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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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;
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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 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, 6 September 2015
John Brown
9:05 AM

Sorry previous 2 messages should read com5

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9:19 AM

John Brown: Referring to the non-self tuning set, does it receive all channels OK? if it does, try temporarily connecting it into the aerial socket used by your main TV and check for any changes in quality, especially on the channels you are having problems with on your main set.

It would also be prudent to check the strength / quality of the channels on the second set (or box) "before" temporarily moving it, comparing the results obtained with that when connected into the aerial socket used by your main set, any changes to that previous seen indicating a problem with either the aerial socket, or wherever its fed from.

But though, could you please clarify on the following point, is the reference to COM4 just a typo error?, as COM5 ArqA was the channel mentioned on your original posting, C59 being Malvern's ArqA.

It would also be of assistance if you could confirm that your aerial is mounted vertically to receive transmissions from Malvern, and not horizontally to suit Ridge Hill.

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9:30 AM

John Brown: Small after thought, before doing anything, try wiggling the aerial connector that's plugged into the TV whilst on one of the problem channels.

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Sunday, 13 September 2015
John Brown
9:04 AM

jb38: Aerial has vertical poles. Checked non-self tune set in incoming aerial socket and all channels OK, including dodgy ones. (Note have a mains powered booster - non tune set only works after this).
There is a large Lidl store being built about 400m from here (line of site from aerial position I would think). This is steel frame building with flattish roof and they are now cladding the vertical faces with steel sheets. This building lies slightly to the right of aerial setting. Problems only started about the time roof was being fixed. Could this be the problem?
John Brown

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8:32 PM

John Brown: Judging by that said in the first paragraph of your update, is inclined to suggest that your problem is caused by the signal level received from the transmitter running at a level thats only slightly above the minimum required to resolve a picture, the fact of your non-self tuning set being able to receive all channels OK (albeit only via the booster) simply being down to it being fitted with a tad more sensitive tuner, as tuners can vary from set to set, even within the same manufacturer.

On the subject of the construction of Lidl's new building, large metal frameworks can indeed have a very adverse affect on the reception of Freeview signals, especially if they are being being received at a less than desirable level to start off with, the fact of you having observed a time factor in the start of your problems somewhat backing this up, likewise cannot be discounted.

You should carry out a signal strength & quality (particularly the latter) check on one of the dodgy channels, noting if both S&Q are seen to be erratic, or its a case of the strength basically remaining the same but the quality is seen to be erratic, because if both S&Q are reasonably stable but at only about 50% or so , then a higher powered booster might help the problem.

By the way, are your two sets fed from individual outlets on your booster, and if possible, could you have a look at the booster and check what dB gain level is marked on it , or alternatively, just the model number of the device in question.

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015
John Brown
9:39 PM

Booster is Fringe Electronics P1290-2 . System is - incoming aerial /tee in lead to first set in bedroom (I think there may be some form of passive booster, if that is possible)/ lead continues to outlet in living room which is connected to mains booster. One output goes to non tune set, the other to pvr which then has HDMI to telly. This set works fine if used via pvr. First set is really the only one that cannot be viewed properly - but this is the one my wife uses!
Dodgy channels show bad signal when switching to them. - both sets are Panasonic.
I'm now inclined to agree that aerial is misaligned and will try to correct. I notice that a lot of aerials around here have what look like cross shaped poles and point towards Malvern. Would these also collect from Ridge Hill? Is there any benefit?
John Brown

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015
John Brown
8:39 PM

Problem solved! 4g aerials directly in line between us and Malvern transmitter. Now have new aerial and retuned to Sutton Coldfield. Because the problem was not of my making, but the government's, which department do I send the bill to?

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Thursday, 8 October 2015
6:35 PM

hello brian its me again steve from upton any news when the malvern transmitter will be up graded to full hd ect or is it still 2017

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Monday, 12 October 2015
david Beech
3:15 PM

Any idea why DAB reception from a car is so poor in most areas of Malvern? it seems fine once you get further out towards Upton and beyond?

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Wednesday, 21 October 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 PM

MALVERN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 14:21 today to 16:46 today. [BBC]

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