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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Fenton (Stoke-on-Trent, England) mast?

Fenton transmitter - Fenton transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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-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),

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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

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 V -3dB
C22+ (482.2MHz)251mDTG-81,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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?

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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.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 today to 01:58 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 today to 01:58 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 8 March 2018
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 yesterday to 01:58 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 yesterday to 01:58 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 9 March 2018
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

FENTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 07 Mar to 01:58 on 07 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 07 Mar to 01:58 on 07 Mar. [BBC]

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Sunday, 11 March 2018
Mervyn Tonge
8:46 AM

11th March 2018.
I have lost C32 and C34 on Fenton. All other channels are excellent. Any suggestions?

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11:29 AM

Mervyn Tongue:

Some engineering work was done on the Fenton transmitter on Friday relating to changes to channel usage. So it could be that COMs 7 & 8 have been moved from Channels 32 and 34. So a check of what channels your equipment is tuned to is required. If you look at Coverage Checker - Detailed View you will see that they are now on channels 55 and 56 instead of 32 and 34.

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stephen moody
1:09 PM

Hi Mike,

No joy on re-tuning on 55 and 56 despite one of my aerials being a mattress array. Freeview sent engineers round who said" wrong aerial2 and nothing they could do. My local aerial engineer assures me that 55 and 56 should be in range of my existing aerial. I have complained to Freeview who are investigating. Occasional images 0n 56 but very weak single. This appears to be a right mess.

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Chris bryan
9:21 PM

Many people in the Fenton transmitter area must have lost the 19 channels that were on channel 32 and 34 until Thursday the 8th of March 2018. Why have these channels been moved to frequencies which are closer to the top of the TV band which are going to suffer with interference from the cellular transmissions above the TV channels ?.
According to the information they are being transmitted with a power of only 140 watts, is this correct ?, if it is why is the power so low compared with the 2000 or 1000 watts from Fenton on the lower frequencies ?.

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11:51 PM

Chris bryan: COM7 & COM8 are in the process of becoming single frequency networks (SFNs) which will be broadcast on UHF channels 55 & 56 for all 30 transmitters which carry COM7/8 until these two temporary multiplexes close at some point between mid 2020 and 2022. This then frees up UHF channels 31-37 for muxes which need to be relocated from the 700MHz band, so without this change COM7/8 would have likely had to close much earlier whereas by moving to the 700MHz centre gap they are able to continue broadcasting for longer.

Digital UK are currently reporting that COM7 is running at 268W and COM8 at 280W from Fenton, with the power levels needing to be lower than the main PSB1-3 & COM4-6 muxes in order to prevent interference with other transmitters.

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Monday, 12 March 2018
Kevin Amesbury
1:54 AM

We are at postcode ST5 2LG, house number 8.
Until a few days ago we could get all eight Mux, but then we lost com7 and com8.
No detectable signal for com7 (ch32, 562.0MHz) or com8 (ch34, 578.0MHz).
This change coincides with recent work on Fenton transmitter,.
It also coincides with strong winds but everything looks ok with our roof aerial and no apparent disturbance to wiring.
Will com7 and com8 signal strength be returning soon?

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Kevin Amesbury
2:11 AM

ok I have now seen the other messages posted by people during Sunday 11th March 2018.
No current detectable signal for ch55 (746MHz) or ch56 (754MHz) either
...and maybe that was also previously true for our postcode,
but we did not know cos we did not previously use those channels.

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