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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! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, 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 Christmas, 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, 18 October 2012

6:26 PM

Mrs Susan Ring: There are a number of subscription channels, such as Gold, Sky Sports and various adult channels plus Top up TV streams which your receiver might list in the channel list when doing a scan for channels. However it is impossible to view these channels without taking out a subscription and also using a suitable receiver such as a BT vision box or one which supports Top up TV which is able to unscramble the signal. Most Freeview boxes are unable to display these channels even if you wanted them, so don't worry, you can't be charged for having the channel name in the channel list! With regard to the adult channels, they have now changed position in the channel list to distance them from the general entertainment and shopping channels. It was probably this change that flashed up on your TV screen. If you are really bothered about them it is possible on some receivers to delete them, or make them subject to a 'child lock' but otherwise just ignore them.

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Monday, 5 November 2012
Judi Palmer

3:56 PM

I have recently retuned with the Kendal Transmitter but don't have any extra channels. Is this as expected? Thanks

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Dave Lindsay

3:59 PM

Judi Palmer: During the recent changes the HD services moved from the 50s to the 100s. There were no changes to the standard definition Public Service services which are those offered by the Kendal transmitter.

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Judi Palmer

4:11 PM

Thnaks Dave, it's pretty poor compared to Ulverston which links to the Lancaster transmitter - does anyone know if any improvements are planned or whether we will continue to be second class citizens? Freeview in Thurso (Caithness) a couple of weeks ago had many more channels.

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Dave Lindsay

4:40 PM

Judi Palmer: No, the Public Service-only transmitters like Kendal are likely to stay that way:

Londonderry transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

It won't be a given receiving the other channels from Lancaster. It is 16 miles away and Well Heads Hill and Heversham Head are 10 or 20m above line-of-sight to the transmitter. The COM channels (those that Kendal doesn't broadcast) are on lower power from Lancaster than its PSBs (those Kendal does broadcast).

The photos taken of your road by Streetview in March 2009 show a few aerials on Lancaster, although this is no guarantee that all services will be being received. Due to the lower-power COMs, these viewers may only have the PSBs.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 25 December 2012
10:16 PM

Anyone had problems returning the BBC channels on C60 785.8, have a family member with a Loewe TV that are having problems returning, I'll be having a go at the weekend to sort it out but I had problems returning on my PC app DVBViewer, kept detecting C60 as freq 785.0, I had to hardcode in a setup file C60 785.8.

I'm wondering whether the TV will be similar issue, they've had not problem retuning a sony tv and tried the loewe with that aerial connection to prove it wasn't the aerial that was the issue

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Thursday, 25 April 2013
Judy Palmer

7:44 PM

In the last three days my BBC1 etc group has either given no picture at all or it stops every second or so. I have retuned but this hasn't helped. Any suggestions? Thanks, Judy

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Dave Lindsay

8:08 PM

Judy Palmer: The signal from Kendal Fell transmitter may also be good at your location and I wonder if your TV is choosing to go with it for BBC rather than Kendal.

Bring up the signal strength screen and observe which UHF channel it is tuned to. Kendal is on C60 and Kendal Fell is on C46.

There is a bit of a gap in the frequencies used by each transmitter so have your aerial unplugged until about 55% (or until it gets past UHF channel 46, if it gives channel numbers as it scans).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 22 June 2013
5:58 PM

Any chance of watching the

Any chance of watching the Tour de France on itv4 in Kendal ??

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Dave Lindsay

6:26 PM

Danny: Maybe Freesat is the most straightforward and likely to work solution to increase viewer choice (including ITV4).

The only way to get it via terrestrial (Freeview) is if reception from a full service transmitter is possible. In your case you "might" be able to receive from Lancaster. This would give you BBC North West and ITV Granada, although you may be able to combine it (using a diplexer) with you existing aerial to give you the Commercial channels with BBC NE&C and ITV Border.

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