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The symbol shows the location of the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter which serves 4,490,000 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 Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace 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
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LW
 H -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Crystal Palace transmitter?

regional news image
BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest (334°)
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest (345°)
to ITV London region - 55 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

Charlton AthleticTransposerRedeveloped north stand Charlton Athletic Football Club130 homes
DeptfordTransposersouth-east London100 homes
GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
HendonTransposerGraham Park estate50 homes
White CityTransposer9 km W central London80 homes

How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TW T
C1BBCtvwaves
C22ArqAArqA
C23ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C25SDNSDN
C26BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C28-ArqBArqB
C29LW
C30C4wavesC4wavesC4waves-BBCBBBCB
C33BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavescom7
C35com8
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-13.7dB) 43.1kW
com8(-14dB) 39.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LW(-17dB) 20kW

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. Crystal Palace 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.

Comments
Wednesday, 4 April 2012
Dave Lindsay
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8:44 PM

Matt: Only BBC standard definition channels go on full power today. The rest, including HD, will follow in two weeks' time.

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Dave Lindsay
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8:45 PM

Stephen: ONdigital boxes will not work after switchover because they do not comply fully with the DVB-T standard as they do not work in 8k mode which is what is used after switchover.

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caroline
8:46 PM
London

im still getting all 5 analogue channels but no freeview. still no signal.

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Dave Lindsay
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8:47 PM

Alex: Before switchover digital services are on lower power than after switchover. BBC standard definition services are now on full power and in two weeks time the rest will follow.

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Roger
9:19 PM

I'm within a few miles of the Crystal Palace transmitter and have never previously had reception problems, but..

Since I retuned (auto scan to replace all channels) my Freeview HD T.V. today, as part of the digital switchover, all channels now lose the signal for a couple of seconds every minute.

Very annoying! Has anyone else got the same problem?

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michael adams
10:39 PM

Thanks very much for the hints on this very useful site

Recurring Blue Retune Request problem solved.

It seems that to do a proper factory reset and totally clear the memory, at least on Goodmans and maybe Bush STB's its necessary to remove the aerial while doing the initial scan.

If the STB is then switched off, and the aerial reconnected, this automatically generates the set-up menu on screen, that
you get when you first install the box.

Indicating that a proper factory reset has at last been made.

From there its just a question of
going through the installation process
just one more time, scanning for all the channels and no more blue screens.

michael adams

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:43 PM

Roger: Being in such close proximity to the transmitter it is probably the level of signal which is overwhelming your receiver. At the moment only one multiplex has gone on high power (although at a few miles even the "low" ones are pretty high). In two weeks time when the rest follow, the problem could get worse.

See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

Get yourself an attenuator for a few pounds off eBay, although with the bank holidays you may be waiting a week for it.

In the mean time, to reduce the level of signals going into your TV, as a temporary fix you could try:

- a set-top aerial.

- if the aerial connector is one that screws together, unscrew the outer part so there is just the inner pin protruding. Then insert that pin into the socket on your TV.

- try just an aerial lead (not connected to the aerial). You may have to move it about to best effect and fasten it on the wall.

- a wire coathanger in the inner part of the aerial socket may do the trick.

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Chris
11:01 PM

I used to be able to watch FreeviewHD on my PC using a USB DVB-T2 device, but today I can find no signal on 554MHz. (In fact, I couldn't find anything a couple of days ago, either).

Is FreeviewHD still being transmitted, or has it been suspended until 18th April.

This is with the Crystal Palace transmitter.

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Edward
11:52 PM

Hi I have a Philips ondigital box 10 years old, I re-tuned, (store, add, update) to get channels with bbc 1 and bbc 2 bbc 3 bbc news, 301 bbc channels missing... any tips. Read "Single Frequencey interference" Someone please make me understand what it means?

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Thursday, 5 April 2012
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