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Full Freeview on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,490,000 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 Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (London), 4 Channel 4 London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

 H -6.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
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56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

 H -7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-639,800W
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55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Charlton AthleticTransposerRedeveloped north stand Charlton Athletic Football Club130 homes
DeptfordTransposersouth-east London100 homes
GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
HendonTransposerGraham Park estate50 homes
White CityTransposer9 km W central London80 homes

How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KA 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 4th April and 18th April 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-13.7dB) 43.1kW
com8(-14dB) 39.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LW(-17dB) 20kW
PreDSO-BBCB*(-20dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc†
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. Crystal Palace 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.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017
9:44 PM

Tony Ferguson: Try changing your aerial lead - if its kaput or has a dodgy connection, then it can wipe out certain muxes. Even if nothing has changed, you'll know its not that, and the are very cheap.

At 17km from Crystal Palace, you should get a cracking signal, so check that your actually tuned to that transmitter, and if you are, then check the rest of your system.

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MikeB's 2,370 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 30 November 2017
Tony Ferguson
1:07 AM

MikeB: Thanks for that, I've already done this. It is over 4 devices all of which were picking up the signals strongly with a splitter in the loft connecting to 2 devices downstairs and 2 upstairs so I checked all of these connections.
All were picking up these signals fine until about 3-4 weeks ago. I purchased a booster for the upstairs ones about 6 weeks ago as the signal started degrading slightly and now all have gone. I wondered if the transmitters/muxes were being downgraded as I note that ch 81 is moving today.

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Tony Ferguson's 5 posts GB
9:10 AM

Tony Ferguson: Read again what you've written. You bought a booster 6 weeks ago, because the signal had started to degrade, and then things got bad on the other sets 3-4 weeks ago.

Crystal Palace covers alone something like 20% of the UK population, and there is no evidence of anything being 'downgraded' - especially since you are just 17km from the transmitter (you should have no need for a booster at that distance, and possibly not a powered splitter). A problem that lasted perhaps for 6 weeks would get picked up very quickly.

Loads of people think that somehow its the transmitter, etc. But in the majority of cases, its their own system, and the evidence would suggest the same goes for you.

Since the problem is on all TV's, start by noting the strength of each mux on each TV. That allows you to identify if its one spur thats worse than the others. But since they all have a problem, the fault is almost certainly with the splitter (power supply?) or above it. Start by bypassing the splitter - if the signal improves, then you know its that.

And then go up the chain. A TV aerial is a bit of metal, and attached to a wire just 6mm wide. Even in a loft it can degrade, get loose connections, and outside will get battered by all the weather can throw at it. And stuff goes wrong.

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MikeB's 2,370 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 1 December 2017
Tony Ferguson
11:27 AM

MikeB: Hi Mike well this morning everything back to normal with all signals returned so my guess is that the muxes were being prepared for the Channel 81 retune. Thanks for the help I was dreading having to go in to the loft and check everything.

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Tony Ferguson's 5 posts GB
2:08 PM

Tony Ferguson: I admire your optimism, but have you any actual evidence that anything was being prepared for a retune?

I'm glad its working again, but I suspect you will be inspecting wiring at some point...

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MikeB's 2,370 posts Platinum Platinum GB
4:08 PM

When Talking Pictures stopped transmitting it said it needed a retune so I came to your site (today) to find where it is.

I always do a manual tune because otherwise ALL my favourite channel lists and ALL my scheduled recordings and series will be lost (on my Humax Fox T2 PVR) - taking me 30 minutes (or several days if I haven't photographed the lists).

I duly retuned C33 and spent 5 minutes putting BBC4HD C4/7HD and C4+1HD as they were.

I then found Talking Pictures still didn't work because your list is out of date - that's 2 days after the scheduled change.

Is it your policy to provide confusing and outdated information?

I had to go to to find out where it really is - it took me some time to find, and appears to be mainly for engineers.

Perhaps you should use it? Especially as you are the first place people look.

If I was responsible for publicly messing up like this I would be banging my head on the wall until it bleeds.

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Roy's 1 post GB
Tony Ferguson
4:15 PM

MikeB: Hi Mike, I do hope not!! In answer to your comment no, but, all other channels apart from these were being received full strength and now these are too. The only reason that I tried the booster on the upstairs circuit was because there were two connectors to that which, as the aerial lead runs under the floorboards would not be easy to re-route. The aerial is not using a powered splitter, just a simple splitter box. Downstairs is direct and I started having problems on these last week on these channels which has now solved itself !!

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Tony Ferguson's 5 posts GB
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
11:54 PM Haverfordwest


I can recommend the modified software for your HDR-Fox T2 it has the Tune Fix module. Does an auto tune and re populates the recording schedule. If you do a manual re tune with the modded software it also populates the schedule again after two reboots. If you Google

HD/HDR-FOX T2 Customised Firmware

You will find it. It's a smorgasburg of useful additions that give added functionality.

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Tell's 1 post GB
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