menuMENU    UK Free TV logo Freeview

 

 

Click to see updates
Choose from four options: ■ TV mapping ■ TV terrain plot ■ TV technical ■ Radio

Freeview reception at 51.3784°N -0.081°E


Terrain between 51.378464,-0.081791 and Freeview masts

For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter.

The diagrams below show the transmitters you can get a signal from - in order from best to worst. The blue line tests the line-of-sight between an aerial 10 metres above ground level (the line is red if there is an obstruction in the line-of-sight). You may be able to improve reception by raising the aerial higher - for safety's sake consult a reputable aerial installer if you need rooftop access. See below the diagrams for advanced options including selecting the receiver aerial height.

The terrain information (from Ordnance Survey and GIS) does not include forestation (where leaf cover changes with the seasons) or city buildings. The line-of-sight line can appear curved as this straight line moves over the Earth's surface.

When you click on a diagram, you will see map with the location selected shown with this symbol: .Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari required.Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari required.Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari required.Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari required.

What do the map symbols mean?

 location on line-of-sight,  Selected location,  Freeview transmitter,  Freeview light transmitter,  Engineering/fault today....array ( 'P' => '51.378464,-0.081791', 'dt' => '', 'g' => '', 's' => 'terrain', 'advanced' => '', 'newx' => '', 'newy' => '', 'newz' => '', )

 

Advanced options

Show good and blocked paths from 51.3784°N -0.081°E for aerial height of ...

10m20m (Angel of the North)25m30m40m56m (Hyde Park Flats, Sheffield)62m (Monument)90m (Royal Liver Building, Liverpool)107m (Meridian Quay Tower, Swansea)115m (Bridgewater Place, Leeds)127m (Glasgow Tower)143m (Guy's Hospital)158m (Blackpool Tower)170m (Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth)180m (The Gherkin/BT Tower) 193m (Tower 42)235m (Canary Wharf)310m (The Shard)(default view)

Comments
Tuesday, 26 May 2020
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:28 PM

David:

Are you saying that there's no clear line of sight due W?

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 1,302 posts GB
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
B
Bridgette Blaskett
1:42 PM
Broadstairs

Aerial is on flat roof area at top of 3 storey building comprising 3 flats (one each storey) in Brodstairs CT10 1DP. Aerial is next to a Sky dish serving middle flat. Cannot retune smart TVs to find/pick up any signal for ITV, Channel 4 but can find BBC channels though these break up due to weak signals as well especially in afternoon. Freeview experience therefore has been almost non-existent for many weeks.

link to this comment
Bridgette Blaskett's 1 post GB
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:03 PM

Bridgette Blaskett:

Hmm, you are not in a good spot there having very limited choice. Do you know which way your aerial is pointing and whether the rods are vertical or horizontal, there's a choice of which transmitters you MIGHT try and get, none with good reception!
To add to things, there has been recent Planned Engineering on some transmitters that you might possibly get but that is supposedly completed. However, to mess things up there has also been some Tropospheric Ducting recently (see https://www.bbc.co.uk/reception/help-guides/freeview/effect-of-tropospheric-ducting-on-freeview) causing interference from other transmitters (UK or Europe).

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 1,302 posts GB
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:06 PM

Bridgette Blaskett:

When I say which way your aerial is pointing, I mean rough compass bearing, not which transmitter, but if you know that, it could help.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 1,302 posts GB
Friday, 5 June 2020
B
Brian Gregory
3:29 PM

The postcode database is either screwed up or is an antique.

Bizarre results imply I need to swing my areial around between Crystal Palace and Hannington depending on which channel I want to watch. This is nonsense. All channels except the two different local TV channels are transmitted from both.

What happened to the excellent predictor that used to be, I think, accessible from both the ofcom and freeview websites that gave results for many transmitters?? I can't find it now.

link to this comment
Brian Gregory's 20 posts GB
Brian's: mapB's Freeview map terrainB's terrain plot wavesB's frequency data wifiB's R&TI Service businessB's digitaluk trade radioB's DAB coverage
Saturday, 6 June 2020
C
Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

12:55 AM

Brian Gregory:

It may seem bizarre, but it's not, it's telling you which transmitter gives you the most reliable signal for each multiplex, if you'd clicked on the Frequency Data link it would show you the predicted signal levels. (There is an error on this site for Crystal Palace as it lists C48 for PSB3 instead of C30, but many lists on this site haven't been correctly updated with all the 700MHz Clearance changes as the site owner hasn't had time.)
You'd get good reception from Hannington for all multiplexes, fractionally better for the PSBs from Crystal Palace, but poorer for the COMs except 7&8 which are marginally better from Crystal Palace.

The Digital UK Detailed Coverage Checker to which you refer was moved by Freeview/DUK from DUK's own website and amalgamated into the Freeview one (badly). There are boxes on the Freeview Homepage https://www.freeview.co.uk/ & having entered your details, you then had to scroll down on the new page past all the Channels Icons to click Detailed view. After a lot of criticism they've since added boxes on the Corporate "Platform Management" page that take you straight to the Detailed view.

As you may recall the Detailed Coverage Checker gave a list of predicted transmitters and their multiplexes that may be receivable at the specified location, that's still the case. If you put your details in the boxes and check, you'll see that it's giving much the same results as you see from this site.
But bizarrely The Freeview/DUK checker suggests the most likely transmitter is Crystal Palace despite overall reception being somewhat better from Hannington! However this sort of oddity is also the case for a number of other locations and other transmitters.

HTH & explains what you're seeing.

link to this comment
Chris.SE's 1,302 posts GB
Select more comments

Your comment please
Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

If you have no satellite signal, see Sky Digibox says 'No Signal' or 'Technical fault'

If you have other problems, please provide a full (not partial) postcode (or preferably enter it in box at the top right) and indicate where if aerial is on the roof, in the loft or elsewhere.

UK Free TV is here to help people. If you are rude or disrespectful all of your posts will be deleted and you will be banned.








Privacy policy: UK Free Privacy policy.