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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.

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

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 20:26 on 24 May to 20:32 on 24 May. BBC


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)136mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)136mDTG-320W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)136mDTG-620W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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, 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 61 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: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Quest HD, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together, True Entertainment, True Movies, Yesterday, YourTV.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-132013-182013-175 Jun 2019
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
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Russ Dring
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1:16 PM
Spalding

JamesD: What I was saying on my reply was that you don't need freeview at all to get BT Sport 1, 2 and ESPN all in HD if you have got BT internet.
Their TV youview only takes whatever freeview channels are receivable then, you can add streamed channels which includes BT Sport.

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JamesD
1:42 PM
Calne

Russ: Yes I have just finished talking to BT and now see I can get BT Sport etc on BB but only through the BT Inifinity product not the old standard BB which I have. The cost of Infinity is to much dosh just for TV as I wouldn't need it in my standard www'ing activites.
I'll stay with freesat and fondly miss MotoGP!!! next year.

Thanks for your advice and Knowledge

Cheers
James

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MikeP
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9:52 PM

JamesD
Judging by your actual location (thanks to Dave Lindsay for pointing it out) you are in an area that is very poorly served by Mendip, due to the hill with Bowood, Derry Hill, etc) and the Calne transmitter aerials are directional so do not cover your area. That coverage is intended for parts of Oxford Road, New Road and the section of London Road that is blocked from Mendip by the hill with Derry Hill at the top. That mostly means parts of the town centre and heading east along the A4.
So your choice is limited and no aerial will be able to resolve the shielding effect of the geography, so I advise not spending money of changing aerials, etc.

As has been suggested, perhaps the only viable solution would be BT Infinity but as you've discovered it is substantially more expensive than ADSL broadband, and with the Calne exchange not too far away your ADSL speed should be fairly good.

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Dave Lindsay
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9:58 PM

MikeP: Judging by the radiation pattern and ensuing coverage map above, it would appear that the Calne transmitter does serve JamesD.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013
MikeP
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10:31 PM

Dave Lindsay:
Yes, it does, but I stated that the location is poor for Mendip reception, which is what he was asking about earlier. A look on Google Street View indicates that every house with an external aerial is aimed at the Calne realy and I cannot see any on that street aimed at Mendip, which is as I expected because of the geography of the area.
The Calne 'relay' does not carry commercial services so does not provide the BT Sport signals that JamesD was seeking. So his only solutuions are to forego BT Sport or pay the higher price for BY Infinity (although an Openreach engineer has told me that BT Internet customers with an ADSL service of at least 5.6 Mbps can get BT Sport free. As James is less than 1 mile from the exchange he should have a pretty good ADSL speed.).

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Thursday, 3 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
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11:33 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 09:45 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 09:45 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 09:45 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air from 09:45 today. [BBC]

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1:33 PM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:50 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:50 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 09:45 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air [BBC]

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2:35 PM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:42 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:42 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:50 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 09:45 today to 12:50 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 09 [BBC]

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Friday, 4 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
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1:32 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 yesterday to 12:42 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 yesterday to 12:42 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 09:45 yesterday to 12:50 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 09:45 yesterday to 12:50 yeste [BBC]

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Dave R
11:11 PM

Following the discussion and living in calne i am all to aware of the freeview lite mast.
Some areas can get a useable signal from mendip, but this may not be reliable, + likely require a massive aerial with booster. Can be Very expensive. Other parts of the town have little to z?ro chance Using mendip. While calne freeview has less chs its mostly easy to get with a simple compact external aerial. Distant r?ception of mendip signal on a massive aerial may also introduce wind loading issues, and various other Tech issues such as ch duplication where stray signals from s.wales, + s.coast are picked up and get mudled up with the mendip chs or maybe interfer with them.

I noticed in recent months 2 large aerials on High poles next to each other on the bypass, Both pointing to oxford. This is at the chippenham end of the bypass.

Obviously (or not) calne is not alone in its situation. The closest major other example is the city of Bath.

In calne satellite Had already become Very popular, before digital switchover in 2010. This was due to the lack of analogue ch5 and lack of early digital tv (eg itvdigital). Most houses therefore appear to now have a mini dish, for either sky or freesat.

There r 4 hd freeview chs also on calne, but more chs beyond a few tweaks (eg Film4 which got added) are next to no chance until the gov goes for Hd switchover, i dont expect any news on this until after the next election. That said the news may not be in favor of freeview at all with its long term future up for grabs due to the money that can b made by rolling out 5g mobile, and savings that could b made by forcing us all to use satellite tv and online tv in the future.

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