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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
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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 (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)619mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)619mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C23- (489.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30- (545.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
Channel icons
34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

PSB1
BBCA
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 55 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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 (77°)
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 (45°)
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?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1325 Mar 2020
VHFA K TW TW TW TA K T
C11ITVwaves
C22-BBCBBBCB
C23-SDNSDN
C24-D3+4
C25-BBCABBCA
C26-ArqAArqA
C27-BBCA
C28ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4D3+4
C29-ArqBLOCAL2
C30BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves-BBCBArqB
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C33_local
C34BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C35com8
C56tv_offC5wavesC5waves_local

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.

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
Thursday, 9 April 2020
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Ogilvie Jackson
10:34 AM

Chris.SE: Thanks for the info Chris, yes I a
m 45 miles north of Caldbeck . So that makes sense.
Still missing my lost HD channels from mux 7 and 8 !
Hopefully they can squeeze them into existing mixes sometime.
Smithonian in HD would be nice ( like FREESAT )
REGARDS.

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Monday, 4 May 2020
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hazel
11:21 PM

since March all TVs have lost bbc signals qvc .signal.tv not on sky dish just basic ariel .I return and only get about 15 stations and 3 radio stations tv just says no signal freeview off .I'm desperate for help

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hazel's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

4:44 AM

hazel:

If you have lost that many channels it sounds like you may have a problem with your aerial installation rather than this being due to any changes at a transmitter, but that can't be confirmed with certainty without a full postcode to see which transmitter(s) you are predicted to receive.

Other than that, you may be best checking all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

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Sunday, 20 September 2020
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Stephanie Hunter
7:29 PM
Lockerbie

I am in Dumfriesshire but receive TV signal from Caldbeck. We used to receive BBC Scotland, including Scotland news and the BBC Scotland channel. For a few months now we can't receive that channel plus some of the freeview channels including Really and Pick.
I've tried retuning at different times in case the weather has affected the service but it hasn't helped.

My postcode is DG11 2QU.
My TV aerial is on my roof and hasn't moved.

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Stephanie Hunter's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 22 September 2020
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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:22 AM

Stephanie Hunter:

You should be able to receive all the Caldbeck multiplexes without any issues.
It might be an idea to first check all you coax plugs, connectors etc. to make sure there aren't any broken connections. Poor connections can affect individual multiplexes and not others (due to something called standing waves - don't worry about the technical detail). You should get BBC Scotland at LCN9 in your EPG.
Really & Pick are on the ArqA/COM5 multiplex at LCNs 17 & 34 in your EPG. Sky Arts is now at LCN11.

For which channels are on which multiplex see https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings

There is the possibility that your TV's tuning section needs clearing, to do this unplug the aerial and carry out an automatic retune which should clear all previous tuning as nothing should be found. Plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune.

If that does not solve the problem, then check in your TV's tuning section which UHF channels for the multiplexes you are tuned to.
For Caldbeck Scotland they should be C27, C24, & C21 for BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, & BBCB HD/PSB3.
For the main Caldbeck channels it's C25, C28, C22, C23, C26, C30 for PSBs1-3, COMs4-6 and a Local multiplex on C33 or C29 depending on location.

Also note that Caldbeck is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions".

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