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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 SD, 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)619mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C30- (545.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)619mDTG-631,900W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English 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
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +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, 82 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC SD, 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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,

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;
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

Comments
Monday, 29 October 2012
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Petra
5:33 PM

Hi, we've been digital since the first changeover (isle of man) - why have I now lost all the SDN channels? Use a freeview box with a sony bravia set.

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Dave Lindsay
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5:41 PM

Petra: Last Wednesday Ireland switched over and Divis is now broadcasting its SDN on C23, which is the same as Caldbeck uses. Did the loss of these channels co-incide with that day?

Have you tried manually tuning to UHF channel 23?

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Petra
7:17 PM

Hi Dave Lindsay: Yes! Thanks I didn't know about Divis. I have tried three times to manually tune. 1st time clearing all the channels and then manually tuning for 25, 28, 30, 27, 24, 22, 26, 29 and 23. All the list came back but when I select 10 (itv3) or 31 5usa) it says programme not tuned. Then tried twice just to manually tune channel 23, but no joy, it appears on the list but there is nothing there. I am really disappointed as I love 5usa, we get a great reception on every other channel. Any suggestions would be most welcome and thanks for your reply.

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Dave Lindsay
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8:56 PM

Petra: I think that you may have to consult with an aerial installer.

If the problem is interference from Divis, it may be possible to either use a different aerial which is more sensitive to the desired signals from Caldbeck and/or better at not picking up the unwanted signals from Divis. It may be possible to locate the aerial somewhere that it will pick up Caldbeck but where there is less interference from Divis. For example, taking advantage of a building to block an unwanted signal.

As you may know, there are viewers who are unable to receive the Commercial (COM) channels. The transmitters on the Isle of Man are all Freeview Lite, so you are lucky to be able to pick them up from the UK mainland.

Up until Wednesday, the COM channels from Caldbeck were on low power so as to protect against interference with people watching the low-power pre-switchover digital channels from Divis.

Evidently you are in an area where, despite the increased power from Caldbeck, the high power signals from Divis are strong enough to degrade the Caldbeck signals.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012
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Petra
11:55 AM

Hi Dave Many thanks for your reply, yes it does seem that our signal is being blocked by Divis. I have just spoken to our ariel man and he has had lots of calls from people with the same problem. We are fortunate here in Ramsey that we have always been able to receive ITV4, parts of the IOM can't watch the TT programmes that ITV4 produce! The ariel man is going to have his work cut out installing new equipment for those of us affected. And they said digital tv was going to be such a wonderful thing...doh.
Thanks again for explaining things so well.

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Dave Lindsay
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12:41 PM

Petra: If it turns out that Caldbeck's COM channels might not be reliable due to interference, then you might be able to receive the from Winter Hill which is the main transmitter for North West England and is near Bolton. This broadcasts BBC North West and ITV Granada, but if you wished to continue receiving the BBC NE & Cumrbia and ITV Border channels you do now, then an aerial on Winter Hill could be combined with one on Caldbeck. This would allow you to watch PSBs from Caldbeck and COMs from Winter Hill (and indeed PSBs from Winter Hill if you wish) on the same receiver without having to unplug one aerial lead and plug in the other. This may be a solution to be considered only if Caldbeck's COMs is not possible.

I understand that a few years back the regional programming for all of the Isle of Man become BBC North West and ITV Granada which means that, theoretically, they should provide relevant local news and Caldbeck won't.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012
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John Thompson
11:07 AM
Egremont

Hi
Is it possible to receive reception from the Caldbeck transmitter from Bigrigg Egremont?
I have a loft aerial.
Thank you

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KMJ,Derby
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11:20 AM

John Thompson: The digital UK postcode checker predictd good reception at your location, subject to there being no local obstructions such as trees or tall buildings blocking the signal path. A group "A" aerial should (preferably) be used for best signal pick up on the required channels, aerial pointing NE and set for horizontal polarisation.

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Dave Lindsay
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11:55 AM

John Thompson: For ideas of a suitable aerial see:

Digital TV Transmitters

If you have a DIY aerial, then it will probably be a wideband yagi (black tip) which isn't as effective for Group A transmitters like Caldbeck, although you could try it.

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John Thompson
12:18 PM
Egremont

Thanks guys :)

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