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The symbol shows the location of the Reigate (Surrey, England) transmitter which serves 70,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Reigate (Surrey, England) mast?

Reigate transmitter - Reigate transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Reigate 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.

 V max
C23- (489.8MHz)297mDTG-2,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) London, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)297mDTG-2,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (London), 4 Channel 4 (SD) London ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 London ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C30 (546.0MHz)297mDTG-2,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD London, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London 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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C21+ (474.2MHz)297mDTG-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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C24 (498.0MHz)300mDTG-82,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C27 (522.0MHz)300mDTG-82,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

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

The Reigate (Surrey, 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 Reigate transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 30km north (6°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 31km north (9°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

How will the Reigate (Surrey, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 Apr 12 and 18 Apr 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5(-3dB) 5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 200W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Crystal Palace transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1992Thames†
Jul 1968-Feb 2004London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Carlton†
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc♦
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. Reigate 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.

Saturday, 21 April 2012
Dave Lindsay

2:17 PM

Peter: Follow the link. Attenuation is the opposite of amplification, i.e. it makes the signals smaller.

If you do have a signal booster/amplifier, then try removing that first if you can.

You can pick up attenuators for a few pounds from sources such as eBay. I put in <<variable attenuator>> and came up with this one (other sellers and models are available):


This is a variable one. You can also get fixed values; not sure what value you should get, a variable one allows a bit more scope for adjustment.

The objective of digital reception is not to get the signal strength as near to 100% as possible; it is quality that matters. Different receivers have different scales, but say you have 60% strength and 100% quality all the time, then that is fine. Too much (or verging on too much) is likely to have an adverse affect on quality and therefore cause break-up or worse, "no signal".

In the days of analogue, reduced signal strength usually meant more of a grainy picture, hence the need for a strong signal (then).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
2:29 PM

Dave THanks I will try that. But if that doesnt work/.....

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Dave Lindsay

2:52 PM

Peter: With technical fault-finding like this, it's a case of eliminating possibilities, targetting the most likely ones first.

As there is no way of measuring the signals effectively, then trying the solution of an attenuator seems the simplest method to determine whether this is the issue.

However, I have a few more thoughts that you might investigate before getting an attenuator:

Check that the receiver is tuned to Reigate for all its services and not another transmitter such as Crystal Palace. This is to ensure that the picture you are seeing (that you don't see at times) is coming from Reigate.

See "After switchover configuration" here: Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

For one service from each of those five (or six if it's HD) multiplexes bring up the signal strength screen and ensure that it is tuned to Reigate (UHF channel numbers at the top of the page):

PSB1/BBC A = C60
PSB2/D3&4 = C57
PSB3/BBC B (HD) = C53
COM4/SDN = C21
COM5/ArqA = C24
COM6/ArqB = C27

It's also worth pointing out that you will probably need to have your Group C/D aerial replaced with a wideband for Reigate. Group C/D is the top third of the band of frequencies used for TV. The four main analogue channels were C/D and the PSBs (above) are C/D, but the COMs are in the first third of the band (Group A). So if it's the COMs you're having issues with, and you have a C/D aerial, then this may be the cause.

That said, before switchover some of the digital channels were in Group A, so this issue may have cropped up before and therefore you may have already had the aerial replaced.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 22 April 2012
12:16 PM

Thanks Dave. I will work through that - I had one fitted so we will see.

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Peter's 7 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 April 2012
Eric Hayman
2:03 PM

Hi. I live in Godstone, RH9 8AJ, and have a Wide Band Aerial, mounted on the eves of my house, pointing to the Reigate transmitter.
Since the 18th April retune my digital recorder will only record the BBC channels.
All the others are stuttering and missing bits.
The recorder is a Digihome DTR160. It is watchable direct on all channels when not recording
My Toshiba freeview HD Television is perfect
on all channels.
As all was fine before switchover, I could even record two channels at once, what could
have gone so wrong.
Thanks for any help. Eric

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3:11 PM

If i knew Eric on what could have gone wrong with your set up i would be millionaire
The problem is none of us know and we will need to find out but it could take a while as all those responsible for the switch over wont confess to getting it wrong

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NICK ADSL UK's 72 posts GB flag
Eric Hayman
4:30 PM

Thankyou Nick.
Hope you get very wealthy soon.
CU Eric

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Eric Hayman's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 April 2012
10:43 AM

And so the saga continues. I can get normal recption on my second set upstairs. Also, it records normally on teh main set with no interference on the recording. I have switched on the dvd recorder and channels there seem ok. But I still occasional pixillation mainly in evening on main set.

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Peter's 7 posts GB flag

12:11 PM

Eric Hayman: Your PVR uses a Vestel T825 chassis which are notorious for problems caused by the new transmission modes that came into being at switch over, but this problem has been known about for a considerable time now and with Vestel having broadcast an over air download during June / July of 2010 to overcome these problems, so on your PVR press - Setup / configuration then look down the list to see what software version you are using as V13 is the latest.

Just a second point, you should also ensure that your signal isn't excessively high as you are located at only 6 miles or so from the transmitter and a slightly over the top signal can make the problem you refer to worse, and so if you use any type of booster bypass it, or if you don't use a booster then just for a test try a set top aerial.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 April 2012
Eric Hayman
12:04 PM

Hi jb38. Thank you for your reply.
On checking the software version in my Digihome DTR160 ,as you suggested, I found it to be v2.7. That is well behind the V13 you found.
I brought the recorder from Tesco in June 2009, it is not three years old, because it could record two programs
simultaneously. Now I see how it should have updated but never had the chance because I switch off all stand electrics overnight, government save energy advice.
Looks like I will have to leave it on again overnight in case Vestal give us a second chance sometime.
Meanwhile I have resurrected my older Digihome PVR80 brought 2007, us oldies throw nothing away, which is working just fine.
As to your second point. When digital TV started, back in the On-digital days, I had to use a signal booster and even then the picture would block when a plane went by. The signal is so much better now, the booster is not used or needed. My Digihomes show 80% strength and "Very Good" signal.
Thanks again. CU Eric

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