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The symbol shows the location of the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmitter which serves 38,000 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 Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) mast?

Lark Stoke transmitter - Lark Stoke transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 10/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Lark Stoke 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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C26 (514.0MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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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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C23 (490.0MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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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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C30- (545.8MHz)281mDTG-1,260W
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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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C33+ (570.2MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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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

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C36 (594.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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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

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C48 (690.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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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)

The Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Lark Stoke transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 45km north-northwest (345°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 46km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Lark Stoke (Gloucestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 6.3kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 1.26kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-24dB) 25W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Lark Stoke transmitter area

Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Lark Stoke 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 October 2021
Transmitter engineering

8:36 AM

Lark Stoke transmitter - Lark Stoke transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,307 posts GB flag
Thursday, 24 February 2022
4:49 PM

What channel is GB News (freeview 236) broadcast on (for manual tuning purposes) ?

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MalcolmW's 1 post GB flag

10:38 PM


Although the site owner has not found the time to make several updates since the 700MHz Clearance program and the "transmission frequencies change over time" section hasn't been updated, the UHF channel list a the top of the page are correct. Lark Stoke's UHF channels are C26, C23, C30, C33, C36, C48 that's in the multiplex order PSBs1-3, COMs4-6. The allocation of programme channels is a bit out-of-date.

GB News is on ArqB/COM6.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which programme channels are carried on which multiplex. That list is normally up-to-date.

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Chris.SE's 4,232 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 August 2022
R Russell
8:22 PM

I am at post code WR11 1YJ in Evesham and do not receive
an acceptable signal level and quality for channels in the COM6
mux during the day. I have my aerial aligned with the transmitter
at Lark Stoke.
I also have an aerial aligned with the transmitter at Ridge Hill which
gives very acceptable signal strength and quality 24/7.
I find this anomaly difficult to asign it to "atmospherics"!!

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R Russell's 1 post GB flag
R's: mapR's Freeview map terrainR's terrain plot wavesR's frequency data R's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Saturday, 27 August 2022

5:42 AM

R Russell:

Well as it so happens if this is a recent occurrence - you don't say how long this has been the case - it could well be Current weather conditions -
Tropospheric Ducting - causing interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK. This can be very variable and is usually short term at any instant but conditions have been persisting for several days, different parts of the UK are being affected at different time. Not every multiplex will be affected, nor necessarily more than one at any time, it will depend on where the interference is coming from.
Both Freeview and the BBC have issued warnings about short term interference to reception.

Although there is some slight variability across your postcode, you are predicted to get good reception from Lark Stoke for all 6 multiplexes, COM6 is only fractionally less good in some spots, in others it could be COM5!
The aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 90 degrees (that's due E) with its rods (or squashed Xs) vertical, although reception can be affected by very local conditions such as trees, other buildings, (any scaffolding or metal chimneys etc) height of aerial and so on.
You don't say how old the aerial is. If it's an old Group A (pre-DSO), it will not have good reception of COM6 on UHF C48, and if it is that vintage, I would question the quality/current state of the coax which could also reduce the strength of the higher frequencies if there has been any water ingress at any time.

Check you are correctly tuned to Lark Stoke's UHF channels as per the post before yours.

Your postcode is predicted to get quite variable (PSBs) to poor (COMs) reception from Ridge Hill, bearing 257 degrees (12 degrees S of due W) with its rods horizontal. A Group A aerial would suffice.
On the other hand, its predicted to get very good reception from Sutton Coldfield, bearing 6 degrees that's just E of due N, with the rods horizontal. A Group B aerial would suffice.
Again reception can be affected by very local conditions.

In all cases a quality Group K aerial will cover all transmitters, although Group T and Widebands can be good enough, it will depend on the particular model of aerial and local signal strength.

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Chris.SE's 4,232 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

2:09 PM

LARK STOKE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 30 Jan 10:09. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 30 Jan 10:09. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,307 posts GB flag
Transmitter engineering

5:09 PM

LARK STOKE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 30 Jan 12:29 until 30 Jan 13:09. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 30 Jan 12:31 until 30 Jan 13:05. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,307 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 April 2023
Transmitter engineering

1:09 PM

LARK STOKE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 19 Apr 11:24 until 19 Apr 11:42. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,307 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 May 2023
S. Ayres
6:50 PM

I have had reception drop outs for some time (signal quality but not signal strength from Larkstoke), mainly around 5.30 pm during ITV's 'The Chase' for many many years. I live in Warwick, CV344PT.
Retuned many times, amplifiers of many types and roof mast raised. Obviously I could point the aerial to Leamington repeater station for a better signal but that would reduce the number of channels.
Several days ago I retuned during a poor signal occurrence because HD BBC and ITV was not watchable. To my surprise the problem has disappeared from HD. I do note that when in Freeview signal test HD is on programme 47 (682000khz) not 30 as you state on the website.
Any explanation for this would be appreciated.

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S. Ayres's 2 posts GB flag

11:02 PM

S. Ayres: From entering your postcode into the Freeview detailed coverage checker, it looks like you're in a slightly difficult location for reception. Lark Stoke is not predicted to give you a strong signal (it's 25km away and only has a 1kw output). It sounds like you've picked up the Leamington Spa relay when you retuned, which broadcasts the PSB3 HD multiplex on UHF channel 47, even though reception from Leamington is predicted to be poor at your postcode. The transmitter coming up with the strongest predicted signal is actually Sutton Coldfield (39km away on a compass bearing of 332 degrees) and your aerial would need to be mounted horizontally with the elements going side to side, rather than vertically (elements going up and down) as it would be for Lark Stoke or Leamington.

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