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The symbol shows the location of the Ashbourne (Derbyshire, England) transmitter which serves 3,900 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 Ashbourne (Derbyshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ashbourne 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)208mDTG-50W
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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)208mDTG-50W
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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),

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C22 (482.0MHz)208mDTG-50W
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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 Ashbourne (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 Ashbourne transmitter?

regional news image
BBC East Midlands Today 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Nottingham NG2 4UU, 40km east (99°)
to BBC East Midlands region - 17 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 61km south-southwest (192°)
to ITV Central (East) region - 17 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (West)

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

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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W

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. Ashbourne 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.

Monday, 31 January 2011
8:42 PM

Why is the Ashbourne transmitter going to be transmitting BBC West Midlands when it is covered by the BBC East Midlands News?

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8:49 PM

KWoolley: It's not, that was a typo. Apologies.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 18 August 2011
John Emery
7:07 PM

Hi there. I have my aerial pointing to sutton coldfield for a couple of years now and watch freeview. Can i now point my aerial to the ashbourne transmitter?


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7:32 PM

John Emery: Only if you want to get rid of more than half of your channels. Sutton Coldfield provides the whole service, Ashbourne is a "Freeview Light" transmitter.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Pat Smith
6:03 PM


We have been receiving all Freeview channels with reasonable signal. Recently BBC1 and BBC2 semm to continually blank out for less than a second. This happens all the time.

Other channels on the same mix such as BBC News does display the problem.

Auto tune suggests BBC1 on channel 25 where some sites suggest this should be 22?

Can you help please. Flickering is very irritating!

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Dave Lindsay

6:17 PM

Pat Smith: Not sure about your problem, but channel 25 from Ashbourne is "BBC A" multiplex which carries standard definition TV and radio. Channel 22 from Ashbourne is "BBC B" multiplex which is the HD one and carries ITV1 HD and Channel 4 HD as well.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:44 PM

Pat Smith: Not sure if this might be your issue as it's a low power affair. I see that the transmitter can be seen across the valley from your road:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

The other thing is that your aerial should be vertically polarised, that is elements upwards, for Ashbourne.

From your location Sutton Coldfield can be picked up and it is the same direction (albeit 6 degrees different). However, aerials for it should be horizontally polarised (elements flat and parallel with the ground).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:32 PM

ASHBOURNE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:48 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 21:48 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,469 posts xx flag
Monday, 2 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

ASHBOURNE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:48 today to 22:52 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 21:48 today to 22:52 today [BBC]

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