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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?

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
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LW
 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, 11km north-northwest (334°)
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
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:29 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:29 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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David Kanareck
2:29 PM

Have Philips 19PFL with built-in Freeview and an outside aerial. Everything perfect until April 4th. Did correct re-installation but now whilst I can receive all other digital channels, BBC1,2,3,4 and BBC Newsare lost. I have to go through installation process each time. They are retained until I switch off and for about 20 mins afterwards. But any longer and need re-installation. Analogue OK for BBC1. BBC2. Get message that signal not strong enough!!

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Big Mart
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:08 PM
London

When we have the second retune next week, will I have to do a manufacturer's reset again, or will a simple update suffice?

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Roger
6:40 PM
Chelmsford

I have Techwood PVR + TopUp tv + TVonics box and Hauppauge card in PC. All reporting good reception on all channels after phase one. Hauppauge card was the only fiddly one - had to remove the existing database & then do a rescan.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:24 PM

Big Mart: As there are five mux channel changes and one disappearing you could just carry out an initial rescan with the aerial unplugged, then follow this with another rescan after reinserting same, but if any problems cropped up that lasted more than a couple of days I am afraid that its a reset job, as that would be inclined to indicate that some corrupted data is still lurking around in the tuners memory.

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012
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peter T
11:41 AM

Problem
Get bbc1,2,itv,ch4,5 okay on analogue from crystal palace.
Only get the last page on digital - 800 (advertising a gay dating service).
seems like freeview signal is too low ?
anyone else experience similar ?
Thanks

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Linda
1:21 PM
London

Channels 3 to 6, 8, 10, 12 to 18, 22 to 24, 26 to 28 (which includes all ITV and C4 stations) have suddenly gone blank this afternoon. I re-tuned thinking this would help now these channels are just not showing at all :(

postcode w9 3na
aerial on roof

Stations BBC1, 2 & 7 example have not been affected.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:24 PM

Linda: I'd check for a broken, loose or disconnected cable, or a dislodged or misaligned aerial. If you're using a communal aerial system provided by the landlord, the power supply to the distribution amplifier may have failed - check with your neighbours.

Right now the BBC channels are broadcasting at 10x the power of the rest. It's quite possible that at only 14km away, the signal strength is high enough for the BBC channels to still be received even without a proper connection to the aerial. It does appear that you still have Mux D though (which carries logical channel numbers 11, 19, 20, 24, 29, 32).

What does the analogue picture look like for the remaining analogues (BBC One, ITV1 [on BBC Two's old channel], C4, C5)? If it's snowy, this points to an aerial problem.

On 18 April, all the other services will increase up to the same power level as the BBC services, but of course it won't then be possible to check against analogue.

Logical channel number 8 is reserved (unused) in England. In Wales it's used for Channel 4 (because S4C replaces C4 at 4) and in Scotland for BBC ALBA.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:27 PM

peter T: If you still get BBC Two analogue, you're not getting it from Crystal Palace, or any of the London transmitters. It was switched off last Wednesday. Perhaps you're using Bluebell Hill?

We can't provide any better advice without a full postcode.

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