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The symbol shows the location of the Ambergate (Derbyshire, England) transmitter which serves 1,800 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Ambergate (Derbyshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ambergate transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)185mDTG-37W
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1 BBC One (SD) East Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C28 (530.0MHz)185mDTG-37W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)185mDTG-37W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Ambergate (Derbyshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Ambergate transmitter?

regional news image
BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 26km east-southeast (117°)
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 71km south-southwest (205°)
to ITV Central (East) region - 17 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (West)

How will the Ambergate (Derbyshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Feb 2018-

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 17 Aug 11 and 31 Aug 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 37W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Waltham transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Ambergate was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 7 August 2012
Ben Cooper
1:58 PM

Are there any plans to upgrade the ambergate transmitter to a full freeview transmitter? i can only recieve basic channels currently living on the south side of the valley as the nottingham transmitter i think it is is out of range due to me being in the shadow of the hill?

Ben, Bullbridge

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Dave Lindsay

2:22 PM

Ben Cooper: No, this is not likely at all. See here for an explanation, which is equally as relevant for the Ambergate transmitter:

Durris (Aberdeenshire, Scotland) full-Freeview transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The Nottingham transmitter serves parts of the City that have difficulty receiving from Waltham. The hill that is in the way for you is preventing reception from Waltham which is the main transmitter in the East Midlands.

Generally speaking, Sutton Coldfield can be picked up well in Derby and northwards up the valley. I took the post code of The Canal Inn and the Digital UK predictor "thinks" that Sutton Coldfield might be a possibility at that location.

The Streetview photos were taken before switchover in July 2009 and at that time the majority of buildings seem to have aerials on Ambergate only. However, The Lord Nelson has ones on Ambergate and one on Sutton Coldfield which tends to add weight to the latter being a possibility.

I suggest that you investigate the possibility of reception from Sutton Coldfield. It provides West Midlands regional programming, but the UHF channels (frequencies) used by the two transmitters are such that two aerials could be diplexed, where the feed from each is combined into one downlead. This would allow you to watch the Commercial channels those that Ambergate doesn't broadcast from Sutton Coldfield and view the Public Service channels (including East Midlands regional programming) from Ambergate.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

AMBERGATE transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 14 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

AMBERGATE transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 8 July 2016
Geoff Sims
1:09 PM

ambergate transmitter seems to be down at the moment , any reason or news

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3:26 PM

Geoff Sims: the status of the Ambergate transmitter is shown by BBC Engineering to be off air since 09.57 today, 8th July 2016. There is no time shown for an expected resumption of service.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 25 July 2016
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

AMBERGATE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

AMBERGATE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 10 August 2016
Transmitter engineering

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AMBERGATE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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