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Full Freeview on the Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmitter which serves 31,000 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 Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Salisbury 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.

 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)153mDTG-32,000W
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1 BBC One South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

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C60- (785.8MHz)153mDTG-32,000W
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3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 V max
C53 (730.0MHz)153mDTG-62,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 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, 123 CBBC HD,

 V max
C50 (706.0MHz)153mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 122 CITV, plus 18 others

 V max
C59- (777.8MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

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C55 (746.0MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Salisbury transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 32km east-southeast
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 44km east-southeast
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-1315/5/13-2013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EA B C/D E K VHF

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 7th March and 21st March 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-10dB) 1000W
Mux D*(-11.9dB) 640W
Mux 2*(-14.9dB) 320W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Rowridge transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Salisbury 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.

Friday, 16 June 2017
10:37 AM

Richard H:

Further to that said by StevensOnln1, it would be wise for you to fit a log-periodic aerial if you need to change your current one. They will be suitable for reception of all current and foreseeable future TV transmissions. They are readily available and not expensive.

Depending on your signal levels, which relates to how near you are to the transmitter which is just off Old Blandford Road at Harnham Hill, you could use one such as the Log-36 offered here: Online FM DAB TV Aerial sales Note that other suppliers are available. If that aerial has too much gain you could use a lower gain type or add an attenuator. All will cover the wanted channels.

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MikeP's 1,487 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 24 June 2017
11:06 PM

It's not the choice of aerials, I am going for log-periodics. I live 12 miles north-west of Salisbury in an area with overlapping regional coverage, currently I use Mendip for 'west' programmes and Rowridge for 'south' but 'lift' conditions can cause the 'south' programmes to disappear and also the TV can auto-tune to French channels. If I knew which channels Salisbury was going to use I may be able to use a suitable diplexer to use Salisbury transmitter for 'south' programmes.

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Richardh's 1 post GB
Sunday, 25 June 2017
11:22 AM

Richard H:

You should examine the map near the top of this page, identify where you live and then see if the Salisbury transmitter is receivable at your location. The hilly parts of Salisbury Plain may be a problem for reliable reception, especially as the Salisbury transmitter is not a very powerful one for any multiplex. Note, for example, that it is not receivable in Shrewton nor along most of the A36 westwards towards Stapleton and Warminster.

Reception of French transmissions is not unusual if your aerial points in a southerly direction, especially during periods of Troposheric Lift which is not uncommon in hot weather. That causes signals, not just TV ones to travel further than is normally expected. It is a perfectly natural phenomenon.

Briantist did have a page on theis website suggesting the frequencies that might be used for a wide range of TV transmitters, I'm not sure what the URL for that would be - maybe another contributor could direct you to it. That would assist in determining what channels you would potentially be using then.

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MikeP's 1,487 posts Gold Gold GB
Wednesday, 12 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

SALISBURY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 02:07 today to 02:21 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 13 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

SALISBURY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 02:07 yesterday to 02:21 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 14 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

SALISBURY transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 02:07 on 12 Jul to 02:21 on 12 Jul. [BBC]

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