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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
Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 10:10. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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7:28 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 10:10 until 1 Sep 11:46. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:28 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 22:06. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 10:10 until 1 Sep 11:46. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:34 AM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 22:06 until 1 Sep 23:27. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 10:10 until 1 Sep 11:46. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:28 PM

THE WREKIN transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 1 Sep 22:06 until 1 Sep 23:27. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 12 September 2020
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Eric Hedges
10:19 PM
Shrewsbury

Sy3 6an

Aerial in loft.


Most of the time channels: 11, 16, 20, 21, 30, 31, 32 & 81 = no signal or broken picture.

Prior to August 2020 reception of the above channels was mostly very good & has been good for many years. Has your transmitter changed?

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Sunday, 13 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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4:50 AM

Eric Hedges:

It's not our transmitter, this is an independent Help site. However we can offer advice and information.
The various channels you've listed are on the COM multiplexes - SDN, ArqA, ArqB. For a list of which channels are on which multiplex see Channel listings | Freeview

Whilst the transmitter isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering, that doesn't mean there isn't any - the Freeview list may be in error. Normally you should receive all multiplexes with excellent reception at your location.
The UHF channels for the Wrekin are C23, C26, C30, C41, C44, C47 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-6 check in your tuning section that your are tuned to those channels.

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Sunday, 27 September 2020
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Gareth Edwards
11:05 AM

Totally lost all channels on channels 41 and 47 in sy38jl and those on channel 44 have broken picture.

Normally very good reception. This started to change end of August

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Chris.SE
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9:34 PM

Gareth Edwards:

As per the post previous to you, the transmitter isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering and I can't find any reports of current transmitter faults. However, if the problems have only recently recurred, there is some "Tropospheric Ducting" around causing interference, see https://www.radioandtvhelp.co.uk/help-guides/television/effect-of-tropospheric-ducting-on-freeview for a simplistic explanation. It's currently affecting the west of GB and It can be quite variable, come and go within seconds, minutes or hours. At times it can wipe out your reception.
You are not advised to retune when you have lost signals or they are badly pixellated as this usually just clears correct tuning and you have to repeat a retune when signals are stable.

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Friday, 2 October 2020
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Colin Richards
11:44 AM

I've been reading the previous comments and I've suffered a similar problem. I retuned my Freeview PVR to get Sky Arts on channel 11, and since then I've lost all the channel 47 ones - 25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures etc. I wonder if the channel 47 transmission power has been reduced...

I'm going to try fitting a signal amplifier.

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