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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.

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, 250 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 (SD), 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
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, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30- (545.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

com7
 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -4.5dB
C35 (586.0MHz)619mDTG-635,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

PSB1
BBCA
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-350,000W
Channel icons
7 BBC Alba, 68 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 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 (SD), 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
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?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1731 Jul 2019
VHFA K TW TW TW TW TW TA K T
C11ITVwaves
C22-BBCB-BBCB-BBCBBBCB
C232-SDN-SDN-SDNSDN
C24-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C251-BBCA-BBCA-BBCABBCA
C26+A-ArqA-ArqA-ArqAArqA
C27-BBCA-BBCA-BBCA
C28ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4D3+4
C29-ArqB-ArqB-ArqB
C30BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves-BBCB-BBCB-BBCBArqB
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7com7
C33_local
C34BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C35com8com8
C39B
C42D
C45C
C56tv_offC5wavesC5waves_local_local_local

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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, 15 February 2018
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StevensOnln1
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10:50 AM

Ogilvie Jackson: The Scottish muxes are not being removed from Caldbeck, according to Digital UK PSB1/2 Scotland are remaining on UHF channels 27/24 and PSB3 Scotland is moving to 21 in Summer 2019. COM7 and COM8 are moving to form single frequency networks on UHF channels 55 and 56 (this change will happen at Caldbeck in Summer 2019) where they will remain until they close some time between mid 2020 and 2022 (no date has yet been announced). PSB3 England will also move to UHF channel 22 and COM6 will move to 30 on a different date in Summer 2019.

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Thursday, 8 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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10:30 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:11 today to 07:13 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 9 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:11 yesterday to 07:13 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 10 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:11 on 08 Mar to 07:13 on 08 Mar. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 28 March 2018
Transmitter engineering
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3:08 PM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 13:47 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 30 April 2018
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Ogilvie Jackson
5:46 AM

Brian.....'re. Caldbeck 2019.
Will the power outputs be the same or increased for Caldbeck mixes. (especially Com 7 and 8) post 2019 ?
thanks
Ogilvie

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StevensOnln1
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4:12 PM

Ogilvie Jackson: According to Digital UK, COM7 & COM8 will see a slight decrease in power when they change frequencies at Caldbeck next year.

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Monday, 21 May 2018
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Ron heron
11:34 AM

I live in Whitehaven. My TV aerial is directed onto Calbeck transmitter. I always loose about half of the TV channels whenever there is good sunny warm weather, mostly BBC channels remain unaffected, but ITV and the rest are broken up or lost altogether. in 'normal ' weather ( cloudy/ p'ing down! ) all channels are received ok. Why do I loose channels in fine weather ??

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MikeP
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12:12 PM

Ron heron:

Please give a full post code so we can see the predicted reception conditions at your location. Also check what the signal strengths are as shown on your TV, usually found on the manual tuning page - but do not retune. If your sugnal strength is above 85% then your have too much signal and that is known to cause the symptoms you describe.



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Tuesday, 7 August 2018
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Harold
4:37 PM

Ca156pw roof mounted wideband aerial Goodmans free view hd box when tuned to caldbeck shows all but 7 and 8 national as west Cumbria but national7&8 as separate region. And box will only allow one region to be tuned so can not view all channels without retuning box.

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