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The symbol shows the location of the Guildford (Surrey, England) transmitter which serves 48,000 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 Guildford (Surrey, England) mast?

Guildford transmitter - Guildford transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 20/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Guildford 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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)192mDTG-2,000W
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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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C44 (658.0MHz)192mDTG-2,000W
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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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C47 (682.0MHz)192mDTG-2,000W
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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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C37 (602.0MHz)192mDTG-82,000W
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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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C31 (554.0MHz)191mDTG-82,000W
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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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C32 (562.0MHz)191mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
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

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Guildford (Surrey, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Guildford transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 46km northeast (43°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 47km northeast (44°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Guildford (Surrey, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1318 Apr 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 10kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 200W
Mux 1*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 100W

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. Guildford 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, 16 June 2013
12:59 AM

I used to get good digital signal but suddenly from last two-three days i completely lost digital TV and radio signals.

I am based in Guildford, York road. did any one facing this problem??

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Jason Wright
9:04 AM

Sam: I'm about 25 miles south from you in a village called Thakeham. I lost everything sometime early Saturday AM. 3 TVs all have the same issues, so it's signal related. 2 of them will find channels, but my Toshiba can't find anything.

I've checked all that I can (cables, booster, connections in the loft, factory resets, turning my Wi-Fi off etc) but unable to check the roof aerial as I'm lacking a tall ladder. Probably have to get someone out to check things over.

Bl**dy annoying as the signal has been fine for years and the digital aerial I've got is not 2 years old yet!


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10:49 AM

Jason Wright: In addition to the checks you have already made you should eliminate the possibility of the booster having developed a fault by connecting the down lead from the aerial directly into one of the room feeds, in other words bypass the booster.

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Jason Wright
1:59 PM

jb38: Hi. Thanks for the advice.

I did take the booster out of the equation yesterday, no difference, but have not tried connecting the download lead direct to a room feed. To be honest it's a connection in the loft that looks a bit 'pro' to me to be fiddled with.

My Mum who lives 7 miles away in Billinghurst has now lost all her channels too. Coincidence?


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4:53 PM

Jason Wright: Being unaware with regards to the method you used to take the booster out the equation as just switching it off would in most cases kill reception, if that's what you done? because apart from a faulty (corroded) connection where the coax terminates on the aerial then the only other reason for the problem has to be caused by the boosters internal power supply having failed (which of course they can do) or alternatively that the mains power supply to the booster has accidentally been switched off.

By the way Midhurst at just under 13 miles away is indicated as the station covering your area and nothing as yet has been posted on the engineering page as far as any problems are concerned, nor is any engineering work taking place at the station.

As far as the booster connections are concerned what you have said could indicate that its fitted with "F" connectors, if it is then you should unscrew the gland nut retainers on the two cables previously referred to, i.e: aerial in / TV feed out, then hold the two plug bodies together with a piece of Scotch tape or whatever and bridge the two copper wire centre connectors together with a piece bell wire or similar.

I realise that this is a bit of a bother as a back to back "F" coupler of the female variety should really be used, but this action "might" avoid you from having to call out an engineer with the costs that can involve, because should the booster prove as being defective its not exactly a high-tech operation to replace it.

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Jason Wright
7:57 PM

Thanks JV38. Booster has power and the LED is on, but I'll bridge the F connectors as a test.

Looks like a booster or aerial connection issue to me now. My Mum's channels have returned except Channel4 and 5.


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8:35 PM

Jason Wright: I will say that on most boosters the LED works off the same supply as the amplifier, but though on others it doesnt and can still be illuminated even although the amps not receiving any power, this being why its always a safer bet to try bypassing it first before calling anyone in.

Needless to say that if nothing is received after having carried out a retune with the aerial going directly to one of the TV feeds then this unfortunately points to a possible problem on the aerials termination box, and although a long shot, but if you had an old set top aerial around you could temporarily connect that into the boosters input socket rather than the main aerial and see if that resulted in anything been seen, this can sometimes even work (dependant on signal strength) using a short length of wire (5 feet or so) pushed into the middle of the "F" connectors socket.

Maybe you could also make a note of the model number printed on the splitter / booster and include that along with the result of your test.

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Jason Wright
8:56 PM


So I bypassed the booster by just using a normal aerial patch lead in use on one of my other TVs. Retuned, but got nothing watchable. It finds channels (between 88 and 137 in total) and lists them from channel 800 onwards on my Sony. My Tosh can't find anything anymore. BBC 1 is blocky and pixelated with no sound and then then screen goes black with a no signal message.

As far as I remember the booster is a remote power one that boost the signal to a distro box in the loft. The box has 1 input and 4 outputs, with only 3 outputs in use. The installer said we needed the booster as the signal strength was poor in our area. The booster is a Labgear R08W18 3w.

The aerial cable run from the aerial to the distro box and then down to the main TV has has got to be about 12m, so I'd hope there was enough there to get something watchable?

Don't think there's much more I can try. I'll give the length of cable a shot, but not hopeful.


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Monday, 17 June 2013

7:43 AM

Jason Wright: Unfortunately I was unable to check the specifications of that device as the number given is not recognised by Labgear, but though judging by what you have said if its a distribution box come power supply for a mast head amplifier then the test requested would not be valid as it requires to be made externally.

Needless to say that in this instance its best to have someone check the aerial out.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013
robin rickwood
1:30 PM

cant get freeview channels since sunday.

the aerial is on the roof and we have sattelite dish
in garden

when will service return

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