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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 08/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 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

COM6
ArqB
 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1327 Feb 2018
A K TA K TA K TW TK T
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCABBCA
C29C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C30-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C35C5wavesC5waves
C41+SDNSDN
C44ArqAArqA
C47ArqBArqB
C48_local_local
C51tv_off_local

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 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

Comments
Friday, 30 September 2011
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debs
7:35 PM
Shrewsbury

Steve P: all other 76 are the same but then we are on the same communal arial so I guess that's normal. Very frustrating as everything was fine before 28th no problems what so ever.

I am not the trombone band conductor, though now I am intrigued ;-)

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Steve P
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8:06 PM

PS Ask next door buildings if they are OK

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debs
10:30 PM
Shrewsbury

Steve P: oh of course 76 trombones DOH!

When I put our postcode in it shows the signal for our missing channels as above average with the channels we still have are at maximum, but as I am not technical it dosen't mean that much. I suppose we will have to get someone out and probably pay silly money....oh well!

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Saturday, 1 October 2011
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Steve P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:28 AM

debs - between 77 of you it should cost very little.

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Ivan
2:57 PM

1st October 2011

Sony VTX-D800U

Just retuned my box since the signal power increase to SDN, ArqA and ArqB. From having a very good signal with all multiplexes before the 28th (I live approx 2 miles from Wrekin transmitter), now the signal is extremely poor for SDN and cannot be found at all for ArqA and ArqB.

PSB1 and PSB2, the multiplexes that have remained the same since April DSO remain absolutely perfect.

What's going on?

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Steve P
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:24 PM

Ivan - that must be Terrible (sorry)

Seems like your aerial has a problem with channels 41/44/47 which it did not have with 54/57. That could be that it is not getting a signal (eg if you have an old ae designed for the 20s) - it may be that 54/57 worked by coincidence of element spacings.

Or it could be that the signal is TOO strong - especially as you are so close. Are you using any amplifier?

Neighbours experience?

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Sunday, 2 October 2011
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jordan
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:02 PM

steve p it was actually 53/57

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Peter
7:24 PM
Shrewsbury

Any thoughts as to why when I retuned today I can get all the channels from the Wrekin on our Humax PVR but I'm missing COM4, COM5 and COM6 on our 12 month-old Panasonic TV. They are both fed from the same TV aerial cable and I didn't have any problems before. The aerial is a wideband on the chimney stack installed 5 years ago and is almost line of sight with the transmitter. Postcode SY3 8TA.

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Lee C
7:41 PM
Ellesmere

I have re-tuned every time I have been told to and no probs. Now the switchover to the wrekin is complete I now get hardly any channels. Equipment and aerial are all upto date so now getting pretty fed up with this digital nonsense. I think freeview should be fixing the problem as it was them that messed it all up. Why should I suffer the costs when its worked pretty darn good for so long.

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jb38
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8:03 PM

Lee C: The Wrekin and Winter hill are both forecast as being your best option, and "if" you got good reception before you re-tuned then there is no reason why you still shouldn't.

Important!! You should though carry out a "factory" re-tune (or reset) to make sure that nothing is stored anywhere in the box, as that will upset the re-loading of channels by putting them in the wrong place.

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