on location and distance to the transmitter. Ideally you need a Group T/Wideband to get all multiplexes reliably.

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Thursday, 5 December 2019
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Mr A.Squires
5:55 PM
Bracknell

I had an ariel put in the roof because I wanted to receive Meridian news (previously could only get London news)
However,there are some channels that keep stating 'low signal' even when the weather is not too bad,so I view through my Humax box which is better but then all I get is the picture stop for a second or so and I lose a few words of dialogue.I also thought that at my address RG12 2QJ I received from the Hannington transmitter but when I went into your website and put this info in it stated I was geared to the Crystal Palace transmitter,but I could not find any reference to my area at all - can you please explain

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Friday, 6 December 2019
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:23 AM

Mr A.Squires:

Sometimes predicted reception can be quite variable when you live in an area that has overlapping coverage from more than one transmitter particularly if you are on the periphery of these areas. It looks as though you could have line of sight to several transmitters depending on your precise location within your postcode. It can be especially tricky if the location has local obstructions or is a bit hilly which could be the case with you.

The official Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker does show such variations across your postcode, but mainly good reception from most of the main 6 multiplexes and also the COMs 7&8 multiplexes depending on your precise location. Similar results are obtained from the BBC's RTIS predictions. Both show good or variable reception results from Hannington and Crystal Palace and again they change with precise location.

This means that good aerial location will be very important as will the choice of aerial needing sufficient gain and appropriate beamwidth/polar response. Local weather conditions can also have significant effects on loft mounted aerials, as can the presence of water tanks, walls & etc.
When more transmitters share frequency (UHF channel) usage around the country as is more the case now, changes to reception can occur in some weather situations and when transmitters might be undergoing planned maintenance or have faults. It is also important that your own installation is free of faults.

One thing you can do is check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

If you have frequent problems with specific channels check Channel listings | Freeview to see which multiplex they are on, as reception of some multiplexes can be variable in a particular location.

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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:35 AM

Mr A.Squires:

I should have added that for Hannington your aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 250 degrees - that's marginally West of WSW and the rods should be horizontal. The precise direction may vary by a few degrees for best signal strength depending on aerial location.

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Chris.SE's 1,431 posts GB
Sunday, 15 December 2019
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Tamsin Mc Cormick
1:54 AM
Liverpool

I have a wide band aerial pointing at Storeton . It is attached to a short chimney stack .
Will I need this to be re-aligned to Winter Hill as there are a number of channels currently not available from Storeton (BBC4 HD etc ). Or will Storeton have the remaining channels added in due course ?
If I do need a re-alignment is there a free service for this ?

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Tamsin Mc Cormick
1:59 AM
Liverpool

My rooftop wideband aerial is aimed at Storeton . Will I need to re-aim it at Winter Hill to restore BBC4 HD and the other channels that I can't get at the moment ? or will they be restored on Storeton in due course. ?

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:44 AM

Tamsin Mc Cormick: BBC Four HD is on the COM8 multiplex, which has never been broadcast from Storeton. Depending on your location, you must have been picking it up from either Winter Hill or Moel-Y-Parc.

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StevensOnln1's 2,821 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 December 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:38 AM

If you are having reception problems, please see Freeview blames weather for TV problems - BBC News where the issue is explained. DO NOT RETUNE.



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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Friday, 20 March 2020
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MR G A LEWIS
9:04 PM

Aerial is on chimney breast where it has been since 1993 although a new aerial was installed about 2000

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Saturday, 21 March 2020
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Mazbar
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:57 PM

MR G A LEWIS: so your aerial is 20 years old, I would get it checked by a professional nothing lasts for ever.

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