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The symbol shows the location of the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter which serves 130,000 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 Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Fenton 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
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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
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
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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
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-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 -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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 -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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 -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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

com7
 V -11.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 V -11.5dB
C56 (754.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 61km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C22+A+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C25+BSDNSDNSDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C28+CArqBArqBArqBArqB
C29_local_local_local_local
C30-2
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32+Dcom7com7
C34-1com8com8
C35C5wavesC5waves
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

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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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 10kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 1000W
com7, com8(-18.5dB) 140W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-20dB) 100W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-23dB) 50W

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. Fenton 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
Thursday, 16 May 2019
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Geoffrey Davies
11:56 AM

Hi,
why is it that BBC 4 & BBC News channels are not available in HD from the Fenton Transmitter unlike the Winter Hill Transmitter 30 miles away?

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StevensOnln1
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4:32 PM

Geoffrey Davies: BBC News HD & BBC Four HD are on the COM7 & COM7 multiplexes, which are broadcast from the Fenton transmitter on UHF channels 55 & 56. You will need a wideband aerial as all other muxes broadcast from Fenton are at the lower end of the UHF band so most properties will have perviously used a Group A aerial which is not designed to receive the frequencies now in use at the top of the UHF band.

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Friday, 17 May 2019
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Dan
10:05 AM

StevensOnln1, Geoffrey: BBC News HD is working on for me from Fenton, before and after your comment; BBC Four HD isn't transmitting in the day so I can't check.

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StevensOnln1
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11:01 AM

Dan: BBC Four HD timeshares with CBeebies HD. Quest HD is also on COM8 which you could use to check. Bare in mind that you will need a wideband aerial for reception of COM7 & COM8 from Fenton.

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Saturday, 18 May 2019
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Dan
4:25 PM

StevensOnln1: yes. Everything is still fine here. My point was, the transmitter is fine and it is indeed an issue with Geoffrey's gear :)

NB I am 4.4 miles from the transmitter, as the crow flies.

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