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The symbol shows the location of the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter which serves 280,000 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 The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) mast?

The Wrekin transmitter - The Wrekin transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 13/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the The Wrekin 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.

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
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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

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
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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),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
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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 -3dB
C41+ (634.2MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C44 (658.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, 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 The Wrekin transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 49km east-southeast (116°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

How will the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 6 Apr 11 and 20 Apr 11.

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

Analogue 1-5 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the The Wrekin 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. The Wrekin 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Wednesday, 9 March 2011
Stephen Worthington
7:50 PM

Thank you for answering us Brian.

The aerial engineer tried to get a signal from the Ludlow transmitter since that is only a few miles away from our home, but the hilly landscape meant that it wasn't possible.

He said we were best off using The Wrekin, even though that's 25 miles away, which is what he has done.

Unfortunately, we are now getting a very poor signal, with a pixellated picture which is often lost altogether, and we also suffer regular break-ups in the sound. Freeview is pretty much unwatchable on the commercial channels (ITV1, C4, 5, ITV2, etc..)

The engineer said we will have to put up with it until September when the output of the Wrekin transmitter is increased once the analogue transmitters are switched off. That seems a long way off. Not sure what to do. The aerial company has washed its hands of us now, saying it's a case of like it or lump it.

After all this grief, we're almost at the point of giving up with Freeview.

In this day and age, the country should really have moved on to IPTV through FTTH. The day of men climbing on the roof with aerials and signal amplifiers should have long gone!

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Thursday, 10 March 2011

5:48 AM

Martin Jones: No, the date has been fixed for many years - Wednesday, 20th April 2011.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

6:00 AM

Stephen Worthington: You will be able to use YouView next year.

You won't get a decent service from The Wrekin after switchover.

I would use Freesat HD as you will get a perfect service.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 March 2011
Frank Beckwith
10:46 AM
Market Drayton

Re Wrekin Transmitter. I note from your web site that not all channels will benefit from a power increase in the April 2011 switchover.

"Arqiva multiplexes will remain on their pre-switchover frequencies and powers"

Will these have increased power in September? If so what to?

I live in the Tern Valley at Market Drayton and despite an aerial upgrade, most of the non-BBC channels are either unwatchable of suffer continuous pixelation. I was hoping these would improve with the switchover.

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1:13 PM

Frank Beckwith: Yes, thus "all three multiplexes adopt their final frequencies and powers during September 2011".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

2:33 PM

Frank Beckwith: the Digital UK prediction for your postcode shows that the signal level, relative to interference, should be sufficient to receive the ArqA and ArqB multiplexes after September.

Postcode Checker - Trade View (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

5:22 PM

But predict NOT strong enough prior to September I presume.

Frank - have you tried an amplifier? Notwithstanding the arguments that they also amplify noise, I KNOW from experience that they can make a critical difference with a poor signal!

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steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 12 March 2011
Frank Beckwith
10:50 AM
Market Drayton

Thank you for the responses. Steve, yes I have a masthead amp and an amplified distributor - we have 3 TV's. The aerial fitter said we had the best aerial (highest gain) he could supply as well.

I suppose I'm really curious to know what the mux power outputs will be come post September. If these are unable to give a decent reception we'll have to consider Freesat instead.

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2:02 PM

Frank Beckwith: The PSB muxes will be 20kW from switchover, as shown above and the COM muxes will be 10kW from September (following switchover at Sutton Coldfield). That represents a ten fold increase in power.According to the Digital UK postcode checker you are not currently expected to receive MUXC and MUXD.This is not really the result of low transmitter power, more a case of the signals being blocked by transmissions to Wales which currently use the same frequencies. No amount of amplification will give reception on C53 and C57 in these circumstances.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

5:49 PM

SW Surely it is more advanced NOT to have to make a physical connection to EVERY property in the country

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