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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) transmitter.

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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-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)455mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)455mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C41+ (634.2MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C44 (658.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C47 (682.0MHz)455mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The The Wrekin (Telford and Wrekin, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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 - 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
Sunday, 19 August 2018
MikeP
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10:20 AM

Colin Case:

To be able to offer any meaningful suggestion s we need you to provide a full post code. Then we will be able to see what the expected reception conditions are like at your location.

Meanwhile, please check all your aerial connections that you can safely reach. Unplug all the connections and reinsert them - corrosion/oxidation on the contacts is a well known cause of symption similar to those you describe.



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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
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Howard Platt
10:00 PM

When will I be able to receive channel 114hd from the Wrekin transmitter?
Thanks

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:16 PM

Howard Platt : Quest HD is on the COM8 multiplex, which is not broadcast from The Wrekin. If you enter a full postcode we can check whether you may be able to receive it from another transmitter.

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StevensOnln1's 2,920 posts GB
Thursday, 13 September 2018
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Howard Platt
1:12 PM

Thanks StevensOnln1 for your reply about channel 114HD. My postcode Is TF9 1GB. My bro who lives in Stoke gets 114HD from Fenton trans. so I just wondered why two transmitters in close proximity don't broadcast same channels.

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StevensOnln1
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4:25 PM

Howard Platt : Although you should be able to receive some multiplexes from a few other transmitters, it looks like The Wrekin is the only viable option at your location. COM7 & COM8 are temporary services broadcast from 30 transmitters covering around 70% of UK households. There were only a limited number of frequencies available for COM7/8 to use when they first launched, so with The Wrekin having large areas of overlap with several high power transmitters there were probably no usable frequencies available.

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StevensOnln1's 2,920 posts GB
Friday, 14 September 2018
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steveP
sentiment_satisfiedGold

2:03 PM
Wrexham

I'm confused by the reference to no COM8 from The Wrekin. I always thought it was a major "full service" tx. Does that mean that in LL14 5HD there are things I cannot get?

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steveP's 1,169 posts GB
Saturday, 15 September 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:32 PM

Steve P:

The Wrekin is a 'full service' transmitter but that does not mean it has COM7 and COM8, which are temporary services expected to end by 2022 and only carried by 30 main transmitters.

If you look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker, see Coverage Checker - Detailed View you will note that The Wrekin does not cary those services and is unlikely to have them.

The 'major' transmitters are those such as Sutton Coldfield, Crystal Palace, Mendip, Emley Moor, etc. the Wrekin is not a 'major' transmitter in that sense.



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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Friday, 21 September 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:07 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:41 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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6:07 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:41 today to 12:30 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 22 September 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:07 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:41 yesterday to 12:30 yesterday. [BBC]

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