Sheffield / Crosspool transmitter.
Apparently it`s also known as Tapton Hill transmitter,
but I`ve never heard anyone in the aerial trade refer to it by this moniker.
Incidentally the TX isn`t really in someone`s back garden,
not quite anyway !
“That`s a tight fit missus”.
interesting about this shot
is that a house right next
to the transmitter is
actually on Emley Moor !
Nothing could give a more
perfect demonstration that
distance to the TX is often
a relatively unimportant
View of Crosspool transmitter looking NE from Ringinglow. The television TX is one the right of the two masts on Tapton Hill. Close examination of the picture will reveal Drax power station on the horizon (to the left of the TX) and that`s nearly forty miles away !
It can be seen from the graph that the three PSB MUXES can still be received on an A group aerial.
Also see other relevant K group curves.
Crosspool is vertically polarised and is a repeater (or relay) off Emley Moor, that is to say it receives its signal from the latter then rebroadcasts it. The TX was originally an A group but went wideband in 1997 when analogue Channel Five started up, and, later, for digital. Those in weak signal areas have the opportunity to use a K group aerial (e.g. our XB10K) which will work better than a wideband, see Sheffield`s graph.
Sheffield`s Channel Allocations (above)
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
Note the gaps in the table below for channels 31 to 35, 37 and 61 to 68, they`re reserved for “other uses”........
Sheffield television transmitter (sometimes known as Crosspool) was opened in 1967 and is possibly the one used by most customers around Sheffield. Unsurprisingly the tower can be seen from much of the City as it was erected where it could (re)broadcast to the greatest area on "line of sight". Its exact location is off Lydgate lane and it is next to a Police TX mast. The height is 52m and the RSJ spaceframe construction it is similar to many others all over the country, which is unsurprising because it was a standardised design, a BICC type 152 to be precise. It was built by British Insulated Callender`s Cables (or B.I.C.C) who were responsible for much of the infrastructure built in this country from 1945 up to the 1980s. The company is still going but now but called Balfour Beatty.
Ofcom quote Sheffield`s maximum population coverage as being nearly three quarters of a million, but that includes households which may well be on another transmitter with overlapping coverage.
Sheffield / Crosspool Transmitter OS Grid Ref SK 324 870
Also see basic digital fault finding.
Sheffield switched over in Aug 2011.
post DSO radiation pattern.
Note how the transmitter puts out more power to the east, and how the pre DSO restriction to the SSW is no longer present.
Radiation pattern graphic courtesy of Mike Dimmick.
For Sheffield`s frequencies see its channel allocation guide. This also includes
the same information for other transmitters receivable within Sheffield`s coverage
area and this can be very useful for identifying alternative transmitters. The Channel
Allocation Guides can be very useful in the diagnosis of co-
We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.
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There is one interleaved spectrum channel allocated to Sheffield, CH55, which is
more or less within the K group. This is planned for use with a Sheffield local TV
channel due for launch between July and October 2013. Due to co-
In addition there is a possibility of 2 or 3 more MUXES being transmitted between CHs 31 and 37, all of these possible channels will be receivable on a K group (or wideband) aerial.
From the start of digital (in 1998) to 2004 Sheffield transmitted all 6 MUXES at 50W
For Sheffield we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, and the Yagi18K or XB10K for poor signal areas, the latter aerial being particularly well suited to loft mounting. The XB16K is for those with the most marginal signals. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.