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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 22/04/2024 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

 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),

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C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H max
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

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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
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?

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;
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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.

Friday, 21 January 2022

12:42 AM

David Belmar:

Did you mean frequency? or Channel LCN in the EPG? All LCNs in the range 25-82 are moving down one, so they'll be 26-83. Davejavu moves from 23 to 25. BBC3 SD will be on 23 and HD will be on 109.
So Food Network will move from 42 to 43.
See BBC Three launches | Freeview for the official detail.

Food network is carried on the ArqA/COM5 multiplex on UHF C22 that's 482MHz at Crystal Palace.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Monday, 31 January 2022
Stephen Dunkin
11:55 AM

The signal for BBC fOUR hd and some other HD channels ( abc news, RT ETC ) has disappeared.
I have carried out retuning as recommended and manually retuned by get no signal on Frequency 55
which was the BBC fOUR FREQUECY WHEN i RETUNED last year.
My postcode is W11 3LT and communal roof aerial in not blocked by buildings etc.
I get other HD channels and bizarrely the new BBC Three .
Is there a temporary probable at Crystal Palace or have BBC Four HD programs no longer avaialable in
Central London ?

Stephen Dunkin

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2:45 PM

Stephen Dunkin:

I can't find any reported problems for COM7 (on C55) which carries those particular HD channels and there's no Planned Engineering listed at this time.
BBC3 time shares with CBBC which are carried on the BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex (on C30 from Crystal Palace).

A number of people have had strange issues with this retune and it may not have been helped by the weather conditions at the time where the high pressure was accompanied by some "Temperature Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting" - should be clear now, resulting in interference from distant transmitters in Europe or the UK.
Some have found missing channels in the 800s.

If you have them in the 800s, your best bet is to unplug the aerial, carry out a full automatic retune which should clear all previous tuning.
Then plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune, hopefully all channels will be correctly restored.
If they are just missing try a manual retune on C55 again.

If you still have problems, look in your TV tuning section for signal strength and quality figures for the multiplexes on each UHF channel and post the figures.

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 March 2022
Peter Hamlin
5:21 PM

Re 700Mhz Clearance
Is there any further update regarding the TV channels broadcast from Crystal Palace via COM7 Multiplex (UHF Channel 55, 746MHz) - including when the channels will be moved and the frequencies to which the TV channels will be relocated ?

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Peter Hamlin's 2 posts GB flag

5:31 PM

Peter Hamlin: Copy of my reply to your post on the Rebuilding Freeview High Definition from 2019 onwards page:

30th June 2022 is the end date for the COM7 multiplex licence and the centre gap frequencies of the 700MHz band (where COM7 sits) were awarded to EE in Ofcom's 700MHz auction last year, so that is the basis of the widely held prediction of COM7 closing. There has been no announcement of the exact closure date, nor has any broadcaster announced what will happen to any of their channel on COM7. There is currently a small amount of capacity available on COM4-6 but there isn't anywhere near enough to accommodate every channel currently on COM7 and it will be more expensive as COM4-6 have greater coverage.

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StevensOnln1's 3,625 posts GB flag
Thursday, 24 March 2022
9:36 AM

Hi there,

Great website, really useful for planning a DIY aerial instal to try and pick up Com7 on Crystal Palace. Currently use an old Group A Aerial - so adding a new K Group - which looking at some test results on should go up to C55/ 746MHz.

My questions is, is the Com7 multiplex still due to be dropped from Crystal Palace, the freeview website says it should still be there after 2025:
Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free - you'd need a postcode to find the Crystal Palace transmitter under detailed view.

If its due to be dropped I might as well keep the Group A aerial which works fine on the lower channels.



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AdamL's 1 post GB flag

10:35 AM

AdamL: The COM7 multiplex licence is due to expire on 30th June 2022 and I haven't seen any announcement about it being extended. I think COM7 being shown to be available until 2025 is probably down to no end of service date having been announced, so I wouldn't suggest spending money on a new aerial to get COM7 when it is due to close in a little over 3 months time.

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StevensOnln1's 3,625 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 June 2022
5:20 PM

I live in North London (Barnet N20). News HD Channel and some others for me disappeared some time back. Couldn't work out why as they are still on Crystal Palace. I finally worked out that my aerial is pointing at Reigate and not Crystal Palace. Similar direction for Reigate and Alexandra Palace and when you are up on the roof on a windy day ....
I was able to manually tune to a weak Com7 signal on Crystal Palace.
Might help some people who assume they are pointing at Crystal Palace.

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Adrian's 2 posts RO flag
David Warner

6:24 PM

AFAIK COM 7 IS closing, BBC News HD is also being removed from Freeview.
BBC Four HD is being switched to BBC B Mutipkex - cwhich is UHF channel 30, not channel 48 as stated above.
Goodbye to Foreces TV etc I assume.

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David Warner's 30 posts GB flag

7:26 PM

Adrian: COM7 is closing when it's licence expires on 30th June. As David says BBC News HD is closing on Freeview (but will remain on satellite/cable/iPlayer) whilst BBC Four HD & CBeebies HD are moving to PSB3/BBCB. BFBS (the military charity who run Forces TV) have announced that their channel will close on all platforms at the end of this month (not just Freeview).

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