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The symbol shows the location of the Rugeley (Staffordshire, England) transmitter which serves 1,000 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 Rugeley (Staffordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Rugeley 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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)110mDTG-8W
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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)110mDTG-8W
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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 (682.0MHz)110mDTG-8W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Rugeley (Staffordshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Rugeley transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 32km south (174°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 32km south (174°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the Rugeley (Staffordshire, 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, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 8W

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. Rugeley 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, 22 February 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:15 AM

RUGELEY transmitter - 22 February 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 08:00hrs and 18:00hrs. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV & Channel 4. Digital services - N/A [DUK] Over the next week Rugeley relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:52 PM

RUGELEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:42 today to 10:17 today BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 today to 06:00 today [BBC]

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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

1:55 PM

RUGELEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:42 yesterday to 10:17 yesterday BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 yesterday to 06:00 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 23 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:48 AM

RUGELEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 09:42 on 21 Sep to 10:17 on 21 Sep BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 21 Sep to 06:00 on 21 Sep [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,799 posts xx flag
Sunday, 1 July 2012
3:01 PM

I am thinking of a Freeview antenna and secondary telly. We are 1km from Rugeley TX and I would prefer a log periodic antenna.

So few around -- anywhere. Yet professionals are keen on them.

Anyone using one in this part of the world ?

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Dave Lindsay

3:42 PM

Richard: For information and a source for logs, see Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

Rugeley transmitter only carries the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) multiplexes. For a list of the six multiplexes, see:

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

To receive the COMs as well, you will probably have to pick-up from Sutton Coldfield. You mention a secondary television; if the primary one is terrestrial, then why not use the existing aerial for both?

Television Aerial Boosters / Amplifiers, Splitters, Diplexers & Triplexers

See the page on the mb21 Transmission Gallery for Rugeley:

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery

There is a comment on that page about an issue in the area with reflections of Sutton Coldfield's signals caused by the local power station's cooling towers. The relay itself uses a four-log array to receive from Sutton Coldfield for this reason.

Digital is more tolerable of reflections, so to what degree it will be an issue in your location, I don't know.

I'm not an aerial installer, but I understand that when you are talking such a low powered transmitter, line of sight is almost imperative.

Obviously the cooling towers aren't likely to be causing any reflections of the low powered signal from the school!

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 July 2012
1:55 AM

Hi Guys,

The Rugeley TV relay was switched on in 1991.


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sparky's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 8 January 2013
Robert Giles
6:27 PM

I live in Stafford ST16. Since around 1st Jan 2013 I have been experiencing a certain amount of defragmentation of picture and audio reception. Not enough to blank out the picture entirely, but on some stations it is becoming an irritation. I had my cabling and digital booster upgraded last year (2012) and the guy checked everything over with his meters and from the 'digital changeover' I had a very good digital reception throughout the house. So what is happening here at this moment in time?

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Saturday, 7 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

RUGELEY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 22:50 yesterday to 22:50 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

7:32 AM

RUGELEY transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 05:09 today to 06:16 today. [BBC]

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