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Freeview reception at B31 3XB


For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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There are 9 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of B313XB (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

 EE,  Multiple operators,  O2,  3,  Vodafone,  location on line-of-sight,  Selected location,  Freeview transmitter,  Freeview light transmitter,  Engineering/fault today.

These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

FreeSportsSutton Coldfield COM6
1BBC One (SD)Sutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
2BBC TwoSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
3ITV (SD)Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
5Channel 5Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
6ITV 2Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
7Big Centre TVSutton Coldfield LB
9BBC FourSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
10ITV3Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
11Sky ArtsSutton Coldfield COM5
12QuestSutton Coldfield COM4
13E4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
14Film4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
15Channel 4 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
 
17ReallySutton Coldfield COM5
18More4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
19DaveSutton Coldfield COM5
20DramaSutton Coldfield COM4
215USASutton Coldfield COM4
 
23BBC ThreeSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
25WSutton Coldfield COM6
26ITV4Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
27YesterdaySutton Coldfield COM6
29ITV2 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
30E4 +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
31E4 ExtraSutton Coldfield COM5
325STARSutton Coldfield COM4
335ActionSutton Coldfield COM4
34GREAT! moviesSutton Coldfield COM6
 
35ITV +1Sutton Coldfield Central (West)PSB2
36pickSutton Coldfield COM5
39DMAXSutton Coldfield COM6
40Quest RedSutton Coldfield COM5
41LegendSutton Coldfield COM4
 
42GREAT! movies actionSutton Coldfield COM4
43Food NetworkSutton Coldfield COM5
44HGTVSutton Coldfield COM6
46Channel 5 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
47Film4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
 
48ChallengeSutton Coldfield COM5
494sevenSutton Coldfield COM5
565SELECTSutton Coldfield PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelSutton Coldfield COM5
58ITVBe +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
 
59ITV3 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
60Drama +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
64BlazeSutton Coldfield COM4
67CBS RealitySutton Coldfield COM4
70Quest +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
 
71Quest Red +1Sutton Coldfield COM6
73HobbyMakerSutton Coldfield COM6
74Dave ja vuSutton Coldfield COM4
75Yesterday +1Sutton Coldfield COM5
78TCCSutton Coldfield COM4
 
81Blaze +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
82Talking Pictures TVSutton Coldfield COM6
83Together TVSutton Coldfield COM5
84PBS AmericaSutton Coldfield COM6
88Classic HitsSutton Coldfield COM6
 
89ITV4 +1Sutton Coldfield COM4
101BBC One HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
102BBC Two HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103UTV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
103ITV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
103STV HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
104Channel 4 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
105Channel 5 HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
106BBC Four HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
 
109BBC Three HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)Sutton Coldfield PSB3
201CBBCSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
202CBeebiesSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
203CITVSutton Coldfield COM4
 
204CBBC HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
205CBeebies HDSutton Coldfield PSB3
208POP MAXSutton Coldfield COM4
209Ketchup TVSutton Coldfield COM4
210Ketchup TooSutton Coldfield COM4
 
211YAAAS!Sutton Coldfield COM4
231BBC NewsSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
232BBC ParliamentSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1
233Sky NewsSutton Coldfield COM5
235Aljazeera EnglishSutton Coldfield COM6
 
250BBC Red ButtonSutton Coldfield West MidlandsPSB1

 

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Comments
Sunday, 21 September 2014
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Lee Baker
9:56 AM
Dundee

Dave Lindsay,

Thanks for that info.

I've manually retuned C60 (786MHz), but there is no difference.
It was definitely already on this channel, so it was pointing at and receiving the signal from Angus, not Tay Bridge.

I've got 1 aerial with a mains-operated signal booster (without this I don't get enough signal for any kind of reception) and 3 receivers plugged into it (2 digiboxes and 1 TV).

All 3 receivers are affected to some degree, but 1 is much worse than the other 2, and only BBC channels are affected.

To my logic, 1 of 4 things has happened:
1. Aerial has moved (but it hasn't - I checked yesterday)
2. Booster has stopped working (but if so, why are only BBC channels affected?)
3. Signal strength has been changed at the Angus transmitter (which I have no control over)
4. Atmospheric conditions (it's now fine and sunny, so this shouldn't be an issue).

Nothing has changed in my set-up for 7 years and this is the first time I've had a problem, so I can't really understand why this is happening.

I'm considering either:
1. Changing the booster (which will be a waste of money if this isn't the problem)
2. Turning the aerial to point to Tay Bridge and then retuning.

Thoughts?

Cheers

Lee

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Lee Baker
5:17 PM
Dundee

Dave Lindsay,

Update:

I think I've sorted it.
I've fashioned a compass out of a cup of water, a small piece of paper and a pin, and checked the aerial alignment.
It was out by about 10-12 degrees, so I've re-aligned and now all the channels have come back and (so far) are behaving well.

I still don't know why the problem started though - as I said, I've had exactly the same set-up for 7 years...

Anyway, thanks for your help.

Lee

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Lee Baker's 3 posts GB
Monday, 22 September 2014
R
Robert Strachan
5:29 PM
Kilmarnock

I Cannot receive channel 23 as I receive transmission from Darvel. Is there any plan to transmit channel 23 from Darvel.

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Keith Chappell
10:50 PM

Hi
I live in Aldershot. I can only receive London news on both ITV & BBC but I want to receive news for this area which is, I believe from Meridian for ITV. Other people in this area seem to have this. Can you help me please? (51.2423,-0.7761) 

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Keith Chappell's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:33 PM

Keith Chappell: I have to say, it's not looking great. How and where are they receiving it from? Those who have satellite (Freesat/Sky) will have it. Hannington is located beyond Basingstoke and carries BBC South and ITV Meridian (Thames Valley). But in the direction of Hannington the ground goes upwards so you are really pushing your luck to try for it. Midhurst also carries BBC South but has ITV Meridian (West) rather than ITV Meridian (Thames Valley). Line-of-sight is obstructed by the high ground at Hindhead. One of the most useful sources of information as to what you may be able to receive is where your neighbours' aerials are pointing. Judging by Google Streetview, most aerials point to Guildford, which carries BBC London and ITV London, as does Crystal Palace. The Guildford-facing aerials are vertical and judging by their size, and in some cases height, I'd say reception isn't easy. That said you would appear to have line-of-sight to Guildford at 7.5 miles, so I can only think that the transmitter doesn't put its full 2kW out in your direction. Indeed, the post-digital switchover coverage map is here and you are officially outside it: mb21 - Transmitter Information - Guildford The Crystal Palace aerials are horizontal and a bit anti-clockwise of the Guildford ones. "If" you can receive from Hannington (or Midhurst) then be aware that reception quality "may" vary by time of day, time of year and depending on the weather. For that reason I would always keep the existing London-region aerial. Indeed, I'll add another layer to this: The COM signals aren't as good from Hannington and Midhurst as the PSB channels. The PSB (Public Service Broadcaster) ones carry BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and some sisters of ITV and Channel 4. For most Hannington/Midhurst viewers this is fine and they can pick all channels up reliably. However, some will have intermittent reception of the COMs, either because of their lower transmission power and/or interference from another transmitter. I think that if you're pushing it to get the Hannington PSBs then you may not get reliable reception of its COMs. In such circumstances you may be able to combine two aerials, but this is only possible when UHF channel/frequency allocations permit. For example, if your current aerial is on Crystal Palace you could have a second one on Hannington and combine the two (assuming you can receive from Hannington which I'm not at all sure you can). This would allow you to watch PSBs from Hannington (including your desired BBC and ITV regions) and COMs from Crystal Palace. It's possible to combine Midhurst+Crystal Palace, but you couldn't combine Guildford with either Hannington or Midhurst. The combining approach would also give you a back-up if your prefered regional transmitter wasn't available (due to poor reception).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 25 September 2014
F
freddy
2:12 PM

I've lost track of where I posted the message but just thought I'd give some feedback on the B34 area problem.

The signal levels on 666Mhz have now gone up (for the last few days) and we are getting 48-52% - a bit wobbly compared to the other bands and very occasional small dropouts - this is not better than before the last retune
but it is much better than it was and it is watchable now.

I hope the castle vale problem reported at the same time is improved.
Thank god I've lost the temptation to keep messing with the aerial and stuff every time it goes t**s up

(Thats a tip by the way folks - don't always assume it's your problem)



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freddy's 2 posts GB
Friday, 26 September 2014
M
Melvyn Mills
1:02 PM
London

Hi

Has the EPG listings gone down on Quest? I have not been able to view forthcoming programs on my TV for a couple days although all other channels listings are okay.
Also Icannot pickup Quests plus 1 channel PROGRAM 37 but Program 38 Quest is fully working and no problems.
Any ideas Thanks.
Regards
Melvyn

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:03 PM

Melvyn Mills: Although the EPG listing for Quest on (37) was down earlier on, however, it should have returned by now, if though it hasnt, then carry out a "manual" tune on Crystal Palaces COM4 / Mux Ch25 and check if this has rectified the situation, programmes such as ITV3 (10) / QVC (16) also being on COM4.

By the way, although Quest (37) is on COM4, Quest+1 (38) is transmitted on COM6 / Mux Ch28, as used by 4Music (18) / Ideal World (22) etc.

If all said has failed to cure the problem, then carry out a "Manufacturers reset" on your TV prior to retuning same, this also known on some brands of devices as "First time installation" / "Default setting" or some similar sounding name.

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Saturday, 27 September 2014
J
Jon Burns
12:30 PM
Montgomery

Although when putting in the desired postcode (SY15 6EB - just east of Churchstoke Powys) the map shows the correct location it shows only a transmitter - Waltham on the Wold in the east Midlands. Why would this be?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:58 PM

Jon Burns: This is obviously being caused by a glitch in the programme, and which Briantist the owner / operator of the site will no doubt pick up on.

However, if you click on "J's DigitalUK tradeview", seen in the blue box at the side of your posting, this will show the transmitters that cover your area, both of unfortunately being Freeview light PSB only transmitters, Oakeley Mynd being the most likely of the two.

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