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The Chesterfield transmitting station is a television and radio transmitter which serves the town of Chesterfield in Derbyshire and surrounding areas. It transmits digital television which it is line fed from Sheffield (Crosspool) (also known as the Tapton Hill transmitting station). The Chesterfield transmitter sits on a hillside to the north of the town and transmits digital television and radio services. Before the digital switchover it was one of the few transmitters in the UK to transmit digital television but not analogue channel Channel 5, and a number of its digital multiplexes were transmitted on the same channels as Emley Moor so it was not uncommon for co-channel interference to be a problem; similar problems still exist with Sutton Coldfield and Waltham (see external links). These co-channel issues with Emley meant that its output was attenuated to the North.

Chesterfield transmitting station is located in Derbyshire
Chesterfield transmitting station
Chesterfield transmitting station (Derbyshire)
Mast height50 metres (164 ft)
Coordinates53°17′00″N 1°25′36″W / 53.283333°N 1.426667°W / 53.283333; -1.426667Coordinates: 53°17′00″N 1°25′36″W / 53.283333°N 1.426667°W / 53.283333; -1.426667
BBC regionBBC Yorkshire
ITV regionITV Yorkshire
Local TV serviceSheffield Live TV

The transmitter is vertically polarised as are most relays/repeaters. The altitude of the transmitting aerials is 231 metres, the actual tower being around 50 metres (164 ft) in height and of a similar design to many of the repeaters around the country. In the early 2000s an extra smaller tower was added at the side of the larger tower possibly for mobile phone use. Digital radio is broadcast from this site and it is just possible to receive digital radio in Chesterfield from other transmitters, specifically Tapton Hill in Sheffield. From 8 November 2007, the transmitter has broadcast the Digital One DAB Multiplex. Since then, the BBC National DAB Multiplex and the Bauer South Yorkshire have been added. The plans for the upcoming NOW Derbyshire DAB multiplex, which was due to start broadcasting by July 2008 (but now delayed), state that the Chesterfield transmitter is to be used to broadcast this service along with another four transmitters across Derbyshire. The Chesterfield transmitter is owned by Arqiva (previously NTL).

Transmitted servicesEdit

Analogue radioEdit

Frequency kW[1] Service
89.0 MHz 0.4 BBC Radio 2
91.2 MHz 0.4 BBC Radio 3
93.4 MHz 0.4 BBC Radio 4
94.7 MHz 0.4 BBC Radio Sheffield
98.6 MHz 0.4 BBC Radio 1
107.4 MHz 0.1 Peak FM

Digital radioEdit

Frequency Block kW Operator
211.648 MHz 10B NOW Derbyshire
220.352 MHz 11C Bauer South Yorkshire
222.064 MHz 11D 1 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 1 BBC National DAB

Digital televisionEdit

In July 2007 it was confirmed by Ofcom that Chesterfield would be remaining a wideband transmitter after DSO (Digital Switchover), though the first three of the six multiplexes will still be available within the original A group. The Chesterfield transmitter had its analogue services switched off on 10 & 24 August 2011. The frequencies for the digital multiplexes also changed, and the power for most multiplexes increased to 400W, apart from BBC B which increased to 800W. Arqiva A & B were restricted to 40W until 12 October 2011.

Frequency UHF kW Operator System
490.000 MHz 23 0.4 Digital 3&4 DVB-T
514.000 MHz 26 0.4 BBC A DVB-T
538.000 MHz 29 0.8 BBC B DVB-T2
626.000 MHz 40 0.4 Arqiva B DVB-T
650.000 MHz 43 0.4 SDN DVB-T
674.000 MHz 46 0.4 Arqiva A DVB-T

Before switchoverEdit

Frequency UHF kW Operator
578.166 MHz 34+ 0.04 BBC (Mux 1)
626.000 MHz 40 0.04 Digital 3&4 (Mux 2)
650.000 MHz 43 0.02 SDN (Mux A)
674.000 MHz 46 0.04 BBC (Mux B)
706.000 MHz 50 0.04 Arqiva (Mux C)
722.000 MHz 52 0.04 Arqiva (Mux D)

Analogue televisionEdit

Analogue television signals are no longer transmitted from Chesterfield. BBC Two was switched off on 10 August 2011 and the remaining three on 24 August.

Frequency UHF kW[2] Service
487.25 MHz 23 2 ITV1
511.25 MHz 26 2 BBC Two
535.25 MHz 29 2 Channel 4
567.25 MHz 33 2 BBC One
  • Aerial group: A
  • Polarisation: vertical

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010
  2. ^ Television Viewers Guide 2009

External linksEdit