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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 (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 ITV +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 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;
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 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, 2 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:30 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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4:30 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Tim
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4:47 PM
Radlett

here's a story that's about the Digital switchover help scheme.
My Aunt who is 86 lives in the SE9 area of London a very strong signal area and who has been using Freeview for a number of years using an internal aerial which 99.9% of the time works fine. She has a PVR connected to her TV enabling her to record one channel whilst viewing another, After I told her about the £40 help scheme she applied and an aerial contracted was sent out to check the system and give her a STB for her 2nd set in her bedroom.
As I live some 40 miles from her I was unable to be there when he called, I spoke to her on the phone that evening to ask how it went she told me that the man was there for 20 mins had check the installation and connected the free STB to the TV. This is when alarm bells started to ring!
I saw a copy of the check list tick sheet he had completed, this is what it show. Aerial face plate fitted, YES, Benchmark cables use, YES, Aerial checked, YES. The answer to all these questions is NO in her installation. What the man had done was remove her PVR leave a basic Freeview box under the TV and charge £40 for a box that I could have got from Tesco for £20. I made a complaint to the scheme and another appointment was made that I could attend, the whole idea was to get her an basic outside aerial which the scheme provides not for some aerial guy to make a quick £40 doing little or nothing!

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Graham
5:59 PM
Camberley

David, as I have said before, it seems there is a common thread to a number of recent posts regarding loss of signal level from Crystal Palace? I now have only Muxes 1, B, and C, with zero signal levels on the others, having enjoyed 104 channels on Freeview before. Nothing has changed at my end, so it must be either the Tx or the transmission path. I have suggested as others have that the engineering works are affecting the output, but as you have seen before - the answer is apparently interference. I can only agree with you that denying something is being affected at the transmitter is not helpful. Ironically I now have to use the analogue rx to get an ITV/Ch4/5 signal. Progress!

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Graham's 8 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:27 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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8:27 PM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 08:26 on 27 Feb to 17:18 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:47 on 26 Feb to 08:26 on 27 Feb BBC ONE Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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David
10:56 PM

Graham,
Thanks very much for your comments. I know exactly what you mean. If people were given honest information, they could at least understand what was happening and why (and how long it would last). Because this "process" is being administered by people who ram their heads into buckets of sand whenever a complaint is made, we will have to enlist other help.

As a matter of formality (not because I expect any positive outcome) I am writing to Ofcom pointing out their lack of any useful assistance via their web site, and asking them to give me a means of escalating this matter. Their normal response is to say "ring us on our helpline", but I won't be doing that as it gives me nothing in writing. So far, Ofcom have been as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike. No change there.

I have also written (as another formality) to the Digital UK website at Digital UK - Home (the one with the vapid, smiley robot). In essence I have made the same comments as I did to Ofcom, but truncated as they restrict users to 500 characters.

Of more potential use, I have logged a case with BBC Watchdog, as there are a lot of people who have been paying out for new equipment and engineer visits needlessly because of the culture of denial during switch-over. This is a rip-off any anyone's language (see especially Tim's comments further up the page about his aunt's experience). Obviously if Watchdog start getting a lot of complaints about the problems we have been having, they are in a much better position to do something about it.

For anyone interested in taking it further, the Watchdog URL is:

BBC - Watchdog - - Got a story

or, if you prefer, you can email your complaint to them at:

watchdog@bbc.co.uk.

or write to them at:

Watchdog, MC4 C5, Media Centre, Wood Lane, London W12 7TQ.

Hope this helps.

(W12 7TQ)

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David's 7 posts GB
Saturday, 3 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:37 on 28 Feb to 07:53 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:57 on 28 Feb to 17:35 on 28 Feb BBC TWO Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:37 on 28 Feb to 07:53 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:57 on 28 Feb to 17:35 on 28 Feb BBC TWO Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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9:28 AM

CRYSTAL PALACE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:53 on 29 Feb to 16:39 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:18 on 27 Feb to 07:57 on 28 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 17:37 on 28 Feb to 07:53 on 29 Feb BBC ONE Weak Signal from 07:57 on 28 Feb to 17:35 on 28 Feb BBC TWO Weak Si [BBC] Over the next week Crystal Palace main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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