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The symbol shows the location of the Preston (Dorset, England) transmitter which serves 1,400 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 Preston (Dorset, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Preston 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.

 V max
C52 (722.0MHz)57mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South 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

 V max
C58 (770.0MHz)57mDTG-320W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (West Country), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 V max
C54 (738.0MHz)57mDTG-620W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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 Preston (Dorset, 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 Preston transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 125km west-southwest (258°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 117km west-southwest (257°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Preston (Dorset, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20092009-135/6/13-2013-1727th Mar 2019
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EA K

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 6th May and 20th May 2009.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 20W
Analogue 1-4(-6dB) 5W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Stockland Hill transmitter area

Apr 1961-Dec 1981Westward Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South West (TSW)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Westcountry 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. Preston 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Sunday, 10 June 2012
P Kendrick
2:57 PM

As of today, 11th June 2012, is there any plans to update the channels of the Preston transmitter to the same number of channels available from the Rowridge IOW. transmitter.
Rowridge transmitts considerably more channels.

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Mark Fletcher
3:00 PM Halifax

P Kendrick.No,is the answer to your question !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts Gold Gold GB
Dave Lindsay
3:15 PM

P Kendrick: No because the Commercial broadcasters (those that don't transmit from Preston) don't wish to invest in almost 1,100 similar small stations.

They cover 90% of the population from 81 of the largest transmitters (by viewer population). To include the rest in their portfolio would roughly double their cost of transmission whilst only adding about 8.5% to their potential viewer-base.

They operate on a profit making basis only and have no "Public Service" obligation.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 25 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
10:09 AM

PRESTON transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 114,533 posts Owner Owner xx
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Transmitter engineering
12:09 AM

PRESTON transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 114,533 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 27 August 2018
8:38 PM Weymouth

Hi I am going to preston Rd with my Caravan and i am looking for help as to which way to turn my arial (Horizontal or Vertical) for my freeview tv that i will be using any help appreciated, Thank you.

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Lynn's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
11:23 AM


Put the post code of the caravan location into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at…ker. That will tell you which transmitters are available at that location, the channels to tune to and whether to have the aerial mounted as horizontal or vertical polarisation.

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MikeP's 2,623 posts Platinum Platinum GB

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