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Freeview Light on the Calne (Wiltshire, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Calne (Wiltshire, England) transmitter which serves 6,400 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 Calne (Wiltshire, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Calne 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.

 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)136mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 17 others

 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)136mDTG-320W
Channel icons
3 ITV (West), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (West),

 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)136mDTG-620W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Calne (Wiltshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Calne transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Points West 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS8 2LR, 42km west
to BBC West region - 60 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (East) 0.9m homes 3.4%
from Bristol BS4 3HG, 39km west
to ITV West region - 61 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (West)

How will the Calne (Wiltshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA K

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 March and 7th April 2010.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 50W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Mendip transmitter area

Jan 1958-Jul 1968Television Wales and the West
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Harlech 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. Calne was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Sunday, 30 October 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:31 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:11 on 28 Oct to 12:07 on 28 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:11 on 28 Oct to 12:07 on 28 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 116,380 posts Owner Owner xx
Wednesday, 7 December 2016
7:11 PM

Hi there, moving to Royal Wootton Bassett in Jan '17. Wonder if Calne will be the nearest TV transmitter that the aerial needs to be tuned into?

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Gautham's 3 posts GB
10:44 PM

Gautham: Going by the coverage map at the top of this page, the Calne transmitter wouldn't cover Wootton Bassett. Mendip would likely be the best option but if you enter the postcode of your new property you'll be able to access a prediction of the transmitters available to you.

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StevensOnln1's 337 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 8 December 2016
2:14 PM


I used to live near Lineham and Calne transmitter does not coveranything outside of a limited area of Calne. It is mainly an 'in fill' transmitter for those areas of Calne, such as parts of Oxford Road and parts of London Road, that are screened from the main Mendip transmitter by the hills at Sandy Lane and Derry Hill.

Royal Wootton Bassett is admirably covered by the full service Mendip transmitter. Look at Which Freeview channels does the Mendip transmitter broadcast? for details of the transmitter and the channels it uses.

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MikeP's 1,238 posts Gold Gold GB
Saturday, 10 December 2016
8:46 AM

Thanks, Stevens & MikeP.
For reception from Mendis, do you reckon a high gain Yagi type antenna about a metre long installed on the loft will be good enough?

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Gautham's 3 posts GB
10:59 PM


You need a log-periodic aerial mounted externally above the roof, they are usually mounted on a chimney stack.

I use one of the type mentioned at Online FM DAB TV Aerial sales = other makes and suppliers are available.

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MikeP's 1,238 posts Gold Gold GB
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