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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-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

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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.

Saturday, 7 April 2012
6:56 PM

Chris K
Crystal Palace has been transmitting digital since November 1998 and analogue only ends this month.
But the relays get the first digital on the day BBC 2 analogue ends, then two weeks later get some more digital TV when BBC1, ITV and Channel 4 analogue ends.
So some have over 11 years to switch but others have to switch on the day BBC2 analogue ends then again two weeks later.

I guess they also need to allow some time for the chap on his bike to get to all the transmitters.

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MCMLXII's 12 posts GB flag
Sunday, 8 April 2012
2:42 AM

I have 2 Freeview boxes linked to my non-digital tv. After the London digital changeover this week one box(Sony) is performing fine but the other (Panasonic) - which is linked to the recorder is a nightmare. After the Panasonic is turned on or after channel change this freeview box gives a colour picture to start with but then goes to black and white and thereafter fluctuates between colour and black and white. Am in despair as now all that I record is a mix between colour and black and white - so awful. Has anyone else got this problem - can anyone advise me what can be done? Is it likely to be a Reception problem that will rectify once changeover complete on 18th? Do you think there's hope because it shows it can produce colour. Thank you!

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Alison's 1 post GB flag

8:10 AM

Alison: This could be linked to the massively high powered BBC transmitter causing the Panasonic signal overload problems, although as you haven't given your location (pref: post code) this cannot be verified, but purely for a test if you have a set top aerial lying around see if that works.

Another test without using another aerial is to leave the Panasonic sitting on any menu page which if I remember correctly might have a blue background to the printing, then if you see the background colour fluctuating take the aerial out of the box and see if this stabilises the colour, if it does then its overloading.

What model of Panasonic box are you using?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

10:05 AM

Alison: What was said is taking it that you have the Panasonic coupled to the TV via a scart lead and not by using a coax RF link?

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David J
10:47 AM

Reception problems

I had perfect digital reception on all channels before the digital switchover.Now when I switch the TV on all the channels appear ,signal strengths between 85%-95% and zero bit error level,but after a short period the signal strength is 0% and the bit error level is 10.I have fitted a new aerial which is giving a good to excellent signal strength. I have also tried a different TV which is ok on all channels but again after a period loses ITV,C4 but is still ok on BBC channels ,Film 4,Really plus a few others.Does anyone have any suggestions?

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David J's 1 post GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

11:04 AM

David J: See here for a posting from someone near to you with a similar problem (loss of ITV1, C4, C5 etc):

Single frequency interference | - independent free digital TV advice

I wouldn't change aerials as the problem may well right itself on 18th April and therefore any money spent is simply to provide television between now and that date.

Try a set-top aerial if you have one. Or as you have swapped the aerial, try the old aerial at ground level, indoors and maybe outdoors.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 April 2012
8:51 AM

jb38:i have a bush bled22fhdl8 tv with built in freeview 4 months old. Iam unable to get the bbc channels i have done a reset manual tune and first time installation and getting no where ch23 is saying no signal?
i have attached my old freeview set top box up on the same tv and this has picked up all the channels. i am confussed

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carl's 1 post GB flag
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10:11 AM

carl: You are only 4 miles away from the massively high powered BBC transmitter, so if you have access to a non-amplified type of set top aerial plug that in and carry out another manual tune on Ch23, or should you not be able to obtain one, try a short piece of copper wire of about 8 or 12" or so carefully pushed into the middle part of the aerial socket, because this will provide a suitably reduced level of signal for a test. (Giving an update on results).

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Mike Dimmick

2:53 PM

carl: That postcode looks like it might be a block of apartments, and therefore you might be using a communal aerial system. If so, check with your landlord or management agent about ensuring that the signal levels to your apartment/flat are correct. See PARAS - Professional Aerial Riggers Against The Sharks for some other thoughts on who to talk to.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
10:27 PM

I have 2 built in freeview tvs obviously both through the same aerial, everything was fine before the 1st switch over and I retuned both tvs as instructed, they were both fine and worked up until about 3 hours ago, we have now lost ITV, C4, C5, ITV2 & others, I have tried re-tuning them again but it just says channel not found, no signal, can anyone help me and explain what has happened, I know that the second part of the change over is on the 18th April and that we need to do the procedure again but does that mean we will get these channels back? And surely losing them just like that and 9 days before the 2nd change over isn't right, is it???

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