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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 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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-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

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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
Channel icons
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?

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?

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

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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.

Thursday, 5 April 2012
3:00 AM

Area: Reading RG6

Goodman GDR11 - brand new

I was having problems with ITV3 and many other channels, but this was nearly all sorted out by following the excellent instructions posted by Mike Dimmick on Wednesday 4 April 2012 4:16PM.

However, the channels from C34 (Dave, E4+1 etc.) have all turned up under 800+ numbers, rather than the numbers they should (19, 29 etc.) and are unwatchable owing to freezing, pixellation etc.

Any suggestions gratefully received.

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9:46 AM

Everybody panic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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m kinsella
2:20 PM

when i retuned on the 4/4/12 my tv tuned in to the Dover transmitter which i get a lot of interference from before that it was Crytal palace with no problems how do i retune back to the previous channel i live in Essex

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Dave Lindsay

2:24 PM

m kinsella: The simplest method to get it back on to Crystal Palace is probably to run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial plugged in and then unplug when it gets to 30%. Once completed plug the aerial back in and it will hopefully have tuned to Crystal Palace.

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m kinsella
2:53 PM
Canvey Island

Thanks Dave have tried that and still get meridian mike

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john tatman
3:16 PM

I can only get bbc channels when will I get the rest before or on 18 april?????

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Dave Lindsay

3:16 PM

m kinsella: Crystal Palace uses low channels and Dover higher ones up. Unfortunately Blue Bell Hill uses one the is within those used by CP, so the unplugging aerial trick isn't so easy. Now you've supplied your post code it can be seen what's possibly causing issues. When the second switchover happens on 18th April, this may not be a problem.

At the present moment in time there are the following channels (in ascending order):

22 CP ITV1
23 CP BBC One (full power)
24 BB ITV1
27 BB ITV3
28 CP BBC Four
29 CP Yesterday
32 CP ITV3
34 CP Pick TV

CP= Crystal Palace BB=Blue Bell Hill

If your TV allows manual tuning, then use it. You may have to wipe everything stored in it first. If it will allow manual tuning but only once it has completed a scan and found something, then aim to pick up at least one of the CP multiplexes and then add the rest.

In any case, if you do scan, have the aerial unplugged after 30% as there are no CP channels higher than that.

By the way, the scan runs from channel 21 to 69, so you can calculate a percentage from that if your receiver does not give UHF channel numbers as it's scanning.

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Dave Lindsay

3:18 PM

john tatman: If you have not received Freeview before 4th April, then the rest will become available to you on 18th April.

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Martyn Smith
6:42 PM

I had a right game getting any of the channels now on frequency 34 (Dave being the one I particularly wanted on there). My aerial, an electrically boosted set top, was originally on the window ledge as this had previously got the best signal. However there, signal quality was down to 2%, i.e. non-existent with the aerial where it was. However, placing the aerial back on the top of the TV and pointing the antenna at roughly 20 deg from the horizontal facing SW seems to have eliminated all boiling and I can get all 6 of the main Muxes now (don't have HD, still got an old CRT in fact). Guess living so close to Crystal Palace (E Croydon) helps.

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Martyn Smith
6:50 PM

I wonder what difference 18 April will make. I mean, I haven't watched analogue for years now (I was living in S Wales until recently and the analogue went off there 2 years ago), but I was wondering if the final death knell for analogue will signal an increase in the quality of the digital in my message above I've managed to finally rid my viewing of the accursed boiling problem (remember when Angus Deayton and Richard Wilson were selling digital on the basis that you don't get ghosting or fuzziness...they didn't mention you might get far more disruptive boiling instead did they?...), for now at least. Hopefully with the CP transmitter fully switched to digital we'll see the end of it altogether.

...another thing, digital uses far less pwoer than analogue did, therefore the BBC will save on its fuel bills...does that mean a reduction in, or at least a freeze for now on, the licence fee?....

Yours, more in hope than expectation...

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