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Freeview reception at AB53 8RQ


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 0 mobile phone masts within 1.5km of AB538RQ (page shows closest 10)

What do the map symbols mean?

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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

Together TV +1Durris com7
CCXTVDurris COM4
MeritDurris com7
Court TVDurris com7
1BBC One (SD)Durris ScotlandPSB1
 
2BBC TwoDurris ScotlandPSB1
3STV (SD)Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
5Channel 5Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
6ITV 2Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
 
7BBC AlbaDurris ScotlandPSB1
10ITV3Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
11Sky ArtsDurris COM5
12QuestDurris COM4
13E4Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
 
14Film4Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
15Channel 4 +1Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
17ReallyDurris COM5
18More4Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
19DaveDurris COM5
 
20DramaDurris COM4
215USADurris COM4
23BBC ThreeDurris ScotlandPSB1
24BBC Four (Scotland SD)Durris ScotlandPSB1
25ITV4Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
 
25Dave ja vuDurris COM6
27YesterdayDurris COM6
29ITV2 +1Durris COM4
30E4 +1Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
314MusicDurris COM5
 
325STARDurris COM4
335ActionDurris COM4
34GREAT! moviesDurris COM6
35ITV +1Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
35STV+1Durris STV North (Aberdeen)PSB2
 
36pickDurris COM5
39DMAXDurris COM6
40Quest RedDurris COM5
41CBS JusticeDurris COM6
42GREAT! movies actionDurris COM4
 
43Food NetworkDurris COM5
44HGTVDurris COM6
45Channel 5 +1Durris COM4
46Film4 +1Durris COM5
47ChallengeDurris COM5
 
484sevenDurris COM5
565SELECTDurris COM4
57Smithsonian ChannelDurris COM5
58ITVBe +1Durris COM4
59ITV3 +1Durris COM4
 
60ITV4 +1Durris COM4
64BlazeDurris COM4
65FreeSportsDurris com7
67CBS RealityDurris COM4
68CBS DramaDurris COM6
 
68Horror ChannelDurris COM4
70Quest +1Durris COM5
71Quest Red +1Durris com7
73Shopping Quarter Durris PSB3
74Drama +1Durris COM4
 
75Yesterday +1Durris COM5
76Now 70sDurris com7
78TCCDurris COM4
81Blaze +1Durris COM4
82Talking Pictures TVDurris COM6
 
83Together TVDurris COM5
84PBS AmericaDurris COM6
86More4 +1Durris com7
87PBS America +1Durris com7
91That's TV Durris com7
 
96Forces TVDurris com7
101BBC One HDDurris PSB3
102BBC Two HDDurris PSB3
103ITV HDDurris PSB3
103STV HDDurris PSB3
 
103UTV HDDurris PSB3
104Channel 4 HDDurris PSB3
105Channel 5 HDDurris PSB3
106BBC Four HDDurris com7
107BBC News HDDurris com7
 
108BBC Scotland HDDurris PSB3
113RT HDDurris com7
114Quest HDDurris com7
201CBBCDurris ScotlandPSB1
202CBeebiesDurris ScotlandPSB1
 
203CITVDurris COM4
204CBBC HDDurris PSB3
205CBeebies HDDurris com7
211Ketchup TVDurris COM4
212YAAAS!Durris COM4
 
231BBC NewsDurris ScotlandPSB1
232BBC ParliamentDurris ScotlandPSB1
233Sky NewsDurris COM5
234RTDurris COM6
235Aljazeera EnglishDurris COM6
 
250BBC Red ButtonDurris ScotlandPSB1

 

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Wednesday, 13 November 2019
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Chris.SE
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8:49 PM

gary mckenzie:

What time did you retune? The HD mux may still have been off-air at the time. Try again, but first of all, unplug the aerial and do a full retune which should clear all existing tuning. Then plug it back in and retune again, hopefully this will restore all channels. If you are still having problems, post back with a full postcode.
I assume you are getting your signal from Pontop Pike.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2019
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Nicholas Anderson
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2:16 PM

I have noticed whilst staying in the area of Minehead on the north Somerset coast that the freeview signal meant for South Wales is received instead of for the south western region of England. Can nothing be done to block the signal coming from South Wales in this area?

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Nicholas Anderson
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2:18 PM

Can anything be done to stop the freeview signals from Wales being received on the north Somerset coast in the region of Minehead instead of the services for south western England?

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Chris.SE
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5:11 PM

Nicholas Anderson:

First point is in answer to your question - No! The radiation pattern of any transmitter is generally done to provide coverage to a particular area. That means that sometimes you can pick up the signal outside the intended area because with the transmitter location and the area it has to serve, it means the signal goes in that direction.

If you want a West Country transmitter, you need to point your aerial in the direction of that transmitter and not a South Wales. If both happen to be in the same direction from your particular location then it's best to do a manual tune to the UHF channels used by the wanted transmitter's multiplexes.

There is one exception that I know of however, and that's in the Carhampton area, where the channels that Kilvey Hill in South Wales were moved to back in the summer, are the same channels as Carhampton. Kilvey Hill is readily receivable on parts of the North Devon Coast. This appears to be a major blunder by DigitalUK, Arqiva and OFCOM!

Second point, I've noticed that several of your posts are appearing twice. When you make a post here, it does not appear immediately, you need to wait a short while. Please don't repeat post because you don't see your post immediately.

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Sunday, 24 November 2019
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Tom Richardson
10:24 AM
Middlesbrough

Morning Chris
Our aerial is on the roof/chimneystack.
I've re-turned our 8yearold Ferguson on 'Autotune at least ten times (although not this morning - 24/11/19)channel 4, ITV, and channel5 are all almost completely intermittent/breaking up
I'm going downstairs to have another retune/autotune go and will let you know if everything puts itself right (???)
Tom Richardson
TS5 6EE

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Chris.SE
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3:44 PM

Tom Richardson:

It might depend on when you previously retuned, and which transmitter you are actually receiving/wanting to receive. There has been Planned Engineering at Pontop Pike and Bilsdale this last week with "Possible service interruptions". You are predicted to get good reception from both of those.
There is also a low power relay closer to you (with variable/poor reception) which you may have got inadvertently tuned to if you retuned when your chosen transmitter was off-air. It's not a good idea to retune when a transmitter is off-air, you just lose all your correctly tuned channels!

I suggest you try the following first - unplug the aerial and do an automatic tune. This should clear all previous tuning as no channels will be found. Then plug the aerial back in and repeat the automatic retune which will hopefully restore all multiplexes correctly. (2 -PSBs, 3COMs and a Local if your set doesn't have an HD tuner).

If you are receiving Bilsdale (best choice & closer) your aerial should be pointing ~SSE (163 degrees) with the rods horizontal.
If you are receiving Pontop Pike your aerial will be pointing ~NE (315 degrees) with the rods horizontal.

If your set has the option the see which UHF channels it has tuned to for each multiplex or indeed allow a manual tune if autotune doesn't resolve the problem, the channels are as follows in the order PSB1&2, COMs4-6, Local, for the SD channels, + if you have HD PSB3, COMs 7 & 8 -

Bilsdale - 21, 24, 43, 46, 40, 30 + 27, 55, 56, you may struggle with reception of the COMs (SD &/or HD) if you have an old Group A aerial.
Pontop Pike - 39, 42, 32, 34, 35, 33 + 44, 55, 56, you may struggle with reception of the COMs (SD &/or HD) if you have an old Group B aerial.

Note, you only may struggle with reception of some multiplexes with old aerials, a lot depends on location and distance to the transmitter. Ideally you need a Group T/Wideband to get all multiplexes reliably.

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Thursday, 5 December 2019
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Mr A.Squires
5:55 PM
Bracknell

I had an ariel put in the roof because I wanted to receive Meridian news (previously could only get London news)
However,there are some channels that keep stating 'low signal' even when the weather is not too bad,so I view through my Humax box which is better but then all I get is the picture stop for a second or so and I lose a few words of dialogue.I also thought that at my address RG12 2QJ I received from the Hannington transmitter but when I went into your website and put this info in it stated I was geared to the Crystal Palace transmitter,but I could not find any reference to my area at all - can you please explain

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Friday, 6 December 2019
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Chris.SE
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7:23 AM

Mr A.Squires:

Sometimes predicted reception can be quite variable when you live in an area that has overlapping coverage from more than one transmitter particularly if you are on the periphery of these areas. It looks as though you could have line of sight to several transmitters depending on your precise location within your postcode. It can be especially tricky if the location has local obstructions or is a bit hilly which could be the case with you.

The official Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker does show such variations across your postcode, but mainly good reception from most of the main 6 multiplexes and also the COMs 7&8 multiplexes depending on your precise location. Similar results are obtained from the BBC's RTIS predictions. Both show good or variable reception results from Hannington and Crystal Palace and again they change with precise location.

This means that good aerial location will be very important as will the choice of aerial needing sufficient gain and appropriate beamwidth/polar response. Local weather conditions can also have significant effects on loft mounted aerials, as can the presence of water tanks, walls & etc.
When more transmitters share frequency (UHF channel) usage around the country as is more the case now, changes to reception can occur in some weather situations and when transmitters might be undergoing planned maintenance or have faults. It is also important that your own installation is free of faults.

One thing you can do is check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

If you have frequent problems with specific channels check Channel listings | Freeview to see which multiplex they are on, as reception of some multiplexes can be variable in a particular location.

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Chris.SE
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7:35 AM

Mr A.Squires:

I should have added that for Hannington your aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 250 degrees - that's marginally West of WSW and the rods should be horizontal. The precise direction may vary by a few degrees for best signal strength depending on aerial location.

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Sunday, 15 December 2019
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Tamsin Mc Cormick
1:54 AM
Liverpool

I have a wide band aerial pointing at Storeton . It is attached to a short chimney stack .
Will I need this to be re-aligned to Winter Hill as there are a number of channels currently not available from Storeton (BBC4 HD etc ). Or will Storeton have the remaining channels added in due course ?
If I do need a re-alignment is there a free service for this ?

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