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The symbol shows the location of the Bossiney (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves less than 500 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 Bossiney (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bossiney 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C46- (673.8MHz)111mDTG-340W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C43- (649.8MHz)111mDTG-340W
Channel icons
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,

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C40 (626.0MHz)111mDTG-640W
Channel icons
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,

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

Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?

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The Bossiney (Cornwall, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 53km southeast (127°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 59km east-southeast (123°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Bossiney (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-171 May 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EB E TB E TB E TB E K T
C40BBCB
C43-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4D3+4
C46-BBCA-BBCA-BBCABBCA
C50tv_offBBCBBBCBBBCB
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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 Jul 09 and 5 Aug 09.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 40W
Analogue 1-4(-7.6dB) 7W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Redruth 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. Bossiney 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
Friday, 3 February 2012
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

BOSSINEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:42 on 01 Feb to 10:43 on 01 Feb HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:42 on 01 Feb to 10:43 on 01 Feb [BBC]

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Thursday, 23 February 2012
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Ian Graham
11:45 AM

We are tuned in to the Bossiney transmitter for Freeview TV. We subscribe to Sky TV for their full package. We would like to transfer to BT Vision because of the current Sky prices. However the transmitter only allows us access to 20 Freeview Channels and NIL Premium Channels (Sky 1 & 2). As the sport chaannels are used more than the others we cannot really change over to BT. Are there any plans to upgrade the Bossiney Transmitter in order for us to receive the above?

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Dave Lindsay
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12:32 PM

Ian Graham: No, it is down to commercial decisions by the commercial operators that they do not invest money in transmitting from Bossiney and many other similar relays. See here:

Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

You *may* be able to receive the commercial multiplexes (including Sky Sports 1 & 2 used by the BT Vision service). You may need a larger than usual (hence more expensive) aerial installation *if* indeed you can receive these at all.

Sky Sports 1 & 2 are carried on COM6 "Arqiva B" multiplex.

I used the post code PL34 0BG as a test on the Digital UK Tradeview predictor. It suggests that reception of some multiplexes from Presely *might* be possible.

PSB1 and PSB2 are on the same channels as those of Bossiney (but reversed). However, PSB3 from Presely is shown as being "good". I conclude that PSB1 and 2 would therefore be also "good", if it weren't for the fact that Bossiney being co-channel.

The thing with Presely is that its COMs are at half power with respect to its PSBs. Thus, they are weaker. COM4 "SDN" is "good", COM5 "Arq A" is "poor" and COM6 is "variable". An exact answer of whether it's possible to receive these services at your location can only be given by an aerial installer.

Bear in mind that if you're in a bungalow, then your chances will probably be lower due to the reduced height of the aerial (over that of a house).

Due to the clash in channels, I believe that it is out of the question to combine (diplex) the signals from the two transmitters into one downlead.

However, if you abandoned your Bossiney aerial (retain it as a back-up) and had one on Preseli (assuming that it can be picked up), you could get then get the Freeview COMs. Switched your satellite service from Sky to Freesat and then you will receive the correct regional programming and all the extra channels it brings. Those that are available on Freeview (the full service) but not Freesat can be picked up by your BT Vision box (from Presili).

I make this suggestion as a possible solution. I'm not an aerial installer. The new coverage map for Presely on this site suggests that it can be picked up on the Cornwall coast.

You *may* find that you are able to receive from one of the main transmitters in Cornwall, which will avoid having a terrestrial aerial with different regional programming. It may mean that you might consider that you can do away with satellite television of any service. (PL34 0BG)

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Dave Lindsay
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12:39 PM

Ian Graham: I should emphasise that if you decided to only use an aerial on Presely, then you would only have the commercial Freeview channels due to the others (the standard definition ones at least) being co-channel with Bossiney.

If your receiver tuned in the Bossiney PSB channels with the aerial on Presely, then they may be intermittent due to the aerial pointing in the wrong direction and being horizontal instead of vertical, which is need for Bossiney. Therefore, I wouldn't rely on them.

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Ian Graham
1:35 PM

Thank you for the information Dave. I think I will contact our Bude electrical suppliers (HBH Woolacotts)and ask their TV division for further local advice.
Thanks again

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Transmitter engineering
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11:27 AM

BOSSINEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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12:28 PM

BOSSINEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 today to 10:28 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 today to 10:28 today [BBC]

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Thursday, 31 May 2012
Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

BOSSINEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 yesterday to 10:28 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 yesterday to 10:28 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 1 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
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5:28 PM

BOSSINEY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 on 30 May to 10:28 on 30 May HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:13 on 30 May to 10:28 on 30 May [BBC]

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Monday, 5 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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10:02 AM

BOSSINEY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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