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The symbol shows the location of the Brixham (Torbay, England) transmitter which serves 4,400 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 Brixham (Torbay, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Brixham 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.

 V max
C43 (650.0MHz)66mDTG-4W
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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

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C39 (618.0MHz)66mDTG-4W
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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),

 V max
C46 (674.0MHz)66mDTG-4W
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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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Brixham (Torbay, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Brixham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 43km west (270°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 36km west (271°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

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

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 Mar 2019

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 18W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 3.6W

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. Brixham 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Friday, 9 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

1:31 PM

BRIXHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:15 today to 11:16 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:18 today [BBC]

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Saturday, 10 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

BRIXHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:15 yesterday to 11:16 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:18 yesterday [BBC]

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:28 AM

BRIXHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:15 on 09 Mar to 11:16 on 09 Mar HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:18 on 09 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

11:28 AM

BRIXHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:15 on 09 Mar to 11:16 on 09 Mar HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:18 on 09 Mar to 11:19 on 09 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 146,506 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
9:05 PM

At TQ59NJ we cannot get some channels, and as of yesterday all BBC channels have massive interference and pixelation. For some months now we cannot get channels like RT (Russia Today) which disappeared off line after several days of similar interferance. We have never been able to pick up Film 4. We have checked all leads in the house, and rebooted and re-scanned several times on the TV (which has built-in freeview). We have an ariel on the roof,
What can we try please?

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Laura's 1 post GB flag

9:38 PM

Laura: You are located at only 6 miles away from the transmitter and as such your problems could be caused by an excessively high level of signal rather than a weak one, as the symptoms experience are identical in both cases.

If you can borrow a set top aerial from anyone then try a test by carrying out a retune whilst its plugged in, "if" this results in a better quality of signal then an attenuator will be required to be placed in line with your TV's aerial socket.

If by the way you cannot borrow an aerial, then try a short length of wire (about 18" or so) pushed into the inner part of the aerial socket.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

9:48 PM

Laura: You are predicted to have excellent reception on all six muxes from the Beacon Hill transmitter with an aerial pointing NW and set for horizontal polarisation. If you are, by any chance, using Stockland Hill the COM muxes are predicted as offering variable reception. The Brixham relay only transmits the PSB muxes, so if your aerial is set for vertical polarisation and points North you will have a poor chance of reliable reception from either Beacon Hill or Stockland Hill on the COM muxes! Check that the correct frequencies have been stored for the transmitter that your aerial is pointing to. Remember that any prediction of good reception is subject to there being no local obstructions such as trees or tall buildings blocking the signal path.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

9:52 PM

Laura: Meant to also say that you might be picking up the Brixham relay (@ 1 mile away) which is a PSB only station which does transmit any commercial channels, if this is happening then you might have to manually tune in Beacon Hills channels to avoid this, as Brixham uses 43-50-46, whereas Beacon Hills channels are: 60-53-57-42-45-51.

Your signal checking screen should indicate the mux channels you have picked up, and if it is Brixham then you should delete them by selecting an auto-tune but immediately stopping it as soon as it starts, then go into the manual tune screen and enter these channels one at a time, scanning after each entry.

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:14 PM

Laura: I had a look at your road on Google Streetview and can see that residents have difficulty with reception. I couldn't spot a single aerial on the Brixham relay; all are on Beacon or Stockland.

jb38, KMJ,Derby, this would appear to be one where the predictor isn't very helpful, other than to indicate the directions of the transmitters.

Laura's road is lined by bungalows and is on a slope. Beacon Hill is in the direction up the slope and at the end of the road (the highest part) are two houses.

I don't think that there's much point in trying with a set-top aerial or piece of wire.

I suggest that you confirm that the channels tuned are those of the transmitter to which the aerial faces. The information as to which UHF channel is tuned is usually given on the signal strength screen.

For each of the following, check the UHF channel tuned to:

BBC One --- BH=C60; SH=C26; B=C43
ITV1 --- BH=C53; SH=C23; B=C50
BBC One HD --- BH=C57; SH=C29; B=C46
ITV3 --- BH=C42; SH=C25
Pick TV --- BH=C45; SH=C22
Yesterday --- BH=C51; SH=C28

BH is Beacon Hill, SH is Stockland Hill and B is Brixham.

As an example, go to BBC One and bring up the signal strength screen. Note which UHF channel it is tuned to. If it is 26, then the signal is coming from Stockland Hill. If your aerial points to Beacon Hill, then that needs putting right.

- If your aerial is on Beacon Hill and you find that you are picking up some or all signals from Stockland, then a workaround is to run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up to 30% (or up to UHF channel 33 if it gives them during its scan). If you do do this, then having done so, check that you haven't picked up the two (or three) multiplexes from Brixham (by carrying out the procedure outlined above).

- If your aerial is on Stockland Hill and you find that you are picking up some or all signals from Beacon (or Brixham), then run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial plugged in and then unplug when it gets to 30% (or when it gets to UHF channel 33 if it gives them during its scan).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 15 September 2013
julie jacobs
5:43 PM

We have recently moved to new road in brixham and have installed a BT you view box for TV but we have a poor TV signal and can only watch a couple of channels is the TV signal generally bad in brixham?

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