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The symbol shows the location of the Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 52,000 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 Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Lancaster 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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C27- (521.8MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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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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C24- (497.8MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Granada), 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 (Granada),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)180mDTG-2,000W
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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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C25+ (506.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C28+ (530.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Lancaster (Lancashire, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Lancaster transmitter?

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 76km south-southeast (155°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 75km south-southeast (155°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbbeysteadActive deflector10 km SE Lancaster30 homes School

How will the Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1330 Mar 2018

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 4 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Lancaster 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, 29 September 2011
Transmitter engineering

5:01 AM

LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 02:27 on 27 Sep to 02:33 on 27 Sep [BBC]

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Wednesday, 11 April 2012
Andrew Robinson
9:01 PM

Is anyone else having trouble getting a good picture from the Lancaster transmitter? My picture keeps breaking up. Have tried new aerial and all cables and still problem. Was fine a few weeks ago.

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Saturday, 14 April 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Mark Jolly
11:20 PM

I have a Panasonic TV with built in Freeview HD .I have had the TV for 18 months and have been receiving HD channels with no problem. I have just noticed since last week that the HD channels starting with channel 50 have vanished from my channel list. I have re-tuned the TV several times but they are still missing. I have a 10 strength signal and am a bit confused.

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Mark Jolly's 2 posts GB flag

11:58 PM

Mark Jolly: If you could previously receive the HD channels OK and are receiving them from from a transmitter that has recently switched over to high powered operation, then it could be that you are now receiving an excessively high level of signal and which is blocking reception, this always showing up first on the HD channels.

If you can borrow a set top aerial then try that, the signal might not be good but you are only really interested in if you can get a signal at all, and if you do then you will require to purchase an attenuator to place in line with the TV's aerial socket.

Needless to say that if you have any type of booster on your aerial system then by-pass it.

You should also have provided a post code (or one from nearby!) with a query of this sort, as that would enable the signal levels expected at your location to be verified.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 1 October 2012
1:28 PM

What is the total height of this transmitter above sea level ie:- the bit that transmits the signal, not just the overall height of the mast. I'm hoping to try access the signal over here on Walney Island, Barrow-in-Furness

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Clivo's 2 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:06 PM

Clivo: The figure is given above underneath each multiplex: 180m

This information is sourced from Ofcom:

Ofcom | Supplementary licence documents in relation to DSO

This terain plotter may be useful:

Terrain - shows radio profile between two UK sites to optimise you DTT, Freeview, DAB or analogue TV reception

Also it might be useful to be aware that Lancaster's COMs are 1kW whereas PSBs are 2kW.

Lancaster's COM4 and COM5 are co-channel with Caldbeck, albeit with opposite offsets.

The powers that be won't release the radiation pattern for Lancaster so we don't know whether there is any restriction in your direction.

The Roose transmitter is co-channel with Lancaster's COMs, albeit that according to its radiation pattern its signal is directed away from the Island. Millom Park is also co-channel with Lancaster's COMs.

See C25 (506.0MHz) before switchover | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

You will need a good Group A aerial for reception from Lancaster. See ATV`s Choice Of Aerials for digital TV

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
10:22 PM

Cheers Dave, very helpful indeed.

I have a friend who wants an aerial fitting, who lives at North Scale, Walney Island. It's always been a tricky place for signal reception since the construction of Devonshire Dock Hall, almost in the town centre & directly between that village and Winter Hill. As you suggest there is Millom Park but they don't carry the full Freeview package. Although there is some land higher between Lacaster and Walney I'm hoping the height of the mast may get round this problem.

Got a decent wide band aerial to try out. If that gets anything half decent then I'll buy a quality group A antenna and push the signal through a mast head amp.

With Thanks


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Clivo's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 October 2012
maureen wilson
4:40 PM

using a logix set top box only get picture and sound in first two groups of stations on C27 and C28 although many other channels register and when further investigated on menu have 100% strength. as it is i can only get about a quarter of my channels. the situation has deteriorated. could it be the box last update 2005. everything was ok until comparatively recently. the above applies with a roof aerial. itried to use a set top aerial but it was no good . any suggestions? i seem to have lost the add channels function. would this be any good anyway? at my address i should receive all freeview channels.

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Monday, 31 December 2012
Catherine Walker
4:16 PM

My tvs as well as my neighbour's has suddenly gone off. Are there any problems in the LA4 5JA area please. Thank you

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