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For Emley Moor we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 or Yagi18K for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B for outdoor installs in poor signal areas, the XB10B for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs (over an XB16) due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.

Emley Moor`s population coverage is the fourth highest of any UK transmitter at about 4 million people and its signals are received in many large towns/cities including Sheffield, Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield and Doncaster.

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Also see

UK map with all the main transmitters

Location of Emley Moor


External Links

Emley Moor page on MB21

Emley Moor page at The Big Tower

Emley Moor page on Wikipedia

Digital UK Emley Moor transmitter

Digital UK details of Yorkshire transmitters

There is one ”Local” channel allocated to Emley Moor, CH 56 (which is more or less within the B group) for a Leeds local TV station. It must be admitted that at CH56 a B group may be a little down in gain on some widebands, but it should still be working reasonably well up there. This may not apply to some cheap crappy B group Contract aerials.

In addition, there are two lower power HD MUXES transmitted (in the CH 31 to 37 gap) on CHs 32 and 34. Both of these channels can be picked up by decent B group aerials.

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Emley Moor Transmitter    OS Grid Ref  SE 222 128

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.

700MHz clearance is due at Emley Moor in  Q1 2020,

it is due to remain a B group (excl MUXES 7 & 8).

The Leeds local CH will go 56 > 39, which is better for the B group !

Emley Moor transmitter`s location

We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.

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Emley Moor TV transmitter

Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :

History and general info of Emley Moor Transmitter

Emley transmitter coverage (area & population)

Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Emley transmitter

Possible extra (future) channels from Emley

Our TV aerial recommendations for Emley

Emley Moor external links

Pictures of Emley transmitter

Emley`s graph (its transmissions v our aerial recommendations)

Emley`s channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

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Emley Moor tower is the tallest free standing structure in the UK at 328m (a.g.l), that`s 1084 ft. The Shard (2012) is “only” 310m high.

Incidentally, how high is high ?

And how long would it take for a spanner, dropped off Emley tower, to hit the ground ? ! ?

The very first Emley Moor transmitter was a 125m steel lattice tower* built in 1956 to broadcast ITV on the old 405 line VHF system. As such it worked in tandem with the original Holme Moss mast, which transmitted the BBC channel on VHF, only one programme remember because BBC2 didn`t start till 1964. Duplicated transmitters were/are also used at Sutton Coldfield / Lichfield, Crystal Palace / Croydon and Pontop Pike / Burnhope amongst others. BBC2 started 625 line UHF transmissions from the second (ill fated) Emley mast in 1967. As a matter of interest the short lived 1966 mast (see below) never transmitted BBC1 at all and only transmitted ITV on VHF.

* This 1956 structure was rebuilt at Craigkelly in 1971 to provide UHF TV to SE Scotland.

The next transmitter, built in 1966, was a cable stayed mast [the same design as Belmont built by BICC. This mast was even taller than the present structure at 385m, but this infamously blew down in 1969. One theory was that a weak point in the design was found wanting by the unprecedented weather, possibly due to the wind setting up oscillation in the structure. Others speculated that there was so much ice on the cable stays that the weight broke them, after that the mast was doomed.... It had only been up for 3 years !  A 61m temporary mast was bought in and this replacement mast began transmitting just 3 days and 23 hours later, impressive...... Later a taller 204m interim mast was sourced from Sweden and a team of Polish riggers were bought in to erect it. It was rumoured they were the only people who were willing to work in the winter conditions prevailing at the time ! This taller temporary mast was in use within a month, even more impressive……

The present Emley Moor tower started transmissions on the 21 Jan 1971 and it is an elegant tapered concrete structure. In fact, to many people, Emley is iconic and fully deserving of the Grade 2 listed status it received in 2002. Just like the previous transmitters it is situated about half way between Huddersfield and Barnsley. This area of high ground is perfect for RF (Radio Frequency) transmission and both Holme Moss and Moorside Edge transmitters are visible (SW and WNW respectively) from the site. Emley Moor was originally owned by the ITA (Independent Television Authority) then it was sold off to NTL and finally to Arquiva (sic).

As one travels North on the M1 Emley is on the left. Whenever I return back home from a long journey, I find the sight of Emley somewhat comforting, I know there isn`t long to go now ! Incidentally, this stretch of the M1 was opened in 1968, doesn`t time fly.....

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Emley is a powerful transmitter, in fact it`s the the 6th most powerful transmitter in the whole of the UK. Note the huge power increase after the 2011 digital switchover.

Emley Moor is a B group and all aerials on it should be horizontally polarised.

You can confirm if you are on Emley if you receive your local Calendar news from Leeds, rather than from Hull (which would be from Belmont). Ofcom report Emley`s digital output as being essentially omnidirectional, which is somewhat surprising because there are hardly any people living to the SW of it !

Emley Moor has fifty six (including Sheffield and Chesterfield) small repeaters to improve its signal coverage, particularly in the hilly areas of the Pennines.

Emley Moor transmitter on a summer`s day, one of my favourite transmitter pictures. Emley Moor with its head in the clouds
It`s a tall building that can have (only) it`s head in the clouds.....
This picture was taken from near the National Coal Mining Museum which is definitely worth a visit, and it`s free !

Emley Moor television transmitter, all 1084ft of it...... The structure may look solid* but according to someone who works there it sways in the wind and this can sometimes induce sea sickness to those working in the microwave link room when gales are about ! Incidentally the structure is designed to withstand winds of up to 150 mph.

* The foundations consist of a solid concrete annulus of 8.2m width and 6.1m depth with a thickness of 4.3m and that`s a lot of concrete.......

See Emley`s height in relation to other transmitters, and Emley v Belmont v Taipei 101.

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Emley Moor TV transmitter as you`ve never seen it before.......

The ring marks in the concrete will be noted, this is where the shuttering was used to build the structure. Because the tower is tapered the shuttering`s diameter had to be reduced each time a new (higher) section was added.

The whole structure weighs 11,200 tons.

Note that Emley Moor is not a “mast” because it`s a self supporting structure, it`s actually a “tower”. Masts are cable stayed, like Winter Hill for example.  

Top of Emley Moor transmitter showing the microwave link room, also note the spiral structure at the top to deflect wind upwards.

The link room is at 262m and one (of the two) lifts goes straight to this level. Despite this it still takes seven (seven ! ) minutes to do so. The other lift provides engineers access to all the different levels, but you could always use the ladder(s), with a total of 865 rungs......

Emley Moor at night

Emley Moor by night. Note the red glow, of the top navigation light, on the cloud just above the transmitter. Picture dedicated to my wife who was getting impatient as I farted about with exposure settings etc....

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Emley Moor transmitter from Shelley station on the Kirklees Light Railway.

The latter is a 15” gauge line built on the trackbed of the ex branch line to Clayton West which was originally built by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway in 1879 but closed in 1983. The KLR was opened in stages from 1991 to 1996 and the loco shown is Hawk which is an 0-4-4-0 articulated engine built in 1998.      

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Taipei 101, in, err, Taipei Belmont TV transmitter, as originally built Emley Moor Transmitter

There`s tall and there`s tall....

Well Emley Moor is pretty high, to be honest I wouldn`t really want to clean the windows on the microwave link room, but Belmont is taller (385m as originally built) and the “Taipei 101” [509m] overshadows both of them....

The three of them are pictured in scale, more or less, on the right.

Until the Burj Dubai (828m) was completed in Jan 2010 the Taipei 101 in Taiwan was the tallest building in the world, and it`s bleedin` huge. My wife and I went up it and unsurprisingly the lifts are the worlds fastest (at 38mph..) and it only took 37 seconds to get to the 89th floor !

Also see Transmitters In Proportion,

and How High Is High ?

Incidentally we only went to Taiwan because we got a cheap flight to Australia via Taipei and we broke the journey there, but we really liked it. It`s a fascinating country (a cross between Japan and China ? ) but the best thing about it is the people have got to be some of the friendliest I`ve ever met. It`s like a huge National Trust property in that everyone is so nice to everyone else !

Emley Moor transmitter: "up close" Emley Moor transmitter : the top bit ! (the business end)

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Emley Moor transmitter from the Kirklees Light Railway Emley Moor`s TV transmissions relative to the aerials we recommend for it.

Emley Moor`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the aerials we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36  Yagi 18K   Yagi18B    XB10B     XB16B

Also see other relevant B group curves.

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Emley Moor`s Channel Allocations

For the most up to date MUX to channel allocations see Digital UK Emley Moor transmitter

The channel guide below also includes the same data for Bilsdale, Belmont, Waltham, Sutton Coldfield, Chesterfield, Sheffield, Idle, Keighley and Beecroft Hill. This information can be useful for suggesting alternative transmitters should Emley prove problematic.

The channel allocation guides can also be very useful in the diagnosis of co-channel interference problems and can also be invaluable if you are trying to find a spare channel for a modulated output (e.g. for a Sky box or CCTV system) to be added to your TV setup/distribution system without suffering from co-channel.

Also check Emley Moor`s fifty six small repeaters.

The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.

The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8

(Both only have a small audience and are due to be switched of between 2020& 2022)

Emley Moor (and co-receivable transmitters) digital TV channels / MUXES Emley Moor digital TV transmission powers and frequencies

A temporary 310m mast was erected to May 2018 to enable transmissions to continue whilst the existing mast`s antennas are being modified to prepare for the 700MHz clearance and interruption of the broadcasts are not allowed. The planning application is here c/w plans etc.

See picture, plus this this MB21 link.

Emley Moor`s post 700MHz clearance graph. The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8, relatively small audience lower power HD MUXES which are due to be switched off between 2020& 2022.

Emley Moor`s channels

For the most up to date MUX to channel allocations see Digital UK Emley Moor transmitter

Emley Moor temporary TV transmitter May 2018

A temporary mast has been erected at Emley Moor (between May 2017 and May 2018) in order to allow the 700MHz clearance work to proceed on the original tower`s transmitting arrays without interruption. It`s due to be up for about 5 years. The power output is due to be the same as the original mast, but the radiation pattern is actually due to be more omni directional than the old one !

A temporary mast is also planned for Pontop Pike transmitter, and, during the digital switchover, a temporary transmitter was also used at Sutton Coldfield, amongst other sites.

The temporary mast just looks taller because of the photo`s perspective, in actual fact the original tower is slightly higher at 328m to 324m of the temporary mast

Also see the planning application and MB21 pictures.