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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Fenton transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
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,

COM4
SDN
 V -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 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, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

com7
 V -11.5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

com8
 V -11.5dB
C34 (578.0MHz)251mDTG-6140W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 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?

years1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA KA B C/D E K VHF
C21C4C4C4+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C22+A+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C24ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCA
C25+BSDNSDNSDN
C27BBC2BBC2BBC2D3+4D3+4D3+4
C28+CArqBArqBArqB
C29_local_local_local
C30-2
600C31BBC1BBC1BBC1
C32+Dcom7
C34-1com8
C35C5C5

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.

Comments
Friday, 8 April 2011
C
chass
12:26 PM

im on fenton lost itv3 etc retuned now gives two transmitter choice both west midlands one 27 channels itv3 one 77channels bbc etc
have other freeview box have all 104 channels no prob
all of same ariel any ideas or will this right its self after full d s o as some channels moverd on fenton april 2011

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Mike Dimmick
4:14 PM Reading

chass: Sometimes the broadcasters change the region name slightly to indicate that they've changed the multiplex line-up slightly, adding or removing a dot at the end or adding a space before the dot. I don't know if this was in the D-Book specification, but it causes problems for some boxes.

Is there no way to get it to store the channels from both 'regions'? If it won't, try selecting the 77 channel variant then manually tuning whatever multiplex carries the channels that you're missing. Mux A and D both carry 27 channels, so it could be either, but it's most likely to be Mux A as ITV3 is carried on this mux. At the moment, Mux A is on C22.

You should also see whether there are any updates available for your box, and if not, let the manufacturer know about the problem.

No multiplexes have yet changed frequency at Fenton. Mux 2 will move to C33 on the 20th, to avoid problems when The Wrekin, Bromsgrove and Lark Stoke start using that channel for HD services. You will need to retune again to keep ITV1, Channel 4, Channel 5, ITV 2, Channel 4+1, More 4, E4 and ITV1 +1. The main switchover is in September.

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Sunday, 10 April 2011
C
chasss
1:18 AM Stoke-on-trent

mike dimmick
i noticed the difference in the region name by the dot as you said got onto tesco had box replaced its fine now thanks for your help
chass

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Transmitter engineering
4:34 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:28 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:29 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
4:34 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:28 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 today to 03:29 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Transmitter engineering
4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:28 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:29 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
4:38 AM

FENTON transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:28 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 01:27 yesterday to 03:29 yesterday [BBC]

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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John Gardner
1:08 PM

Mike Dimmick: Thanks for your advice re the RF lead. I will try a better quality lead and see what happens.

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Monday, 25 April 2011
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G Jackson
12:06 PM Newcastle

Recently had a new aerial fitted for digital viewing and new tv with freeview. No problems whatsoever and the quality of all the channels were very good. Since the 20th April I have retuned the tv many times and the picture quality of ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 has been just about watchable during the day but totally useless at night. Whatever has happened has knocked my confidence with the Fenton transmitter. Is this poor reception going to improve or do I need to move to a better transmitter?

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Briantist
12:35 PM

G Jackson: Basically, yes, you need to use either the Sutton Coldfield or Winter Hill transmitters if you want reliable reception.

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