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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 27/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Reigate transmitter broadcast?

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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 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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C24 (498.0MHz)300mDTG-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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C27 (522.0MHz)300mDTG-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 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?

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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;
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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.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

2:06 PM

Eric Hayman: Without checking I am unable at this present time to say for certain if Vestel are still providing "over air" downloads for that chassis, or whether because of it being an older chassis it can only be done by downloading the software into a PC then transferring the data into the Digihome via an RS232 cable between the PC and the box, which I unfortunately have to say is very likely to be the only way that its possible to upgrade that model now, of course this also affects about another 15 or so badge name brands (Hitachi / Sharp, etc) that also use that chassis.

However this is a link to the software download information site, and which only last week had a Vestel chassis download listed, but though you didn't miss anything as it was for a T836 which is a much later model.

DTG :: DTT Receiver Downloads

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

7:57 PM

Eric Hayman: Just for information purposes I also include the undermentioned link to the unofficial Vestel site and which on reading same you might find of interest, as it refers to upgrades for various chassis including your own, and as you will no doubt notice a qualification that applies with updates to any Vestel equipment with odd problems, basically being that software updates might effect a cure on some devices but not all.

Unofficial Vestel PVR Information (UK) - Digital Switchover

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Eric Hayman
2:11 PM

Hi. jb38
Thanks for your help to get my Digihome DTR160 recorder to function correctly after the Reigate DSO.
I followed your links and also found some other posts on this problem, some going back
to the first DSOs. It seems there will not be a fix any time soon, or indeed ever, as this model has been discontinued.
I resolved my problem by throwing money at it. I purchased a Toshiba HDR5010KB DSR. This does all I want perfectly. It records two programs simultaneously and in HD. I recommend it.
Thanks again. CU Eric

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9:26 PM

Eric Hayman: Thanks for the update re your purchase of a Toshiba HDR5010 and pleased to hear that you have found it to be totally satisfactory for your requirements, the only slight reservation I have with Toshiba devices being by them having a tendency to be sluggish to commands, as other than that I rather approve of Toshiba products and are easy to work on.

I also feel that you were wise to ditch the DTR160, because any attempts to cure its deficiencies in my book comes into the category of, and to use the expression, "flogging a dead horse", as you can spend no end of time downloading the firmware upgrade into the PC, then having the inconvenience of transferring the file into the Digihome via an RS232 lead, only to find out that after having done so that the whole exercise had turned out to be a waste of time, as in many cases these older devices really requires a hardware update in the form of tuner, rather than a software attempt to cure their ailments.

Anyway, thanks again for your update.

Regards / jb.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 May 2012
1:10 PM
High Wycombe

Just re-aligned the aerial to point at Reigate, from Hannington, as we had lost a lot of channels since switch-over. Reigate seems to be Horizontal, not Vertical as stated here???

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2:11 PM

Roger Reigate is vertical

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Dave Lindsay

3:09 PM

Roger: I don't think that you will be able to receive from Reigate at your location. I think that the most likey transmitter is Crystal Palace which is 22 degrees anti-clockwise from Reigate and is horiztonal.

If you have re-aligned due to not being able to pick up the COMs (that's the Commercial channels including ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film 4, Dave etc) from Hannington, then the reason for this is probably down to the Chepping Wycombe relay transmitter using the same channels and therefore drowning out Hannington's COMs.

You should be aware that if your aerial is a Group B one, which it might be for Hannington, then it won't be optimum for Crystal Palace which is Group A. If it is a wideband aerial (or Group K), then it will be fine (although widebands aren't as sensitive at the bottom of the band (Group A channels)).


Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

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If it is the case that you can't get the COMs from Hannington, then you could theoretically combine an aerial on Hannington and one on Crystal Palace to give you Meridian with Commercial channels from CP.

You should be able to identify which transmitter(s) your receiver is tuned to by looking for the UHF channel number on the signal strength screen.

There are five full Freeview standard definition channels and one HD one. Refer to each transmitter's page for details of the channels used by each.

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