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The symbol shows the location of the Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmitter which serves 3,200 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 Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ludlow 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.

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C45 (666.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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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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C42 (642.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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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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C39 (618.0MHz)241mDTG-5W
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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 Ludlow (Shropshire, 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 Ludlow transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 58km east-northeast (77°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 58km east-northeast (77°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Ludlow (Shropshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 25W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 5W

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. Ludlow 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, 19 January 2011
4:48 PM

Will the Digital signal in Ludlow be much better than the fuzzy weak signal we now get when digital is turned on?

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Matthew's 1 post GB flag

5:04 PM

Matthew: Yes, of course, you will get perfect digital reception, like everyone else. There is no such thing as "fuzzy weak" with digital, you either get it perfectly, or not at all.

Note, however, the limited list of channels for this relay transmitter.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 February 2011
6:49 PM

heard a rumour that people in ludlow area who have turned there aerial towards either wrekin or ridge hill main transmitters in order to get freeview are about to experience problems on switchover as there are repeater transmitters in line.
wideband aerial picking up all transmissions and certain newer equipment using auto scan.

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andy's 1 post GB flag
andy's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage

8:14 PM

andy: You have heard incorrectly. This is not the case.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 6 March 2011
Darren Forster
6:54 AM

We've recently moved into the area (Middleton near Ludlow - SY8 3ED), into a new housing association property. Looking at the aerial on the roof it looks quite new but receives absolutely nothing, no analogue or digital and looking at where it's pointing on Google maps the only transmitter in it's line of sight seems to be the Sutton Coldfield one (it's pointing at 47 deg and is mounted Vertical, and it's on the roof).
Is there any reason why the people who owned this house may have pointed it this way, is there a transmitter out there that will be switched on when the switch over happens or has the aerial shifted a bit?

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Darren Forster's 10 posts GB flag
Darren's: mapD's Freeview map terrainD's terrain plot wavesD's frequency data D's Freeview Detailed Coverage

7:08 AM

Darren Forster: Your only reasonable chance of digital reception will happen when the Ludlow transmitter becomes digital on Wednesdays 6th/20th April 2011.

The Ludlow transmitter is at 236 degrees, vertical.

Otherwise, you should go for Freesat.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

1:55 PM

Darren Forster: The Digital UK postcode checker shows reasonably good reception from Ludlow for the 3 PSB muxes only from switchover. It also shows variable reception on all six muxes for Ridge Hill from switchover. A good quality group A receiving aerial set for horizontal polarisation at 168 degrees is required for Ridge Hill after switchover. If an 18 element aerial is found to be inadequate a high gain aerial such as a Blake DMX10A or Triax Unix52A might be required. Note MuxBBCB from Ludlow will now use C39 from 20th April 2011 following an adjustment to the original frequency plan.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

6:52 PM

KMJ,Derby: Sorry, are we looking at the same thing for Darren Forster?

All I can see for Ridge Hill is "Variable reception" getting worse and worse over the coming two years...

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
1:50 PM

I live in Ludlow and have retuned but cannot get freeview channel 10 ITV3 and channel 15 film4.
Are they due soon or how to I get them?

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robert's 1 post GB flag

4:29 PM

robert: Sorry, those channels are not transmitted from here.

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