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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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C44- (657.8MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C47 (682.0MHz)153mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South 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)153mDTG-82,000W
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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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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The Salisbury (Wiltshire, 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 Salisbury transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 32km east-southeast (120°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 44km east-southeast (116°)
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?

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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 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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, 17 June 2016
12:49 PM

edited, wish you could edit the original post!
Postcode SP2

Hello we've also suddenly have very bad HD free view channel reception. It was absolutely perfect until Tuesday and now it's choppy and the audio is out of sync, surely this is related to the above comment. We actually thought it might be our tv as we have a new one but we went and changed it today and still have the same problem....

Is this coincidence or perhaps there is something wrong with the transmitter?


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Richard Cooper

12:55 PM

Hani: Hi Hani. You are the second person in Salisbury to report HD reception problems today. Someone in Kent has also posted the same issue, so the problem appears to be affecting transmitters across the South of England! unfortunately, nothing has been publicised about these problems, other than viewers placing postings right here on UKFREE.TV!!! You could always contact individual programme providers, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, etc. to alert them to the issue. in the meantime, I think you're stuck with SD until the HD issues are sorted by the broadcasters! Richard, Norwich.

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12:58 PM

Thanks for your quick reply Richard that's really helpful. We just checked film4 +1 and this is having the same issue which is on the same transmitter so looks like it is this as all the other channels are fine.

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Richard Cooper

1:05 PM

Hani: Hi again Hani. As you probably realise, Film4+1 on channel number 45 is on the same multiplex as the public service HD channels, so if you can get Film4+1, but are still not getting BBC One HD, ITV HD, etc., it's definitely a broadcaster issue and not a problem with your setup! Richard.

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1:18 PM

Richard Cooper: Thanks for your reply. From other comments, it appears to be a transmitter problem. I've checked my setup and swapped different makes of set top boxes with different TV's and still have the same issue. I'll try to contact the broadcaster. Cheers.

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Saturday, 18 June 2016
10:31 AM

Ditto here. I am at SP5 2LT, an aerial pointed to Salisbury and have a new 4K TV (a week ago). All was fine until mid week when the audio sync on HD went. I was told by Samsung that it was a known problem that they are working on. I then went to my YouView box and all was well until the picture would stutter for a varied amount of time.

To resolve this I have returned to my Freesat box and that is fine.

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Richard Cooper

11:59 AM

Roger: Hi, Roger. I am glad all is OK with your Freesat setup. As far as Freeview is concerned, several correspondents using the Salisbury transmitter have commented upon reception problems since Tuesday 14th. June. Yesterday, in particular, correspondents were commenting about loss of HD channels. At least one of the complainants is contacting the broadcaster of the channel he is unable to watch, having tried different set-top boxes and televisions! So it's probably not your new tv that's at fault after all. I'd give the broadcaster a few days to try to sort thigs out before taking things any further with Samsung. Richard, Norwich.

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Wednesday, 22 June 2016
David Smith
3:25 PM

Richard Cooper:
Yes I've had the same problems. Also if I try to pause live TV or record any the HD channels the picture freezes and there is no sound.

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Richard Cooper

4:11 PM

David Smith: Hi, David. Remember that with HD you can have 'too much signal'( signal too strong), which can overload the circuits in the receiver, and that this can cause the picture to freeze, whereas a lot of people think it's just too 'little a signal' (weak signal) that can cause a frozen picture! Check that your signal STRENGTH is around 70%, whereas 95- 100% SRENGTH would be too high! QUALITY, on the other hand is " what it says on the tin", so you can't have too much quality: a QUALITY of 95 - 100% would be very good. If you strength is too high, there are various ways to reduce it, which I can explain in a future post if you're interested! It rather sounds as if you may have one or two other issues with your HD receiver, if you're also having problems with pausing and recording, but let's sort out 'live viewing' first, shall we? Richard, Norwich.

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Peter Toye
4:14 PM

Sorry not to have got back after my original post - I should change my settings to daily messages!

I've done several retunes on both the TV and the PVR but can't remember when the last one was, but probably around 14th when I posted. As I didn't know about the atmospheric problems I haven't tried again since, and won't have time today.

I've taken the PVR completely out of the loop, and the TV is working OK. But not exactly satisfactory if I want to record a C4 programme! As I'm about to move (closer to the transmitter in SP2) there's not much point in spending loads of time & money on it. But from Hani's comments it seems we might have the same problem after moving :(

We're not using HD, just ordinary steam TV.

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