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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 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-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C48- (689.8MHz)324mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 Sony Movies Action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 Sony Movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LW
 H -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

com7
 H -6.7dB
C55 (746.0MHz)324mDTG-643,100W
Channel icons
 Merit, 64 FreeSports HD, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 NOW 80s, 83 Together TV +1, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?

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
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C48BBCB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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.

Comments
Wednesday, 2 April 2014
NICK ADSL UK
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:37 PM

for the record the Crystal Palace transmitter transmitter is showing low power my end in west Sussex normally 10 but for the last few days showing 2 hence the message of retuning keep showing up on various boxes

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NICK ADSL UK's 38 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
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Dolby72
8:47 AM

Is it possible to for an old rooftop aerial (possibly 25 years old, standard-type) to pick up the HD channels and all mux's except channel 26 PSB2 with SD ITV, Channel 4 etc? As that's what has happened to me, bizarre.

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Dolby72's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:34 PM

Dolby72: Yes. An aerial works by frequency and digital channels are in the same range as the former analogue from Crystal Palace which means a replacement shouldn't be required.

Where are you? I wonder if the signal is too strong due to your close proximity to the transmitter.

C26 used to be for BBC One analogue. How was its picture?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:49 PM

Dolby72: Quite a few people are caught out by their TV being HD but not having the capability to receive HD signals.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
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Dolby72
9:49 AM

Dolby72: Sutton surrey, so about six miles. I have since got an indoor one and its picked up everything fine and with a good signal strength. As far as the roof aerials on my property go there are two from old - not just one split to both rooms for some reason. One feeds the front room and every channel is fine, and the other feeding the bedroom which has the drop out on channel 26's mux no matter how many times i retuned automatically, or manuallyl. I can't quite see from the front of the building but the aerial may be pointing slightly out of whack or be damaged even. Thanks for your time on this though.

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Dolby72's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:26 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 today to 00:11 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 17 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:30 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 yesterday to 00:11 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 18 April 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:29 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 on 16 Apr to 00:11 on 16 Apr. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014
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Christine Clarke
4:56 PM

Why can't I pick up free view on my portable free view tv when I'm in Wimbledon Park Wimbledon I can't be too far away from crystal palace can I. Cant get any signal at all

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Christine Clarke's 4 posts GB
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:23 PM

Christine Clarke: The area referred to is approximately 5 miles away from the Crystal Palace transmitter and as such in theory anyway, should be in a high signal strength area.

However could you clarify exactly what's meant by a "portable Freeview TV"? does this refer to one of those small (9" or less screen size) TV's that use a pull out aerial? if you do, then are you using its "search for channels" facility or is Crystal Palace already pre-tuned.

The other point being, "if" whatever you are using is of the type mentioned and which "some of" also offers the option of using the TV with a normal aerial rather than pull out, check that you have the aerial selector switch (if it has one) set to match whatever aerial you are using.

It would though be of assistance to know the brand "and" model number of the TV in question.

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