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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?

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.

 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C27 (522.0MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)251mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 V -3dB
C25 (506.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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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

 V -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
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

 V -3dB
C28 (530.0MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
Channel icons
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

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?

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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?

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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 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.

Sunday, 25 September 2011
11:42 AM

Thanks everyone for your help

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SB's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
8:12 PM

I hope someone can help with my freeview problem. Prior to the recent retune I managed to get pretty much perfect reception via my freeview box, after adjusting my aerial. However after the latest retune, due to switchover, my picture freezes a great deal and is not really watchable much of the time. The aerial has not been touched. My post code is ST5 8RQ and I am using the Fenton Transmitter, any help appreciated. Thank you.

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Lee's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

10:07 PM

Lee: Perhaps the signal going into your receiver is too high now. You are just less than 5 miles from the transmitter.

See this:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
7:57 PM

Thanks for your answer Dave, my freeview is watchable in the evening but not so in the morning. When I rescan I can also find 10 frequencies but the box only stores 6 of them for some reason.

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Lee's 2 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 28 December 2011
David Salt
12:15 PM
Market Drayton

Hi,is there anybody I can speak to about the loss of signal quality we are have,it is not just ourselves that are experiencing this ,it was OK over Christmas but has gone again today,hoping you can help, D Salt

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Sunday, 15 January 2012
Friday, 9 March 2012
Stuart O.

8:11 PM

I've noticed how if I go to this page: Find out how to receive Freeview and Freeview HD | - independent free digital TV advice with my postcode of LL11 5FQ, it shows when I click on the Fenton transmitter, the coverage area map shows that it covers patches of west and South Wrexham, Rhosllanerchrugog, Selattyn, Oswestry, Whitchurch, Malpas, Telford, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Tarporley, Halton, Billinge and areas South-East of Uttoxeter as well as the expected coverage area around Stoke-On-Trent.

From this link I am on for posting this message: Freeview on Fenton TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice the coverage area map of Fenton is far more reduced and does not appear to cover any of those areas listed above and only appears to cover all of Stoke and other parts of Staffordshire and not much else.

So which of those coverage area maps is correct?
The one at the top of this page or the one that is displayed for my Postcode?
Hope somebody can tell me.
Thanks. (LL115FQ)

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Stuart O.'s 156 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

2:56 PM

Stuart O.: Perhaps both is correct. From Fenton, the Commercial multiplexes are at half power with respect to the Public Service ones.

If you go to the plot on the Fenton TV transmitter page (the one at the top of this page), you can select the different multiplexes and see their expected coverage.

The page Find out how to receive Freeview and Freeview HD | - independent free digital TV advice only shows those that have the greatest coverage. (LL115FQ)

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 3 August 2012
Casey Finney
2:34 AM

About two weeks before the olympics started I got a message on screen saying there might be some dissruption due to more red buttons being added, however sinc then after 100's of retunes, factory resets, unplug everything and start again I just cant get a signal. Then on the odd occasion it will be fine for about an hour or so, what can I do. This is from my top box freeview.

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Casey Finney
2:41 AM

Just read that if you have a amplifier fitted it might wreck your signal (see post above), is this true ? My area is Stoke on Trent (Longton) ST3 5LA.

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