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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.

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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 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 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, 24 ITV4 +1, 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, 204 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, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 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, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29- (537.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

com7
 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

com8
 H -4.5dB
C35 (586.0MHz)619mDTG-635,800W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 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, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 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, 24 ITV4 +1, 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, 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?

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
Thursday, 15 February 2018
S
StevensOnln1
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
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
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
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
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
O
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
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
R
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
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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