Tapton Hill transmitting station

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Tapton Hill
Sheffield Transmitter, viewed from the north, Aug 2011,.jpg
Tapton Hill transmitting station is located in South Yorkshire
Tapton Hill
Tapton Hill
Emley Moor
Emley Moor
Tower height50 metres (164 ft)
Coordinates53°22′46″N 1°30′49″W / 53.3794°N 1.5137°W / 53.3794; -1.5137Coordinates: 53°22′46″N 1°30′49″W / 53.3794°N 1.5137°W / 53.3794; -1.5137
Grid referenceSK324870
BBC regionBBC Yorkshire
ITV regionITV Yorkshire
Local TV serviceSheffield Live TV

The Tapton Hill transmitting station (grid reference SK324870), more generally known as the Sheffield (Crosspool) transmitting station, is a broadcasting and telecommunications facility which serves Sheffield in South Yorkshire and is located on a hill in the suburb of Crosspool to the west of the city. It transmits digital television (with vertical polarisation), analogue radio (FM) and DAB digital radio. It was a relay of Emley Moor for analogue television until the signals were turned off permanently following the Digital Switchover in August 2011. The site is owned by Arqiva and its aerials are at a height of 295 metres (968 ft) above mean sea level. It also feeds the Chesterfield Transmitter with its digital television signal by means of an underground fibre optic cable.

The transmitter was originally an A group for television broadcasts, but to accommodate analogue Channel 5, as well as digital television, it became a wideband, thus any A group aerials on Sheffield were generally only able to receive MUX1 (the main BBC channels, see graph) until its reallocation in March 2010. After that date most sites wouldn't reliably pick up any of the digital channels without a wideband aerial. Following the Digital Switchover, the transmitter became a K group, although the main public service multiplexes (MUXES 1-3) are now in the original A group.

Transmitted services[edit]

Analogue radio (FM VHF)[edit]

Frequency kW[1] Service
88.6 MHz 0.300 BBC Sheffield
89.9 MHz 0.320 BBC Radio 2
92.1 MHz 0.320 BBC Radio 3
93.2 MHz 0.050 Sheffield Live
94.3 MHz 0.320 BBC Radio 4
97.4 MHz 0.400 Hallam FM
99.5 MHz 0.320 BBC Radio 1
101.7 MHz 0.250 Classic FM
105.6 MHz 0.250 Capital Yorkshire
107.7 MHz 0.100 Heart Yorkshire

Digital radio (DAB)[edit]

Frequency Block kW Operator
216.928 MHz 11A 2.80 Sound Digital
220.352 MHz 11C 1.10 Sheffield
222.064 MHz 11D 2.00 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 2.00 BBC National DAB

Analogue television[edit]

Analogue television broadcasts ceased permanently from Tapton Hill on 24 August 2011. BBC Two was previously closed on 10 August.

Frequency UHF kW[2] Service
471.25 MHz 21 5 Channel 4
495.25 MHz 24 5 ITV1
519.25 MHz 27 5 BBC Two
551.25 MHz 31 5 BBC One
839.25 MHz 67 2.5 Channel 5
  • Aerial group: A/W
  • Polarisation: vertical

See also[edit]


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

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