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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C27- (521.8MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C24- (497.8MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Granada), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)180mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25+ (506.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C28+ (530.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C22+ (482.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
Channel icons
19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 20 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Lancaster (Lancashire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Quest HD, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Together.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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, 75km 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?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1730 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C22+2+ArqB+ArqB+ArqBArqB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4D3+4
C25+A+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCABBCA
C28+1+ArqA+ArqA+ArqAArqA
C30-D_local_local_local_local
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32+B
C34C

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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
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
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

Comments
Tuesday, 8 May 2018
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Peter Seddon
2:22 PM
Morecambe

StevensOnln1: Hi All connections checked and the reception is blocky on just the HD channels from the Lancaster transmitter, channel 21 in DTG6 mode. Diretct TV aerial connection and Humax PVR show the same results. Could it be 4G interference. Post Code is LA3 3AP. All info on the transmitter shows no problems or outages.

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3:35 PM

Peter Seddon: UHF channel 21 is at the opposite end of the UHF band compared to the frequencies which were sold off for 4G services a few years ago, so 4G interference is very unlikely. You're only 5km away and should be getting a strong signal, perhaps too strong (hence my asking for signal strength and quality readings in my earlier reply). Either you have a fault with your aerial system affecting just the PSB3 mux or you may well have too much signal causing the tuner to be effectively deafened, presenting similar symptoms to the signal being too weak (search this website for an article titled "Too much of a good thing").

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Peter Seddon
6:39 PM

StevensOnln1: Just checked and have a fluctuating readings of all zero and 70% signal and 10% quallity. from CH21.

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Peter Seddon
7:32 PM

StevensOnln1: I have done a further signal check on the other channels 22 24 25 27 & 28 and all are 70 to 80% signal with 100% quality.

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Wednesday, 9 May 2018
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Peter Seddon
11:18 AM

StevensOnln1: Problem fixed turned out to be the incoming aerial connection in conjunction with the booster. Booster removed and end connection remade and connected direct to the PVR and TV.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018
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Pat Fawley
11:29 AM
Lancaster

We have no digital reception (freeview) -- talked to neighbours and they don't either.

Please let me know what is happening and when we might receive transmission again.

01524-62700 / LA1 1QZ

Many thanks.

Pat

LA1 1QZ

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11:51 AM

Pat Fawley: There is engineering work currently taking place at the Lancaster transmitter. Do not attempt to retune. It is not a good idea to post your phone number online, as no contributors to this unofficial website will call you and you are just inviting unwanted telesales and other nuisance callers.

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12:08 PM

LANCASTER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:48 today. [BBC]

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LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 11:05 today to 11:32 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 11:05 today to 11:32 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:48 today to 11:58 today. [BBC]

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LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 11:05 yesterday to 11:32 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 11:05 yesterday to 11:32 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:48 yesterday to 11:58 yesterday. [BBC]

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