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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 13/05/2024 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

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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

 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 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

 H max
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
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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018

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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.

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Mark Fletcher

1:19 PM

To all the above texting in about reception difficulties just recently no it is not a transmitter fault at the main Crystal Palace mast it is atmospheric conditions or simply an inversion effect which are causing signals to pixellate,break up and even disappear into "No signal" mode.KMJ,Derby above hit the nail on the head.Also have any of the above while experiencing these difficulties been able to receive temporarily alien UK or foreign European transmissions as such,when they rescan as one simple remedy when these weather related transmission difficulties occur is to rescan your TV/set-top box either automatic or manual scan.If anybody receives unusual transmissions not normally associated with normal broadcasts from their home transmitter or relay mast,example Digitenne from Holland on fr 32 as an example i encountered on Sunday night myself (13 Nov 2011) or a different UK transmitter then its atmospherics/inversion that is the cause and until low pressure weather systems sweep in the condition will adhere more or less until the weather changes such as rain for example.Until the UK totally switches to digital by Wednesday 24 October 2012,these problems will more or less continue until then although hopefully once analogue totally disappears from UK transmissions altogether these inversion issues will be less of a problem and possibly disappears (not guaranteed ?) completely in an all digital terrestrial UK wide TV !

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Mark Fletcher

1:34 PM

Richard,Tunbridge Wells.Yes it is the wrong type of weather as you phrased it,look up inversion effect that is the cause or reception difficulties you and a lot of people are encountering in most of eastern UK the last few days or so.I suffered with inversion myself on Sunday night (13 Nov 2011) not my local transmitter,Belmont (BBCA,D3+4,SDN mux's).So until rain sweeps in soon the inversion effect will more or less continue until low pressure sweeps in.

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3:59 PM

Still nothing in Crawley RH10, even after a re scan. Just weak analogue.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011
Paul Camp
4:33 PM
Potters Bar

I am At EN6 4AT
After replacing my Aerial cable with Satelite quality cable I am now able to receive Freeview HD Chanels (Albeit they do sometimes break up) All Freeview SD channels are fine

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Saturday, 19 November 2011
11:24 AM

Still absolutely 0 channels on freeview, thankfully I have an old sky box and dish to watch my tv through. Have tried many scans to no avail.
I replaced my old aerial with a new digi type and a signal booster about 18mths ago.
Should I still be having this problem or do I need to wait for the inversion effect to clear. Cheers guys for any help on this. (Crawley RH10).

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3:59 PM

Hello all,
My freeview service worked 100% perfect until 12 Nov now I have lost all HD channels and the others are varialable from day to day. Have re-tuned with aerial in / out, read thru the excellent advice here and contacted the digital switchover helpline. My switchover isn't till Apr 2012.

I'm on ground floor of 2 storey flats with communal aerial. Using Toshiba FView HD Recorder & Samsung HD ready TV. Postcode is KT11 3HA
Neighbours have SKY so not affected.

Will lost channels be a prob till Apr 2012? Will buying signal booster help? Any one else local affected?

Thanks in advance for your advice.

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Sunday, 20 November 2011
12:49 PM

CP reception problems in DA3

I doubt its the weather, looks more like something to do with the mux digital identifiers.
Appears to affect the more marginal reception areas so probably is not apparent to any tests they do at the transmitter.

Signal strength is around 1/2 as per normal but quality is very low on all channels.
Analogue is unaffected.

Stays like this until a rescan where it finds all the channels as before but they now have full quality, and work normally

This is the same on multiple different tvs in the household.

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Transmitter engineering

4:27 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 15:41 today BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 15:23 today to 15:40 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:27 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 15:41 today BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 15:23 today to 15:40 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

7:33 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 15:41 today to 17:51 today BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 15:23 today to 15:40 today [BBC]

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