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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, plus 17 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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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.

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
7:11 PM

Beacon Hill loss of transmission

The output of Mux on channel 42 seems to be missing.

my post code is tq123th

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Tony's 1 post GB flag

8:40 PM

Tony: The problem referred to could possibly be down to a temporary glitch having occurred on the COM4 / C42 transmitter, as no engineering work is being carried out at this station.

The main point to remember being, "not" to carry out a retune in an attempt to recover the channel, as all this will achieve is to delete all the COM4 programme channels already stored in the tuners memory, this then requiring frequent retunes (manual tune on C42) being made in order to recover them.

However, it would though be prudent to check with a neighbour or someone else nearby purely for confirmation that the signal on Mux C42 is actually down, thereby eliminating any possibility of the fault being associated with your equipment.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 31 May 2015
Melvyn Clark
12:13 PM

We have had no signal for freeview for the last 2 days and before that the signal was getting weaker.

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Melvyn Clark's 1 post GB flag

2:07 PM

Melvyn Clark: Almost certain a part of your aerial system has died. It must have been going for the past couple of days (hence the weakening signal), but now thats it. Perhaps a frayed/broekn cable, corrosion, etc.

Call out a professional, I'm afraid.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 11 June 2015
david denness
8:45 PM

My freeview reception at postcode EX8 5EX is appalling. Which mast should my aerial be looking at for best reception please.

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Dave Lindsay

10:17 PM

david denness: There's no easy answer, other than to say you might be better off to go with satellite (free-to-air Freesat assuming you don't wish to subscribe to Sky).

The fact that aerials are pointing in all directions in your locality (as seen on Street View) is testament to it being a poor reception area, owing to it being at sea level.

Here are plots showing the terrain between you and the four transmitters:

Beacon Hill:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Stockland Hill:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Exeter St Thomas:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

I would say probably Exeter St Thomas, or even Dawlish, as you would appear to have line-of-sight with them. You don't have line-of-sight with either Beacon Hill or Stockland Hill, which is undoubtedly the difficulty in receiving from them.

The thing is that the St Thomas transmitter doesn't provide all the channels -- it not carrying COM4, COM5 and COM6. Both Beacon Hill and Stockland Hill carry these channels at lower power and less rugged signal mode than the PSB channels (which are those that St Thomas gives you).

This begs the question: which channels are you having difficulty with and which transmitter does your aerial point to?

This is because there are a number of possibilities, such as:

- Your aerial points to one of the full service transmitters (probably Beacon I think) and the PSBs are good but the COMs are variable.

- Your aerial points to St Thomas or Dawlish and you have good reception of PSBs and no or intermittent reception of the COMs (which are being received from another transmitter).

Digital UK publishes a full list of Freeview services, including multiplex (PSB, COM etc):

Digital UK Industry - Channel listings

If you refer to the following you will in fact be viewing on service of each of the six main multiplexes:

PSB1 - BBC One
COM5 - Pick
COM6 - 4Music

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

7:31 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 15:57 today to 15:57 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:57 today to 15:57 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 16 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 15:57 yesterday to 15:57 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:57 yesterday to 15:57 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 3 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 14 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - MainPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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