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The symbol shows the location of the Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmitter which serves 52,000 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 Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Lancaster 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
 V max
C27- (521.8MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North West, 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 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C24- (497.8MHz)180mDTG-32,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Granada), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Granada),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C21+ (474.2MHz)180mDTG-62,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C25+ (506.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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
 V max
C28+ (530.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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
 V max
C22+ (482.2MHz)180mDTG-82,000W
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

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Lancaster (Lancashire, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC North West Tonight 3.1m homes 11.8%
from Salford M50 2QH, 75km south-southeast (155°)
to BBC North West region - 92 masts.
regional news image
ITV Granada Reports 3.1m homes 11.6%
from Salford M50 2EQ, 75km south-southeast (155°)
to ITV Granada region - 80 masts.

Are there any self-help relays?

AbbeysteadActive deflector10 km SE Lancaster30 homes School

How will the Lancaster (Lancashire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1330 Mar 2018
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C22+ArqBArqB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4D3+4
C25+SDNSDN
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves-BBCABBCA
C28+ArqAArqA
C30_local_local
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves

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 Nov 09 and 2 Dec 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 10kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Winter Hill transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Feb 2004Granada 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. Lancaster 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Friday, 14 June 2013
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Paul Haigh
5:58 PM

Since about mid April, BBC channels and a few others have gone very blocky, sound drops, sometimes no picture at all. Weirdly, BBC HD works (mostly) OK. Thought aerial might have been faulty so replaced it with a 43 element version thinking extra gain may help but problem is exactly the same. Why does increasing gain not help with this issue and why aren't all channels affected?

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Paul Haigh's 1 post GB
Sunday, 30 June 2013
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Andrew
11:26 PM

For the last few months we have been getting severe picture breakup on C24 c25 c22 only on these muxes. I originally thought it was streetlight as we have had that problem before but it sometimes does it in daytime, although it is much worse at night after dark.

We have a roof aerial which has always been fine, we have the signal boosted. I have tried without the booster too.

Any ideas? Could it be 4g tests in lancaster area or something else?

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Andrew's 2 posts GB
Monday, 1 July 2013
Dave Lindsay
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9:55 AM

Andrew: There have been no 800MHz 4G tests in your area.

Without knowledge of your location it is impossible to address such an issue. A location, preferably in the form of a postcode or that of a nearby shop, is required so as to check predicted signals at the location.

The only answer can be a general one. Are there trees somewhere along the signal path? Assuming that they're deciduous then leaves grew a few months back. After dark it cools down and the air gets damp.

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Thursday, 2 January 2014
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Ken Simm
9:01 AM
Kendal

I live just off the A6 in south Kendal postcode LA9 5JR and have limited number of channels using the local relay. I want to buy an aerial to point south to the Lancaster transmitter as several have done on my estate. There are many different types of aerial pointing south but which one is best? Can you recommend a suitable aerial please?

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KMJ,Derby
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11:34 PM

Ken Simm: For best results from Lancaster it is worth the extra effort of obtaining a group "A" receiving aerial. The dimensions of such aerials are designed to specifically cover the range of frequencies in use at Lancaster. The average DIY store only stocks wideband versions, which tend not to perform well at lower frequencies, so it might be necessary to go to a specialist retailer. A glance at neighbouring roof- tops might reveal if "normal sizes" are ok say up to about 18 elements- Triax supergain 18 or Antiference RX20A for example.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Monday, 12 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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11:41 AM

LANCASTER transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 13 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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11:38 AM

LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 today to 10:38 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 today to 10:38 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:16 today. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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2:45 PM

LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 today to 10:38 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 today to 10:38 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:16 today to 10:44 today. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 14 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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1:41 AM

LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 yesterday to 10:38 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 yesterday to 10:38 yesterday. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:16 yesterday to 10:44 yesterday. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 15 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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12:44 AM

LANCASTER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 on 13 May to 10:38 on 13 May, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:19 on 13 May to 10:38 on 13 May. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:16 on 13 May to 10:44 on 13 May. [BBC] RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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