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Full Freeview on the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 homes. The bright green areas shown where the signal from this transmitter is strong, dark green areas are poorer signals. Those parts shown in yellow may have interference on the same frequency from other masts.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Caldbeck transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C25- (505.8MHz)619mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)619mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)619mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23- (489.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment 1, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 83 Blaze, 84 Blaze +1, 122 CITV, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29- (537.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

com7
 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -4.5dB
C35 (586.0MHz)619mDTG-635,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, plus 4 others

PSB1
BBCA
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 14 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
3 STV (Border (Scotland)), 4 Channel 4 Scotland ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Scotland ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 STV+1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 STV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD,



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Caldbeck transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 97km east-northeast
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 17km northeast
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

Are there any self-help relays?

BorelandActive deflector25 km NE Dumfries22 homes School
CarsphairnTransposer35 km SE Ayr84 homes
Crosby GarrettActive deflector35 km N Dumbarton42 homes
DeepdaleActive deflector20 km SW Penrith20 homes
Eskdalemuir BActive deflector45 km NW Carlisle31 homes
KeldActive deflector30 km E Sedbergh17 homes
StaintonTransposer8km W Penrith251 homes (low lying area of housing)

How will the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1961~851984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1731st Dec 2019-
aerial groupVHFA KWWWWWK
C11ITV
C22-BBCB-BBCB-BBCBBBCA
C232-SDN-SDN-SDN
C24-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C251-BBCA-BBCA-BBCAD3+4
C26+A-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C27-BBCA-BBCA-BBCA
C28ITVITVITV-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4BBCB
C29-ArqB-ArqB-ArqB
C30BBC1BBC1BBC1-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
600C32C4C4C4com7
C33SDN
C34BBC2BBC2BBC2
C35com8
C36ArqA
C39B
C42D
C45C
C48ArqB
700C56C5C5_local_local_local

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 24th June and 22nd July 2009.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB, PSB3 sc(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, PSB1 sc, PSB2 sc(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-11.5dB) 35.8kW
com7(-12dB) 31.9kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-15.2dB) 15kW
Analogue 5, Mux 1*(-17dB) 10kW
Mux B*(-21.9dB) 3.2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 26 November 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 02:54 on 24 Nov to 02:57 on 24 Nov. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 119,672 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 23 December 2016
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teresa
1:18 PM

there is currently no tv signal in keswick 23rd dec 2016

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teresa's 1 post GB
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StevensOnln1
2:03 PM

teresa: The Keswick transmitter page (this is the page for Caldbeck) shows that it has been off air since 11:55 this morning. No planned engineering work is listed so this is presumably due to a fault at the transmitter site (e.g. loss of power). Do not attempt to retune, your channels will return on their own once the transmitter is back on air.

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StevensOnln1's 497 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 19 March 2017
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Gregor Stewart
10:49 PM

For the third Sunday in a row i have experienced problems with my freeview signal coming from caldbeck transmitter to my flat in cockermouth. In particular i have lost all itv channels and get a very poor blocky signal on BBC channels. Yet there is nothing on internet regarding transmission problems or engineering works etc. The channels usually come back up and running by Monday evening. Can anyone shed any light on this. Thanks. G Stewart.

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Gregor Stewart's 3 posts GB
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MikeB
11:25 PM

Gregor Stewart: Give us a postcode and check your signal strength - transmitters are normally fine, so the most likely problem is at your end. Start with cables.

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MikeB's 2,082 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 20 March 2017
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Gregor Stewart
12:00 AM

MikeB: postcode is CA 13 0HQ. Will a!So check cables. Thanks. Gregor

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Gregor Stewart
12:48 AM

Gregor Stewart: mike b. Just checked my TV with an indoor aerial and i can get the channels working with that so it looks like your theory re the cables is right. I will get another cable tomorrow and check the connections. Thanks again.

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Gregor Stewart's 3 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
11:33 PM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 today to 20:03 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 today to 20:03 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
4:33 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 yesterday to 20:03 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 yesterday to 20:03 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 23 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
4:33 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 on 21 Mar to 20:03 on 21 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air from 19:59 on 21 Mar to 20:03 on 21 Mar. [BBC]

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