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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 27/05/2024 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.

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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, plus 17 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, 107 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! 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)565mDTG-8174,000W
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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)565mDTG-8174,000W
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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

 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?

regional news image
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.

Thursday, 3 March 2022
12:09 PM

Most of the time I have a good signal on all channels. At the moment GB News and some other channels are pixilated. Why is this happening. Do you keep reducing the power of your transmitters.
I live at North Rigton near Harrogate and can see the Emily Moor masts from my bedroom window.

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H ALEXANDER's 1 post US flag

2:33 PM


"We" don't keep doing anything, this is an independent technical helpsite for people for technical and reception problems. What I can tell you is that Emley Moor is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels".
However considering you general location, the predicted reception is excellent for all multiplexes and I'm a little surprised that you are seeing a problem like this unless perhaps your reception is marginal for some reason.

If you are correctly tuned, other than that, check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction bearing 188 degrees (8 degrees W of due S) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal and that your downlead looks undamaged and isn't flapping in the wind.

GB News is carried on the ArqB multiplex, so you may be noticing the issues with other channels on ArqB.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplexes.
Are you seeing problems with channels not on ArqB, if so which ones?

Check in your TV tuning section that you are tuned to Emley's UHF channels -
Emley's Multiplexes & UHF channels are as follows, in the order -
PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7 HD, & Local
C47, C44, C41, C33, C36, C48, C55, & C39/C42. Whether you get satisfactory reception of COM7 will depend on your aerial installation.

Also check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads can be a common problem, try swapping them.

See what Signal Strengths and Quality (or Error/BER) figures you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial or downlead.
If you post the figures for each it may give us a clue.
Roughly how old is the aerial installation? There might be some degradation somewhere.

Do you have a distribution amp/splitter and where is it located? If you have one, check that it still has power and check the connections to it.

Aerial misalignments, problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just AN individual or several multiplexes.

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Chris.SE's 4,201 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 March 2022
steve phillips
6:03 PM

Hi, I live just north of York, and have always had good reception with a loft aerial pointing towards the Emley Moor transmitter, to get the Leeds/Yorkshire version of the local news. That was until a few weeks ago, when we noticed that some channels were breaking up. Yesterday I looked at the signal strength, and found some channels were very poor. I checked that the aerial was still in the right place (it is) and then had a go at the Freeview reset/retune. What I found has got me baffled.
Looking at the channels & frequencies given on this site, it looks as if some channels are coming loud and clear from Emley Moor - ITV on Ch.44, and SkyArts on Ch.36 for example - while others are being picked up from Bilsdale - Drama on Ch.43 and DaveJaVu on Ch.40.
Going through each of the Emley Moor frequencies, Ch.47, (BBC1 etc) is showing very poor signal strength (jumping from nothing to 75 and back again, with 0 quality). But Ch.44 (ITV etc) has strength 75 and quality 100. Ch.36 (SkyArts) is also fine, but Ch.48 (DaveJaVu) is showing no signal at all.
The biggest puzzle is that when I look at BBC1/2, they are coming to me on Ch.27, which as far as I can see is not used by either Emley or Bilsdale. So where are they coming from? It says it is BBC NE & Cumbria, and there are some smaller transmitters using 27 up in Northumberland, but could that be getting all the way down here?
I suppose my main question is - is there a problem with Emley Moor which has thrown my previously good reception into chaos?

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steve phillips's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 18 March 2022

12:01 AM

steve phillips:

Now it depends on exactly where you are north of York (you haven't provided a full postcode) but a number of locales in that general area can receive signals from Bilsdale, and reception predictions from the new temporary Bilsdale Tower are good.
Bilsdale does indeed use C27 for PSB1! Multiplexes PSB1 & 3 swapped UHF channels back in February 2020 IIRC, the listings at the top of the transmitter page didn't get updated (the site owner hasn't found time to do all the updates after the 700MHz Clearance programme!).

But from one of my posts on the Bilsdale pages -
Bilsdale's UHF channels are C27, C24, C21, C43, C46, C40, C55 that's in the multiplex order

You may be aware that aerials do have some ability to pick up signals from the rear of the aerial as well as some side lobes, so it's possible that you are easily getting signals froim Bilsdale Tower at this time.

Now just to complicate matters, I can't find any faults listed by the BBC for their multiplexes at Emley, and the transmitter isn't listed for Planned Engineering BUT there is some upcoming predicted Temperture Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting which will enable signals from more distant transmitters to be more easil;y received - and that will in a few instances result in interference to normal reception (you'll see the sort of thing you have with Signal Strength varying considerably and Quality dropping, often to zero)..
The predictions I've looked at (and just checked again) hadn't shown this affecting your area until tomorrow, and its likely to get quite severe over the early part of the weekend - but predictions are predictions!

My best suggestion would be to manual tune, if you can't get a stable enough signal from Emley then try Bilsdale's channels but I'm afreaid it's a case of things will likely be disrupted and not remain stable for a while.

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steve phillips
3:41 PM

Thanks Chris. That explains the Ch27 mystery - another set of channels reaching us from Bilsdale. I will give it a few days and see if anything has changed if I go through the manual tuning options again. I am still puzzled why some Emley frequencies are virtally non-existent, while others are as strong as ever.
Thanks for your advice.
Steve (YO32 5ZN)

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Terry Thomas
7:33 PM

Hi, getting No Signal on the PBS2 cluster of channels, (ITV SD, Channel 4 etc. Is this a transmitter fault, my post code is S71 2EF ( Barnsley)

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Saturday, 19 March 2022

2:44 AM

Terry Thomas:

There are no currently listed faults at Emley Moor. The reception problem you have is most likely related to the current weather conditions as mentioned in my previous reply to steve phillips -

".....there is some upcoming predicted Temperture Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting which will enable signals from more distant transmitters to be more easil;y received - and that will in a few instances result in interference to normal reception (you'll see the sort of thing you have with Signal Strength varying considerably and Quality dropping, often to zero)......"
FYI, such transmitters can be in the UK or Europe.

Both Freeview and the BBC have now issued warnings on their Update & Alerts/Works and Warning pages about possible disruption to reception.
Read my next reply to steve phillips.

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Chris.SE's 4,201 posts GB flag

3:33 AM

steve phillips:

The reason you may be confused is because this type of interference can be frequency dependent and/or depending on where the interfering signals are coming from, the identical channels to your normal ones may be different, so even if a broader spectrum of frequencies is affected, not all you reception will be disrupted. Sometimes they all could be.
The interference can last for seconds, minutes, hours even longer and can come and go seemingly at random.

The general advise is to NOT retune, as this invariably may cause you to lose your correct tuning and/or become incorrectly tuned to another transmitter whose signals can disappear when conditions change.
If you have become incorrectly tuned (check the UHF channels in your TV Tuning section) then it's best to try manually retuning each of your normal transmitter's UHF channels. You may have to try several times if interference is present.

Emley's Multiplexes & UHF channels are as follows, in the order -
PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7 HD, & Local
C47, C44, C41, C33, C36, C48, C55, & C39/C42 Whether you get satisfactory reception of COM7 & Local muxes will depend on your aerial installation (and location).

steve, whilst you are predicted to get good reception from Emley, you are actually closer to Bilsdale and predicted to get very good reception, so it's unsurprising you can get its signals from an aerial sidelobe.
Emley is bearing 220 degrees (almost SW) from you, whereas Bilsdale Tower is 345 degrees - a few degrees N of NNW. You may get poor reception of the Local mux from Emley L-LDS (Leeds) on C39 or possibly variable reception from a Relay at Bilbrough on C42 L-YRK (York) as it's closer, bearing 214 degrees well within the beamwidth of your aerial.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022
Malcolm Roebuck
5:54 PM

Tv...Sony KD-49XE9005
Aerial on roof
Postcode S75 3QU house number 22

Total channels available after scan...117
I'm not receiving any of the ITV channels...or any of channel 4 and channel 5
I also don't get any HD channels
When running a scan it just gives a choice of either Leeds or York, my local transmitter is Emely Moor but this is not available?
Is there any way I can get the TV scan to recognize Emely Moor?

At the moment this isn't causing me a problem as I receive these channels through my Sky box but if I decide to end my Sky subscription I'll miss a big section of the most popular channels.

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Thursday, 24 March 2022

2:37 AM

Malcolm Roebuck:

What was the reason you rescanned in the first place? Were you not correctly tuned?
Please see my reply to steve phillips in the post immediately before your first one (with the exception of the last paragraph specific to his location).

You are so close to Emley (13km) and are predicted to get excellent reception, you should have no trouble receiving it. Your aerial should be pointing at bearing 310 degrees (5 degrees W of NW) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Have you looked at your aerial, is it still pointing correctly and does it appear intact?
Emley Moor local news is based in Leeds, so this is the one you should select if using an automatic rescan/retune, otherwise a manual scan using the UHF channels as listed in that post before yours.

The Yorks option could possibly be the Belmont transmitter which although some considerable distance away is still predicted to give good reception and this could be being picked up by your aerial off a rear sidelobe. You might get some signal from Bilsdale but this is less likely.

Emley Moor is currently listed for Planned Engineering with possible effect "Screen may go black on all or certain channels" which can mean a service interruption. It's unusual for those to last any length of time. To repeat, Do NOT retune, it will likely just clear your correct tuning.

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