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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 25/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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?

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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.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018
Christopher Wood
3:08 PM

Your coverage maps are all grey with no colored areas to show good, moderate and bad signal coverage.

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Christopher Wood's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 28 February 2018

12:32 PM

Christpher Wood:

Either you have it zoomed in too close or else your browser does not support the way it's done. Try a different browser. I use Firefox normally and that works fine. I sometimes use Chrome and that sometimes has the same problem as does Opera on occasion. I don't know about Safari and I never use IE if at all avoidable. I don't have W10 so don't use Edge so can't comment on that.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
5:02 PM

Are there freeview reception output problems in the Petts Wood area near Bromley postcode BR5 1DT today. I lost all signal about 8am on 28/2/18 and it's very hit and miss on getting certain channels now. Can't get BBC1/2 or any HD channels at all.

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Tony's 1 post GB flag
Tony's: mapT's Freeview map terrainT's terrain plot wavesT's frequency data T's Freeview Detailed Coverage

8:12 PM

Tony: There are no faults showing for Crystal Palace (as it serves most of London there would be hundreds of complaints if there was a fault). Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV and anywhere along the cable towards the aerial that you can safely access. Do not attempt to retune as this will just delete your channels and search for them again (retuning will never fix a loss of signal as the TV is already correctly tuned).

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 March 2018
2:30 PM

Are Coms 7 & 8 ceasing to transit at the end of March 2018? It would seem I have already lost them.

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Mark's 3 posts GB flag

5:37 PM

Mark: COM7 & COM8 are not closing at the end of March. According to Digital UK they move to new frequencies (UHF channels 55 & 56) at Crystal Palace on 21st March. The local mux also moves to UHF channel 35 on the same date.

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StevensOnln1's 3,553 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 21 March 2018
12:50 PM

Reigate RH1, rooftop aerial

I was getting a full service from c/p,now today post retune there's no BBC News hd,BBC4 hd,London live and a few others,so annoying as i'm getting 9 signal and 10 quality on the channels i can still get.
Does anyone know if there's a solution

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Michael's 16 posts GB flag
Malcolm Dixon
2:47 PM

Michael: I had some missing channels when I first tried before 9am this morning, but a rescan at lunchtime has restored them, so perhaps the alterations had not been completed when you tried?
But the basic problem is that multiplexes Com7 and Com8 have been moved into the upper reaches of band 5, which is way outside the design range of Group A aerials, which most people receiving from CP will probably have. I don't know what they were thinking of! I don't suppose the helpline has been resourced to provide new wideband aerials for all those customers affected, but that is what is probably needed.

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Malcolm Dixon's 3 posts GB flag
Roger Scott
2:48 PM

I am having the same loss of stations as yourself. Keep it Country is another one on the "lost" list. I am in Tadworth (KT20). I was under the impression that these stations were moving to channels 55 and 56. I have these channels are there is no signal at all from either. I was wondering if perhaps the changeover hasn't been completed or the aerial which is an A group and was the correct aerial for the channels is no longer suitable as A group is channels 21-33 and channels 55 and 56 are way off course frequency wise. Not very happy. The channels changes are apparently to do with the release of channels at the high frequency end for mobile phones, but Crystal Palace does (or did) use the lowest frequency end so I cannot understand why it's being changed

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Roger Scott's 9 posts GB flag
3:07 PM

Malcolm & Roger
i don't know what aerial type i have,it was put up a few years ago now on the suggestion of the erector
as Reigate Hill although only a mile or so as the crow flies is shielded from me,
i must say it's done good service so if i have to get another aerial fitted then i guess that's what i'll do.
I have tried a couple of rescans but i'm getting virtually no signal on ch 55 or 56,
it's the loss of London live that's really annoyed me,if the info i've seen is correct the local service should have moved to c35 which i would have thought should still be available to me.

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