Freeview Light on the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 800 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Melling 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.
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others 250 BBC Red Button, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 719 BBC Manchester (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Lancashire (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Merseyside (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio),
E4, 3 ITV (Granada), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 73 Sewing Quarter,
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,
DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?
The Melling (Lancashire, 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 Melling transmitter?
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 76km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
How will the Melling (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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|PSB1≡, PSB2≡, PSB3≡||(-12.2dB) 0.84W|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area
Your post code as given is just 3 km from the Melling transmitter so you should have a very good signal, maybe too much? Please will you check what the signal strength reported by your TV set is forthe channels giving the problem. Ideally you want between 60% and 85% strength - anything more will cause the problems you report.
If the signal is too strong then you can insert an attenuator into the aerial feed, but don't let the weight of it 'hang' on the aerial socket but use a short flylead to connect it to the back of the set. Attenuators are quite cheap and can be bought from several on-line suppliers or the likes of Maplins.
Let us know if that helps, please.
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Thank you MikeP. I have been otherwise engaged hence the delayed reply. I appear to be on the back lobe of Melling transmitter although with the use of a mast head amplifier this has not previoulsy been a problem. I take your point but I would be very surprised if my problem is being caused by too strong a signal, however I will seriosuly consider this.
I did a re-tune recently and thought the problem had gone away - which indeed it had for two days - but its back to pixilation and brek up again.
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The problem with severe picture pixilation with the Independent Group of TV channels from Melling transmitter is being caused by the recemnt installation of a mobile phone 4G aerial system on the same mast. The 4G signal interferes with the ITV Group frequencies and can in theory be solved by inserting a filter, preferably on the TV aerial mast near the mast-head amplifier.
This problem has affected many viewers in the LA2 area but not all. It seems random who is affected and who is not. I am indebted to the engineers from Toobys of Ingleton who indentified the problem for me.
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You should have been given a free 4G filter. Contacting @800 would have led to them supplying such free of charge. They are at https://at800.tv/.
This highlights the importance of giving all the relevant details, such as having an amplifier installed, as that aids us to 'faultfind' at a distance. Without the full knowledge of the installation and location as well as any recent changes, such as the provision of a 4G service from the same mast, it is hard for anyome remote to assist accurately. Further, s imple signal strength check using the facilities provided by your TV would have hinted as well.
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