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Full Freeview on the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) transmitter

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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.

 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
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1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 19 others

 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
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3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-62,000W
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45 Film4 +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,

 V -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 V -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 V -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 V -11.5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 V -11.5dB
C34 (578.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 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
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
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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177th Mar 2018-
aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA KC/D E

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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.

Friday, 27 April 2018
Dan T
9:52 PM

Hi all,

Will COM7 and COM8 be increasing from 140W any time soon? Frankly, it's next to pointless. I can barely get COM7 with a large amount of data errors, making it unwatchable; this is from only 4.37 miles away, with a recently installed Triax UNIX 32 LTE 800 antenna (C21 - 60, 470 - 790 MHz). This picked up both fine before they moved. I can't get COM8 at all.

Also, the main section of the page with the multiplex and channel info needs to be updated for them:
COM7; was C32 / 562MHz, now C55 / 746MHz
COM8; was C34 / 578MHz, now C56 / 754MHz

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Dan T's 4 posts GB
Saturday, 28 April 2018
12:38 PM

Dan T:

Highly unlikely as COM 7 and COM 8 are temporary service transmissions. Sometime in the next few years when all transmissions use the DVB-T2 encoding they will be removed as the newer HD system can carry more channels.

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MikeP's 2,047 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 29 April 2018
Harry Hackney
11:50 PM

I used to be able to watch all Freeview channels off Fenton transmitter I've had a brand new Ariel fitted on the roof retuned several times to no avail keeps showing on tv screen no signal or channel not available

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Harry Hackney's 1 post GB
Monday, 30 April 2018
9:30 AM

Harry Hackney : check all the connections. If you are not getting a signal, then either the connections are at fault or there is a problem with the installation with the new aerial. Or you tv has tuned into the entirely wrong transmitter, but that's surprising.

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MikeB's 2,522 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 1 May 2018
Dan T
8:22 AM

Hmm, mildly annoying - though I'd never even look at most of the channels in those muxes, with the occasional programme missed available through catch-up. I imagine people paying for the BT channel will be more annoyed.

Broadcasting at such low power, barely receivable from more than a couple of miles away, seems like a token effort - "yep, we're carrying those channels!" - to appease broadcasters and advertisers.

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Dan T's 4 posts GB
11:16 AM

Dan T: Those muss are temp ones, but there is no way that you should be getting such low power from such a short distance away. Check your system as well - a main transmitter from 4.5km away should be often, if anything, far too powerful.

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MikeB's 2,522 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 27 May 2018
Dan T
9:02 PM

MikeB: Apologies for the very late reply.

This is what tvheadend reports for me right now (Sunday 27th May, 20:50, a bit stormy outside).

For the ones that are ok for me - they have no issues at all, even the 'data heavy' ones eg Channel 4 HD being around 2.5GiB/hour (1080p + AC3).

These work ok:

67% signal strength
24.1 db

62% signal strength
23.1 dB SNR

67% signal strength
25.2 dB SNR

65% signal strength
24.6 db SNR

71% signal strength
30 dB SNR

68% signal strength
27.6 dB SNR

The two muxes I can't pick up:

58% signal strength
17.9 dB SNR

56% signal strength
15.2 dB SNR

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Dan T's 4 posts GB
Dan T
9:42 PM

Mike B: Argh... I accidentally had the low noise amplifier turned on for both tuners! The strong signal overcame this before, and was only an issue until those two new muxes being broadcast at only 140w.

A TV or regular STB would probably toggle that automatically as required. The problems with 'rolling your own'.

Those two muxes come through at 70% signal, but are clear. No non-correctable errors within a few minutes of viewing.

82% signal strength
29.8 db

80% signal strength
31.9 dB SNR

83% signal strength
34.1 dB SNR

81% signal strength
32.2 db SNR

83% signal strength
34 dB SNR

81% signal strength
32.5 dB SNR

70% signal strength
26.1 dB SNR

70% signal strength
25.9 dB SNR

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