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The symbol shows the location of the Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 30,000 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 Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bromsgrove transmitter broadcast?

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

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C26 (514.0MHz)200mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)200mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West 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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C30- (545.8MHz)200mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West 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

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C33+ (570.2MHz)195mDTG-8400W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)198mDTG-8400W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)198mDTG-8400W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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The Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Bromsgrove transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 18km northeast (41°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 18km northeast (40°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Bromsgrove (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2.8kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-8.5dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux D*(-17.5dB) 50W
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-20.5dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bromsgrove 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. Bromsgrove 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.

Thursday, 26 May 2011
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Peter Short
10:56 AM

I live at Hollywood and receive Dig Tv (Freeview) via a 'Communual Ae distribution system. Reception on most channels is 'satisfactory' but suffers ocassional 'sound drop out'. Some channels 'freeze'.'Yesterday Ch 12,disappears completely.
Q... Do all channels eminate from the same Transmitter 'site'?
Thank you

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Mike Dimmick

12:20 PM

Peter Short: Normally I'd say yes, everything comes from the same site, but in this area three transmitters - The Wrekin, Lark Stoke and Bromsgrove - operate as a so-called Single Frequency Network. Or, at least, the public service multiplexes all do currently. The commercial multiplexes will do from September, but the allocated channels are currently in use at Sutton Coldfield so for now, the signals from Bromsgrove remain on pre-switchover channels and reduced power levels.

A SFN uses the same frequencies at multiple transmitters, and your TV receives a contribution from each of them. The transmission from each transmitter is carefully timed so that the signals are approximately coincident, where they would be strong enough to interfere otherwise.

The power levels at the top of the page, against the channels on each multiplex, show the final situation. Actually, Mux C is still broadcasting at 50W on C34 (inherited Mux 1's configuration) and Mux D/ArqB at 25W on C29, at least according to Ofcom.

If the PSB signal levels are on the high side, you could be suffering from intermodulation, which causes frequency-shifted copies of the signals to be added, causing errors. The transmission contains error-correcting information but there's a limited amount of error that can be corrected - once this amount is exceeded, the picture starts to break up. The copies closest to the original signal are strongest so tend to affect adjacent channels worse. The ArqB mux is adjacent to the new HD mux.

You could ask your landlord or agent to see if it's possible to adjust the levels, to ensure that they're neither too low nor too high. Still, you may have to wait for September.

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Saturday, 6 August 2011
Richard Evans
5:50 PM

I live in Droitwich and have had my aerial re-orientated to the Bromsgrove transmitter. I have a Humax PVR box and LG 32" SD TV that pick up all the freeview Channels from Bromsgrove without problems. However MY LG Freeview 32" HD TV is not showing the channels on the Dave MUX. It tunes the channels when I do an Automatic scan. It also tunes in fine when I do a manual scan on CH29 it shows a strength of 60 and a Quality of 100. I can then view all the channels on that MUX but as soon as I view a channel on a different MUX and then try to return to Dave, sky news etc I get the no signal message. When I check CH29 under the Signal test menu it shows Zero Strength Zero Quality. I have moved the TV to a diffent room and even to a different house! Is there something 'special' about that MUX that could be confusing the TV or is it likely to be a fault on my TV? I do pick up some duplicate channels on CH 21, 24 and 25 but I have done manual tune to try to rule out interference from these. Thanks Richard.

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Mike Dimmick

7:06 PM

Richard Evans: Some TVs or boxes can get confused if they're retuned from one site to another. It might be necessary to do a full reset/factory default/first-time installation on the TV.

If you get really stuck, try doing a full reset with the aerial unplugged, in order to delete all channels, then manually tune the frequencies you actually want.

Do also be aware that the Humax PVR9200T has an RF output, that is, it puts the currently-tuned picture and sound on the RF cable going to the TV, as if it was an analogue TV station. Check that this doesn't clash directly with any multiplex you want to use, isn't immediately above or below one, and that it isn't 5 or 9 channels away either.

My PVR-9200T seems to create a lot of noise on and around C36 no matter what I set the RF output channel to, when it's in standby.

The Humax also has a small amount of gain and noise, so if reception is slightly marginal, you may find that it works better or worse when the box is in standby.

There will be a retune at Bromsgrove on 28 September, which will move the COM muxes to their final channels and power levels.

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Richard Evans
7:58 PM

Mike Dimmick: Thanks for the reply. The Humax is attached to an old CRT and is behaving itself! I have tried the full reset on my troublesome LG 32LD490 but the problem persists. I am starting to think it must be a TV problem. Whats confusing is that the TV will tune to and show me the channels on the Ch29 MUX its only when I view another MUX and then return that it gives the no signal error.

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Sunday, 7 August 2011
Dumb Blonde
11:28 AM

I live in Droitwich and my aerial receives all freeview channels except the HD ones. My TV set is a Toshiba 32BV700B 32 Inch Full HD 1080p Digital LCD TV but it simply will not pick up the HD. Any suggestions?

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Dumb Blonde
11:30 AM

Sorry, forgot to say that my aerial is pointed to the Bromsgrove transmitter. BFN

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Dumb Blonde
4:32 PM

Thanks Briantist. When I bought this TV set I was told that I wouldn't need another box and that it would automatically tune to all available HD channels as it was "Full HD" rather than just "HD ready". The manufacturer's brochure also claimed that as well, so I'm very confused... I suppose I'll just have to get another one that does what it's supposed to. What should I ask for to make sure it will get HD?

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