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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 27/11/2023 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
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, plus 16 others

 H max
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),

 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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.

Sunday, 22 April 2012
Big Mart

6:24 PM

Thank you Dave Lindsay. I will probably have a go tomorrow (doubt I will have time tonight). This is providing I can find the signal strength screen!

I hope it is easy to change transmitters if necessary.

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6:51 PM

NICK ADSL UK: Regarding Freeview reception, I have always been of the opinion (and have frequently voiced it) that anyone of a critical nature who demands a virtually trouble free service for 99.9% of the time should always consider Freesat as their No1 choice for reception, as although Freeview reception certainly scores for its sheer versatility as far as being used to feed a number of TV or boxes in the same property is concerned without any great hassle being involved, this when compared to the situation with satellite reception where individual feeds from a dish to each receiver is required, but this latter inconvenience is a small price to pay for super reliable reception, with myself using a combination of Freesat / Freeview / and Sky's free to view services, albeit that roughly 80% of the live viewing made via satellite.

Another thing I have always voiced my opinion about is, that once the whole country is switched over to digital TV there is very likely to be far more complaints of a continuing nature with terrestrial digital TV reception than ever existed with analogue, as even in relatively perfect installations (which most aren't) trouble can be experienced for all sorts of reasons totally out with the control of the viewer, (e.g: inversion effect etc) but unlike when this happened with analogue where the viewer had to put up with wavy lines or ghost images etc in the background of their picture at least they could still see it, and so were more likely to accept the problem and not immediately kick up about it, whereas with digital reception it results in a range of the most irritating symptoms like constant picture glitches accompanied by squeals on the audio, that is "if" any picture was there to see in the first place!

There are lots of areas in the UK that will never at any time have good reception, and the further removed a viewer is from the ideal line-of-site position then the more vulnerable their reception will be to being interfered with, and this is something that will never change, that being why digital is perfect for satellite as there is the absolute minimum of external factors that can interfere with it, the main one being a really heavy thundery type downpour, the use of a slightly larger dish even minimising this from happening.

I could go on but wont as I already feel that my postings are lengthy enough, but some things have to be said.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:57 PM

You make good sense and are clearly a professional JB. As for myself i dont get taken seriously despite in the beginning i got the likes of the pioneer chairman involved Mr Sato in the making of the first pioneer on digital box as the original Phillips box like what many people see today with picture freeze and by getting him involved along with a team at Sony we managed to put together 2 boxes that were first class and glitch free

I still have the original Sony at home they were good days all i was to the project was just a unpaid beta tester just like today as a unpaid Microsoft mvp in helping others across the world

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Monday, 23 April 2012
Big Mart

11:20 AM

Dave Lindsay: I have checked my channels this morning and BBC1 HD is coming through on Channel 30. It has S (signal?) of 17% and Q (quality?) of variable 44 - 47%

I also checked BBC1 /2 on ch 23 S=77% Q=100%
ITV1 /Ch.4 /5 ch 26 S=51% Q=100%

BBC News / Parliament ch 23 S=77% Q=100% Sky News ch 22 S=77% Q=100%

Would it be worth trying to change the channels for the HD services, and if so how?! It is a Sony svr-hdt500-freeview HD recorder.


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Dave Lindsay

12:14 PM

Big Mart: Perhaps one of the pros could step in as I'm not sure what else to suggest...except for wondering if it could be signal overload (with the effects showing on some channels more than on others):

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

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David Taylor
2:07 PM

Hi JB38
Thanks for all your input I have now purchased a Luxor 16" LED HD ready? whatever that means,cheapest one I could find and it works OK.
I will still try to find the problem with the other one when I've more time, just for my peace of mind.
I see a nieghbour has had a huge aerial fitted it looks like something off the Space Station must ask him if it works.
Is there an email address where people can register their complaints? Is anyone correalating the problems.
I don't see why people should have to have a satellite dish fitted as suggested by by yourself,perhaps the powers that be could supply and fit one for them ,if they had no problems before.
Personally I can live without hundreds of channels of "celebrity programs,no talent shows,and endless repeats some several times in the same week. As there are only enough programmes for half a dozen channels why do we need the other hundred? and Sky why?
Yours Dave (grumpy old man)

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Big Mart

4:05 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thanks for trying to help. I live 18 miles from Crystal Palace (according to Google Maps) - would I get overload from that distance?

Obviously I have not checked out 118 channels for reception!

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Andrew Benham
4:14 PM

Chris wrote:
> Hmm, my channel scan has resulted in all my SDN channels having QPSK modulation?! I've got no idea how QPSK differs from 64QAM, but I still seem to get a picture.

SDN are transmitting using QAM_64, but stating in the NIT that they're using QPSK :-( Don't know if this is country-wide, or just on Crystal Palace.

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Dave Lindsay

4:16 PM

Big Mart: I think it might be possible to have overload at that distance. This is more likely the bigger (higher the gain) of the aerial as by definition they pull in more signal.

There is no need to check out 118 channels!

They are transmitted in groups known as multiplexes; see "After switchover configuration" here:

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

There are six multiplexes (including one for HD) so you only need to look at one service from each. I would focus on the first from each: BBC One, ITV1, BBC One HD, ITV3, Pick TV and Yesterday.

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