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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 - AM: Off the air due to a fault from 18 Sep 00:26 until 18 Sep 00:27. . BBC

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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?

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.

Friday, 1 December 2017
Tony Ferguson
11:27 AM

MikeB: Hi Mike well this morning everything back to normal with all signals returned so my guess is that the muxes were being prepared for the Channel 81 retune. Thanks for the help I was dreading having to go in to the loft and check everything.

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Tony Ferguson's 6 posts GB flag

2:08 PM

Tony Ferguson: I admire your optimism, but have you any actual evidence that anything was being prepared for a retune?

I'm glad its working again, but I suspect you will be inspecting wiring at some point...

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
4:08 PM

When Talking Pictures stopped transmitting it said it needed a retune so I came to your site (today) to find where it is.

I always do a manual tune because otherwise ALL my favourite channel lists and ALL my scheduled recordings and series will be lost (on my Humax Fox T2 PVR) - taking me 30 minutes (or several days if I haven't photographed the lists).

I duly retuned C33 and spent 5 minutes putting BBC4HD C4/7HD and C4+1HD as they were.

I then found Talking Pictures still didn't work because your list is out of date - that's 2 days after the scheduled change.

Is it your policy to provide confusing and outdated information?

I had to go to to find out where it really is - it took me some time to find, and appears to be mainly for engineers.

Perhaps you should use it? Especially as you are the first place people look.

If I was responsible for publicly messing up like this I would be banging my head on the wall until it bleeds.

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Roy's 1 post GB flag
Tony Ferguson
4:15 PM

MikeB: Hi Mike, I do hope not!! In answer to your comment no, but, all other channels apart from these were being received full strength and now these are too. The only reason that I tried the booster on the upstairs circuit was because there were two connectors to that which, as the aerial lead runs under the floorboards would not be easy to re-route. The aerial is not using a powered splitter, just a simple splitter box. Downstairs is direct and I started having problems on these last week on these channels which has now solved itself !!

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Tony Ferguson's 6 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 January 2018
11:54 PM


I can recommend the modified software for your HDR-Fox T2 it has the Tune Fix module. Does an auto tune and re populates the recording schedule. If you do a manual re tune with the modded software it also populates the schedule again after two reboots. If you Google

HD/HDR-FOX T2 Customised Firmware

You will find it. It's a smorgasburg of useful additions that give added functionality.

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Tell's 8 posts GB flag
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Sunday, 21 January 2018
Allan Cousens
2:39 PM

Can anyone give me some advice on this problem? I watch Freeview channels on a less than one year old Panasonic TV in London W4 using the Crystal Palace transmitter. Recently all the main channels give a 'No signal' message and I thought this meant the aerial or the cabling to it had gone kaput - a view that was confirmed when I connected an indoor aerial up and BBC1, for instance, reappeared but, as in the case with indoor aerials, in a bit of a temperamental way. However, I've discovered it's not so simple as the outside aerial not working any more because a few channels - e.g. Classic FM on MUX COM6/frequency C28 and in particular London Live on MUX LW/frequency C29 still work through it. This seems to me very strange as frequency C29 is at 20kW so if anything I would expect this to be the first to go with a dodgy aerial. Thanks in advance for any thoughts you may have.

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Allan Cousens's 2 posts US flag

5:41 PM

Allan Cousens: Crystal Palace is one of the most powerful transmitters in the country and you aren't far away from it. Either you have a fault with your aerial/cabling/connections and are picking up some muxes from the flylead connected to the back of your TV or you could easily be suffering with signal overload (see the article "Too much of a good thing" on this website).

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StevensOnln1's 3,547 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 January 2018
9:57 AM

Bought my first Freeview HD television for Christmas and find that the com8 (ch35) multiplex keeps disappearing. It wasn't much of a loss, but now that BBC4 HD has moved to this group it's a little more annoying. I live in Ealing, West London, so well within the Crystal Palace footprint. Is this a known problem or likely to be a problem with my aerial?

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NigelB's 3 posts GB flag

10:49 AM

NigelB: If your losing muxes, its almost certainly your system. As far as BBC4 HD is concerned, it moved mux, and a simple retune (which will often be done automatically) should bring it back.

But if your in Ealing, your signal should be very good, so I'd start by checking cables.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

9:44 PM


Freeview TVs usually have a facilty to check which channel they are tuned to and what the signal strength is. This will be detailed in your User Manual.

So please check the signal strengths and especially for COM 7 on channel 33 (570 MHz). Ideally you need signal strength to be between 60% and 85%, not more and not less. If you have more then look at "Too much of a good thing" on this website. If you have less then, as MikeB suggests, check all your cables are in perfect condition, correctly plugged in (always unplug and refit) and there is no damage. If you still can't get a reliable COM 7 reception then check whther your aerial is suitable for channel 33 (it should be if it is for Crystal Palace).

Could you also provide a full post code so that we contributors can check whether there are any known issues in your area.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
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