Full Freeview on the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Caldbeck 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.
64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Caldbeck transmitter?
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 97km east-northeast (77°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 17km northeast (45°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees
Are there any self-help relays?
|Boreland||Active deflector||25 km NE Dumfries||22 homes School|
|Carsphairn||Transposer||35 km SE Ayr||84 homes|
|Crosby Garrett||Active deflector||35 km N Dumbarton||42 homes|
|Deepdale||Active deflector||20 km SW Penrith||20 homes|
|Eskdalemuir B||Active deflector||45 km NW Carlisle||31 homes|
|Keld||Active deflector||30 km E Sedbergh||17 homes|
|Stainton||Transposer||8km W Penrith||251 homes (low lying area of housing)|
How will the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
|1961-80s||1984-97||1997-98||1998-2009||2009-13||25 Mar 2020|
|VHF||A K T||W T||W T||W T||A K T|
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 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB, PSB3 sc||(-7dB) 100kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, PSB1 sc, PSB2 sc||(-10dB) 50kW|
|Mux 2*, Mux A*||(-15.2dB) 15kW|
|Analogue 5, Mux 1*||(-17dB) 10kW|
|Mux B*||(-21.9dB) 3.2kW|
|Mux C*, Mux D*||(-24.9dB) 1.6kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck transmitter area
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
John Rooke: If you're referring to channels such as BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, RT HD, Quest HD, etc those are all carried on the COM7 multiplex which (along with COM8) was removed from Caldbeck (and 4 other transmitters) during the 700MHz clearance work carried out over the last few years. COM7 was only ever intended to be a temporary service and is expected to close completely when it's licence expires at the end of June this year. COM8 already closed in August 2020 for commercial reasons following the reduction in advertising revenue suffered across the entire commercial broadcasting industry during the first lockdown. Nothing has been announced regarding what will happen with any of the channels currently carried on COM7 and there is currently no spare capacity available for any more HD channels to be carried on another multiplex.
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Roy Taylor: Caldbeck is a main transmitter broadcasting to over 100,000 households and you're the only one reporting a problem. That makes it far more likely that the problem is something at your end (i.e. a fault or loose connection in your aerial system somewhere) or local interference. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Have you had a postcard from Restore TV or seen any new or upgraded mobile phone masts nearby? The 700MHz frequency band previously used for TV services is now being widely used by the mobile networks and can sometimes cause interference - if this is the case you can obtain a free filter which connects between your aerial and TV to block out the unwanted frequencies (see the website below). If you provide a full postcode we can check the predicted reception at your location and may be able to offer further advice.
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To add to what StevensOnln1 has said, I've done a check via 2 sources and there are currently no listed faults or outages for Caldbeck and the transmitter hasn't been listed for Planned Engineering for a good number of weeks.
Have the problems been continuous, or on some days now and again, or do they occur at specific times, are they happening at present?
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