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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?

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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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 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

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C36 (594.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)276mDTG-81,260W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 Great! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 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
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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.

Saturday, 16 July 2011
John McK
8:52 AM

I have had an HDR fox t2 since dec 2010 and originally received all 4 hd channels. For the past month or so all HD channels but mainly the BBC ones have been almost unwatchable because they freeze and break up. Is this connected to testing for the switchover? Channel strength has dropped from 40%to 26%.
I have a new high gain hd aerial. Could it have moved?

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Sunday, 17 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
John McK
4:57 PM

John McK: Thanks for the response. I am not sure where the Lark Stoke heading came in as I get reception from Sutton Coldfield and have been notified that we will be switched in September.
That said I had perfect HD reception for most of Saturday until about 5pm when all stations blacked out. That seems to suggest a transmission issue but I am checking the sites you suggest for further help.



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John McK's 2 posts GB flag
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Friday, 12 August 2011
4:07 PM

We seem to have lost Dave (picture breaking up / no picture but stuttered sound). Is this likely to be corrected in September when they increas power. I'm sorry but I'm not technically-minded and don't understand "the following frequencies" bit.

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Monday, 15 August 2011

8:45 AM

Alison: Yes, on 28 September 2011 you will go from "Variable reception" to "Full reception".

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 September 2011

5:54 PM

Great news tests show despite 24 miles from Coventry, even in the loft, using a log A group aerial and a 23db gain amplifier that I can get channels 23, and looks like 26, first worked through the bathroom window, so tried the loft.
I assumed it was 20 miles, measured on an old map, around 24 miles from me, wow.
So it seems, when they switch the arq and sdn channels, if I use another aerial I have, should be able to get them, not bothered about the bbc and usual lot, I have on freesat anyway, so cool :).

Not boasting, reason for posting is to give people hope and an idea, so if someone like me searching in future, it shows and proves what one can do.

Waltham 43 miles away and I do okay, has toy be out side, poles joined and 12 foot or so, and about 8 feet above the guttering say, and get 95% and 100% strength and quality on ch 61 at 50,000 and around 55% to 70% and up to 100% sometimes on quality on channel 57 at 25,000 kws.

So at only 1,260kws at 24 miles away, think no chance, especially in the loft, but no, it can be done, obviously depends what and where you are, I'm missing according to map, Kenilworth just and Stratford and Warwick, so mostly going over open space fact clips warwick castle it seems.

Anyway as I say I do so hope that helps anyone thinking oh no, can not get what I was on Allesley Park or other small relay transmitter, well now maybe you can, on another one, glitch free, not like 12 plus years ago, better transmission and boxes and amps now, so good luck anyone, tinker around, give it a go and you just might never know, :).

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Billy's 50 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 13 September 2011

1:16 PM

The above posting should read long A, not log, however the one I do propose using, one outside on Waltham now, is a DB log Periodic classed as 22 element with a 25 db gain mast head amp.
As I said in my above posts, so might not work for everyone, trial and error, initial tests prove promising, and likely, assuming the new SDN and Aqv channels transmit the same as others, all around, not directional then likely I can get them in the loft, benefits, given ex-hurricane Katia type events are worth it.
I'll let you know if it works out. :).

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Monday, 19 September 2011

5:43 PM

Update today, in loft, 24 miles from Lark Stoke, in dip:

Using what I'd call a Yagi wideband, as had changed some elements on it, so I'd say like
B to C etc. Here are the following results:

Channel 26: Signal Strength 65 to 80% and Quality can be 100%

Channel 23: SS is 80% to 95% and quality 100%.
Think got the channels the right way around.

Interestingly, no difference it seems between the 13 db gain amplifier and 23 db one.

I'll do further testing tomorrow as rain expected then.

Then on 28th Sep, when they finally switch the channels sdn and aqv onto channels 41 and 44 and the one I want 47.

If all goes well, my outside one on Waltham at 42 to 43 miles away, around the same quality and strength incidently will come down.

Advantages are massive, as I'll avoid the winds and gales when we get them and being autumn, well, need I say more.

I'll be then using the 25 pounds, on offer, log periodic one, also weird, cause it different from the one advertised, and better, cause 22 element and 25 variable dc gain masthead amplifier, so very useful indeed and expect good results.
Though Allesley Park, booms through on 25, it does not seem to interfere at all with 26 that I'm aware of, unless, maybe that's why signal a bit lower and iffy compared to 23, which seems stronger, so may, only may do further testing Wed or Thursday once Allesley Park gets it's complete switch over to see if 23 is then getting hit a bit.

But so far, reception wise and watching it on old black and white tv in loft, i'd say less glitch, hardly any I noticed, unless I touched things, than with the Waltham one.

This proves, despite what is being said, trial and error, one can get signals on an aerial and amp from over 20 miles away from a transmitter, only kicking 1260 kws.

My worry has been all those poor people, know nothing about TV's, not technical, and finding after switchover, ouch, signals lost, breaking up.

Signal was weak, has installed professional put in hi gain aerial and maybe Amp and not tell them, later on in few years, months, whatever, it will be too much once that boost the power up, TUT TUT.

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Syd Wall

11:51 AM

Hi - I thought Larkstoke's low power multiplexes would go to full power this morning when Sutton Coldield completed DSO.
But the Larkstoke section shows they are still at low power. My Humax box can get ITV4 (one of the low power channels) but my LG TV can't.
Also, I retuned my Humax box at 7 this morning but then noticed the TV came up with the standard 'retune' message again. I actually read it for the first time (!) and noted it said retune at 11am this morning. I cleared the message and behind it was another message saying retune at 9am on Sept 28th. I can't find anything online here saying a retune is due on Sept 28th.

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Syd Wall

1:28 PM

Ah - I see Brian's entry at 8.45 - don't know how I didn't see that when I read through this morning! Having said that, I still can't see Sept 28th referenced anywhere else here

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