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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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Caldbeck transmitter broadcast?

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

 H max
C25- (505.8MHz)619mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)619mDTG-3100,000W
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 E4, 3 ITV (Border (England)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)619mDTG-6100,000W
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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,

 H -3dB
C23- (489.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C29- (537.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
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67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -4.5dB
C35 (586.0MHz)619mDTG-635,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 8 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (Border (Scotland)), 3 STV (Border (Scotland)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 33 STV+1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-3100,000W
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101 BBC One HD Scotland, 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 103 STV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD Scotland ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 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?

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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?

years1961~851984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2019
aerial groupVHFA KWWWWWW

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

Monday, 27 March 2017
George McVay
9:50 PM Cockermouth

I am wondering about True Crime Channel 60 Freeview Sky 185. I can't get Channel 60 on my Panasonic TX-32AS520B TV Located at Post Code CA13 9DA my set as been re-tuned a number of times
Should I be able to see this channel or not ???

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George McVay's 1 post GB
11:11 PM

George McVay: True Crime is broadcast on capacity used by local TV channels, none of which are available in your area so therefore you won't be able to receive True Crime via Freeview.

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StevensOnln1's 2,220 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Ogilvie Jackson
2:50 PM

Hi........are Caldbeck Muxes on lower power....especially Com 7 and 8??
Digital UK website....says expect weak signals. What is going on ?and for how long.


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Ogilvie Jackson's 7 posts GB
Thursday, 22 June 2017
10:55 AM

Oglivie Jackson:

There is no reported engineering work at the Caldbeck transmitter so your problem is more likely to be poor connection in your aerial cables between the aerial and the TV set. Check all of the connections and unplug them and then re-insert the coaxial plugs. Be careful not to damage the cables where they are fitted to the plugs.

COM7 and COM8 are always transmitted on lower powers so will be affected most by poor or corroded connections.

If you need further assistance, a full posty code will be required so that we contributors can assess the reception conditions at your specific locality.

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MikeP's 2,568 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Monday, 26 June 2017
Ogilvie Jackson
3:11 PM

MikeP: Thanks was just that the Digital UK site said that signals were weak from Caldbeck............If the Coms are only temp. What will happen to it's channels come 2020 ?

Will there be room on the remaining Muxes.?

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Ogilvie Jackson's 7 posts GB
7:30 PM

Ogilvie Jackson: A message about weak signals would indicate engineering work, although no notice has appeared on this website regarding engineering at Caldbeck (which is odd as this website's transmitter engineering posts are taken from a BBC engineering feed).

If the remaining multiplexes are converted to DVB-T2 (as currently used by PSB3, COM7 & COM8 muxes) there will be sufficient space available to accommodate all existing channels, although no announcement has been made as to when this will actually happen.

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StevensOnln1's 2,220 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 9 February 2018
Duncan Wappett
6:22 PM

Hi I live in appleby ca166sa me and 4 of
the nabours i have asked have no free view signal
Im a electrician by trade ive put my signal meter on and
the only channels i can get is 1,2 3,4,5 very weak

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Duncan Wappett's 1 post GB
10:15 PM

Duncan Wappett: Then their system has a problem, and they need to get someone to look at it.

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MikeB's 2,557 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 15 February 2018
Ogilvie Jackson
8:15 AM

Hi, I note that the Scottish muxs seem to have disappeared ( end 2019) only one BBCA and B.
Any news on where the channels on Com 7 and 8 will be going.? and when will these muxes on Caldbeck be switched off. There seems to be a bit of confusion on where and when .

Ogilvie Jackson

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Ogilvie Jackson's 1 post GB
10:37 AM

Ogilvie Jackson:

None of the Scottish services are due to disappear at all. The programmes that are currently using COMs 7 & 8 will likely be combined onto a single frequency network, probably using channels in the 50's range, sometime around 2020 to 2022. The services on COMs 7 & 8 are only broadcast from 30 main transmitters at present, covering some 70% of the population. There are no plans to extend this.

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