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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 04/12/2023 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, 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Sunday, 10 January 2021
Transmitter engineering

12:16 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - AM: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Jan 11:27 until 10 Jan 11:40. . [BBC]

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Sunday, 24 January 2021
Roger Bricker
2:42 PM

I would like your advice on problems we have with Freeview etc from the Crystal Palace transmitter.
We live close to the SW Railway mainline track at Berrylands - Post code KT5 8EL.

Just recently moved to this address and now experiencing unusual TV reception interference everytime a train passes our house. Strangely this is mostly apparent with trains travelling in one direction towards London Waterloo.

Today (24 Jan2021) there are no trains running due to local enginerring works, and there has been no TV reception interference what so ever. Perfect reception all day.

The train line is approx. 200yds from where we live.

Many thanks and look forward to your reply.

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Roger Bricker's 1 post BE flag
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Monday, 25 January 2021

2:14 AM

Roger Bricker:

This is always one of the most trickiest problems to deal with, and not always successfully I'm sorry to say. The problem is not helped by the fact that the railway line is more or less on the line of sight to the transmitter at your location.
However, a number of questions to start. You say you've recently moved to this address, how recently?
It's possible the problem is related to the transmitter work at Crystal Palace that has been going on for the last 3 weeks. It's still listed for Planned Engineering with Possible weak signal which won't help.
Normally your area in general should get very good signals, leaving aside local interference.

Where is your aerial, and do you know what type it is, can you describe it all, does it have rods that are straight or look like X's? Does the back of the aerial look like a flat plate or is it made up of rods. If you can provide a link to a picture of one that looks similar, have a look around this site Aerials - A.T.V. Poles, Brackets, Clamps & Aerials

How high up is the aerial in relation to the railway line, is it above the line or more in line with it?
How do your neighbours get on with reception, what aerials do they have?

It's possible when the transmitter work is complete, the problem may go away. If the aerial installation is old then it may have deteriorated which will increase the chances of problems such as interference.
The right type of aerial, mounted above the height of the railway line, might be a solution if it is an old aerial.

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Chris.SE's 3,939 posts GB flag
Sunday, 7 February 2021
Transmitter engineering

4:49 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 7 Feb 00:53. . FM: undefined due to a fault from 10 Jan 00:10 until 4 Feb 01:38. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

10:50 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 7 Feb 00:53 until 7 Feb 09:02. . FM: undefined due to a fault from 10 Jan 00:10 until 4 Feb 01:38. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Transmitter engineering

4:50 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 7 Feb 00:53 until 7 Feb 09:02. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 23 February 2021
10:57 PM

I recently purchased and installed a masthead amplifier splitter.
It was sold as having both 4G and 5G filter. Without paying too much attention as to what this means, I later discovered it filters out all the 700 and 800 MHz frequencies. The label on the splitter says it works on frequency channels 21 - 48.

After installing it and performing a retune, I realised I lost a few channels. After a bit of digging, I realised these were all the channels on COM7 and 8 (channel 55 and 56) which my splitter is now filtering out.

My question is, does anyone know when channels 55 and 56 will be turned off as I am hoping that BBC News HD and BBC4 HD get moved onto a frequency channel that I can actually receive now?

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Mark-T's 1 post GB flag

11:16 PM

Mark-T: COM8 has already closed last year. There is no confirmed date for COM7 to close, however it's licence is due to expire in the middle of 2022 and could close sooner if the winner of the 700MHz centre gap SDL spectrum (now due to be auctioned by Ofcom next month) gives 3 months notice, although this seems unlikely as there are currently no phones or other 5G devices available which support the 700MHz SDL band, so it seems likely that COM7 will be around for another year or so.

Nothing has been announced yet regarding what will happen to BBC Four HD (or any other channels) when COM7 eventually closes.

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Transmitter engineering

1:37 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - AM: Off the air due to a fault from 2 Mar 11:33 until 2 Mar 11:48. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 13 March 2021
12:03 PM

PSB3/BBCB is shown as transmitting on C48 (690.0MHz), however, my TV shows they are transmitting on C30 (546.0MHz). Can you confirm the information on this site is correct

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