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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-3200,000W
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-3200,000W
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-6200,000W
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
12 Quest, 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 15 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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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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;
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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 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
Friday, 16 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:37 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:31 on 13 Sep to 10:46 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 01:26 on 14 Sep to 02:03 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 00:25 on 14 Sep to 00:29 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:19 on 13 Sep to 13:31 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC]

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paul galea
12:59 PM
Stevenage

briantist i did that and the channels did relign back to the 50s but the hd signal keeps breaking up

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Colin Wray
1:13 PM
Dunstable

Briantist: My postcode is LU6 1RF, but we are shielded from Sandy by a local hill (there is some break through since they turned the wick up), and I have good multi-element aerials aimed at CP and Oxford which (surprisingly for CP) come in quite strongly (I had to attenuate the Oxford signal in analogue days to balance it with the CP signal).

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Colin Wray's 14 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:36 PM

Colin Wray: I doubt very much if the hill will stop the signal from Sandy Heath on C31 preventing your reception of C31 from Crystal Palace, in particular if you have more than one aerial.

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:58 PM

paul galea: I think you might have the same problem as Colin Wray, in that the signal from Sandy Heath on C31 is now blocking the reception of the pre-switchover Freeview HD service.

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Janice Wilson
4:42 PM
Welwyn

I live at AL7 2HG and until recently have been receiving all Freeview HD channels via the Crystal Palace transmitter. Recordings for all requested Freeview HD programmes have failed over the last few weeks. We retuned both our HD TV and HD PVR today and have lost all Freeview HD programmes. Do you know why this has happened?

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ronald bailey
7:12 PM
Watford

Hi lost the picture at 12.05 am wednesday morning the 14-09-11,my freeview hd recorder,was recording quest,when the picture froze,have since retuned all my set top boxes and televisions,I am 3.5 miles from bedmond transmiter but cannot get a good picture on freeview hd,the picture is sharp but there is a
blue tint,I suppose all will be ok on the changeover in april 12.
arial is on the chimney

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Transmitter engineering
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8:40 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 00:25 on 14 Sep to 00:29 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:19 on 13 Sep to 13:31 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:31 on 13 Sep to 10:46 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:20 on 14 Sep to 11:35 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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8:40 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 00:25 on 14 Sep to 00:29 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:19 on 13 Sep to 13:31 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:31 on 13 Sep to 10:46 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 11:20 on 14 Sep to 11:35 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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9:30 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 12:04 on 14 Sep to 12:16 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 13:19 on 13 Sep to 13:31 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 10:31 on 13 Sep to 10:46 on 13 Sep BBC ONE Weak Signal from 09:21 on 14 Sep to 09:59 on 14 Sep BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC]

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