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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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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 TV 2, 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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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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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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 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.

Thursday, 23 June 2016
Paul Bevis
12:50 PM

Freeview HD channels Lip Sync problems with the Salisbury transmitter since last week. I have just had an engineer replace the main board in my Samsung TV, and the problem remains. Luckily the John Lewis technical support engineer found this website where it became clear that we are not alone in having this problem. I contacted the Freeview advice line, and they confirmed that there were no reported issues with the Salisbury transmitter, but clearly this is NOT the case. How do I proceed in order to get this resolved?

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Saturday, 25 June 2016
10:50 AM

The lip sync problems persist on Freeview HD - also on my YouView PVR but no such problems on Freesat. While in Westover Toyota Salisbury yesterday watching their new HD TV their sound was also out of sync which is re-assuring!

I too would like to know where to go to complain.


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Richard Cooper

11:30 AM

Roger: Hi Roger. From what you've just stated this morning it would seem that the problems are either broadcaster or transmitter site related, although, according to Paul Bevis's post from Thursday lunchtime, Freeview is denying that there's a problem on Salisbury, so could it be the feed from the broadcasters to Salisbury? I think I would first of all, get in touch wit the broadcasters, informing them of your issues, and then, if you see no improvement, I would contact the transmitter company Arqiva. If you go the Arqiva website and look hard enough, you can find a phone number, although the organisation doesn't like members of the public contacting it, however it is your right to do so! Hope this is of assistance, Richard, Norwich.

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4:24 PM

Have been in the attic trying to adjust the aerial as i am having HD lip sinc problems in bemerton , salisbury.

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Richard Cooper

4:34 PM

Steve: Hi, Steve. It's not you, it's them!!! See Roger's and Paul's posts. It has to either be the feeds from the broadcasters to the transmitter or something not being done correctly at the transmitter site. I sometimes wonder why the transmission engineers do not do live monitoring to check that everything is OK, rather than sit around waiting for their next complaint to come in!!! Richard, Norwich.

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8:01 PM

Just to add weight to the comments so far, I'm having HD trouble too. The PVR (Pure) says that it is unable to decode, the TV (Samsung) either has lip synch or weak signal error. Has anyone had any luck with contacting the transmitter folk? I've not tried myself yet, but am willing to email etc if they're still denying any problems.
Aerial on roof, direct view of transmitter

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Sunday, 26 June 2016

1:43 PM


Adjusting the direction of the aerial has no effect on how the digitally encoded signals are decoded. All you could achieve is potential loss of some services. The lip symc problems are due to anomalies within the transmission path and the decoding equipment in the TV or STB not resolving the delay in the sound or picture. Some equipment can be adjusted to resolve such matters, so check your User Manual to see if yours has such an adjustment, but not all do.

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Paul Bevis
6:16 PM

Firstly, apologies for not saying that I live in the SP4 area, in my first post. More importantly, now know ing that I was not alone on having the HDD lip sync problem, I contacted the BBC help line, 03700-100-123. Selecting option 2, then option 1, it allowed me to talk at some length to an excellent technical person. He took it all very seriously, and asked all the right questions, and in no way rubbished my complaint, nor what I had tried to resolve it. Bottom line, all the information that I had supplied, along with a reference to this website to show that I wasn't the only person or location that was affected, would now be passed on to the engineering team, and I should receive a written respone within ten working days. Should this not happen, please would I contact him again. Lastly, my wife's Hitachi PVR now fails to receive the HDD channels, despite retuning etc., whereas it had done so perfectly up until recently.

I will of course post any replies that I get from the BBC, but if any of you feel inclined to do so, perhaps it will prove that it is not just a "one-off" problem.

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Paul Bevis's 4 posts GB flag
Monday, 27 June 2016
9:34 AM

I'm also having trouble with hd channels - out of sync through the TVs free view receiver but worse problems through my youview talk talk box - loss of sound and stuttering picture. Could all this have anything to do with 4G interference at 800mhz?

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Richard Cooper

10:59 AM

Pete: Good Morning, Pete. The Salisbury transmitter transmits the public service broadcasting number 2 multiplex (PSB2 or D3+4) on Channel 60 minus at a frequency of 785.8 MegaHertz. This multiplex carries channels: 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, and 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), so if you're not experiencing any issues on these SD channels, then it is unlikely that you're suffering from any 4G interference. The HD multiplex, called PSB3 or BBCB is on channel 53 from Salisbury, which is on 730 Megahertz, which is well below the 800 Megahertz band used for 4G and so 4G couldn't interfere with your HD channels from Salisbury. If you are having trouble with the SD channels I've listed above, you can get a FREE filter from an organisation called at800. Here is a link to it:-

at800 | 4G & Freeview | 4G interference | 4G Filters | 800 MHz

Since a number of correspondents in Salisbury have been having lip sync problems on HD channels, I'd strongly recommend that you read the excellent posts from both MikeP and Paul Bevis above on my computer. Paul seems to have had some joy in reporting the issue to the BBC by telephone on:03700-100-123, selecting option 2, then option 1. Hope all of our advice has been of some assistance, Richard, Norwich.

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