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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) mast?

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to a fault from 29 Mar 10:45 until 29 Mar 11:01. . BBC

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Which Freeview channels does the Crystal Palace 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.

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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

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C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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

 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?

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GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
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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

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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.

Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Thursday, 26 July 2012
1:37 AM

Lost signal on Tuesday please inform as to why I still am unable to receive the freeview signal this service is very intermittent and quite frankly pretty shabby having spent a lot of money on new digital television and being a licence payer over many years I can only presume the crystal palace transmitter is of very poor quality ! Otherwise this would not be occuring yours truly disappointed

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David's 1 post GB
8:28 AM

I live in Felixstowe,and since June I have to keep doing a new search sometimes several times a day as I keep losing the signal. Sometimes BBC is perfect and there are no ITV programmes and sometimes the ITV programmes are very clear and no BBC. Then other times I turn on the TV and there is nothing at all but a scan brings them all back. What is the problem here? After June 2011 my reception was perfect but now it is a mess.

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Pamela's 1 post GB
10:31 PM


It's happened to our Pansonic DVD recorder freeview signal tonight too.I'd set it up to record Channel 4 from 8pm - 9pm and all we have is the first 3 minutes then it froze, went blank with the message at the bottom - 'no signal' and it's still the same now at 10.25pm. I've lost the ITV channels as well. Interestingly those channels are working on our two Tv's and all three devices run off the same aerial. I receive my signal from the Talcolneston transmitter. I've had problems like this before and it always and only affects the DVD. By the way, I live in Suffolk too, at Ingham just north of Bury St Edmyunds and would love someone knowlegable to explain what the problem is - should I throw away the DVD recorder and get a different one??

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Graham's 3 posts GB
11:14 PM
Haywards Heath

Since Monday this week we have very low signal, if any, on all channels and have completely lost HD. Post code is RH16 1HW (Haywards Heath). I believe we get service from Crystsl Palace. Signal has been very good up until then. The only thing that has been different is the hot weather!

Any ideas?

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Mike's 2 posts GB
Friday, 27 July 2012
9:22 AM

hi cystsl palace signal is go up the wall at some pint of the day is the hot weather what doing 1am get 100% all channels at all time please repl soon cheers andboy

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andy's 14 posts GB
Terry Carter
11:42 PM

Since the start of the O/Games i have awful sinal strength and BBC 1/2 do not exist, any ideas please.

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Terry Carter's 1 post GB
Saturday, 28 July 2012
Mark Fletcher

12:31 AM

Terry Carter.Colchester,CO5 8BL.
Having checked with the BBC Reception Test via your postcode given,there are no problems with any of the possible transmissions in your locality.
I would look up inversion effect as a likely cause !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Mark Fletcher

12:35 AM

Terry Carter.Colchester.What i forgot to add are you receiving from Crystal Palace or either from Sudbury or Dover main transmitters ?
What local news bulletins do you normally receive on BBC1/ITV1 channels ?

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Tuesday, 31 July 2012
12:03 AM

Michael: Awful again today. The recorder had decided Crystal Palace was too weak. Even after manually retuning everything in sight, the BBC channels (from Crystal Palace) are poor and Sky News isn't there at all this evening. The digital TV is fine so it must come down to the tuner of the recorder ...

... except this had been fine for some years before the digital switchover and for a couple of months afterwards.

Now, we were sold the digital switchover on the basis that the digital signal would be better once analog was out of the way. Quite clearly at the moment it is worse than pre-switchover. Yet this site says there are no problems (at least on BBC) at Crystal Palace. Have we all been sold a pup? If I have to replace equipment that worked perfectly well pre-changeover because someone somewhere decides to weaken the signal for a couple of weeks when they feel like it, who do I sue?

Well, OK, not sue perhaps (and I'm not going to panic buy) but someone must be responsible for this mess. Are they even aware there is a problem, and who do we contatc to complain about what to my mind is a breach of trust on the digital switchover?

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Michael's 14 posts GB
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