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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) mast?

Caldbeck transmitter - Caldbeck transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C25- (505.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C22- (481.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C23- (489.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C30- (545.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-50,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba HD, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 13 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)489mDTG-50,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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?

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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

Thursday, 9 April 2020
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 )

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Ogilvie Jackson's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 4 May 2020
11:21 PM

since March all TVs have lost bbc signals qvc 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 flag
Tuesday, 5 May 2020

4:44 AM


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
Stephanie Hunter
7:29 PM

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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Tuesday, 22 September 2020

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 Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview

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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Tuesday, 2 February 2021
alan beaven
2:08 PM

my home is in beattock, south of scotland in spite of several retunes I can no longer receive BBC 1 Scotland previous retunes have asked which transmitter .not today. humax box youview

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10:02 PM

alan beaven:

The Caldbeck Scotland transmitters aren't quite as strong as the Cumbria ones but nevertheless you should still get a very good signal.

I was half expecting that maybe Caldbeck was having some Planned Engineering, but it's not, and I can't find any faults listed either by Freeview or the BBC.

The solution to this may be to manual tune rather than automatic tune. However, you might (note I said might) have to clear the previous tuning first. With the Youview box that would involve a reset (see your manual) and I'm not sure if it'll result in you having to reset any recording schedules.
I'm not sure about the Humax, it might be in the same boat, but try unplugging the aerial and doing a full automatic tune which may clear the previous tuning as nothing should be found.

To manual tune for Caldbeck Scotland its UHF channels C27, C24, & C21 for the multiplexes BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, & BBCB HD/PSB3.
For Border (Cumbria) its UHF channels C25, C28, & C22 for the multiplexes BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, & BBCB HD/PSB3.
It's UHF channels C23, C26, & C30 for COMs4-6 and a Local multiplex on C33.

If you want Border as well as Scotland, tuning those after will probably put them in the LCN 800s range rather than replace them but you can only try it.

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Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 February 2021

12:48 AM

alan beaven:

Just to add to the frustration, IIRC you can't manual tune on a Youview box, so if a plain retune doesn't work, maybe it's a case of reset and hope that next time you get the region option to select Scotland!

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Thursday, 25 February 2021
James Buchanan
9:27 AM

Why are we having constant break up of programmes only on BBC channels with Commercial channels perfect on the Moffat sub transmitter being fed from Caldbeck, it is as if the BBC channels are operating on reduced power?

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10:25 AM

James Buchanan: How far away are you from the (very low power) Moffat relay? Is your aerial on the roof, in the loft or are you using an indoor/set top aerial and is it still pointing in the correct direction?

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