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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.

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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.

 V max
C24 (498.0MHz)136mDTG-20W
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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, GREAT! romance mix, 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?

1984-971997-981998-20102010-135 Jun 2019

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.

Saturday, 5 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

1:33 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 on 03 Apr to 12:42 on 03 Apr, HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:45 on 03 Apr to 12:42 on 03 Apr. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 09:45 on 03 Apr to 12:50 on 03 Apr, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 09:45 on 03 Apr to 12:50 on 03 [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,349 posts xx flag

8:37 PM


I live in Bremhill parish but nearer to Lyneham and get all our services either from Sky with a minidish or Freeview from Mendip with an 11 element C/D yagi that is now some 40 years old.

The terrain of Calne and the surrounding hills is the problem as TV signals do not like 'bending'. Hence the large number of 'fill in' relays that were built in the analogue days, and most now used as Freeview Lite sources. As you rightly state, the Calne transmitter is one of those and as it serves few people, in commercial pay-back terms, there is little justification for the commercial broadcasters to provide their signals at great expense - they have to pay to be carried on any multiplex.

So the reception from Mendip is severely affected by the hill with Bowood House and Derry Hill village getting in the way of direct line of sight. Hence some have opted for attempts to get reception from Oxford, but again there are hill problems because of the 'bump' at the top of Abberd Way and beyond (roughly, attempting to look through the hill above Broad Hinton on the road to Malborough). Obviously, to get anything people have invested heavily in receiving aerial equipment that might get signals most of the time but be subject to high wind loading factors. In my former work as a service engineer and then Technical Training Manager for a major TV rental company that was based in Swindon I saw a great many customers in similar situations in the East Midlands and Surrey/Sussex/Kent areas I worked in before promotion and then retirement.

All these matters are not political so any general election outcome is extremely unlikely to affect the future development of Calne, if any.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 8 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:31 PM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 today to 18:33 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,349 posts xx flag
Thursday, 9 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 yesterday to 18:33 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 18:33 on 08 Oct to 18:33 on 08 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 151,349 posts xx flag
Sunday, 22 March 2015
12:31 PM

I live in calne and have read that out local transmitter is down
Can I ask how long it will be before we can watch TV again it's been off most of the day now


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sarah Dowie
5:39 PM

I live in Caine and still have no TV or radio.Is anyone doing anything about it?

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j davies
5:58 PM

I have no TV live in calne been off since 10.30 this morning. When will it be back on. Says no problems on transmitter I think there could be one

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Dave Lindsay

6:44 PM

I checked Radio & TV Investigation Service and Digital UK and neither report a problem. I also checked SSE Distribution's power outage checker and no fault is recorded for the transmitter site. Sunday's an odd day for engineering work, I would have thought.

So I'm none the wiser...

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Mary H
7:11 PM

I After worrying that our aerial had been damaged or the Calne Transmitter had been vandalised, I phoned a Rep at radioand who said that the Electricity company and cut off the power to the Calne transmitter but they were working to reconnect it. Still think the websites should have been able to tell us that.

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