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The symbol shows the location of the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter which serves 58,000 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 Malvern (Worcestershire, England) mast?

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Which Freeview channels does the Malvern 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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C41 (634.0MHz)204mDTG-400W
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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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C44 (658.0MHz)204mDTG-400W
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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- (681.8MHz)204mDTG-400W
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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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C29 (538.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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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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C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
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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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C37 (602.0MHz)204mDTG-8400W
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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
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The Malvern (Worcestershire, 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 Malvern transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km northeast (36°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km northeast (35°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield 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. Malvern 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, 17 September 2011
Philip Chadwin
2:12 PM

Since the initial start of changeover on the 14th September, have retuned Humax PVR 9300T several times, completely missing ITV chanels and BBC reception poor, cutting in and out. On evaluating signal strength, varies continuously from 0 to 70%, and quality hovers around 40%. This is making the TV unwatchable. Have digital aerial and cabling for past couple of years, and had little problem until now. Any ideas?

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Philip Chadwin's 3 posts GB flag
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2:43 PM

Since the retuning on the 14th September, I have lost all of my channels. I have tried using an aerial booster and it has made no difference.

My postcode is OX15 0TA and my freeview box is a Thomson DTI6300. Any help at all please, I don't want to miss the rugby tomorrow as well!

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James's 3 posts GB flag
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4:08 PM

I have a new Humax PVR-9150T. I re-tuned on the 7th. All stations working fine. But reception on commercial channels this afternoon (17th) is rubbish. Reminiscent of Spain where any adverse weather causes signal to break up or fail altogether.
I was under the impression that switching completely to digital would improve the signal.
Why is this not the case?
I am in a WR5 postcode area.

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Phil's 2 posts GB flag

5:24 PM

Phil: WR5 indicates that you can be receiving from a few stations, this making it impossible to advise as reception possibilities cannot be carried out with any element of accuracy, as only a full post code can enable this to be done.

Digital does not automatically mean improved reception, this due to its "digital cliff" cut off effect whereby if the signal drops under a certain level it disappears, or if its continually hovering just above this level the picture can suffer from frequent spells of breaking up etc.

Digital scores over analogue because the picture quality remains constant over a wide range of reception strengths, unlike analogue where speckles start to develop as the signal gets weaker, albeit though that it doesn't cut off, this being its plus point!

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
8:31 PM

Surely the signal can be strengthened though. I thought that was the idea once the analogue signal was switched off?
And why is the BBC signal so much stronger?
My aerial is digital and currently aimed at the Malvern transmitter. Would re-aligning it to Sutton Coldfield be a better bet?
My full postcode is WR5 3RA.

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Phil's 2 posts GB flag
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Monday, 19 September 2011

8:29 PM

Phil: As switchover completes on Wednesday, when the final signal levels are introduced, you would be best advised to wait until then. Only BBCA is on full power at the moment (see the top of the page).

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

8:34 PM

Phil: The usual reason for rain effecting Freeview reception is that water is leaking into the cables, but for other reasons see Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice .

Some earlier models of the Humax PVR can function badly between the first and second stages of switchover, but - given a memory wipe - they will work perfectly from the second stage.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Simon Trant
12:49 AM

Wednesday 21st Sept 00.07
Freeview crashed and on retuning only 21 BBC channels are currently available. As I was watching the final few moments of a very good film this was very annoying!!

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Simon Trant's 1 post GB flag
2:15 AM

My recording of 'True Blood' on Channel 4 failed at 00:06 on the 21st, they didn't waste any time getting started on the process of switchover!

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Jon-G's 16 posts GB flag
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5:19 AM

Malvern transmitter at 05-20 approx, checking the frequencies the were due to become active according to the above info

C50 dead
C51 dead
C53 C55 C57 C59 Working, one of them started
up at about 04-40
C60 dead

All of the stations that I watch seem to be covered by the 4 multiplexes currently working, maybe there's a Colin missing if so I wouldn't know, Dave is there OK

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