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Google StreetviewGoogle mapBing mapGoogle Earth51.424,-0.076 or 51°25'26"N 0°4'32"WSE19 1UE


4G at 800MHz (at800) Freeview reception issues

Tests now show that SOME households that use masthead amplifiers (and some communal aerial systems) AND are in poor signal areas AND that are very close to a 4G phone mast MAY have their Freeview service disturbed: C22: ArqA, C23: BBCA, C30: BBCB
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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.

Other mapsCrystal Palace DABCrystal Palace AM/FMCrystal Palace TV regionBBC London
LondonDAB in Greater LondonAM/FM in Greater London

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 Channel, 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, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 38 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 ITV 4 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal max
C22 (482.0MHz)321m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
200,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 57 Quest +1, 63 Community Channel, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, 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, 64 Bonanza Bonanza, 75 Pop,

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,

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?


BBC London 4.9m homes 18.4%
from London W1A 1AA, 11km north-northwest
to BBC London region - 55 masts.

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.

  • Ofcom have projected that a local television service for London including Greater London area could use an Interleaved Frequency on the Crystal Palace transmitter using C29

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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Dolby72
Tuesday 8 April 2014 8:47AM

Is it possible to for an old rooftop aerial (possibly 25 years old, standard-type) to pick up the HD channels and all mux's except channel 26 PSB2 with SD ITV, Channel 4 etc? As that's what has happened to me, bizarre.


Dave Lindsay
Tuesday 8 April 2014 1:34PM

Dolby72: Yes. An aerial works by frequency and digital channels are in the same range as the former analogue from Crystal Palace which means a replacement shouldn't be required.

Where are you? I wonder if the signal is too strong due to your close proximity to the transmitter.

C26 used to be for BBC One analogue. How was its picture?


Dave Lindsay
Tuesday 8 April 2014 1:49PM

Dolby72: Quite a few people are caught out by their TV being HD but not having the capability to receive HD signals.


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Dolby72
Wednesday 9 April 2014 9:49AM

Dolby72: Sutton surrey, so about six miles. I have since got an indoor one and its picked up everything fine and with a good signal strength. As far as the roof aerials on my property go there are two from old - not just one split to both rooms for some reason. One feeds the front room and every channel is fine, and the other feeding the bedroom which has the drop out on channel 26's mux no matter how many times i retuned automatically, or manuallyl. I can't quite see from the front of the building but the aerial may be pointing slightly out of whack or be damaged even. Thanks for your time on this though.


Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 16 April 2014 2:26AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 today to 00:11 today. [BBC]


Transmitter engineering
Thursday 17 April 2014 12:30AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 yesterday to 00:11 yesterday. [BBC]


Transmitter engineering
Friday 18 April 2014 1:29AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - LW: Radio 4 MF Off Air from 00:08 on 16 Apr to 00:11 on 16 Apr. [BBC]


C
Christine Clarke
Tuesday 22 April 2014 4:56PM

Why can't I pick up free view on my portable free view tv when I'm in Wimbledon Park Wimbledon I can't be too far away from crystal palace can I. Cant get any signal at all


J
jb38
Tuesday 22 April 2014 8:23PM

Christine Clarke: The area referred to is approximately 5 miles away from the Crystal Palace transmitter and as such in theory anyway, should be in a high signal strength area.

However could you clarify exactly what's meant by a "portable Freeview TV"? does this refer to one of those small (9" or less screen size) TV's that use a pull out aerial? if you do, then are you using its "search for channels" facility or is Crystal Palace already pre-tuned.

The other point being, "if" whatever you are using is of the type mentioned and which "some of" also offers the option of using the TV with a normal aerial rather than pull out, check that you have the aerial selector switch (if it has one) set to match whatever aerial you are using.

It would though be of assistance to know the brand "and" model number of the TV in question.


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