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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 18/09/2023 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

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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
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

 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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1327 Feb 2018

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

Thursday, 12 November 2020
Meriel Brown
12:56 PM

We are having intermittent loss of sinal

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Meriel Brown's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 13 November 2020

1:36 AM

Meriel Brown:

Have your signals returned OK? I suspect there is unlisted engineering at the transmitter due to problems with DAB Radio transmissions the day before your post.

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Chris.SE's 3,678 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 November 2020
4:55 PM
Market Drayton

Lost CH44 a few weeks ago tried all the suggestions and nothing worked. Other channels on the lower power levels are all fine. Have used this loft aerial for years with no problems aimed at the Wrekin which I can see from my house.

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Ian's 2 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 21 November 2020

1:51 AM


I assume you must be on moderately high ground if you have a clear view of the mast with the transmitter at a bearing of 189 degrees (9 degrees W of due S) from Market Drayton. I can't find any reports of current transmitter faults or maintenance.

When you say you've tried all suggestions, it's not obvious what that might include.
I assume that might have included a full retune. Have you tried a manual tune for UHF C44?
In case you've tried those and for some reason your sets memory has not allocated the programmes in the correct LCNs, you could try the following -
Unplug the aerial and do an automatic retune which should clear all previous tuning as nothing should be found.
(This may not work on some devices such as Youview boxes and a reset would be required).
Plug the aerial back in and carry out a manual tune for the Wrekin's UHF channels -
C26, C23, C30, C41, C44, C47 that in the multiplex order PSBs1-3, COMs 4-6.
If you can't manual tune, then do an automatic tune.

If that hasn't worked, have you changed anything in your installation? Has anything nearby externally changed recently - eg. scaffolding being erected, solar panels installed, an extension built where a wall is now on the line of sight? If none of those, post back with a full post code and more detail of your installation - eg. how old is the aerial what route does the cable take from the loft aerial - might it have been damaged? Any distribution splitter/amplifiers etc.? Check all you connections and any flyleads - breaks in cables may not cause loss of all channels.

Have a look in your TV's tuning section for what Signal Strength and Quality figures it shows for each UHF multiplex - may be in Manual Tuning.

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Chris.SE's 3,678 posts GB flag
7:34 PM
Market Drayton

Chris.SE: Hi Chris, As far as I am aware nothing has changed physically with any of the equipment or in and around the house. There are no splitters or amplifiers. I have carried out a number of retunes plus a number of new installations clearing down the memory first as you suggest. I have also carried out manual tuning with no improvement. All other channels are rated at 98-100% signal quality except CH44 which wavers from 0 to 38 changing all the time never static. The aerial is about 6 years old and the cable runs from the loft outside down behind a plastic down pipe and into the house. I will do as you suggest and check connections and for any cable breaks. I really don't understand how all other channels can be perfect and CH44 so poor.

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Ian's 2 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 22 November 2020

1:23 AM


Hi Ian. If there is a break or bad connection in a cable it can cause signal reflections in the cable called Standing Waves. These often only affect small bands of frequencies and is dependent on things like the length of cable involved. Check for corroded connections as well, at the aerial and if you have a wall plate, behind that.

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Chris.SE's 3,678 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 December 2020
12:23 PM

All my Freeview Channels were ok yesterday morning on both televisions, at some point circa 9am all channels started breaking up, this carried on all day including evening. This morning I all was ok again till circa 9am when again all channels are again breaking up.
My aerial is directed to the Wrekin transmitter, is there a problem?

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Chris's 2 posts US flag

2:33 PM


Freeview haven't got the Wrekin transmitter listed for Planned Engineering, but a fault may have developed which is getting attention during daytime hours. I can't find any listing of faults by Freeview or the BBC, but in this covid-19 situation reports may get delayed or not appear.
If your problems are still ongoing after Friday, post back with a full postcode so we can look at the predicted reception and also check if there are any specific problems related to your locale.

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Sunday, 31 January 2021
David Winterbottom
9:49 AM

jb38: We have been listening to Classic FM for years on our digital TV but suddenly it has vanished. This is so frustrating as we have listened to it for years on our TV. Can you tell me what has happened to it?

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David Winterbottom's 1 post GB flag

11:34 AM

David Winterbottom: Classic FM is still broadcasting on the COM5 multiplex, which carries various other channels including Dave, Really, Sky Arts and Pick. Have you lost any of those, or any other channels?

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