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The symbol shows the location of the Kendal (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 7,900 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Kendal (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Kendal 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.

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C42- (641.8MHz)223mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)223mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Border (England)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

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C57 (762.0MHz)223mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Kendal (Cumbria, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, 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 Kendal transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 97km south-southeast (164°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 64km north (350°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

Are there any self-help relays?

Kentmere AActive deflector12 km N Kendal22 homes
Kentmere BActive deflector12 km N Kendal23 homes (second level)

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1319 Aug 2020

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 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

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. Kendal 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Thursday, 13 January 2011
10:50 PM

Thanks Braintist, the walkthrough in the link has sorted out my issue

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Friday, 14 January 2011

8:40 AM

Dave: I'm glad to hear that.

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Sunday, 16 January 2011
Judy Palmer

1:49 PM

Hi folks, after good transmission for over a year from the Kendal relay station I am unable to get good reception on most channels and some, mainly the BBC are useless. I re-tuned today having seen a message on screen a couple of days ago that I should re-tune. It had been a bit patchy before then but after re-tuning it is dreadful. Are there any known problems and, if not, do you have any ideas? Thanks Judy Palmer, Kendal.

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Judy Palmer

1:54 PM

Just called Kendal a relay station, but believe I should have said transmitter. It's the one near to Oxenholme.

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Judy Palmer

3:54 PM

My post on 'My freeview box....' reset advice above. I followed the reset instructions above - reset twice, no BBC channels (only 10 channels altogether and no radio), the third time 16 channels and 5 radio, but 'no signal' for all of them. What is going on? I had perfectly good TV before resetting as advised today. Should I just wait until tmorrow?
Judy Palmer

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6:46 PM

Judy Palmer: If you had perfect reception before rescanning you should still have perfect reception. The only change on PSB muxes was to change ITV2+1 to ITV1+1. I suspect that you may be finding and storing channels from Lancaster or Kendal Fell in the early part of the scan and then overlooking the Kendal signal as a duplicate.With the correct aerial (Group A vertical for Lancaster or group B horizontal for Kendal Fell)the Digital UK postcode checker shows both of the alternative transmitters as offering good reception, but reception would not be good off the side of your Kendal aerial! Is it possible to do a manual tune for C60 and C53 after doing a factory reset to clear the channel list? Otherwise leave the aerial unplugged until the last third of the scan, plugging it back in just before the scan reaches C53.A bit fiddly but it works!

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 17 January 2011
Judy Palmer

9:02 AM

Hi KMJ, tried both of your solutions, the ITV channels were a bit better (signal stength 57% and quality 50-60%) but BBC channels came through on the 800s and didn't work (signal strength for C60 57%, but quality 0-50%). And digital is supposed to be better? Only if you have enough money for very expensive equipment and a personalised aerial man. But (whine...) everything worked before! I'll keep trying J

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Transmitter engineering

7:01 PM

KENDAL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Wrong Region from 16:25 today to 17:21 today [BBC]

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Judy Palmer

9:05 PM

Hi,I went through the same reset process again this morning to no avail, and then again this evening, and all is now perfectly normal. It would seem, therefore that there was a transmitter problem last night after all. Could I make a suggestion that the transmitter faults are reported onto this website sooner if possible? This would help people to save time and, perhaps, money, and also cut down a bit on the anxiety and allow for a bit more understanding. Thank you

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