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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Malvern (Worcestershire, England) transmitter.

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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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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C31- (553.8MHz)203mDTG-8400W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

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 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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011
Mike Dimmick

2:21 PM

Graham Booth: Lower quality values after DSO - assuming that it's a grade out of 10 - is often an indicator of too much signal. See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice for more information.

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Thursday, 13 October 2011
Sunday, 16 October 2011
Iain Sherriff
11:49 AM

I have a humax 9150, a DAEWOOO TV, and a basic Hitachi PVR. My aerial (10 yrs old) has a masthead amp and the PWS is working. Mostly things are all fine BUT ITV1, Film4 and C5 all occasionally give "channel scrambled or not available".
Postcode WR13 5DW. I'm using the Malvern transmitter.
Have checked connections in the house (cant get to aerial) and when the problem shows it happens to all 3 devices.
Do I just need a new aerial or could there be something else ?

Any help welcome........

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terence porter
2:11 PM

we cannot receive HD signals all the time sometime it is on. other times it is not and it is not showing any signal strength when it does it shows S as good butQ as poor 13 to 28 % at the moment ( sunday afternoon) there is no signal at all on HD why is it on sometimes and other times not on?

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terence porter's 1 post GB flag

2:43 PM

terence porter: Check for single frequency interference on or near C60. Also check your cables and connectors are in order and try changing the position of any HDMI cable.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

4:23 PM

Iain Sherriff: Its difficult to say exactly what could be causing your problem, this because the reason for could be at either end of the signal strength scale.

Firstly, as you are only 3 miles away from the transmitter (albeit only 400W) and are using a masthead amplifier, then you "might" be receiving a signal that's on the verges of being too strong, and which can cause problems in the tuner.

I would normally say to try a test by-passing the booster, but this is obviously not possible if its mast head type, so (if available) try a test using a set top aerial, should you still be able to get a reasonable (although not perfect) picture by using it then the mast head amplifier requires by-passing, or alternatively you could purchase a simple attenuator to place in line with the aerial socket.

The second reason is, if there are any local obstructions between you and the transmitter then the signal could be hovering just above the reception threshold of your equipment and that's the reason for the problem, try a signal strength / quality check on your Humax and watch if the quality is erratic, as if is then you are in the realms of requiring the aerial system to be investigated, and with this possibly meaning the slight repositioning of it, an action which sometimes works wonders.

Give an update on the signal strength though!

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Iain Sherriff
7:22 PM

jb38: thanks.
nothing missing at the moment (typical!)
signal quality on ITV 100% and strength 80%, on 5 the same and on Film4 the same. No fluctuation on any.
I guess I'll have to wait for the scrambled message the have a look ? There are trees and the end of the Malvern Hills between us and the Transmitter.

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7:56 PM

Iain Sherriff: Thanks for the update, and yes! a report on what's seen when it isn't OK would make it easier to assess the situation, and as aforementioned the signal checking being done on the Humax as they are one of the better boxes to use for tests.

I will say though, that the signal strength you have reported doesn't suggest that its likely to get to the point of being over the top, that is "if" its presently at its best.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
10:19 PM

A group of channels _ Pick TV, Dave, (and plus ones), Challenge, Really - are there sometimes and then not there. When there they're fine but at other times just a blank screen (though they're in the EPG).

Aerial on roof.

Grateful for any help.

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Monday, 17 October 2011
Iain Sherriff
5:23 AM

I should have said in my original post that the common effect of our problem is not seeing the scrambled" message but that programmes dont get recorded now and then. They can be shown in the "to record list" but just dont appear after the programme has run............I have just assumed that this is caused by the "scrambling"

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