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The symbol shows the location of the St Bees (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 700 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 St Bees (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the St Bees 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
C49 (698.0MHz)34mDTG-350W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C54 (738.0MHz)34mDTG-350W
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3 ITV (SD) (Border (England)), 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 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 V max
C58 (770.0MHz)34mDTG-650W
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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,

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

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The St Bees (Cumbria, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

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 St Bees transmitter?

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BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 138km east-northeast (67°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 62km northeast (46°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

How will the St Bees (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1321 Nov 122013-1731 Dec 2019-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 50W
Analogue 1-4(-6.2dB) 12W

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. St Bees 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.

Thursday, 19 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

ST BEES transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:38 on 17 Sep to 21:39 on 17 Sep, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:38 on 17 Sep to 21:39 on 17 Sep. [BBC]

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Thursday, 7 November 2019
I Fraser
10:55 AM

More4+1 and Film 4+1 have left Ch. 86 and 45 , and been reassigned to Chs. 790 and 791.
There seems to be no backgroung info on this ; what's the masterplan ? - Changed at St Bees transmitter 5th November 2019.

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I Fraser's 1 post GB

11:04 AM

I Fraser:

They have moved multiplexes, did you not get a screen pop-up telling you to retune or that your programme mapping had changed? See Service updates | Freeview

You need to retune at least your BBCB, D3&4, ArqA & COM7 multiplexes.

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Chris.SE's 1,008 posts GB

1:59 PM

I Fraser: Film4 +1 and More4 +1 have moved to COM5 and COM7 respectively, neither of which are broadcast from Freeview Lite transmitters such as St Bees. The versions found on 790 and 791 are expected to be removed next week, allowing time for viewers to retune who don't have automatic retune enabled TVs or boxes.

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StevensOnln1's 2,734 posts GB

6:08 PM

I Fraser:

My thanks to StevensOnln1 for pointing that out as I completely overlooked the fact St.Bees is a "Light" transmitter when I replied in a bit of a rush this morning :(

Whether or not you can get any reception from Caldbeck will depend on your precise postcode location. A cursory check suggests you might, but COMs4-6 reception may not be the most reliable. Can't be certain without a full postcode and if you are down in a bit of a dip that won't help. In any event Caldbeck doesn't transmit COMs 7&8 and you'd need a change of aerial if you don't have a wideband (which you might need in any event in Q2 (Apr - Jun) 2020 when St. Bees multiplexes move channels, but you may be able to get free help with that if you don't' have Cable or Satellite.

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