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The symbol shows the location of the Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmitter which serves 4,300 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 Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Marlborough 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
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)242mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 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 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)242mDTG-320W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)242mDTG-620W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, POP MAX, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, 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 Marlborough transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 63km west (275°)
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 60km west (273°)
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Marlborough (Wiltshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20102010-1331 Mar 2018-
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C7BBCtvwaves
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCB
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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 24 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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

Analogue 1-4 100W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip transmitter area

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech 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. Marlborough 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 18 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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2:08 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:45 on 15 Sep to 08:50 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:45 on 15 Sep to 08:50 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 yesterday to 12:19 yesterday, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:2 [BBC]

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5:08 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:45 on 15 Sep to 08:50 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:13 on 15 Sep to 18:21 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 yesterday to 12:19 yesterday, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:4 [BBC]

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Thursday, 19 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:45 on 15 Sep to 08:50 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 on 17 Sep to 12:19 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:28 on 17 Sep to 18:35 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:4 [BBC]

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5:08 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:45 on 15 Sep to 08:50 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:13 on 15 Sep to 18:21 on 15 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 on 17 Sep to 12:19 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:28 on [BBC]

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Friday, 20 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:28 on 17 Sep to 18:35 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 on 17 Sep to 12:19 on 17 Sep. [BBC]

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5:08 PM

MARLBOROUGH transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:14 on 17 Sep to 12:19 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:28 on 17 Sep to 18:35 on 17 Sep. [BBC]

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Friday, 15 April 2022
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Peter
6:21 PM

For three years, despit contacting the freeviw authority by web and phone , we have severely limited free to air reception. E.g. no dave or drama.
We also get repeated no signal messages on bbc 1 or 2
How do we fix this?

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10:36 PM

Peter: I'm not sure who you contacted as there isn't a single Freeview authority, there are in fact various different organisations involved in operating TV services under the Freeview banner (i.e. transmitter company, multiplex operators, broadcasters, Digital UK, etc). Marlborough is a lite transmitter which only covers around 4,000 homes which isn't enough potential audience for commercial broadcasters to be interested in making channels suc as Dave or Drama available. Getting no signal messages would indicate that you have a fault somewhere - it could be as simple as a loose connection behind your TV or could be something more serious such as your aerial becoming damaged or corroded and letting rain water in to the cable etc.

If you provide a full postcode we can check whether you might be able to get more channels by pointing your aerial at another transmitter, otherwise you could look at getting Freesat which would give you most of the same channels available on Freeview, but via Free To Air satellite which does not require a subscription.

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Chris.SE
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11:00 PM

Peter:

The Marlborough transmitter is a Freeview "Light" transmitter which means it is an "in-fill" "Public Service Broadcast" transmitter for those parts of Marlborough that can't get reliable signals from the main Mendip transmitter of which it is a relay, or any other nearby main transmitter.

The "commercial" operators that run multiplexes that have channels such as Dave & Drama, do not consider it commercially viable to provide the extra transmitter equipment for such multiplexes when the potential number of viewers it would serve is very small.

As you haven't given a full postcode, we can't help or advise on your reception from Marlborough which may be due to your location or possibly the current Planned Engineering at Mendip which might affect this relay.

How old is your aerial installation? Have you looked at your aerial - does it look intact and still pointing the correct way? Is the downlead secure and not flapping in the wind?
If you provide a full postcode we should be able to advise the correct direction for your aerial for the best signals from Marlborough or another transmitter.

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Chris.SE
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11:02 PM

Seems both of us were typing replies at the same time.

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