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The symbol shows the location of the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 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 Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Caldbeck 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
C25- (505.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 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

 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Border (England)), 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 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)619mDTG-100,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV 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

 H -3dB
C23- (489.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C26- (513.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
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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 -3dB
C30- (545.8MHz)598mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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 -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)489mDTG-50,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) Scotland, 2 BBC Two Scotland, 7 BBC Alba, 23 BBC Three, 24 BBC Four (Scotland SD), 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 12 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)489mDTG-50,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Border (England)), 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 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 H max
C22- (481.8MHz)509mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 97km east-northeast (77°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Lookaround 0.2m homes 0.7%
from Carlisle CA1 3NT, 17km northeast (45°)
to ITV Border England region - 33 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Tyne Tees

Are there any self-help relays?

BorelandActive deflector25 km NE Dumfries22 homes School
CarsphairnTransposer35 km SE Ayr84 homes
Crosby GarrettActive deflector35 km N Dumbarton42 homes
DeepdaleActive deflector20 km SW Penrith20 homes
Eskdalemuir BActive deflector45 km NW Carlisle31 homes
KeldActive deflector30 km E Sedbergh17 homes
StaintonTransposer8km W Penrith251 homes (low lying area of housing)

How will the Caldbeck (Cumbria, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1325 Mar 2020

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 24 Jun 09 and 22 Jul 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB, PSB3 sc(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, PSB1 sc, PSB2 sc(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-11.5dB) 35.8kW
com7(-12dB) 31.9kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-15.2dB) 15kW
Analogue 5, Mux 1*(-17dB) 10kW
Mux B*(-21.9dB) 3.2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caldbeck transmitter area

Sep 1961-Feb 2004Border 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Saturday, 25 May 2013
William Wren
9:20 PM

ITV Border has an office at the Kingstown area of Carlisle but no studios. Lookaround comes from Newcastle's Tyne Tees Studios now. (54.6155,-3.5584) 

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William Wren's 20 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
Carol Walker
3:55 PM

I can't get ITV Channel 4 or Channel 5. Is there a fault?

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Carol Walker's 1 post GB
Friday, 23 August 2013
Sarla Ewin
10:54 AM

We have lost our ITV & channel 4 etc. I reset and scan for new channels - didn't cure it. This is now our second day - our post code CA10.

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Sarla Ewin's 1 post GB

10:58 AM

Sarla Ewin: "CALDBECK transmitter - Over the next week Caldbeck main transmitter: TV (digital) Possible weak signal, " is no doubt the reason...

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 6 September 2013
11:40 AM

I have been having problems with the signal on my Humax PVR-9300T Freeview+ box for the last few days and wondered if there was a problem with the Caldbeck transmitter. I am in the DG10 9BJ area. The picture is either freezing or breaking up on the ITV channels, Channel 4 channel and Channel 5 channels and today I am getting the message the channel is scrambled or not available on these channels. The other channels are working OK. I have tried retuning loads of times in the last few days but still the same problem. Yesterday some of the channels disappeared or moved to a different channel number but today they went back to there original channel numbers. Anyone any ideas what the problems is?

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Bill's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 28 November 2013
Ted Holt
11:12 AM

I am at CA12 5RH. My signal is received via a roof aerial and is usually strong. This morning there is no signal on my TVs. We get the signal from the local transmitter above Springs Road as Caldbeck is shaded by Skiddaw.

Is there anywhere on the web I can see details of any disruption to service via this transmitter/repeater?

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Ted Holt's 1 post GB

11:37 AM

Ted Holt: Click the R+T Investigation link to the side of your post: Radio & Television Service

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Michael's 358 posts GB
Friday, 29 November 2013
Tina Windsor
7:41 PM

I am at CA12 4HW in Keswick. We lost our signal on Tuesday 26th whilst watching the evening news. It has been off ever since except for a 57 min period last night. Been on all the websites and even called Radio and television service but they can't give any useful neighbour has signal one doesn't..very frustrating

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Tina Windsor's 2 posts GB

9:26 PM

Tina Windsor: If you click the links by the side of your first question, you can check various things (which is why its so useful to put in your postcode - others take note!).
One of them is 'R+T Investigations' - which tells you whats happening to various transmitters, depending on where you are. Caldbeck was apparently unaffected, but Keswick and Threlkeld were off air 'from 09:36 yesterday to 14:18 yesterday' for engineering(?).
If you are tuned to either of those transmitters, you should of course have the signal back, and if your using Caldbeck, there should have been no problems anyway!

Why your neighbour does not have a signal is another matter - check which transmitters your all using - if the one with a signal is using one transmitter, and you two are using another, then your problem is likely to be a transmitter or its reception.

If its not the transmitters, logically it must be your own system where the problem lies (although You did get a signal for an hour, so its not a broken cable, but its likely to be a loose cable, a corroded connection, or perhaps something where moisture has got in (dried out enough to give you a decent signal for a bit, but then failed again?).

Check with those around youd you and your own system. The reception gurus can certainly give a better answer if it does turn out to be the transmitter or reception.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Saturday, 30 November 2013
Tina Windsor
9:56 AM

MikeB: Thanks for your comments. our postcode is CA12 4HW and all neighbours have to receive signal via Keswick transmitter relayed from Caldbeck due to our location. Signal is blocked directly from Calbeck by Skiddaw Fell.I have spoken directly with R+T and they say that just because it states transmitter was off air from 09.36 to 14.18 isn't specific and it does state that there are issues on them. Other areas of Keswick also have the problem. Some on, some off. We even have 2 TV's that work sometimes and the remaining 6 don't. All same make of TV. All linked to same arial. One TV that works from an internal ariel, well did last night. No BBC this morning..It's all very starnge and frustrating.

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