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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Storeton (Wirral, England) transmitter.

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The symbol shows the location of the Storeton (Wirral, England) transmitter which serves 45,000 homes.

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Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Storeton 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 vertical -5.5dB
C28 (530.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One North West, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 vertical -5.5dB
C25 (506.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 ITV (Granada), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5 The North ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada),

 vertical -5.5dB
C22 (482.0MHz)109m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

 vertical -5.5dB
C23 (490.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

 vertical -5.5dB
C26 (514.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

 vertical -5.5dB
C29 (538.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 vertical -15.2dB
C30 (546.0MHz)109mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
from 30th June 2014: 8 Bay TV Liverpool, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 horizontal max
C57 (762.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One Wales, 2 BBC Two Wales, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 14 others

 horizontal max
C53 (730.0MHz)109m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 ITV (Wales), 4 S4C, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 8 Channel 4 (Wales) South ads, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 33 ITV +1 (Wales),

 horizontal max
C60- (785.8MHz)109m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Wales, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

Are you trying to watch these 9 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Storeton (Wirral, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Channel 4+1 HD, Community Channel HD, Motors TV.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 51km east-northeast
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 51km east-northeast
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

How will the Storeton (Wirral, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th November and 2nd December 2009.

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

Analogue 1-5 2.8kW
PSB1 wa≡, PSB2 wa≡, PSB3 wa≡(-1.5dB) 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 560W
LL(-16.7dB) 60W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 56W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Storeton 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.

Monday, 30 June 2014
12:10 PM

Bay TV will NOT be available from June 30th, 2014.

The on-air launch is delayed until the Fall of 2014.

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Hyperlocal channels sign sales deal but Bay TV delays launch - Prolific North

The reason for the delayed launch of Bay TV Liverpool is due to a relay transmitter in Wirral, which won't be operational until August.

"It's taken a little longer than we had hoped," said Johnson.

"It means we have had to revise our plans and we are now working towards a launch in October, depending on the speed with which the Storeton relay can be commissioned and we can get through testing our equipment.

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Corin's 83 posts Bronze Bronze LU
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Bill Parsons
7:30 PM

I live in South Liverpool and my main transmitter is Storeton, I also pull in Moel-Y-Parc.
My local BBC1 HD is for the North West but when it goes to local news the HD channel tells you to retune to the SD channel version to watch while the HD plays music and puts up an information screen.
When you go to the SD channel the TV automatically brings up a notice that an HD version is available and do I want to go to it.
Is it not possible for the HD channel to show the local news even if it is in SD.
It is being broadcast from a North West transmitter so why not put the North West news on it.
It becomes very annoying to have to keep changing channels.


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Dave Lindsay
7:34 PM

Bill Parsons: Yes, it is possible, but would mean that the cost of regional news would be even higher than it is now.

At the present time there is only one BBC One HD feed and to have one for each SD region would mean duplication of the equipment that produces the multiplex stream, and this would be required even if regional news were in SD. There is only about one hour of regional news on weekdays so the additional accounted "cost per minute" for the equipment would be very high!

I don't think it's a responsible use of Licence Fee payers' money.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,289 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 24 July 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:32 PM

STORETON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:58 today to 14:59 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 83,600 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 25 July 2014
Saturday, 26 July 2014
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

STORETON transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:58 on 24 Jul to 14:59 on 24 Jul. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 83,600 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 31 July 2014
Roger Lane
9:26 PM Holywell

Why is there frequent loss of signal at Holywell Community Hospital, CH8 7TZ?

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Thursday, 4 September 2014
1:41 PM

Following the re-tune channel/UKHY">yesterday afternoon, Bay TV appeared on the EPG, being transmitted on the "Local" multiplex on UHF channel 30 at 546 MHz from the Storeton transmitter.

It is currently broadcasting a continuous test loop of scenes of everyday life from Liverpool.

Please update the start date to "Fall 2014" (not June 30th, 2014) and correct the typographical error for the transmission mode of the local multiplex QPSK", not "QSPK".

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Corin's 83 posts Bronze Bronze LU
Sunday, 7 September 2014
8:01 PM

Storeton Local multiplex frequency is 545.833 MHz (166 khz negative offset from 546 MHz)

tune to: QAM_AUTO f = 545833 kHz I999B8C999D999T999G999Y0
(time: 12:04) ===================== parse_network_change_notify_descriptor ===========
len = 20
0x00: 07 00 00 10 01 01 DE 47 13 30 00 01 00 00 13 00 : G 0
0x10: 20 0B 23 3A : #:
service = POP ((null))
service = Chart Show TV ((null))
service = QVC EXTRA ((null))
service = BAYTVLIVERPOOL ((null))
service = POP ((null))

Using the non offset frequency of 546 MHz does NOT work so please provide accurate data!

And to repeat for the third time, the transmission mode is QPSK not QSPK.

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Corin's 83 posts Bronze Bronze LU
Saturday, 13 September 2014
8:46 PM Wallasey

Hi, just got normal digital tv's in the house (not got sky)but for last couple of week picture breaks (digitization?)constantly (worse at night) Any ideas what we need to do/ Thanks :o)

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