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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 20/05/2024 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

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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),

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018
10:39 AM

Thank you Mikes B & P.

The strengths of channels 33 and 35 are well down, but that possibly reflects the reduced transmission powers. However, I'm looping the aerial through an old Humax PVR and eventually came to realise that ch35 was disappearing whenever the PVR was turned on - I hadn't spotted that coincidence before. Turns out that the PVR was modulating its own output onto ch36 which was interfering with ch35. Now moved it up the scale and all is well. Perhaps a warning to others who had forgotten that these devices add their own signal to the aerial feed.

Many thanks again.

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NigelB's 3 posts GB flag
8:51 PM

Is this aerial ( see link )suitable for Cyrstal Palace reception from postcode CM166Hu? outdoor installation, I want as compact an aerial as possible. What about 4g interference,should I buy an inline filter?

25 Element High Gain TV Aerial

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comps's 1 post GB flag

11:44 PM

comps: A log periodic type aerial such as a Log36 (see link below) would be more suitable for reception of Crystal Palace. It would be much more compact than the one you've linked to and would likely give better reception of frequencies at the lower end of the UHF band such as those used by Crystal Palace (a 4G filter is very unlikely to be necessary for the same reason).

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 February 2018
11:08 AM

Terrible signal strength for London Live (538Mhz) in BR6 (Bromley)?
I'm in what appears to be in an excellent position to receive all freeview channels from Crystal Palace and, indeed get 100% quality reported by my Humax T2 receiver for all relevant frequencies except 538Mhz, which is reported as 10% signal and 10% quality by the receiver, effectively rendering London Live unwatchable.
Whilst this is a regional channel, can anyone advise of there is any reason why this should be the case, given I'm in a relatively high location, only a handful of miles from the transmitter and with excellent reception on all other channels?

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And's 2 posts GB flag

10:17 PM


You should be getting quite strong signals from Crystal Palace as you are so close, maybe too strong and that may be the reason. Please check the signal strengths of all the multiplexes, they should be between 60% and 85% for reliable reception. If they are all higher than this you possibly need to add some attenuation. If they are mostly below 60% then you could have an aerial fault so please check all the aerial connection from the back of the TV set.
Would you please give a full post code (BR6 Bromley is not enough) to trigger the display of the reception information - you may have seen the series of blue link boxes below other posts. From those we can see what reception is expected to be like at your location and see if the channel 29 (538 MHz) signals are likely to be reliable. Note that the LW multiplex is only 20kW whereas the main multiplexes are all 200kW, so it is much lower strength and it may have a directional pattern too.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 13 February 2018
Colin Knight
9:02 PM

I know this say's UK(Free-TV) but this is a Freeview radio question - can't see a specific place to ask radio questions.

I've selected Crystal Palace as the best transmitter and have been using it for some time, and all is well except LBC Radio, which has recently lost it's EPG. Other channel EPG are okay, and the LBC programmes are being received okay.

The other point of note is that LBC radio has been on channel 856 for some time, although it appears to be listed elsewhere as being on channel 732, which I think that is what it was on before it was move some time ago.

Could it be that the LBC Radio EPG has been lost because of a continuity mix up somewhere?
And if so who can fix it please?

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Colin Knight's 4 posts GB flag

11:15 PM

Colin Knight: The 800 range is where TVs and set top boxes/PVRs put channels that they don't know what to do with (e.g. duplicates from another transmitter etc). Try a manual tune on UHF channel 28, which should restore LBC to channel 732, however if that doesn't work make a note of any planned recordings then disconnect your aerial and run a full scan which should delete all of your channels, then reconnect your aerial and scan again.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Friday, 16 February 2018
Colin Knight
2:29 PM


Thank you.

Doing a scan with the aerial disconnected has sorted it out, LBC radio is back on channel 732 with its EPG updated, and all is well again.

Just for info, I'm using the NextPVR program on Windows 7, with a couple of RTL2832U+R820T USB receiver dongles.

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Colin Knight's 4 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 February 2018
Richard Brown
10:47 AM

No tv channels at all, now. last night I had 18 and this morning 8. I live in Whetstone, London N20

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11:22 AM

Richard Brown:

DO NOT RETUNE. Instead, check all the aerial cables and connection behind your TV.

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