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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: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, 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, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

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.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011
Tuesday, 29 November 2011
2:25 PM

I carry out a weekly retune in the hope of getting more channels from the Wharfedale transmitter. Is there a future date for receiving more chanels in this area, I am currently disappointed with the number of available digital channels.

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patrick's 2 posts GB flag

6:03 PM

patrick: Without going into a lengthy explanation the answer is no! The reason being that the provision of any further multiplexes would be for purely commercial interests, and with these interests not being willing to pay for the running costs involved, basically because of the limited number of households that these transmitters would serve would not be capable of providing sufficient returns for the money spent.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

8:39 PM

patrick: For a fuller explanation see here:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

The only possibility to get these channels is if you are in a location where you can get a signal from another transmitter that broadcasts them. This needn't be one which offers the same regional programming as Wharfedale as you could probably have two aerials: the one on the other transmitter serves the extra commercial channels and Wharfedale gives you the correct regional programming. Due to the topography of the area, this may well not be a possibility. I'm just suggesting it as a thought to you as it may be.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 November 2011

11:25 PM

Parick: Depending on exactly where you are it MIGHT be possible for you to receive more channels from a different transmitter. I have done some experiments at my house and I can receive Emley Moor, despite being down by the river at the bottom of The Chevin. I will need a high gain Group B outside aerial to achieve this with a reasonable margin. It is likely that reception will be variable.
The only way to be sure is to try at your location.

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ChrisW's 21 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 1 December 2011
Mark Fletcher

4:32 AM

ChrisW,Otley.If you look up the ATV Aerials and Television of Sheffield website and a very good website by a very good reputable aerial retailer themselves,either a group B Yagi 18B or group B X-Beam XB16B,using satellite grade copper-copper black or brown co-ax cable and fitted with a brass co-ax plug,will possibly give you a very good likelyhood of receiving Emley Moor transmissions,bearing in mind the polarisation is horizontal on this mast.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB flag
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8:14 PM

Mark, I agree: I have spent quite a while reading ATV Aerials website-very informative and a good read. I have come to the same conclusion, probably the Yagi 18B due to it's smaller size and much lower wind loading.
All I have to do now is find someone to put it up, because I'm certainly not going to do it myself. (my experiments were in the loft).

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ChrisW's 21 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 7 December 2011
Des O'Hara
12:08 PM

Having Freeview reception problems due to loss of signal. Live East end of Otley with aerial on roof of Terrace house. TV picture pixelates and disappears showing a NO SIGNAL prompt. This is only infrequently but I need to know if it is the transmitter or part of my equipment. It happened at around 10am 5th Dec for more than 15mins if that is of any help. Thanks

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Dave Lindsay

12:49 PM

Des O'Hara: The first thing to check is that your TV/box is tuned to the signal from the transmitter to which your aerial points and not another one.

If you are on Wharfedale, then BBC is Ch25 and ITV1/C4/C5 is on Ch22. HD services are on Ch28. Is this what you have?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 December 2011
7:08 PM

patrick: Thanks to everyone for the info, it is much appreciated.. a very Merry Christmas to you all.

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