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Plympton (Plymouth, England) DAB transmitter

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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Plympton (Plymouth, England) transmitter.

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Saturday, 25 August 2012
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Brian Mathieson
10:38 AM
Plymouth

Hi. I've been getting poorish reception with a single element aerial mounted at ground floor level outside the house, pointing at Caradon Hill. I'm about to move it to the loft and return it to its original 3 element (+ reflector) form. Should I be pointing it at Caradon or at Plympton, which is only 6 miles away? My postcode is PL3 4JQ. Thanks in anticipation.

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Monday, 27 August 2012
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Brian Mathieson
8:03 AM

Sorry, forgot to say: I'm talking about DAB reception.

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Friday, 25 December 2020
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mike
4:55 PM

Brian Mathieson: Hi, Brian, I live in Plymouth and I have tried the various types of aerial and a booster.
I have now found that a simple dipole with single wire is the best. I now get almost 100% signal strength.
I am on ground floor.
Mike.

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Saturday, 26 December 2020
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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:23 AM

mike:
Brian Mathieson:

Mike, you may not have spotted that Brian's post was in 2012! But for the record, in the main, there is 3 transmission sites that'll cover most of your area, depending on precise location.

The 3 main multiplexes are carried by the Plympton transmitter roughly due E of Plymouth, which should give the more reliable signals, and Caradon Hill roughly NW, rather further away but should give fair reception. They are -
BBC National on Block 12B: 225.648 MHz
D1 National on Block 11D: 222.064MHz
SDL National on Block 11A: 216.928 MHz
Plympton also has a Local (commercial) multiplex on Block 12D: 229.072 MHz which carries BBC Radio Devon as well as some commercial stations
Whereas Caradon Hill has a Local (commercial) multiplex on Block 11B: 218.640 MHz which carries BBC Radio Cornwall as well as some commercial stations.

A Relay transmitter at Torpoint (Withnoe lane) aka Poron, roughly WSW from you, carries BBC National Block 12B, D1 National Block 11D and the Local multiplex on Block 12D.

So if you want BBC radio Cornwall, you might need a directorial aerial pointed at Caradon Hill to get reliable reception, otherwise depending on precise location, type of building and local "obstructions", the Plympton transmitter might be the best bet, a single Dipole may well do. You might be lucky and still get Caradon Hill reliably with a dipole, you might even get Plympton reliably with a directional aerial (say a dipole+reflector) pointed at Caradon Hill. Very often it's a case of trial and error.

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Tuesday, 26 January 2021
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Brian Mathieson
9:46 PM
Plymouth

Thanks for that helpful information. At present, I live on the border of two reception areas (as you can tell when the car radio switches from one to the other with a second of silence in between) but I am about to move to another area of Plymouth which is definitely served by Plympton. I should also get DAB+ for Jazz FM from it there.

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Wednesday, 27 January 2021
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Chris.SE
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:41 PM

Brian Mathieson:

Good luck with that then Brian :)

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