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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


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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 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, 109 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! 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

COM5
ArqA
 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

COM6
ArqB
 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?

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
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:00 on 17 Nov to 03:07 on 17 Nov. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Sunday, 22 November 2015
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Manton Saunders
10:37 PM

Hi can you please give a date when Telford will recieve bbc local news in hd. Many thanks Manton Saunders

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Monday, 23 November 2015
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Caroline Yull
11:17 AM
Bridgnorth

Myself and my neighbour have lost all itv channels and free view channels, could you please help as I do not know who to contact over these issues
Many thanks
Caroline Yull
My post code is WV16 6DU

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Thursday, 7 January 2016
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Sam
8:32 PM
Oswestry

This is getting stupid. All the HD TV Channels are breaking up but the SD Channels are working absoulty fine without anything. We don't need a new areal because it was perfect last night, sunday, saturday and all over christmas

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MikeB
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9:01 PM

Sam: Check your signal strength - HD is more likely to break up because the signal is too high or too low. If too high, get an attentuator, and if too low, check your system.

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Sam
9:07 PM
Oswestry

MikeB: But i don't understand why it would be perfect one day but not perfect tonight

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MikeB
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11:03 PM

Sam: Could be lots of reasons. If you've got a dodgy system, (perhaps moisture has got in), when it rains, the signal is rubbish, but when thats dried out, its OK. Or it could be that your signal is too strong, but most of the time just enough so you dont notice. But when it changes slightly (and its does - mine certainly wanders around a bit), it just tops out, and then you have a problem. And dont forget that old favourite - the aerial lead coming a bit loose.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016
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Andy D
7:44 PM

For the last few weeks all the Freeview HD channels are intermittently breaking up can be every few mins to OK for 15mins. This happens through my BT you view box. Using the TVs HD tuner it doesn't break up but the signal quality shows between 1 to 3 out of 10 but strength 10. After going through all the channels it's only the ones on mux Channel 30 (545.8mhz) that have this issue. This includes SD channel 45 film4+1. All other channels give signal strength 10 and quality 9-10. I have an 800mhz filter connected and taking this off does seem to make it worse. I have not had this issue before, I have no new electrical devices, the kit has not moved and I have tried remaking the connectors on the cabling. My aerial is pointing toward the Wrekin transmitter. Post code WV45UD.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016
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MikeB
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1:35 PM

Andy D: Signal strength 10? - look for 'too much of a good thing' for a start - it sounds like your tuner is being overloaded.

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Monday, 7 March 2016
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Paul Jennings
2:49 PM
Worcester

Post code WR5 2HZ. For many years we have obtained our Freeview from the Wrekin. We get a perfect picture on channels 26 (514.0MHz), 23 (490.0MHz), 30 (545.8MHz), 41(634.2MHz) and 47 (682.0MHz) but C44 (658.0MHz) is very poor and continually breaks up. Could anyone explain a possible reason for this and if there is anything we can do about it. Our position in Worcester and some large neighbouring trees has historically meant that the Malvern transmitter has not been good. It would be quite costly to check out this option again and since the Wrekin does a good job for the five channels above it would be nice to find a solution. Thank you.

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