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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) mast?

Crystal Palace transmitter - Crystal Palace transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD London, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
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from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

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, 12km north-northwest (335°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018

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 4 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

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.

Sunday, 25 March 2012
9:55 PM

I have been loosing the lower Freeview channels my aerial has been upgraded and fitted on the roof. i get picture break up from planes lawn mowers etc from kt186lw please help wife going potty

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DAVE's 1 post GB flag
DAVE's: ...

11:17 PM

DAVE: If you are receiving your signal from Crystal Palace then you only have a short time to wait until it switches over to high powered operation in early April (BBC on 4th & 18th for remaining muxes) when its almost guaranteed that your reception will receive a massive boost to the extent that you may then have to fit an attenuator in line with your aerial to avoid the effects of overloading on your sets tuner.

Your present problem is likely being caused by the current wave of high pressure across the country and which is causing problems with reception in all sorts of areas, needless to say no cure to this is really possible except to wait until the present situation reverts to normal.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
11:55 PM

Mux 2 (ITV 1, C4, C5 etc)signal has disappeared from Crystal Palace transmitter Sunday 25th March at about 10.30pm. Why is this?

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 26 March 2012
12:55 AM

i just lost all signal from all channels the time is 12:45am ????? me thinks they must be doing some engineering work at crystal palace i live in camberley

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stu's 2 posts EU flag
8:43 AM

I lost all signals for the lower channels on Saturday and Sunday night. What do I pay my license fee for? Come so called 'digital TV' get it right. This is not the first time and has been going on long enough. I'm ready, are you?

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Bob's 2 posts GB flag
Bob's: mapB's Freeview map terrainB's terrain plot wavesB's frequency data B's Freeview Detailed Coverage
9:33 AM

The aerial - only a couple of months old and installed by a TV aerial company - is on the roof. Our change-over starts early April here. The stations are lost no only on freeview, but on analogue too. Last night only lasted about 15/20 minutes but the last time was over more than an hour.

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Adrienne's 2 posts GB flag
Adrienne's: mapA's Freeview map terrainA's terrain plot wavesA's frequency data A's Freeview Detailed Coverage
1:09 PM

We lost Mux 1 at 9pm last night (Sunday 25 March) on both TV and PVR. Tried rescanning but could not get them back. Lost Mux 2 half hour later. That kept coming back and disappearing again.

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roysy's 1 post US flag
9:28 PM

How come whenever I log on to this site the front page referencing Crystal Palace always says "this transmitter has no current problems and there are currently no engineering works". Its ALWAYS the same old bullshit story and Im fed up with it! They must be doing something, the sun or strange weather phenomena do not make one MUX go completely down, while others are running perfectly. Always seems to be CH 22, so what the **** is going on?!

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Gary's 3 posts GB flag
11:31 PM

I live in Peckham which is only 5 miles away from Crystal Palace. Mux2 (Channel 22) started giving poor signal quality from a few weeks back and now I'm not getting any signal at all even though signal strength is good.

All other channels (Muxs) are fine giving me signal quality of 95%. Why is is it Mux 2 keeps failing and down for so long ?

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Bruce's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 27 March 2012

1:04 PM

I'm not as expertised as others who post on this site but I can absolutely say that one or more muxes can and are effected by weather conditions. As note of interest on Saturday night I was watching Yorkshire tv with perfect stability here in south west Hertfordshire at a distant of a 100 miles plus for an hour. I have problems with channel 22 as its one of the weaker muxes and I live about 20 miles from Crystal Palace. After switchover I'm pretty sure these problems will stop. This site is a very valuable source of free information and I do get annoyed with people disbelieving the information given here. The information here is much better than some advice I have been given by more so called professional bodies.

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Tim's 32 posts GB flag
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