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The symbol shows the location of the Lambourn (West Berkshire, England) transmitter which serves 1,300 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 Lambourn (West Berkshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Lambourn 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.

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C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-2W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C34 (578.0MHz)171mDTG-2W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian/Central (Thames Valley micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-2W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Lambourn (West Berkshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, 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, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Lambourn transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 68km south (172°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 73km south-southeast (164°)
to ITV Meridian/Central (Thames Valley) region - 15 masts.
Thames Valley opt-out from Meridian (South). All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian+Oxford

How will the Lambourn (West Berkshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1318 Apr 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 8 Feb 12 and 22 Feb 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 7W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-5.4dB) 2W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Hannington transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Dec 2006Meridian
Dec 2006-Feb 2009ITV Thames Valley
Feb 2009-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. Lambourn 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.

Monday, 18 November 2013
Dave Lindsay

8:49 PM

Malcolm Godden : I guess the unwanted 4G signal is strong at your location as you are only 300m from the base station (assuming that it is the one which is co-sited with the Sheepdrove TV transmitter.

If you have a set-top aerial then it might be worth a try, at least as a temporary measure. The objective being to pick up less of the 4G signal.

Or a piece of wire a foot or two long inserted into the inner part of the aerial socket.

These are suggestions that may be temporary workarounds until at800 comes up with a solution.

Incidently, have you fitted your filter immediately behind your TV set? Or if there is a recorder, have you fitted it before that?

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Monday, 25 November 2013
malcolm Godden
9:31 PM

I am getting fed up with the TV signal from the sheepdrove transmitter when using a conventional aerial it was perfectly all right until the 20th October but since then you cannot watch the TV because of the poor reception. I have been on here before and have heard nothing back. I suppose i will have to contact the local press and tell them about it because nothing is being done about it and why should we have to put up with it. I pay a TV license to get a picture and we can't use it ???

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Dave Lindsay

9:59 PM

malcolm Godden: I replied to your posting above. Have you contacted at800 about your issue? What did they say?

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Saturday, 30 November 2013
malcolm Godden
5:10 PM

I have now spoken to several people ref the poor reception coming from the lambourn transmitter and up to now i cant get anyone to admit there is a problem. I have spent hours on the phone to no avail . When will someone pull there finger out and do something about it . If anyone knows where i can get something done can they let me know

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jamie stevens

5:17 PM

malcolm Godden:

Are you using a 4g filter?

if so where have you fitted it?

Also does your system have a booster?

if so what is the location of the booster?


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Dave Lindsay

5:53 PM

malcolm Godden: My understanding is that the issue affects the PSB2 multiplex (which carries ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and others). If this were an issue with the BBC or HD services then I would suggest contacting the BBC Engineering department.

The PSB2 multiplex is operated by Digital 3&4 Limited (D3&4), which is a consortium by ITV and Channel 4. I have been unable to locate a working phone number for D3&4.

Some websites give its details as: Digital 3 and 4 Ltd, Unit 4, 56 Norich Road, Wymondham NR18 ONT. Telephone 01953 608040. This number is not recognised.

Transmitters are run by Arqiva ( whose head office number is 01962 823 434. Don't hold your breath about them acting on calls from viewers. Clearly they probably receive reports from issues that aren't anything to do with them and therefore aren't likely to respond to individual reports. You can but try, explaining that you know of a number of other viewers in the same position. The next step could, perhaps, be to get others to speak to Arqiva.

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10:11 PM

Malcolm Godden: Looking through your posts, three things jump out:
1) You havn't actually spelled out what is the nature of the problem - your channels are 'unwatchable' in what way? Is it all of them? And is your signal strength very low, or 100% (too high)?

2) Does anyone else in the area have the same problem/s?

3) Have you checked that your system is working properly, such as cables, etc?

Forgetting about 4G for a moment, the facts are this - following the 20th October, your signal became unwatchable. If, however, we consider that that was about the time Lambourn had engineering work, and if it follows type, then the signal strength went up, then too much signal might be a result.
Since you are just 300 (!) metres from the transmitter...I'd check your signal strength! It might be more than a touch high. As Jamie advised, kill off any boosters etc. JB38 often advises just getting a long bit of wire, and sticking it into the aerial socket - if your getting an OK signal, then your signal is very strong.

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Thursday, 5 December 2013
malcolm Godden
10:02 AM

The problem i have with the TV signal is if i can explain if you know what an electrical short sounds like well that is what i have got there is a load crack on the screen and then the picture just goes into lines and breaks down. I have spoken to several of the people i know in lambourn and it is the same all round i have tried a new aerial also put this filter on that was sent out but it is still the same i have also tried a device that cuts the signal down in case it is to strong with no success it seems the only way is to put an aerial up that gets the signal from hanington but my argument is i have had good pictures up until mid oct so why should i have to change now i wish there was someone i could contact that could help i have spoken to about ten different people and it feels like i am just being fobbed off

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12:27 PM

Malcolm Godden : Ok - you've asked other people in the area, who have the same problem, and you've described the problem, which is that the picture is breaking up. You have put a 4G on your new aerial, but (perhaps unsurprisingly), that has made no difference, and you have tried an attenuator, but that has not worked (what was its strength, and what was your signal strength after you installed it).

Almost certainly the problem you and those near you have is that your signal is far too strong, since you are a stones throw (perhaps literally!) from the transmitter. Since the engineering work in October, the signal strength went up, and its tripped your tuner. There is no one you can 'contact', for its no one's fault - its just one of those things. A new aerial has probably not helped, since its possibly even more sensitive than the old one.

Check the signal strength on your TV - its must be 100% (or very close), and then get some stronger attenuators - I've just got a 6db one (less than £2 from Amazon), which lowered the signal strength by about 10%, so perhaps 12 and 18db ones might be better (you can always put them in series, to increase the effect). The other thing you can do is to buy a cheap indoor aerial - just £10 from some supermarkets - plug it in, and it might be fine.

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Friday, 13 December 2013
Mike Oughton
1:21 AM

I live in Lambourn and have had the same issue since the October engineering works. I tried a 12db attennuator but it had no obvious effect. I am somewhat pleased it is not just me with this problem.

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