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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 24/06/2024 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

 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
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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

 H max
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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
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), 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.

Monday, 23 April 2012
Big Mart

10:42 PM

Dave Lindsay: I tried all the multiplexes briefly this evening. The only one that I saw the picture break up was the HD channels.

Tim: Thank for your suggestion I will try that tomorrow.

Can someone please tell me if I try retuning without the aerial in, and then retuning again with the aerial connected (as I did on the tv), would all my recordings be saved?

I am presuming they are there unless I reformat the disc.

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Dave Lindsay

10:43 PM

Big Mart: Retuning a PVR does not affect the recordings on the disc.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:51 PM

Roger. That's comforting to see that I'm not suffering alone.Still waiting on Microsoft, who seem to have done nothing since thanking me for "reaching out" to them. I doubt that the problem is with an individal tuner card, as I have tuner cards from four different manufacturers, and the problem is the same on all. But to try to nudge Microsoft, I have lodged manufacturer support calls for a PC that's still in warranty, and for one of the tuners.

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kate's 7 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 24 April 2012
1:29 AM

I take it no one has any insight then?

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Martyn's 3 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

1:37 AM

Martyn: Digital UK has issued a bulletin:….pdf

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Dave Lindsay

1:42 AM

Martyn: Google <<vestel t810>>

Unofficial Vestel PVR Information (UK) - T810 Freeview Recorder

As it says, this is an unofficial site, so use it at your own risk. I haven't used it and therefore can't vouch that for the content. Use it at your own risk.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
2:25 AM

Brilliant, thanks for the info.

Now I just have to find someone with a computer that still has a serial port!

Either that or just upgrade my PVR...

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Martyn's 3 posts GB flag

8:16 AM

Martyn: Regarding that chassis used by your PVR, or to be more precise the tuner which is the cause of the problem by its AFC (auto frequency control) the acceptance range being virtually rigid thereby not coping with the negative offset on the frequency of Ch28.

Be advised that even if the software referred to in the link did manage to allow the channel to be pulled in, you would find that the slightest glitch in the signal would have an exaggerated affect on reception compared to a device that could cope with negative offsets right from the start, as even Vestel's later chassis is notorious for recording's skipping and jumping.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
5:28 PM

Hi,i live at the western end of herne bay.
since the power increase at crystal palace
i receive good signals, usually the quality
is 8/10 except on channel 28 which is 3/5
this does not cause a problem, as i receive
goood signals from blue bell hill and sudbury.
just curious if there is a technical reason
for lower levels on chan 28
regards sid baddeley

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S.BADDELEY's 2 posts GB flag

5:53 PM

martyh: Update regarding your 9625. I popped into at a service depot today whilst on my travels and managed to have a good study at the manual for the model in question, the result being that it appears that there is only one part number listed for the tuner and with no qualifications being made for model variations such as /05 etc, this same tuner also seen used in a few other older models as well, albeit that as would be expected these reportedly having a similar problems to your own.

That said, just out of interest I decided to have a check on the price range charged for the tuner plus I fully intended to query the items supplier regarding its suitability for 8k use, however as things transpired I didn't even manage to get to that stage, as although the item was listed at just under £20.00 it was also tagged as being "no longer available", and with the likely reason for this being that the advertiser of the said item was aware that it was a bit of a red herring by being useless for 8k applications.

I also had a similar result on a second attempt, so it unfortunately appears that you will have no option but to go down the separate box route.

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