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The symbol shows the location of the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter which serves 84,000 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 Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Beacon Hill transmitter broadcast?

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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
C60- (785.8MHz)284mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C53+ (730.2MHz)284mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (West Country), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 73 Sewing Quarter,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C57+ (762.2MHz)284mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C51 (714.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others

com7
 H -4.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)284mDTG-67,300W
Channel icons
67 CBS Reality 1, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -13dB
C34 (578.0MHz)284mDTG-61,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 64 CBS Action +1, 64 Freesports, 86 More4+1, 86 More4 1, 88 NOW 80s, 93 Together, 94 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Beacon Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 37km west (262°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 30km west (260°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

LannacombeActive deflector25 km SW Torbay4 homes

How will the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20092009-135/6/13-2013-1727th Mar 2019
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EEEWK
600C33com7com7
C34com8com8
C40ArqB
C41D3+4
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C44BBCA
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C47BBCB
700C51ArqBArqBArqB
C52-1
C53C4C4C4+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4
C54+B
C56-C
C57BBC1BBC1BBC1+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C58+A
C60ITVITVITV -BBCA-BBCA
800C61+2
C63BBC2BBC2BBC2
C64+D

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 8th April and 22nd April 2009.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com7(-11.4dB) 7.3kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*, com8(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Beacon Hill transmitter area

Apr 1961-Dec 1981Westward Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South West (TSW)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Westcountry Television
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. Beacon Hill 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
Sunday, 12 August 2018
Transmitter engineering
12:07 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:08 yesterday to 01:11 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:21 yesterday to 01:23 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:42 yesterday to 01:43 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
6:07 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:08 on 10 Aug to 01:11 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:21 on 10 Aug to 01:23 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:42 on 10 Aug to 01:43 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
9:07 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:21 on 10 Aug to 01:23 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:08 on 10 Aug to 01:11 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:42 on 10 Aug to 01:43 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
6:07 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:42 on 10 Aug to 01:43 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:21 on 10 Aug to 01:23 on 10 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 01:08 on 10 Aug to 01:11 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

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Friday, 24 August 2018
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Dave Ayres
10:58 PM

II live in Exmouth and have to receive my tv signal form Beacon Hill. I cannot receive channel4 HD on my PVR. Why is the power on Com 8 C34 so low, only 1KW. Will the power be increased in the future?

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StevensOnln1
11:14 PM

Dave Ayres: Channel 4 HD is broadcast on the PSB3 multiplex (which also carries BBC1 HD, BBC2 HD, ITV HD, Channel 5 HD & CBBC HD) at 20kW from Beacon Hill. Perhaps you meant Channel 4 +1 HD which is found on COM7 (currently broadcast at 7.3kW)? COM7 & COM8 are temporary services which are broadcast at lower power levels in order to avoid causing interference with other transmitters which use the same frequencies.

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