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The symbol shows the location of the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) transmitter which serves 1,550,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) mast?

Emley Moor transmitter - Emley Moor transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Emley Moor 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.

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)578mDTG-174,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Yorkshire, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)578mDTG-174,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Yorkshire (Emley Moor micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C41 (634.0MHz)578mDTG-174,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Yorkshire, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C33 (570.0MHz)566mDTG-8174,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)565mDTG-8174,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)565mDTG-8174,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

 H -15.4dB
C39 (618.0MHz)565mDTG-125,000W
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from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Leeds,

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)

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

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BBC Look North (Leeds) 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS9 8AH, 22km north-northeast (22°)
to BBC Yorkshire region - 56 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 22km north-northeast (16°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Emley Moor) region - 59 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Belmont region

Are there any self-help relays?

Derwent BActive deflector74 homes
Derwent CActive deflector (second level)
Dunford BridgeActive deflector14 km S Huddersfield15 homes
Hmp LeedsTransposer30 homes
ThixendaleTransposer25 km ENE York40 homes

How will the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 1-5 870kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 174kW
com7(-12dB) 54.8kW
com8(-12.3dB) 51.2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-19.4dB) 10kW
Mux A*, LLS(-22.4dB) 5kW
Mux D*(-23.4dB) 4kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Emley Moor transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Oct 2002Yorkshire Television
Oct 2002-Dec 2014ITV
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Friday, 6 July 2012
Mark Fletcher

6:05 PM

Alan.Sheffield,S35 3JH.
No most likely is the answer to your question in your text on Friday 6 July 2012,4.52pm,relating to deduced signal strength to accomodate new channels.Only the ArqB multiplex on frequency 48 from Emley Moor is broadcasting on 87.5kw until Wednesday 12 September 2012 when Pontop Pike transmitter commences DSO1 there,as currently they're using lower powered pre-digital Mux1 multiplex on frequency 48 as well.
However now that you mentioned again that the SDN multiplex on frequency 51 from Emley Moor is still problematic in your location i just wonder whether there is a single frequency interference issue here from another distant relay mast or some distant main transmitter also using frequency 51 as well.If your Toshiba TV is a wee bit older that could be an issue,if so do you know the model number as such ?
Can you also pick up the major Sheffield relay,or the main Belmont transmitter as such where yer located as possible alternatives ?
As you mentioned,try experimenting over the weekend and draw to some conclusions what and if can be done to alleviate or even eradicate your present dilemma as such.No problem whatsoever in providing valuable assistance to you.

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Sunday, 8 July 2012
12:06 PM

Well, I've tried everything I can think of.
I can't pick up anything from Sheffield, and just a poor signal from Belmont, so it's down to Emley Moor.
C47 and C48 have very good Signal Quality.
C44 has good Signal Quality
C52 is poor and C51 ranges from Poor to None - these are both unwatchable.
All the "Signal Levels" are about 70 to 75%.
At least I have all the main stations.
The length of cable to the bedroom TV and the fact that it is a Toshiba seem to be a slight detriment to the signal quality. The Toshiba TV is just over a year old, but I have also noticed with my mothers Toshiba that the quality of the tuner is so much poorer than that of the Sagemcom Freeview plus boxes.
And as I have said, until I retuned this week, everything was ok, except an occasional break up on C52.

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Monday, 9 July 2012
Des Collier

5:39 PM

Alan,-should be able to get a signal of the CROSSPOOL transmitter,aerial has to be vertically polarised(i.e elements on aerial have to be vertical) to use it,possible your aerial system needs attention.i use a toshiba freeview hd set & it works a treat,would recommend it to anyone(receive signal from Belmont).

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9:43 PM

Thanks Des. Things seem better this evening. I'll see how it goes over the next few days.

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Alan's 6 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
7:21 PM

Anyone having trouble receiving CH52 from Emley Moor? In the last month most channels on 52 have been very poor signal strength & quality (unwatchable) whilst all the other channels are fine with very good strength/quality. Local aerial guy can't find any fault with our TV or aerial, has same issue with his diagnostic machine plugged in. What could be the problem?

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Mark Fletcher

8:27 PM

Alex.If yer referring to the ArqA multiplex on frequency 52 from Emley Moor main transmitter,well from where i am located in HX2 9JY,there are no problems here whatsoever having just tested the multiplex in question and using only my set-top aerial the ArqA mux on fr 52 displays 100% signal quality and 67% signal strength.Even the same result is displayed without my set-top aerial in,using only a wee screwdriver inserted into the aerial socket of my Freeview + non HD box.So no problems here as such.
I did notice you did not leave any form of your location as such,preferably a full postcode or failing this a nearby location,this is important to ascertain the reception possibilities where you are located,whether some other transmission notably a not far away relay mast near your locality could be impeding the ArqA multiplex on frequency 52 from Emley Moor at your abode.
If you leave yer full postcode then the regulars on this forum will further distribute valuable advice and assistance to you,like a doctor prescribing medicine to treat the symptoms of a disorder which is troubling the patient as such !

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9:34 PM

Hi Mark,

Thanks for you reply, yes it is the ArqA that I'm referring to. I am in Harrogate HG3 2NC which is a fringe area I believe. Got a Triax Supergain 18 and Wolsley WPS100 booster fitted about 3 months ago. Only had problems in the last month or so. Nothing plugged into TV other than aerial.

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Mark Fletcher

10:33 PM

Alex.Harrogate,HG3 2NB.Yes from your location Emley Moor will be in a marginal signal area as such.Yet by inputting your postcode the only reception possibility that came up is Bilsdale.Can you receive the present analogue/lower powered pre-digital switched digital signals from Bilsdale at your location as a possible alternative more so once DSO arrives in September 2012 there.
You did state the Wolsley WPS100 booster,have you tried bypassing this as a possibility and see whether it could be overloading your ArqA signal yet the rest you mentioned are all ok.
One other likelyhood is whether there is a single frequency interference issue on frequency 52 which is affecting your ArqA reception from Emley Moor as such.
You could always once Bilsdale switches over come September 2012 to consider whether to redirect your antenna to Bilsdale instead as the likelyhood that your reception from there after DSO will vastly improve while from Emley Moor at your location being a marginal signal area itself,here the reception from there could slightly deteriorate after Bilsdale switches over.

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Robert Hill

11:15 PM

Alex, I live in Bramham, near Wetherby, I receive all multiplexes from Emiley Moor with no trouble.
If I put my postcode and house number into sites which tells you which is your best transmitter, I am told Bilsale is best for my
address. Certainly when Bilsale as their DSO in September I would imagine that at your address it should be a very strong signal. Because a few weeks ago when they were on the full power test overnight with a cut down outside aerial using it inside all multiplexes, quality 100% signal strength around about 75%. I hope you get everything sorted out.

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Dave Lindsay

11:56 PM

Alex: Alex: It is unfortunate that, come switchover at Bilsdale, its COM multiplexes are interleaved with the PSBs of Emley Moor, else you may have been able to combine two aerials. I assume that you prefer to watch Yorkshire regional programming over that of North East/Tyne Tees if possible.

Emley's PSBs being 47, 44, 41 and Bilsdale's post-DSO will be 43, 46 and 40.

See this plot of the terrain between you and Emley Moor:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Looking at that plot, the reason that your area is marginal for Emley's signals is due to the high ground around Beckwithshaw and Rigton High Moor.

The problem you've got is that you don't have direct line of sight. Therefore, you are trying to "collect" what signal comes over the brow.

I'm not an aerial installer myself, but I have read that in situations such as yours that it might be better to use a lower gain aerial with amplifier. This makes sense.

The higher the gain of the aerial, the narrower the acceptance angle. This is because "gain" of an aerial (in one direction) comes about as a result of "loss" in other directions.

Digital reception requires a good quality signal. If you have a poor quality small signal and you amplify it, then you get a large poor quality signal. Whilst you can make a signal bigger with an amplifier, you can't make a poor quality signal a good quality one.

Where you have line of sight, clearly you can focus on the "beam". If you think of the signal as being a light, then where there is no direct line of sight, then you may get a "ball" of light shining over the brow. Any objects on the brow will therefore impact what you see. For example, if there are trees, then they will cause a shadow and probably moving shadow at that.

By using a high gain aerial, you are relying on a narrower portion of the "ball" of signal coming over the hill. A wider angle "may" give you a better quality signal.

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