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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, 5 July 2017
Phil
10:45 AM

Calne local transmitter does not cover the new housing estate, which is only a few hundred yards to the south ! Will this be rectified/ updated in the near future ?
There are a few hundred houses being built and it is a nigtmare trying to get a terrestrial signal.

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StevensOnln1
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2:40 PM

Phil: Have you asked the developer building the houses about it? It would be very unusual for a transmitter to undergo changes to its coverage area due to a new housing development. Freesat would be the obvious solution and would give you far more channels than you'll ever receive from the Calne lite relay.

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Thursday, 6 July 2017
MikeP
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10:50 AM

Phil:

Having lived near Calne I am not aware of any new developments to the south of the transmitter, in the direction of Mile Elm, Stockley and Headington. I am aware of a new development being built behind London Road/Quemerford off of Stockley Lane. But they are to the south east and within the claimed coverage area, see the coverage map near the top of this page.



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MikeP's 2,790 posts GB
Sunday, 9 July 2017
Phil
10:06 PM

Mike P : The new development which is called Cherhill view has three quarters of the site just outside the coverage area ! The developers do not care, they have tried ( obviously unsuccessfully) to fit their own aerials aiming at the Mendip TX... I was paid to correct them and managed to get the Calne TX.
Then the developers attempted to get a signal from the local TX, but kept the fitted aerial horizontal - I managed to get them corrected.
It is quite a large site and the rest of the site will get neither transmitter - which is frustrating when you can see it from the bedroom window !
I have told the sales ladies to tell the prospective buyers that their options are Sky or Freesat.
They have not told them that, I have to when they ring me. As I said - Frustrating !

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Monday, 10 July 2017
MikeP
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10:40 AM

Phil:

That is the development I was thinking of.

There is no requirement in the planning process for anyone to even consider TV reception so there is no point in complaining to Witlshire Council Planning Department. The developers have no responsibility to ensure there is any TV reception possible either. They are very unlikely to tell prospective purchasers that they can't get TV reception other than by using satellite services. The same situation applies throughout the country and even affects mobile reception conditions, there is no guarantee of TV or mobile reception anywhere.

As far as aerials go, to get signals from the Calne Freeview Lite transmitter you need either a Group A aerial or a wideband one, preferably a log-periodic, with the rods vertical. For Mendip you need either a Group C/D or a wideband one as above with the rod horizontal, but I doubt whether Mendip would give satisfactory reception due to the hills in between. So it's not just a case of rotating the aerial from horizontal to vertical unless it is a wideband one.



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Phil
11:24 AM

Mike... I agree with you entirely - I was just venting my frustration at the situation. It is quite rare to be able to see the TX and not get a reliable signal ! Especially that close. So far all the aerials I have installed there are log periodic.
As for the C/D aerial for Mendip ... I would use a white or black aerial NOT a green C/D cos it will be of no use in 2019 , when Mendip changes its channel locations down to the 30's
Regards Phil.

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MikeB
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2:34 PM
Peterborough

MikeP: To be fair to the planners, how would you plan for terrestial TV reception? Reception is about geography, and a housing estate can't suddenly be move a mile away because the signal might suddenly be a bit dodgy.

And to be honest, if your buying a new house, TV reception probably isn't the key factor in your purchase!

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MikeB's 2,568 posts GB
Tuesday, 11 July 2017
MikeP
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10:25 AM

MikeB:

My comment was that it is not a matter for the planning authority, it is not within their remit for consideration. So I do not expect them to take it into account unless the rules are changed - but that isn't going to happen. So I was beding fair to the planners.



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MikeB
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4:17 PM
Peterborough

MikeP: I agree with you - I was more pointing that out to the OP.


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Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

CALNE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:14 today. [BBC]

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