Full Freeview on the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Beacon Hill transmitter broadcast?If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.
Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.
1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Bristol (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Devon (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cornwall (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Somerset (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Solent for Dorset (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (SD) (West Country), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 45 Film4 +1,
86 More4 +1, 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,
Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others Television X, CCTV, CONNECT 4, Juwelo UK, 16 QVC, 85 Hochanda, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 261 Racing UK, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 Planet Knowledge, 269 Arise News, 270 Loveworld, 670 ADULT Section (start), 675 ADULT PARTY, 679 ADULT Studio 66, 680 ADULT Xpanded2, 724 Capital FM London, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others 23 Create & Craft, 43 Gems TV, 49 TJC, 65 TBN UK, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 ADULT Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC,
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 206 Pop, 672 ADULT smileTV2, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 Kiss FM, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 heat, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth RadioUK, 725 Premier Radio,
Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others 74 Jewellery Maker, 733 Trans World Radio,
CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
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?
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 37km west (262°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
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?
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How will the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 8 Apr 09 and 22 Apr 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 20kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 10kW|
|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
This website doies not control what is broadcast on any transmitter, that is determined by Freeview, Arqiva and the channel owners. The services on programme 106 were carried on the temporary multiplexes COM 7 and COM 8, both of which have been withdrawn from the Beacon Hill transmitter.
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There is a Freeview Light transmitter in the Salcombe area, see http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/TQ8+8PA/NA/0/NA for details. That listing also gives you the channels it uses for each availab;e multiplex to help you tune your TV set. None of the Freeview Full Service transmitters cover the town, so there will be a limited range of programmes available.
I would strongly recommend a wideband aerial so you can use it in other locations as well. That should not be one of the 'cheap' aerials available as they give very poor performance but a standard log-periodic might well suit - though you may need an attenuator if you are close to a powerful transmitter. They can be bought cheaply from Amazon, etc.
You should also invest in a tripod style mast so the aerial is reasonably firmly mounted and doesn't get blown around by the wind, etc. They can also be bought from Amazon, etc. Search for "Camping aerial tripod mast"
As for the direction, that all depends on where you will be staying. If you have a post code for that location, put it into the Digital UK Coverage Checker, select the Detailed View option and press Go. The scroll down the results to look at those for the Salcombe transmitter. It will tell you the compass direction to aim your aerial.
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