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The symbol shows the location of the Hawkshead (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 800 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 Hawkshead (Cumbria, England) mast?

HAWKSHEAD transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 5 Aug 00:06 until 5 Aug 04:04. . BBC

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Which Freeview channels does the Hawkshead transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)281mDTG-312W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)281mDTG-312W
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3 ITV (SD) (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)281mDTG-612W
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74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

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The Hawkshead (Cumbria, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Together TV +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, NOW 80s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

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 Hawkshead transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 109km south-southeast (154°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 59km north (7°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

How will the Hawkshead (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 61W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.1dB) 12W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border Television
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. Hawkshead 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.

Monday, 22 June 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:26 PM

HAWKSHEAD transmitter - Freeview: Wrong regional programme due to a fault from 22 Jun 11:09 until 22 Jun 11:15. . [BBC]

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Monday, 29 June 2020
Peter Scott
5:12 PM

Our terrestrial tv transmitter at LA22 9BW is not giving us a signal and has been like this for sometime and the BT signal on ordinary definition local news channels is very poor.

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Peter Scott's 1 post GB

11:34 PM

Peter Scott:

According to the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker and the BBC, you can also get signals from the Windermere relay transmitter. Are you sure you are tuned to Hawkshead? The Windermere transmitter is listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions", and the BBC were showing it as off-air this morning for essential engineering.

You'll need to enter your TV's tuning section and see which UHF channels it's tuned to, and if your set is one that automatically retunes when it has no signal, or detects changes, I would turn that feature off as it's generally more trouble than it's worth. The need to retune when you only receive the PSB multiplexes as you would from either transmitter is rare. Retuning when there is no signal only clears the correct tuning, so you have to repeat a retune when signals return.

Both transmitters are in a similar direction from you, Windermere is 173 degrees, that's a fraction E of due S.
Hawkshead is 201 degrees that's almost SSW. Aerial rods vertical for both. Both transmitters are likely to be within the beam-width of an aerial pointing at either, or in-between the two
Windermere is closer, 6km and is higher power then Hawkshead 9km. The Detailed Coverage checker suggests you'd get a more reliable signal from Windermere.

In the multiplex order PSB1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD - (C means UHF channel) -
Windermere's UHF channels for each multiplex are C44, C47, C41.
Hawkshead's UHF channels for each multiplex are C26, C23, C29.
I'd recommend you unplug the aerial and do an automatic tune which clears all previous tuning as no channels are found, then plug the aerial back in a do a manual tune for Windermere's channels which should give you better signals.

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Chris.SE's 1,573 posts GB
Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

HAWKSHEAD transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to essential engineering from 5 Aug 00:06 until 5 Aug 04:04. . [BBC]

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