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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?

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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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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

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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

Tuesday, 29 March 2011
Carmel Parker
6:20 PM

For the last few days our Freeview signal has been intermittent on all televisions. Our aerial is on the roof. (HARWICH,ESSEX) 

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:35 PM

KENDAL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:19 on 20 Aug to 09:26 on 20 Aug HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:19 on 20 Aug to 09:26 on 20 Aug [BBC]

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Tuesday, 8 November 2011
Bruce Dorward
7:01 PM

Why has my news switched to Granada. They need to look at a map to find Cumbria never mind report any news. Up to at least 18.30 Monday night I was getting Border TV which is so much better than Granada. Tonigt Tuesday 18.00 I have got Granada. When will normal service be resumed.

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Mike Dimmick

11:46 PM

Bruce Dorward: It could also simply be a fault at the Border news studio meaning that they couldn't actually put the programme out. If this happens ITV normally will find a different region. Having said that, the programme is online at
Full Programme Repeat | Border (ITV Lookaround) - ITV Local

If you were watching ITV1 +1 you would expect to get Granada, as ITV have only got enough time-delay equipment and monitoring for six services - the licence for your region is for 'ITV1 +1 Granada Border', and the content comes from Granada as that serves several million more people than Border does. They only have room for six time-shift services on satellite, which may explain the limitation on Freeview.

I believe Border is also low on the list of regions to get an HD upgrade, and you should expect to get Granada news on ITV1 HD (logical channel number 51) until the rollout is complete. It may also be up to the BBC to sort out enough versions of the HD multiplex to carry it.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2011
Steven Oliver

6:30 PM

Just out of historical interest, Kendal and the relay transmitters in the South Lakes were originally allocated to Granada. They were transferred to Border from the start of the 1982 franchise period (apparently at Border's request) although retaining BBC North West regional programming. At the same time the relays along the Yorkshire/Lancashire boundary were transferred to Yorkshire Television, although Granada did gain the Buxton relay from the former ATV.

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9:57 PM

Steven Oliver: Interestingly most of the relays that had different BBC and ITV regions have now been eliminated as part of the switchover process.

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Thursday, 10 November 2011
Steven Oliver

9:41 AM

Brian: if I remember correctly the Berwick relay (which received BBC 1/2 from Chatton and ITV/C4 from Selkirk) was the first one to be altered in late-2006 when it became a full relay of Chatton.

The relays on the Yorkshire/Lancashire boundary retained their BBC North West/YTV/C4 mix until fairly recently when they came full relays of Emley Moor as part of the YTV switchover.

The South Lakes relays became a sub-group of Caldbeck when the Border region went digital, and they retain the BBC feed from Winter Hill with ITV/C4 fed from Caldbeck.

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6:37 PM

Steven Oliver: Here's the list from the official documents:

Haden Hill re-attributed to Sutton Coldfield.

Hazler Hill and Ludlow re-attributed to Ridge Hill.

Dunure will be reattributed from Girvan to Kirkoswald HP/VP remaining in the Darvel transmitter group. West
Kilbride and its dependant relays (Millport, Rothesay, Rothesay Town, Tighnabruaich and Largs) Kirkconnel and its dependant relay New Cumnock have been reattributed to parent Black Hill from Darvel. Note that the Knockewart (West Kilbride Link) relay as closed down and the Channel 5 only service from Milburn Muir will close down at DSO2.

Lincoln Central - BBC has been re-attributed from Waltham (Central) to Belmont. Hunmanby BBC & Channel 4 have been re-attributed from Belmont to Olivers Mount.

Darley Dale has been re-attributed to Stanton Moor, which is
part of the Waltham transmitter group.
NOTE: Lincoln Central - BBC was re-attributed from Waltham (Central) to Belmont (Yorkshire). Thus the BBC Regional service changed from BBC East Midlands to BBC Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

Haden Hill will be reattributed from The Wrekin to Brierley Hill which is part of the Sutton Coldfield transmitter group. Oakeley Mynd was re-attributed to Ridge Hill. Guiting Power, Over Norton and Icomb Hill have been re-attributed to Oxford.

Calver Peak has been re-attributed from Tideswell Moor to Emley Moor. Todmorden has been re-attributed from Winter Hill to Cornholme. Cornholme - BBC has been reattributed from Todmorden to Emley Moor.

Over Norton and Icomb Hill were re-attributed from Sutton Coldfield to Oxford. Guiting Power has been re-attributed from Oxford to Icomb Hill and thus remains within the Oxford transmitter group.

Fishguard and Ystumtuen previously took feeds from Blaenplywf and have already been re-attributed to Preseli.

Chepstow was re-attributed from the Mendip transmitter group. Pennorth will be re-attributed from Clyro to Brecon at or just prior to switchover. Dowlais will be re-attributed from Wenvoe to Merthyr Tydfil at or just prior to switchover.

Chepstow has been reattributed from Mendip to Wenvoe.

Baltasound will be re-attributed from Bressay to Fetlar and Collafirth will be re-attributed from Bressay to Swinister. However, they still remain in the Bressay Transmitter Group.

Perth, Dunkeld and Dunkeld Town have changed TV region, moving from STV Central

Grantown will be re-attributed to Knockmore, and the Grantown Link relay will close at DSO.

The Brushford and Chagford relays are now part of the Stockland Hill transmitter group; being reassigned from the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group in October 2008.

The Bincombe Hill relay will be reassigned from Stockland Hill at DSO1 to Weymouth, remaining within the Stockland Hill transmitter group.

The Brushford and Chagford relays were reassigned to the Stockland Hill transmitter group in October 2008. Tedburn St. Mary joins the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group. Woolacombe, Hartland and Ilfracombe with its feeds for Berrynarbour, Combe Martin, Chambercombe have moved from the Caradon Hill transmitter group to the Huntshaw Cross group, At switchover Berrynarbour will be re-attributed to Combe Martin (from Ilfracombe), while remaining in the Huntshaw Cross transmitter group

The Mevagissey relay has been reattributed from Redruth to the Caradon Hill transmitter group. Truro, St Austell and Penryn relays were reassigned from Caradon Hill to the Redruth transmitter group.

Mevagissey has been reassigned from Redruth to the Caradon Hill group.

St Austell, Penryn, Truro have been re-attributed from Caradon Hill to the Redruth group and Hartland, Ilfracombe, Combe Martin, Berrynarbour, Chambercombe and Woolacombe have been re-attributed from Caradon Hill to the Huntshaw Cross group.

Mynydd Emroch was re-attributed from the Carmel transmitter group into the Kilvey Hill group in February 2009.

Fishguard and Ystumtuen were re-attributed from the Blaenplwyf transmitter group into the Preseli group.

Mynydd Emroch has been re-attributed from the Carmel group into the Kilvey Hill group.

At DSO, Conway will be fully attributed to Llanddona. Currently, Conway takes analogue BBC One and S4C from Llanddona, and analogue BBC Two and ITV from Cefn Du which is a link relay from Moel y Parc. At DSO Stage One for Llanddona, Conway BBC One analogue will be re-attributed to Cefn Du when BBC Two analogue is switched off. Cefn Dus only purpose is to feed Conway which is being fully re-assigned to Llanddona at DSO. Consequently, Cefn Du will be switched off permanently at Llanddona DSO Stage Two and does not switch to digital.

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