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Wincobank Transmitter            OS Grid Ref SK 388 919


and Blackburn Meadows


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.


Digital switchover occurred at Wincobank and Blackburn

in September 2011.


Wincobank television transmitter is a low power repeater (only 2W) off Emley Moor which was constructed in 1977. The site is sandwiched between Barrow Rd and the railway line to Chapletown/Leeds which was originally built by the Midland Railway in 1894. Rather more recently than that, the M1 opened up to here in 1967, the next section north (from junction 34) had to wait until the following year.

As expected for a relay Wincobank is vertically polarised and it is a C/D group for all its output. If one looks carefully one can see the Log periodic receiving aerial pointing at Emley Moor. Most relays use Logs as reception aerials if they have “line of sight” onto their main transmitter.


Only MUXES 1 to 3 (the PSBs) are transmitted from Wincobank, not all six.


Consultation of "Transmitter Channel Allocations" reveals that Dronfield and

Oughtibridge share the same transmission frequencies as Wincobank, although

co-channel interference from these would be highly unlikely. Notice how the "channel planners" have avoided using the same transmission pattern as Stocksbridge at this

location because this would also give co-channel from Waltham .


Click here for Wincobank transmitter`s radiation pattern.


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Wincobank transmitter at MB21

Blackburn transmitter at MB21

Digital UK details of Yorkshire transmitters

Wincobank transmitter from the South.

The train is the 11.18 fast service from Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley and Wakefield Kirgate. (30 March 2012).

Close up of Wncobank transmitter`s receive and transmit antennas

Wincobank transmitter`s Log Periodic array.


The bottom (horizontally polarised) one receives the signal from Emley Moor, and the top pair (vertically polarised) retransmit into the valley.


Note the broadcast authorities use of

Log Periodics, an aerial we recommend

to use wherever possible.

Blackburn (Rotherham) repeater transmitter

Blackburn (Rotherham) TV transmitter.

The transmitter is located just East of the M1, half a mile North of J34.


The top (horizontally polarised) pair of Logs receive the signal from Emley Moor,

and the bottom aerial (vertically polarised) retransmit`s it into the valley.


Note the broadcast authorities use of Log Periodics, an aerial we recommend to use wherever possible.

There is another small (2 Watt) repeater called Blackburn at OS Grid Ref SK 389 926. It`s just half a mile north of Wincobank transmitter (off Droppingwell Rd), but it isn`t used by many people at all. Just like Wincobank, it`s vertically polarised and is a C/D group off Emley Moor.

Blackburn`s frequency channels are :


MUX 1 = CH60            MUX 2 = CH57            MUX 3 = CH53      


Blackburn only transmits MUXES 1 to 3 (the PSBs), not all six.

Click here for Blackburn transmitter`s radiation pattern.

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