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Dronfield Transmitter          OS Grid Ref SK 362 791


Note, due to the new phenomenon of MUXICAL chairs you may experience problems with certain MUXES disappearing. First try rescanning your TV / set top box, do it manually if possible.

If this fails to sort it check on transmitter work or call the reception advice phone numbers.


Also see basic digital fault finding.


Switchover at Dronfield occurred in Aug 2011.


Dronfield television transmitter started broadcasting in 1984. It is a 3W (C/D group) horizontally polarised relay (or repeater) off Emley via Chesterfield. The latter is a 2kW repeater which is Vertically. The fact that Dronfield is Horizontal is the opposite of usual practice for a repeater and the only reason I can think of for this is possible co-channel ? This use of differing polarities is to take advantage of “cross polar rejection” to minimise co-channel interference.

Note that only the three basic PSB MUXES are transmitted from Dronfield, not all six.

However, its 3 digital MUXES will be within its original C/D group.


This particular mast is quite difficult to find as its in the grounds of a school, and is hidden from Falcon Rd (which runs behind it) by trees.

The area around here can be problematic for Digital reception. This is partly because Chesterfield doesn`t put out quite so much power in this direction


Click here for Dronfield transmitter`s radiation pattern


Dronfield is probably the dividing point between The Midlands and The North. The difference in accents between Sheffield (just North of Dronfield) and Chesterfield (which is just South) is probably as big as anywhere else in the country over such a short distance.


External Links


Dronfield transmitter at MB21

Digital UK details of Yorkshire transmitters

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Close up of the Dronfield repeater`s array of receiving and transmitting aerials.

Note the use of Log periodic aerials as sold and installed by ourselves.

The four antennas at the bottom are in a phased array to receive the best possible signal from Chesterfield transmitter. The latter originally gets it`s signal

from Emley Moor.

After being remodulated

onto four different

frequencies (see the Transmitter Channel Allocations guide)

It is amplified and retransmitted from the top two Log antennas.


Dronfield TV transmitter, hidden behind the bushes.

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Dronfield repeater TV transmitter Close up of Dronfield transmitters receive and transmite antennas