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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Salisbury (Wiltshire, England) mast?

Salisbury transmitter - Salisbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Salisbury 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)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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)152mDTG-82,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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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C50tv_off SDNSDN

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.

Monday, 21 June 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:46 AM

Salisbury transmitter - Salisbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 21/06/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 13 September 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:23 PM

Salisbury transmitter - Salisbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 13/09/2021 Screen may go black on all or certain channels [DUK]

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:48 AM

Salisbury transmitter - Salisbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/11/2021 Screen may go black on all or certain channels [DUK]

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Saturday, 29 October 2022
Paul Dench
9:14 PM

Salisbury in Wiltshire I have no free view reception at all so there is a fault and needs to be reported and fixed

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10:18 PM

Paul Dench: The BBC are currently reporting no faults for the Salisbury transmitter. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Are any neighbours experiencing a loss of signal? Have you lost all or just some channels?

Whatever you do don't attempt to retune as that will cause your TV to delete all the channels which are already correctly tuned before searching for them again, making it more difficult to see when the problem has been solved.

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Sunday, 7 May 2023
Peter Goodhugh
8:39 PM

I am at Amesbury, SP4 7AS and receive Freeview from Salisbury, I'm not sure which transmitter, but it may be Harnham. Just frequently - in the last two or three days - there are no Freeview signals. I am wondering whether there is a problem with the transmiiter. I would be grateful for your advice.

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10:17 PM

Peter Goodhugh:

The Salisbury transmitter is on Harnham Hill, but there are several transmitters that could be received in your postcode.

Which local news do you get? South Today/Meridian or West/West Country?
And which way is your aerial pointing - compass bearing 186 degrees - fractionally W of due S, with its rods (or squashed Xs) vertical, or is it 276 degrees - fractionally N of due W. If it's the former, that's Salisbury, the latter is Mendip (West). But you might also get Hannington, roughly ENE with rods horizontal.

Depending on where you are within your postcode - lower numbers not doing as well, predictions show you signal could be good to variable, but a lot will depend on aerial height and any very local obstructions (buildings, tree etc).

There are no currently reported faults at the Salisbury transmitter, however, bearing in mind your predicted signal might be variable, recent weather conditions meant that you may have had interference,, with signals from distant transmitters.

If you retuned at all when you had no signal or badly pixellated pictures (never advised), very often this can just clear your previous correct tuning, however it's unusual for such interference to affect all multiplexes as it's usually frequency dependent.
Do you still have no signal?

If you still have no signal, check that everything is correctly plugged in behind your TV and the aerial socket, and check that the aerial is still pointing correctly and the downlead isn't flapping in the wind.
If you didn't retune before and still have no signal, and your aerial looks ok, you may have a fault on your aerial system - do you have any aerial amplifier/splitter?
Check in your TV Tuning section that you are correctly tuned to Salisbury's UHF channels (as listed at the top of the page).

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Saturday, 3 June 2023
Tony Kemp
5:02 PM

I live in the Salisbury area and keep getting fewer and fewer channels on my Digital reception. I have checked the antenna and cable and can see no damage, but it is better on some days and worse on others. is there any reason for this, some people on our Neighborhood apps are also reporting issues so Im not alone. one possibility being mentioned is 5G but Im not even sure it's in our locations, but I could be wrong

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10:44 PM

Tony Kemp:

If you provide a full postcode we may be able to advise if Mobile interference is a possibility.
Can you be more specific about your channels affected?
Are your neighbours experiencing problems on exactly the same channels?
You say some days are worse than others. When (roughly) did this start?
Have you been retuning at all ? (that is NOT a suggestion to do so!)

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Friday, 28 July 2023
Transmitter engineering

12:18 PM

Salisbury transmitter - Salisbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 24/07/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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