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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 02/10/2023 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 The Wrekin 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.

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 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
Channel icons
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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C41+ (634.2MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

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

 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 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 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;
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 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

Saturday, 9 April 2011
A Smith
7:28 PM

I have retuned the freeview box on 6th April as instructed - all channels coming through except BBC 1 and 2 - the strange thing is that on tuning I get BBC 1 and 2 for a short time and then lose them? I am in Shrewsbury and receive the Wrekin signal. Whats goin on? I have tried to retune manually but it says that teh service in not available?

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A Smith's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 10 April 2011

2:05 PM

A Smith - I presume you can't get any of the Mux PSB1/BBCA - as listed here Freeview on The Wrekin TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice .
You are very close to the Wrekin - could be too much power! Are you using an amplifier? If so, remove or depower it. (LL145HD)

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steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 April 2011
T E Badham
8:42 PM

Will you have BBC & ITV HD Channels and if so when

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T E Badham's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 12 April 2011

6:25 AM

T E Badham: From The Wrekin, Wednesday 20th April 2011, ie next week.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Alan Smith
9:30 AM

I have been working hard retuning sets/boxes for people since Wrekin and Ridge hill had the first of thier retune days, and am not looking forward to the next!
Most of my work is done in Cleobury Mortimer (DY14 8..)where around 90% of properties receive from Sutton, with the others spread between Wrekin and Ridge Hill.
In some places the signal strength is very similar from sutton or wrekin, and there is around 90degrees difference in direction.
When Wrekin start transmitting on channels 41, 44, and 47, what effect will that have on the Mux's from Sutton already using 41, 44, and 47? As we will be recieving 2 different signals on the same frequency, will the decoder cope?, or, are we going to lose half our freeview services between 20 April and 21 September?

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Alan Smith's 2 posts GB flag

11:03 AM

Alan Smith: The COM muxes from The Wrekin do not use their high power post switchover frequencies until 28th September 2011, after Sutton Coldfield has switched.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
Chris Wilson
10:09 AM

I am in the north Shropshire area at SY13 2BT, and the house has three cheap, (and old), Alba STB8 digital set top boxes feeding analogue TV's. Recently the channel allocations were changed on our local transmitter so I did a retune to delete the original channels and get new ones. Despite still not being able to receive ITV4, which went after the last channel change months ago, presumably due to too weak a signal, we now have an issue with BBC2. Immediately after a full re tune BBC2 is present and correct, but after several minutes a box pops up saying something like "29 new channels found, 3 channels have stopped transmitting" Press select to continue. as soon as you press select BBC2 is no longer available. It does the same on all 3 boxes. We have also lost BBC3 and BBC 4 entirely, even immediately after a re tune So, from hoping for a signal increase and the return of Dave and ITV4, we have still lost those, and effectively lost three more channels. There does not appear to be a firmware upgrade available off air. Any ideas? We have another box in the spare room, and that, despite still not picking up a signal for ITV4 or Dave, picks up BBC2 (from the same aerial and distribution amplifier) after the re tune. There is a wideband multi element in the loft of the bungalow, with a good quality amplifier feeding the boxes from 4 of its six ports.

Is my only option to buy new boxes? I am tempted to put a dish up and go Freesat, so I can get ITV4 again, and hopefully Dave, too, which has some motor sport on occasionally.

Thanks for any help you can offer.

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1:42 PM

The commercial stations change over next week on the 20th on the Wrekin transmitter. You should then get everything on freeview including the HD ones.Regarding your Alba box some very early ones were built for the ONdigital spec and not the later Freeview spec so after the change over in your area may not work due to transmission mode changes. Try a full factory reset/new install rather than a retune.

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Sid's 33 posts GB flag

5:17 PM

Chris Wilson - are you using the Wrekin?

Both this p[lace and wolfbane say you can't see it!

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steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

5:55 PM

steve, Chris Wilson: This site considers any terrain obstruction as completely opaque, preventing any signal getting through, which isn't the case. Wolfbane's calculations are way off, far too low, suggesting that most people can't get the signals they actually do get.

The Digital UK predictor shows The Wrekin as possible at that postcode, although - today - variable on BBC A, poor on Mux B, and no prediction for the other four. Next week it changes to variable for D3&4 and good for HD, non-existent for commercial muxes.

Chris should be able to get reasonable results from Sutton Coldfield now, and good results after switchover. His best option is Winter Hill, which switched at the end of 2009, although ArqB is still on low power until SC switches over in September (same channel as Sutton Coldfield Mux D).

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