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Freeview Light on the Hereford (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Hereford (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter which serves less than 500 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 Hereford (County of Herefordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Hereford 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
C44 (658.0MHz)179mDTG-7W
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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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C41+ (634.2MHz)179mDTG-7W
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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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C47 (682.0MHz)179mDTG-7W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Hereford (County of Herefordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 74km northeast (47°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 74km northeast (47°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Hereford (County of Herefordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 23W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-5.2dB) 7W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Ridge Hill 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. Hereford 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.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011
colin rees
11:28 AM

I'm getting pretty good reception from Hereford Central Transmitter on the Lucsall Caravan Site HR1 4LP area using vertical polarisation,yet my neighbour has better reception using horizontal polarisation on the same transmitter...It is listed as vertical...Any idea why his is better on horizontal?

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11:49 AM

colin rees: An aerial at that postcode mounted horizontally will be receiving a signal from Ridge Hill, not the Hereford transmitter.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
colin rees
2:16 PM

Hi Briantist,thanks for the reply,we're unable to receive Ridge Hill though,it's 180 degrees the other way and through mountainous area (our side of the the site)...The way it points now is directly toward Hereford Central...Rather strange.

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colin rees's 4 posts GB flag

3:07 PM

colin rees: The Digital UK predictor says you can receive a signal from Ridge Hill, and your aerial will receive signals from 180 degrees in the wrong direction.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 25 May 2011
colin rees
7:50 AM

Thanks Briantist,interesting..

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Mike Dimmick

3:25 PM

Colin Rees: Briantist is wrong; while the amount of signal received from directly behind is not zero, it is far less than you would receive if the aerial was pointing at that transmitter. On most aerials the level from directly behind is no greater than that received from either side.

Aerial Polar Reponse Diagrams

On those examples, the lobe to the rear is -24 dB or 1/250th of the power (0.4%).

Digital UK's predictor only allows for a maximum of 16 dB of front/back ratio, 1/40th or 2.5%. Its predictions can be a bit pessimistic as a result.

In terms of incorrect polarization, again, some signal from the wrong polarization is picked up. I don't have figures handy, again DUK's model allows for 16dB and I would expect real aerials to better that.

When signals reflect off buildings and terrain, some changes in polarization do occur, so the actual amount received could be larger than the specifications of the aerial would lead you to believe.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

7:36 PM

Mike Dimmick: To be fair, I didn't say he would get 100% of the signal, I said "will receive signals".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 November 2011
Cpt Jack Torrents
6:23 PM

Reception in Kingstone (HR2) is dreadfull since switchover, is Madely rearth satelite station to blame?

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7:43 PM

Cpt Jack Torrents: HR2 covers too large an area for any element of accuracy, but using Kingstones post office as a marker you are predicted to have good reception from Ridge Hill @ 13 miles away, if that is you are receiving from it! as Peterchurch (@ 4 mls) and Hereford (@ 6 mls) are possibly also within range.

To check if its Ridge Hill you are receiving from carry out a signal whilst on BBC1, the Mux channel shown along with the signal strength should be Ch28, then try the same on ITV1, when in that case Ch25 should be seen.

Although there are a mass of dishes at the complex you mention its unlikely that they would create any problems with UHF reception, unless that is some experiments were being carried out, something that cannot completely be discounted considering the nature of the establishment.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
10:07 AM

Signal in Kington (HR5, near the church) is rubbish even with a boostbox, it regularly drops out completely or registers as 'bad signal' - Any way to improve reception? Will transmitters be improved?

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