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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.

 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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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

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C26 (514.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (London),

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C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV 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

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C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
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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

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C22 (482.0MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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 max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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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 -10dB
C35 (586.0MHz)324mDTG-1220,000W
Channel icons
from 31st March 2014: 8 LONDON LIVE,

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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DeptfordTransposersouth-east London100 homes
GreenfordTransposer12 km N Heathrow Airport203 homes
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White CityTransposer9 km W central London80 homes

How will the Crystal Palace (Greater London, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1321 Mar 2018

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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.

Saturday, 21 April 2012
6:05 PM
Bourne End

Thank you Dave - I manually tunes, so know I am on Crystal Palace, as I ensured to use its MUX channel numbers, I try 30, and it say Power 100% Strength 0%, if I try searching, they are ALL saying "nothing transmitting" or words to that effect.

I have a booster (it splits to 5 TVs in the house this way), however thinking that may be the contributor, I disconnected the aerial, and put it directly into the Topfield (I use that the most to be honest), and same problem. I even powered off the Topfield, retried and same problem

Does Wooburn transmit the Mux3? If so, I'll manually try *its* channel number - any ideas where I might find that?



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Richard's 7 posts GB
6:11 PM

I just found wooburn's page, Wooburn digital TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice and it says channel 52 for Mux3, and that tells me 69% power, 0% quality

Checking Wooburn's Mux2 channel 56, I get 70% power, 37% quality, Mux1 channel 48, I get 77% power, 86% quality.

All the other Crystal Palace Mux channel numbers are 100% power and 100% quality


Richard (SL85LL)

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Richard's 7 posts GB
6:15 PM
Bourne End

Mind you, checking my postcode against site, it reckons I should be getting from Guildford :)

Checked its channel 40, and 29% power 0% quality

So it definitely isn't finding that one!

Reason I tuned manually was because I was finding other transmitters, with poorer signals, and having multiple versions of each programme channel.

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Richard's 7 posts GB
Big Mart

6:22 PM

Dave Lindsay: Thank you for your response. Presumably the signal for the recorder must come from the same place as the tv, as the aerial is plugged into the recorder and out to the tv. I have a Sony SVR-HDT500 Freeview+ HD Recorder. How would I find which channel it is tuned to?

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Big Mart's 83 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

6:25 PM

Richard: If your receiver is finding other channels, and those channels fall outside of the range used by Crystal Palace, then you can avoid them by using the unplugging aerial trick I mentioned.

If there are other transmitters that are within the "target" of say 21 to 30 for Crystal Palace (I allow a few channels either side to ensure that they're all picked up), then you may have to revise your plan.

I don't have first hand experience of these Humax devices. However, I have read that when tuning some HD tuners you need to select the HD mode when tuning in the HD channel, that probably being "DVB-T2" as opposed to "DVB-T" which is for standard definition.

I wonder, if you are doing it manually if you have to set the mode manually and that it does not automatically assume the correct mode. This would perhaps explain why it does find a signal, but just no quality.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
6:46 PM

Janice: I've sorted my problem. The distribution amplifier that I was using was analogue only. Changed it for a digital one, £13 from Argos and have all my channels.

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Janice's 2 posts GB
6:50 PM
Bourne End

Dave, thanks for your comments, I will check tomorrow, appreciate the help


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Richard's 7 posts GB
6:56 PM
Bourne End

Dave, had a few mins spare (mrs not ready to go out) and it was as you said DVB-T2 - so that's the Humax sorted, now need to try the TV to behave :)


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Richard's 7 posts GB
6:56 PM

Kate: Sorry to hear of your continuing trouble.
When you ran set up for your TV card did you select Crystal Palace as the source? If so, and your card now can't find any thing it is probably that the software is not looking for the channels in their new frequencies. Try selecting "Any source" or "All" when scanning.

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Roger's 20 posts GB
7:00 PM

Kate: If your software will allow a manual tune, look for Channels 22,23,25,26 & 28.These are the Crystal Palace ones.

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