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Full Freeview on the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmitter

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sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.424,-0.076 or 51°25'26"N 0°4'32"Wsa_postcodeSE19 1UE

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. Click to recheck [+] 

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

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Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C23 (490.0MHz)324m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One London, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C26 (514.0MHz)324m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (London), 4 Channel 4 London ads, 5 Channel 5 London ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 London ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (London),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C30- (545.8MHz)324m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
200,000W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV London), 104 Channel 4 HD London ads, 105 BBC Three HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 horizontal max
C25 (506.0MHz)314m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV 4 +1, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal max
C22 (482.0MHz)321m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 82 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal max
C28- (529.8MHz)321m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

LW
 horizontal -10dB
C29 (538.0MHz)324mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE, 67 Chart Show TV, 75 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 horizontal -11.1dB
C33 (570.0MHz)324m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
15,600W
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -11.7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
13,500W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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
to BBC London region - 55 masts.
regional news image
ITV London News 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London WC1X 8XZ, 11km north-northwest
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA K
C1BBCtv
C22-2ArqAArqAArqA
C23ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCA
C25-1SDNSDNSDN
C26BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
C28-B-ArqB-ArqB-ArqB
C29-DLW
C30C4C4C4-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
600C32-A
C33BBC2BBC2BBC2com7
C34+C
C35com8

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 4th April and 18th April 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LW(-17dB) 20kW
com7(-18.1dB) 15.6kW
com8(-18.7dB) 13.5kW
PreDSO-BBCB*(-20dB) 10kW

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.



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RS
Thursday 29 May 2014 7:30AM

Hi, still having problems in Hertford despite retuning daily. Switches between high signal and none repeatedly across all channels or just some. Any ideas why? Never had any reception issue before.

B
Brian Gregory
Monday 2 June 2014 2:59AM Reading

COM7 seems to be booming in here in Reading, stronger than PSB3!

Have they increased the power?

K
KEVIN GARDINER
Monday 2 June 2014 12:46PM Stourbridge

Brian Gregory: Yes, it seems they have. I'm presuming that you use the Hannington transmitter to receive Freeview? If so, then you are correct to think that the ERP has been increased for the new com 7 multiplex. All the other multiplexes are either 25KW or 50KW. The come 7 multiplex on launch was 29.5kw, and it has now been increased to 36.7kw.

K
KEVIN GARDINER
Monday 2 June 2014 12:51PM Stourbridge

BRAIN GREGORY, If you use Crystal Palace, then it was 36.3kw on launch and has been increased up to 43.09kw now.

J
John
Saturday 21 June 2014 11:05AM

I am in an area of relatively good reception for the Crystal Palace transmitter (NW8 post code but signal obstructed by tall blocks) but we have a good roof mounted aerial on a very tall pole and have had never had any problems with the digital TV signal.

Just recently we are getting a significantly degraded signal on the ArqA Ch 22 signals, such that we either have horizontal lines, blocks, or even no signal. Reception of all other channels is completely unaffected.

Transmitter engineering
Friday 1 August 2014 1:32PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Weak Signal from 12:06 today to 12:15 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Saturday 2 August 2014 4:33AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Weak Signal from 12:06 yesterday to 12:15 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 3 August 2014 4:32AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Weak Signal from 12:06 on 01 Aug to 12:15 on 01 Aug. [BBC]

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