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The symbol shows the location of the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmitter which serves 83,000 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 Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Brierley Hill 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C32- (561.8MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C34+ (578.2MHz)179mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)179mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31- (553.8MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)179mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

LB
 V -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)179mDTG-12200W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 20 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Quest HD, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Together.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km east (86°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km east (86°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Brierley Hill (Dudley, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TW TA K T
C29LBLB
C31ArqA
C32BBCA
C33_local
C34D3+4
C35BBCB
C37ArqB
C50tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C55tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C56tv_off-A
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4
C59tv_off-B-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCA
C62-D
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65-2
C66+C
C681

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 2*, Mux B*, LB(-17dB) 200W
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux C*(-20dB) 100W
Mux D*(-21dB) 80W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield 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. Brierley Hill 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.

Comments
Sunday, 27 May 2018
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R John
8:48 AM

Today 0800hrs 27 May 2018
What has happened to Yesterday, Talking pictures, 4 Seven etc. These are all channels on the ARQ B mux which after the spring frequency change were broadcast on CH37. Since early last week, after some night engineering work on several muxes, there has been no reception of ARQ B. Checking the signal condition for CH37 we see that the signal strength is present but reduced and the signal quality rating is neglegible. Some information as to what is going on would be appreciated.

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:48 AM

R John: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? What signal strength and quality readings are you getting on the other multiplexes? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted coverage etc.

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StevensOnln1's 2,476 posts GB
Monday, 28 May 2018
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Stuart
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:52 PM

Interesting that is is only the one MUX that you are having problems with.

I receive Brierley Hill and have checked and all my signals are fine on all MUX, although chaannel 37 seems slightly lower than the rest. For the following day after the overnight engineering work, some channels were pixilating but that now seems to have cured itself.

Certainly over the last few weeks when i have passed the transmitter, engineers can be seen working on it, about half way up on a series of panels that seem to go the whole way round the mast.

If you have no joy in restoring the signal to channel 37, would give the Freeview advice line a ring and explain to them the situation, especially the fact that this has only happened since the engineering work took place in the early hours of 23 May 2018.

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Stuart's 34 posts GB
Saturday, 2 June 2018
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flowerpancakedetergent
12:44 AM

How do we get this page updated or notify admin? The channel frequencies are now in band A #29-37 not #50-60.

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Monday, 5 November 2018
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John Dallow
2:18 PM

Have been unable to get a signal for BBC 1-2-4 for 4 days from last Thursday (1/11/2018) Both the picture and sound completely fragmented . Today it has improved. Spent over 1.1/2 hrs on the telephone yesterday doing complete check on my equipment with my broadband supplier, my equipment was 100% ok so the problem obviously rested at your door. Although alright today it is still giving the odd breakdown in signal every few minutes

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John Dallow's 1 post US
Tuesday, 6 November 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:33 AM

John Dallow:

Please provide a full posy code so that we can see the predicted reception at your location.

I presume you are talking about Freeview reception which is unrelated to the performance of your internet connection except when streaming using a 'smart' device. Freeview is broadcast over the air usin g UHF transmissions and it received by your aerial. So what equipment are you using?

Also check all your aerial connections to ensure the coaxial cables are in good condition and any coaxial plugs/sockets should be unplugged and then refitted to clear any possible corrosion/oxidation from the contacts.



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MikeP's 2,830 posts GB
Thursday, 8 November 2018
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Dave Wood
11:00 PM
Rowley Regis

John Dallow:
I have also had big problems with reception of all BBC and HD from Brierley Hill site.
Both my television and digital recorder show the same faults. Eventually after much realignment of the aerial, I have got the SD BBC channels back, but not the HD channels.
Although Channel group 32 (BBC A mux) showed a good signal the information seemed to be corrupt.
Channel group 35 (BBC B mux) now shows a good level of signal but the recievers both indicate the quality to be bad and no HD channels are recognised.
I am located at Rowley Regis and in line of site of Brierly Hill transmitter, however, I have found that Kidderminster is within a few degrees of Brierley Hill from my location and according to the digital uk coverage checker a "retune event" occoured on the 31st October. I can only assume that this has caused my problems.
The information I have is that both sites use the same Channels for the same programmes.

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Dave Wood's 2 posts GB
Friday, 9 November 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:35 AM

Dave Wood:

You are only 5km from the Kidderminster transmitter so it is possible that you m ay have too much signal. Please check what signal strengths are being shown on your TV set (it's usually in the manual tuning section but DO NOT RETUNE). It ideally needs to be between 60% and 85%, usually if it is more than that level you get severe problems.



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Dave Wood
11:27 PM
Rowley Regis

MikeP: Hi Mike, my info. says 5K to Brierley Hill and 21K to Kidderminster.
I am sorry to say that I followed the official advise and have done auto and manual retunes on both recievers.
I appear to be getting "a clock full" on almost all channels. I can live without HD so I can get by for now.
I might try swinging the antenna further west to drop the levels a bit so that Kidderminster drops more onto the edge of the lobe so reducing the input relative to Brierley Hill.

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Dave Wood's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 10 November 2018
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Stuart Harris
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:23 AM

Just a reminder that Kidderminster is now an SFN with Brierley Hill.

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