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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C23 (490.0MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
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-200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C30- (545.8MHz)324mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)314mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C28- (529.8MHz)321mDTG-8200,000W
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

LW
 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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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
Tuesday, 4 December 2012
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:25 PM

BillNick: The window is big so it's not critical.

Signal strength scales vary by receiver, but say you get a good signal with it set to 75% strength on the channels you have, then try manually adding the missing ones.

Once you have each one tuned, then don't rescan if you find one poor quality as the issue must lie elsewhere.


DC power-pass is required where an amplifier (mast-head amp) is being used at the aerial where the power supply is fitted behind the TV set. The DC voltage to supply the amp is carried up the aerial cable and thus if the attenuator were fitted inbetween the two, it would need to be the power-pass variety.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
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Nick R
9:06 AM

Until about a week and a half ago, my Freeview signal in South Harrow, North-West London was 100% on all channels - without the need for amplification. Since then I have experienced mild pixellation on some ITV channels, followed by total loss of all ITV channels, leaving only highly pixellated Freeview "Lite" i.e. BBC only accompanied by audio loss. Done the usual checks on cabling. connections and "Factory resets" on TV set without improvement.No known sources of signal interference or line-of-sight obstructions. So suspect engineering work is ongoing.

This is really to much - to lose all programming over Xmas and without notice and for the second time in the year.

Nick

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Nick R's 14 posts GB
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

10:03 AM

Nick R: There is no engineering work going on. Even when there is, it is stopped for Xmas.

As you mentioned "100%" you should look at Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | ukfree.tv - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Friday, 4 January 2013
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Alex
11:50 AM
London

Hello

I live in Borough/London Bridge. A few days ago we suddenly lost the channels in Multiplex 2 and A (ITV C4 E4 etc). I have tried to rescan and reset the freview but now it won't even find the channels. I have spoken to neighbours and they are having a similar issue.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:35 PM

Alex: Your postcode resolves to a block of flats which makes me think that there might be a communal aerial system. Thus, you and your neighbours who have the same issue have something in common: the aerial system.

This tends to point to some issue with it so this will need reporting to whoever is responsible for it (e.g. the landlord).

Try a manual tune on UHF channel 26 for Mux 2. Having brought up the manual tune screen and entered/selected 26, prior to pressing the button to scan (might be "OK"), observe whether there is any indication of strength and quality.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 10 January 2013
S
Steve Flynn
1:28 PM
Haslemere

Lost BBC from Crystal Palace.

I have recently lost BBC channels on channel 23 from Crystal Palace. HD on ch 30 also weak however ITV channels from the same transmitter on ch 26 are excellent so the aerial system is clearly working.

I have two aerials pointing at Hannington and Crystal Palace diplexed then fed into an old Labgear distribution amp together with an FM aerial signal. Hannington signals are fine. I want the London BBC channels for local news.

Any idea why only the BBC signals are affected? There aren't any engineering works listed so I am baffled. Could it be the distribution amp?

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Steve Flynn's 8 posts GB
Wednesday, 23 January 2013
M
martyh
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:19 PM
Aldershot

JB38* If I can get Freeview in Ash Vale, does this mean I can get the HD signals as well. I am thinking of upgrading my tv to one with a Freeview HD tuner. Thanks, martyh

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martyh's 25 posts GB
Thursday, 24 January 2013
J
jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:30 AM

martyh: On having a look at the reception predictions for your area it would appear that where you reside could be problematic area for reception, as reception from Hannington (@ 22 miles) on all muxes (except presently HD) is indicated as being variable on a permanent basis, Crystal Palace (@ 30 miles) being reasonable on its PSB muxes but poor on everything else.

That said, reception predictors cannot be taken as being anywhere near to 100% accurate in what they indicate is possible (or not) and if you can presently receive the two Freeview PSB muxes (BBC & ITV) reasonably OK then the chances are good that you will likewise receive the same on HD.

Be careful when choosing a TV though just in case it does not have a DVB-T2 tuner as numerous people have been caught out by the way that these devices are advertised, any doubts whatsoever just post the model number on this site and it can possibly be checked out.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Friday, 25 January 2013
B
Bee
11:02 AM

My post code is E15 . Recently I have lost a couple of channels namely 17,48,82 and 11. The BBC channels are also playing up. I can get perfect reception in the evenings and then absolutely nothing in the mornings. It keeps saying 'no video input' I have tried retuning many many times to no avail.
Please help.
Thanks (E15 Re) 

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Bee's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 29 January 2013
M
martyh
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:37 PM

Jb38, thanks. At the mo I am considering the Panasonic Smart Viera range of tv's, such as the E5 series/ET5 series, although after a chat with my local dealer, I'll hang on a bit as Panasonic are bringing out uprated improved verions of current models in about a month. All boast Freeview HD capability. I had a chance to view 3 different tv's in store with megahertz ratings ranging from 150 up to 1600, from standard Freeview broadcasts and was pretty amazed at how sharp even the 150 mhz model was. Also, I wasn't aware of the refresh rate being so important in definition terms. If you go back over my posts I'm sure you'll remember all that trouble I had with my Philips CRT and the new signal, where I bought a dongle in the end to get the 2k channels. I get 105 channels (inc radio, BBC, ITV etc) right now (Ash Vale), so it sounds quite promising from what you said. Many thanks, martyh

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