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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 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 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
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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, 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
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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, 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

Friday, 29 April 2011
Tim Hodkinson
7:00 PM

Digital HD Transmission definately coming from the Wrekin since 20/4/2011. Near Cefn Mawr, we get 2 lots of HD Channels, 1 lot from Wrekin ch30, 1 lot from Cefn Mawr ch60 (although aeriel points towards wrekin in different direction and not in vertical way, both 100% signal streghth and quality from cefn mawr transmitter). Still cannot get Welsh tv channels unless I plug in an indoor aerial and remove outside aerial (only London regions on HD channels), or any channels on mux 53 or mux 57 using outside wideband aerial (signals from Wrekin/Cefn Mawr still clash).

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Tim Hodkinson's 6 posts GB flag

7:41 PM

Tim H - Are the Welsh channels on frequencies that conflict with main Wrekin broadcasts? And does HD work on the indoor ae?

Does your tuner detect 53 and 57? You might try a booster if there is something in particular you want.

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Steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
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Tim Hodkinson
8:03 PM

CH53 and CH57 are both used by wrekin & cefn mawr. See LL20 7UB. Using main aerial results in tuner ignoring both whilst tuning in (ie no channels found)

Got booster installed already, but so near to local transmitter that it drowns out Wrekin 53/57 MUX.

Using a 2 inch nail out of TV I get 80% Strength and 100% quality from Cefn Mawr including HD ch 53, 57 & 60. Although I then loose ITV3, ch4 HD from wrekin (if i turn off main aerial).

UK Free tv digital tv checker predicts i can get Winter Hill, but cannot, although we get Sutton C Analogue still - but this does not show up on the checker.

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Tim Hodkinson's 6 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 30 April 2011

12:00 AM

Tim - you seem to have everything and understand how it works!

Is there a residual problem?

I note ffrom
UK digital TV reception predictor

that 57/53 are used for DIFFERENT muxes! What fool decided that?

AFAIK the ONLY way you will cope with that is to have two different freeview tuners; one connected to a Wrekin ae; the other to a cefn mawr. (LL145HD)

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Steve's 1,173 posts GB flag

12:07 AM

Tim Hodkinson: The Digital UK postcode checker predicts a full service with good reception will be available from The Wrekin after 28th September 2011 when the COM muxes assume their post switchover powers and frequencies.It also predicts that you currently have good reception on the PSB muxes from Cefn Mawr. This of course only applies if the aerial is set for reception from this transmitter rather than receiving it off beam on on aerial set for The Wrekin.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Sunday, 1 May 2011
9:06 PM

I live in Great Haywood Stafford and i have lost all my anologue pictures, I have a digital aerial on my roof, I have tried to tune a freeview box in, and it keeps saying check your aerial ST18

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barbara's 1 post GB flag

11:22 PM

barbara - AFAIK you should still be able to get both types, so I suspect your aerial or cabling is the problem.

Does the aerial still point the right way?

Check cables.

Do you have a booster or masthead amp?

Anything else changed?

TV in other rooms?

Neighbours OK or also problems?

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Steve's 1,173 posts GB flag
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Monday, 2 May 2011
9:14 AM

Hi Brian,

I'm tuned to the Wrekin transmitter via my Freeview Humax PVR9200T and it's working fine at the moment. It says on your link that mine is one of the boxes that has problems receiving dual 2k and 8k mode. And that the workaround is to add 8k manually. Could you explain how I do this please and whether I need to bother seeing as I'm getting over 80 TV and 24 radio channels fine at the moment? I live within sight (1 mile away at most) of the transmitter. FYI I have an aerial rotator and so can tune in to Sutton Hill. Also I note that the signal strength display shows 100% Quality and best of 74% Strength on all channels. Will the strength improve after the final freqency sort out on 28th Sept? Despite overall good reception, I still get "No or Bad Siganl" on some channels. Is there any way to sort this now or would I have to wait till 28 Sept?

Well done on all your good work Brian and I hope all is ok with you

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GrayWilko's 5 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 May 2011

7:29 AM

GrayWilko: If you are missing any services listed above, add them manually, if you are not then you need not do anything.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
1:36 PM

Regarding HD on uhf ch 30 it started on the 20th as that was the day i lost reception of CH 4 from crystal palace but gained BBC 2 from there.

After a week of waching tv from the wrekin i can confirm no problems with the new frequencies.

If anyone is interested i have posted the signal levels before and after DSO on my you tube channel along with the analogue close.

‪radioredcat's Channel‬‏
- YouTube

My location is 58 miles north of the wrekin.


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