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The symbol shows the location of the Wharfedale (Leeds, England) transmitter which serves 14,000 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 Wharfedale (Leeds, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Wharfedale 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.

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C25 (506.0MHz)262mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) Yorkshire, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C22 (482.0MHz)262mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Yorkshire (Emley Moor micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C28 (530.0MHz)262mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Yorkshire, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Wharfedale (Leeds, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Wharfedale transmitter?

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BBC Look North (Leeds) 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS9 8AH, 19km southeast (143°)
to BBC Yorkshire region - 56 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 17km south-southeast (148°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Emley Moor) region - 59 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Belmont region

How will the Wharfedale (Leeds, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-1331 Dec 2019-

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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Emley Moor transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Oct 2002Yorkshire Television
Oct 2002-Dec 2014ITV
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Wharfedale 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.

Sunday, 9 January 2011
10:03 AM

Hi, new to this site so please bear with me.

We live in Burley in Wharfedale (The Copse) and currently get analogue only from the Wharfedale trasmitter.

Zooming into the coverage map shows our house to be in a "white" low signal area, so I assume we will get a poor signal from the Wharfedale transmitter (and none from Emsley Moor) after DSO?

My reading so far indicates that following DSO we will be limited to Freesat, only, if we want more than the current 4 analogue (BBC1, BBC2, ITV1, Channel4) channels we currently receive.

Is this correct, or will we be able to get more channels from FreeView with the right box/built in receiver?

If we are able to use FreeView, to which transmitter should we point any new aerial following DSO?

Any recommendations for splitting any signal between rooms (expect to add an additional TV to our current 2 sometime this year)? Currently have co-ax to 4 or 5 rooms with an analogue booster/splitter in the loft.

Apologies for lengthy post, but the more I look into this the more hideous this all appears to be.

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Adrian's 1 post GB flag

12:23 PM

Adrian: If you currently have good analogue reception from the Wharfedale transmitter you should have no problem receiving the 3 PSB muxes which will give all BBC channels, ITV1,ITV1+1,ITV2,C4,Channel 5,E4,More4 and C4+1 plus MuxHD. I tried a postcode LS29 7QY in the Digital UK postcode checker and it showed for that area a full freeview service to be available from Emley Moor after DSO.Currently it predicts good reception for Mux1,MuxB, MuxC and MuxHD only. Glance at your neighbours aerials to see if there are any new ones installed with rods horizontal for reception of Emley Moor.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
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Monday, 4 April 2011
1:43 PM

My father-in-law lives in Ilkley LS29 9EW. Could he switch to digital freeview now or will it only work after the official switch over in September.

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Richard's 1 post GB flag
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2:34 PM

Richard: The Digital UK postcode checker shows that there is currently no freeview service available for that postcode. When switchover takes place in September it will make the 3 PSB muxes available via the Wharfedale relay. This is a Freeview Lite transmitter and will not carry any COM muxes.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 21 May 2011
1:55 PM

The post code checker shows a yellow shading for my post code (LS29 9SL - my house is surrounded by trees half way up Well's Rd). Does that mean that freeview is already available in my location?

Many thanks

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6:56 PM

Sundial: The Digital UK postcode checker shows no prediction for Freeview on today's date at your location. You are expected to have good reception from the Wharfedale relay on the 3 PSB muxes from switchover (7th September and 21st September 2011). You are also expected to have good reception at first from Addingham but this will become variable in 2012 when Bilsdale switches over and the Bilsdale COM muxes become co-channel. Finding a null for Addingham might deliver the COM muxes from Bilsdale at that time, although Digital UK offer no prediction for any reception of COM muxes at your location.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 July 2011
7:18 PM

I have two tv's ready for digital and freeview and hope that the signal is going to be ok. the aerial is on the roof with a splitter in the loft. we have tried the new tv's with analogue tuning for now and the picture is very poor. but then we have tall trees in the next road which have affected out signal for ages, with the old type tv anyway.. wish they would cut them down!. we do not want to go cable or sky.. do not watch it enough for that. can you advise

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dru's 1 post GB flag
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Sunday, 17 July 2011

11:45 AM

dru: You should probably wait to see what happens at switchover. However, as you will only get the "public service" channels, you might want to fit Freesat - see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Friday, 12 August 2011
Mandy Ellis
12:08 PM

We currently have Sky TV but are thinking about cancelling it. Can you confirm that once cancelled we will still be able to receive all the freeview channels through our sky dish? Would we then be able to buy a hard disc recorder as we live in Otley and haven't been able to use one successfully up to now (we are still using a video recorder)!!

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Les Nicol

1:33 PM

Mandy Ellis - If you plan on giving up SKY you could consider a "Freesat" Satellite recorder with a built in Hard Drive of Which there are several produced by different manufacturers. This would also give access to iplayer and the ITV player catch up services via Broadband connection.

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