Retuning Freeview in the Wirral to pick up English TV channels

Before I start this I’ll state up-front that I’m no expert on the whole issue of transmitters and UK TV bandwidth. These are just my notes of how I solved my particular problem. They maybe of use to someone else, but I’m really writing this up so that I can remember how to do it next time, because I don’t want to have to go through that research and experimentation again.

The problem

From the time of the last major transmission change (the digital switchover I believe) we have been receiving Welsh TV channels (BBC Wales, ITV Wales and S4C). Most of the time this wasn’t a problem, but if we wanted to get our local news and weather we had to go hunting for the relevant channel (BBC 1 NW was on channel 805 for example).

Where I live, in Heswall, Wirral, is actually closer to the Moel-Y-Parc transmitter, whereas the transmitter I want to be picking up is Winter Hill.

The solution

  • I reset the TV to factory default.
  • When the auto channel scan started, I aborted it.
  • I selected the manual tuning option and searched for stations on channels 62, 59, 58, 61 and 55, in that order.

I found this information at http://www.ukfree.tv/txdetail.php?a=SD660144, which lists all of the stations and channels available on Winter Hill.

Job done. All of the channels are now back where they should be.

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