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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 mix, GREAT! romance, 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, 22 August 2013
Ian Garrick
10:48 PM

Why in the kendal area we only get a few channels yet in the lancaster they get far more including sky channels .dave for example . Are more channels going to be added to our area in the future . To get sky multiroom is quite expensive so it would be nice to have more variety on our freeview so if you did not want to watch what the family wants to watch you could watch one of your favourite channels on freeview

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Ian Garrick's 3 posts GB flag

11:24 PM

Ian Garrick: The answer to your question is basically no, and with the reason for being simply because that these additional "purely for profit" commercial services seen on main stations were only added because the operators of these transmitters were aware that revenue obtained from the users of same would exceed the installation and running costs of the transmitters, this being the opposite to what the situation would be if they were added to relay stations located in areas of low population and where the installation / running costs of same would outweigh the expected return, hence needless to say they declined Ofcoms offer to add them.

There are hundreds of PSB only muxes in the UK and with the explanation given being applicable to them all.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 August 2013
12:13 AM

Ian- The muxes we're missing hold commercial channels and between them and the transmitter own they don't think the cost of running the muxes versa the available audience is worth it.

We're are being short changes, recommend you write to Tim Farron have him raise the issue

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Dave's 17 posts GB flag
Ian Garrick
9:59 PM

Cheers guys I didn't think we would be getting many more channels . A better variety would be nice but like every other service around here its sparse and we have to live with it . It wouldn't be so bad if we could get virgin media in this area so sky didnt have the monopoly . Nver mind thanks once again

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Ian Garrick's 3 posts GB flag

10:06 PM

Ian Garrick: Wouldn't Freesat be a good option?

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 August 2013
Ian Garrick
6:13 PM

MikeB I looked at freesat but at the time it was expensive . I have sky the freeview is just for another ctv upstairs for when anyone doesnt want to watch what the majority are watching . Its not a major gripe I just wondered why in our area we are short changed on channels .to be honest all these channels and all you seem to get are repeats . And after the big fuss when we changed over I was expecting more cannels to be added at later dates .cheers for the advice

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Ian Garrick's 3 posts GB flag

6:17 PM

Ian Garrick: if you allready have sky and your dish has spare outputs all you need is a cable from the lnb and a freesat box, you can pick these up for under £40

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mazbar's 384 posts GB flag
Sunday, 25 August 2013

2:57 PM

Ian Garrick: Cast a glance arround the neighbourhood to see if there are any aerials pointing at Lancaster. A group "A" aerial is required for Lancaster, pointing roughly South and set for vertical polarisation. This could give an indication if your location is within range of the full Freeview service. Also, put your postcode into the DUK postcode checker, with trade view ticked, to see a prediction for what signals are are possibly available.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 5 November 2013
J Jeffreys
1:05 PM

5/11/13 Only getting BBC channels. Been like this for a couple of days. Is it my aerial or something wrong with the transmitter


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Friday, 8 November 2013
rod tucker
4:00 PM

Good afternoon
We are about to move to freeview with a plus box combining our phone line and internet.
Currently we are missing channels such as 5 Star and 5 USA as explained above. Will our up grade allow us to recieve these channels

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