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The symbol shows the location of the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) transmitter which serves 1,550,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) mast?

Emley Moor transmitter - Emley Moor transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Emley Moor transmitter broadcast?

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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
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)578mDTG-3174,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)578mDTG-3174,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)578mDTG-6174,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)566mDTG-8174,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)565mDTG-8174,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)565mDTG-8174,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

LLS
 H -15.4dB
C56 (754.0MHz)565mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Leeds,

com7
 H -5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)578mDTG-654,800W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit,  Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Emley Moor transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Leeds) 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS9 8AH, 22km north-northeast (22°)
to BBC Yorkshire region - 56 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 1.9m homes 7.4%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 22km north-northeast (15°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Emley Moor) region - 59 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Belmont region

Are there any self-help relays?

Derwent BActive deflector74 homes
Derwent CActive deflector (second level)
Dunford BridgeActive deflector14 km S Huddersfield15 homes
Hmp LeedsTransposer30 homes
ThixendaleTransposer25 km ENE York40 homes

How will the Emley Moor (Kirklees, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1956-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-135 Feb 2020
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E TW T
C10ITVwaves
C32com7
C33SDN
C34com8
C36ArqA
C37C5wavesC5waves
C39_local
C41C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCB
C44BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C47ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C48ArqBArqB
C51tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesSDN
C52tv_offArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offLLS

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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 1-5 870kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 174kW
com7(-12dB) 54.8kW
com8(-12.3dB) 51.2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-19.4dB) 10kW
Mux A*, LLS(-22.4dB) 5kW
Mux D*(-23.4dB) 4kW

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.

Comments
Friday, 18 March 2022
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Chris.SE
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12:01 AM

steve phillips:

Now it depends on exactly where you are north of York (you haven't provided a full postcode) but a number of locales in that general area can receive signals from Bilsdale, and reception predictions from the new temporary Bilsdale Tower are good.
Bilsdale does indeed use C27 for PSB1! Multiplexes PSB1 & 3 swapped UHF channels back in February 2020 IIRC, the listings at the top of the transmitter page didn't get updated (the site owner hasn't found time to do all the updates after the 700MHz Clearance programme!).

But from one of my posts on the Bilsdale pages -
Bilsdale's UHF channels are C27, C24, C21, C43, C46, C40, C55 that's in the multiplex order
BBC A/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBC B HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ARQ A/COM5, ARQ B/COM6, COM 7

You may be aware that aerials do have some ability to pick up signals from the rear of the aerial as well as some side lobes, so it's possible that you are easily getting signals froim Bilsdale Tower at this time.

Now just to complicate matters, I can't find any faults listed by the BBC for their multiplexes at Emley, and the transmitter isn't listed for Planned Engineering BUT there is some upcoming predicted Temperture Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting which will enable signals from more distant transmitters to be more easil;y received - and that will in a few instances result in interference to normal reception (you'll see the sort of thing you have with Signal Strength varying considerably and Quality dropping, often to zero)..
The predictions I've looked at (and just checked again) hadn't shown this affecting your area until tomorrow, and its likely to get quite severe over the early part of the weekend - but predictions are predictions!

My best suggestion would be to manual tune, if you can't get a stable enough signal from Emley then try Bilsdale's channels but I'm afreaid it's a case of things will likely be disrupted and not remain stable for a while.

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steve phillips
3:41 PM

Thanks Chris. That explains the Ch27 mystery - another set of channels reaching us from Bilsdale. I will give it a few days and see if anything has changed if I go through the manual tuning options again. I am still puzzled why some Emley frequencies are virtally non-existent, while others are as strong as ever.
Thanks for your advice.
Steve (YO32 5ZN)

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Terry Thomas
7:33 PM

Hi, getting No Signal on the PBS2 cluster of channels, (ITV SD, Channel 4 etc. Is this a transmitter fault, my post code is S71 2EF ( Barnsley)

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Saturday, 19 March 2022
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Chris.SE
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2:44 AM

Terry Thomas:

There are no currently listed faults at Emley Moor. The reception problem you have is most likely related to the current weather conditions as mentioned in my previous reply to steve phillips -

".....there is some upcoming predicted Temperture Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting which will enable signals from more distant transmitters to be more easil;y received - and that will in a few instances result in interference to normal reception (you'll see the sort of thing you have with Signal Strength varying considerably and Quality dropping, often to zero)......"
FYI, such transmitters can be in the UK or Europe.

Both Freeview and the BBC have now issued warnings on their Update & Alerts/Works and Warning pages about possible disruption to reception.
Read my next reply to steve phillips.

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3:33 AM

steve phillips:

The reason you may be confused is because this type of interference can be frequency dependent and/or depending on where the interfering signals are coming from, the identical channels to your normal ones may be different, so even if a broader spectrum of frequencies is affected, not all you reception will be disrupted. Sometimes they all could be.
The interference can last for seconds, minutes, hours even longer and can come and go seemingly at random.

The general advise is to NOT retune, as this invariably may cause you to lose your correct tuning and/or become incorrectly tuned to another transmitter whose signals can disappear when conditions change.
If you have become incorrectly tuned (check the UHF channels in your TV Tuning section) then it's best to try manually retuning each of your normal transmitter's UHF channels. You may have to try several times if interference is present.

Emley's Multiplexes & UHF channels are as follows, in the order -
PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7 HD, & Local
C47, C44, C41, C33, C36, C48, C55, & C39/C42 Whether you get satisfactory reception of COM7 & Local muxes will depend on your aerial installation (and location).

steve, whilst you are predicted to get good reception from Emley, you are actually closer to Bilsdale and predicted to get very good reception, so it's unsurprising you can get its signals from an aerial sidelobe.
Emley is bearing 220 degrees (almost SW) from you, whereas Bilsdale Tower is 345 degrees - a few degrees N of NNW. You may get poor reception of the Local mux from Emley L-LDS (Leeds) on C39 or possibly variable reception from a Relay at Bilbrough on C42 L-YRK (York) as it's closer, bearing 214 degrees well within the beamwidth of your aerial.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2022
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Malcolm Roebuck
5:53 PM

Tv...Sony KD-49XE9005
Aerial on roof
Postcode S75 3QU house number 22

Total channels available after scan...117
I'm not receiving any of the ITV channels...or any of channel 4 and channel 5
I also don't get any HD channels
When running a scan it just gives a choice of either Leeds or York, my local transmitter is Emely Moor but this is not available?
Is there any way I can get the TV scan to recognize Emely Moor?

At the moment this isn't causing me a problem as I receive these channels through my Sky box but if I decide to end my Sky subscription I'll miss a big section of the most popular channels.

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Malcolm Roebuck
5:54 PM

Tv...Sony KD-49XE9005
Aerial on roof
Postcode S75 3QU house number 22

Total channels available after scan...117
I'm not receiving any of the ITV channels...or any of channel 4 and channel 5
I also don't get any HD channels
When running a scan it just gives a choice of either Leeds or York, my local transmitter is Emely Moor but this is not available?
Is there any way I can get the TV scan to recognize Emely Moor?

At the moment this isn't causing me a problem as I receive these channels through my Sky box but if I decide to end my Sky subscription I'll miss a big section of the most popular channels.

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Thursday, 24 March 2022
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Chris.SE
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2:37 AM

Malcolm Roebuck:

What was the reason you rescanned in the first place? Were you not correctly tuned?
Please see my reply to steve phillips in the post immediately before your first one (with the exception of the last paragraph specific to his location).

You are so close to Emley (13km) and are predicted to get excellent reception, you should have no trouble receiving it. Your aerial should be pointing at bearing 310 degrees (5 degrees W of NW) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Have you looked at your aerial, is it still pointing correctly and does it appear intact?
Emley Moor local news is based in Leeds, so this is the one you should select if using an automatic rescan/retune, otherwise a manual scan using the UHF channels as listed in that post before yours.

The Yorks option could possibly be the Belmont transmitter which although some considerable distance away is still predicted to give good reception and this could be being picked up by your aerial off a rear sidelobe. You might get some signal from Bilsdale but this is less likely.

Emley Moor is currently listed for Planned Engineering with possible effect "Screen may go black on all or certain channels" which can mean a service interruption. It's unusual for those to last any length of time. To repeat, Do NOT retune, it will likely just clear your correct tuning.

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