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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.

 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)284mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)284mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (West Country), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (West Country),

 H max
C47+ (682.2MHz)284mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South West, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1727 Mar 2019
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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?

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.

Monday, 9 September 2013
Phil White
10:22 PM


Like Geohhrey Brian Tucker since the apparent station retune, I have retuned all my TVs and recorder and the pictures are totally unviewable. I'm now reduced to watching on BBCiplayer, which is not ideal. I have an outdoor antenna with an unobstructed view of Beacon Hill abut 5 miles away. I can't even get any BBC channels now with the latest retune. I was advised to reset my TV to factory settings and then retune again. That didn't work. It seems to me that the retune by BBC (to accommodate 4G. ?) was an unmitigated disaster. All my TVs were working perfectly well before with no interference and good quality as one would expect given my location (Brixham). Quite frankly, if this is the best the BBC can do they should refund all our licences and get some 5 year olds in to run their systems

Phil White.
Retired Electronics Engineer.!

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

9:58 AM

Phil White: Please check your signal strength - your 5 miles away from the transmitter, and a retune often seems to lead to overloaded tuners.

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Monday, 23 September 2013
Bernard Page
5:31 PM

Hardly any signal today in Broadsands area the usual atmospheric issues - Most of my neighbours now use sattleite

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Thursday, 17 October 2013
Mike Treble
4:52 PM
Newton Abbot

Does liable to interruption mean no signal for an extended period of time with Beacon Heath? Ariel in loft with booster TQ13 0RF
location for signal.

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jamie stevens

4:56 PM

Mike Treble:

interruption is usually limited to minutes at a time not hours.

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Mike Treble
5:16 PM
Newton Abbot

jamie stevens:

Thanks Jamie its probably the then booster rather than the transmitter cheers mike

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Thursday, 9 January 2014
A Shirra
3:50 PM


Has there been any works carried out on the transmitter in the last week or two?

Having some issues with TV signal. It was fine before christmas. Some people have mentioned the new 4G signals? Are these strong in the area which could effect it?


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Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Phil White
6:31 PM

Can someone from the BBC explain why their service from Beacon Hill and its repeaters, especially Brixham have consistently lower signal levels than any of the ITV and other commercial groups. Also, why their service is constantly suffering from breakup whilst again none of the ITV channels suffer interference. Is it simply a case that here in the West Country we don't count as far as the BBC is concerned.
As I said once before, if you can't provide a proper service, get some 5 year olds in to run your services!
Incidentally, the Beacon hill transmitter has no problems according to tis website. You could've fooled me!

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014
michael scott
10:54 AM

I am lucky enough to be able to receive both Beacon Hill and Stockland Hill main TV transmitters at quite good signal strengths:I have found that both have exhibited some inexplicable signal variations and that overnight the Stockland Hill Tx has broadcast some strange signals with non-standard channel names! I assume that the BBC and/or Arquiva are carrying out test broadcasts but have never been able to decode/demodulate them. It would be nice to know all that is going on?
The first thing we notice is the legendry 'new channels found',e.g.ITV4 +1 and BBC RB302 this morning. Ah well,progress in the dark is better than no progress? But it is ALWAYS nicer to know.

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Monday, 17 February 2014
Nick Burleigh
6:17 PM

Our community association has received some complaints in the TQ2 5SZ area about the television service being broadcast from the Torquay Town transmitter in Torbay over the past few days. A poor quality signal has been reported resulting in intermittent loss of sound and picture break up. The problem does not affect viewers in the area who changed their aerials to alternate transmitters that offer a larger number of freeview channels since digital switchover or subscribed to Sky or Virgin media. However this particular transmitter normally provides an excellent service in the area for people who are happy with a handful of channels and can also get results using an indoor aerial. Could this transmitter have developed a fault following recent bad weather?

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