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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?

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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.

Sunday, 30 October 2011

3:20 PM

Iain Sherriff: Thanks for the update on the situation concerning the new aerial etc.

However, although I don't really know what procedure you used when installing the loft aerial, but its always best to spend a bit extra time experimenting with it in various "vertically" mounted positions within the loft (left or right side) to obtain the best spot for reception, this being where a loft aerial scores over the fixed position of a chimney mount, plus as you will know I did say that the loft aerial would still be operating through the booster, this being based on your reported findings from tests made on the roof aerial.

Of course aerial positioning within a loft being where these small flat screen portables are really handy in this type of situation, as they can be left sitting on their signal strength / quality indicator screen (should they have one) whilst observing changes during the movement of the aerial, in other words the next best thing to a more professional meter.

Of course in saying that, the device you are using serves a purpose albeit that none of these devices can display subtle changes in signal strengths, but worse, nothing at all as far as the quality of the signal is concerned, and the quality being the real issue over the strength and the aspect which usually causes most problems.

During experiments your main concern would be knowing what station you are picking up from, because as well your local Malvern transmitter, it could be from Sutton Coldfield, Bromsgrove or Ridge Hill, as these stations (main muxes) are also shown as a possibility, this where manually entering a Mux channel (e.g: BBC1) from each in turn and doing a rough sweep with your aerial around the direction angle that the station is located at is by far the most accurate method to assess what's possible.

In case you are interested in trying : Sutton Coldfield Mux Ch43 @ 37mls / 35 degrees - Bromsgrove Mux Ch26 @ 17mls / 40 degrees - Ridge Hill Mux Ch28 @14mls / 217 degrees. Only Bromsgrove being vertically polarised as is Malvern, Sutton Coldfield and Ridge Hill being horizontal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 31 October 2011
Iain Sherriff
1:46 PM

jb38: did the manual tuning and noticed no difference BUT
I later noticed that channel 23 was still stored.
I deleted all channels first then did the manual tuning again and it today recorded a programme that it usually misses :)

so maybe I'm progressing.
all channels show 100%quality and most show over 80% strength

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Iain Sherriff's 8 posts GB flag
Friday, 4 November 2011
Glenn Anstey
2:39 PM

WR2 4PB, looking at Malvern Tx.


Last night (Thursday at 2100 ish), heavy rain started and the PSB3 HD set all dropped out, although all SD stations continued ok.

Is this a common feature that HD PSB's appear more likely to fail during rain than SD bands?

I've read that Malvern's PSB3 has not been the most reliable - but I wonder if anyone actually believes viewers anymore when they report failures?

Also, could you tell me how page 101/1 can be accessed - as suggested at the end of BBC HD news progs?

Hope you can help



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Glenn Anstey's 5 posts GB flag
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9:52 PM

Glenn Anstey: The usual reason for rain problems with Freeview is that water is getting into your aerial cable.

Malvern's PSB3 is perfectly reliable.

To access the page, press the red button (or "text" button) on your remote and enter 101.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 November 2011
G J Anstey
2:42 PM

WR2 4PB, looking at Malvern Tx.


Ref. your reply of 4th Nov suggesting that rain was getting into the aerial downlead.

Surely rain getting into an arial cable would affect all PSBs signals the same? But in this case ONLY the HD PSB went down, the other SD PSBs were working fine?

And why would the HD PSB signal return 10mins after the rain stopped - wouldn't the cable be shorted until it dried out (ie a long time interval)?

Hope you can explain further.



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G J Anstey's 5 posts GB flag
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6:27 PM

G J Anstey: The high data rate of the HD multiplex means that at the same "ERP" power level the service will stop working first if the overall signal level is effected by a cable short.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
David A
7:49 PM

Getting very poor, intermittent reception suddenly on Wed 30 Nov 2011, 19:45 - is this related to the engineering works at the Sutton Coldfield mast?

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Thursday, 8 December 2011
Friday, 26 October 2012
11:50 PM

I can't see Dave ja vu anywhere in the list above, I believe it should be on C59

I did expand the list of freeview channels available on each multiplex by clicking 'plus n others', then searched for dave

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Jon's 16 posts GB flag
Saturday, 22 December 2012
David warren
4:42 AM

Had BT engineer out. WR5 1SP to set up. All ok except NO signal for free view so unable to sort TV says aerial fault. It is on roof. Tried good portable one to TV in bedroom - says no signal. What could be wrong. BT just said it is the aerial but why with portable one in bedroom in attic space still no signal?

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