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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-20W
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1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C27 (522.0MHz)136mDTG-20W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)136mDTG-20W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Calne (Wiltshire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 (276°)
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 (273°)
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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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 Mar 10 and 7 Apr 10.

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.

Friday, 1 November 2013
2:42 PM

Are there any chances of an extended selection of channels being broadcast from the calne transmitter?

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Lee's 1 post GB flag
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2:53 PM

Lee: The chances are extremely slim to none.

But according to the Digital UK tradeview link to the right of your post, you may be able to pick them up from Mendip.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:01 PM

Lee: Practically non-existant.

The reason is because the Commercial broadcasters (those that don't transmit from Calne and over 1,000 or similar small transmitting stations) don't consider the investment worth the return. They serve 90% of the population and the cost to broadcast from these other transmitters would be roughly equal to what they pay now on 81 of the largest transmitters. It would, however, only add 9% of the population to their potential viewer bases.

See here for a further explanation:

Londonderry (Northern Ireland) transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

As Michael says, Digital UK suggests you might be in a location where the full-service from Mendip can be received. Have a look around to see if neighbours have gone for this option.

Calne aerials are vertical (elements up/down) and Mendip ones are horizontal (elements flat) and 44 degrees anti-clockwise of those facing Calne.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

10:29 PM

I live 3 miles from Calne and know the transmitter there, near John Bentley School. There is no chance of it ever getting any of the commercial services as the coverage area has too few customers, so there is little potential for sufficient advertising income being generated.
Depending on where in Calne you live you just may be able to get signals from Mendip, but many parts of Calne are hidden from that by the hills. Oxford Road, New Road and some parts of Quemerford can't use Mendip, partly because of the hill in Castlefields Park. Best to look at where your neighbours aerials are pointing and which way the small elements across the main arm are positioned. If they are vertical and the aerial points in the general direction of John Bentley then they are using the 'relay'. If the aerial points south west and the elements are horizontal, then they are using Mendip. The most useful indicators are your immediate neighbours aerials.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 November 2013
12:37 PM

A slight stretch away from strict Freeview --but BT TV does not appear on the detailed Calne transmitter channel listing here so will it work in this area and will I be able to get BT Sport since they 'nicked' MotoGP from BBC2. Is it worth signing up for BT TV?


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JamesD's 7 posts GB flag
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Russ Dring

12:49 PM

JamesD: The Calne transmitter is a freeview light one so no, BT Sport is not available.
If you are a BT internet customer BT Sport is free in standard definition in a few way's i phone, computer etc. If you have BT Infinity (fibre) then with a youview box will provide BT Sport both in SD and HD plus ESPN HD and many more internet based channels available on Sky and Virgin.

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Russ Dring's 48 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

1:57 PM

JamesD: As Russ Dring says, BT Sport isn't broadcast by the Calne transmitter.

The Digital UK Coverage Checker suggests that you "might" be able to receive all channels from Mendip. Such predictions never be totally accurate, and this is particularly so in situations like yours where the transmitter cannot be seen.

There are trees in the way on the high ground which is in the way and they could affect you, and such effects could be seasonal.

If you do decide to have a shot at reception from Mendip then I suggest you retain your Calne aerial as a back-up, incase reception from Mendip does deteriorate.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:42 PM

You don't give a Post Code so we can't be sure of where in Calne you live. If we could, then we'd be able to determine whether it is worth trying to get signals from Mendip. I live in Bremhill, so know the area well and knowing which road you are on (and which part if it is a long one like London or Oxford Roads) would help us to help you.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:26 PM

MikeP: JamesD's postcode is carried in his posting, it being under the blue links to "Reception map" etc.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
12:49 PM

Russ Dave Mike:
Many thanks for your answers. My post code is SN11 0RY Marden Way and though some neighbours use Mendip with masts and Ae amps etc they all say it is not solid reception. I've got Freesat but BT are flogging their TV for £1.69 a month on contract renewal presently with a free Rx box but if no BTsport to get the MotoGP without new and expensive dodgie Ae it gives me nothing more than getting already.
Their sale's bods are heavily pushing BTsport but don't mention limited area coverage!!! bad lads.

Many thanks & Cheers


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