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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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
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
Wednesday, 25 December 2019
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Chris.SE
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12:33 PM

Gary Johnson:

Merry Xmas all. Technically speaking, because Caldbeck no longer transmits the COMs 7&8 multiplexes since the last retune, then a Group T (Wideband) is no longer essential. Those top UHF channels will never be used again for TV transmissions from Caldbeck. Whilst there other transmitters using those temporary multiplexes, they are expected to disappear in due course (~2022 is the current best guess as nothing has been formally announced).
Caldbeck's UHF channels are currently all in Group A. There are some transmitters that use Group B or a combination of both (Group K). It's highly unlikely that Caldbeck will ever have any channels in Group B, so if you are in a weak signal area, then a Group A aerial would be the best option (usually better gain etc than a wideband).

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020
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4:47 PM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 14 Jan 15:36 until 14 Jan 15:48. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Jan 13:58 until 14 Jan 15:36. . [BBC]

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5:09 PM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 14 Jan 15:36. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Jan 13:58 until 14 Jan 15:36. . [BBC]

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Friday, 17 January 2020
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4:59 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 17 Jan 00:04. Off the air due to essential engineering from 14 Jan 15:36 until 14 Jan 15:48. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Jan 13:58 until 14 Jan 15:36. . [BBC]

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CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 17 Jan 00:04 until 17 Jan 04:55. Off the air due to essential engineering from 14 Jan 15:36 until 14 Jan 15:48. Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 14 Jan 13:58 until 14 Jan 15:36. . [BBC]

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Monday, 20 January 2020
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4:58 AM

CALDBECK transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 17 Jan 00:04 until 17 Jan 04:55. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 1 April 2020
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Chris.SE
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12:32 PM

All:

FYI a new Local multiplex started on the 25th March on UHF C29 at 4kW, this is in addition to the existing one on C33 according to DigitalUK/Freeview documentation.

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Sunday, 5 April 2020
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Ogilvie Jackson
10:40 AM

Chris.SE: Interesting your comments on local MUX on ch. 29 [Caldbeck] along with ch.33.
Tried to scan it ,but nothing. Is it intermittent ? and what programs are on it .
regards
Ogilvie

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Chris.SE
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2:20 PM

Ogilvie Jackson:

I assume at present it's "That's Cumbria" that you are getting on Freeview LCN 8 in your EPG which I believe started life back in 2017 as "That's Carlisle".
As with most Local multiplexes, they are beamed in certain directions to serve particular communities.
The only information I can state positively is that the multiplex on UHF C33 is beamed primarily to the E and NW and to a slightly lesser extent to the NE.
Whereas the new multiplex on C29 is beamed primarily to the SE and a slightly lesser extent to the SW.
It's very unlikely that if you live to the north of Caldbeck that you'll get the mux on C29.
At present I can't locate any information about the broadcasters on the new mux, but would assume that it's just providing additional coverage for That's Cumbria - it might not make any sense (geographically) for it to be anything else, and of course the other stations that use local multiplexes would likely be the same as C33.

Perhaps you could have a look in your local press etc to see if there's any more information available and let us know. If I come across anything further, I'll post it, may be anyone else reading can update us as well.

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