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The symbol shows the location of the Budleigh Salterton (Devon, England) transmitter. 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Budleigh Salterton (Devon, England) mast?

Budleigh Salterton transmitter - Budleigh Salterton transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/03/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Budleigh Salterton 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
C44- (657.8MHz)122mDTG-1,000W
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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

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C41+ (634.2MHz)122mDTG-1,000W
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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),

 V max
C47+ (682.2MHz)122mDTG-1,000W
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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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Budleigh Salterton (Devon, 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! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, 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 TV 2, 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 Budleigh Salterton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 61km west-southwest (245°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 55km west-southwest (242°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Budleigh Salterton (Devon, 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?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 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. Budleigh Salterton 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, 22 June 2012
Jennifer Mather
7:44 AM

Transmitter engineering: All yesterday afternoon,evening and today our
BBC digital channel 23 tv and radio programmes are unwatchable with pixelated pictures and sound. BBC HD and all other channels are fine.
We have had occasional problems in the past but nothing like this!
We have retuned properly and checked all connections etc
Amanzi, EX8 5TT - north annexe end

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
10:48 AM

Hi I am pointed at Budleigh Salteron and get 60% at 100% quality on channels 60 and 53 but do not pick up any HD channels from channel 57 Any clues as to why?

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Peter's 1 post GB flag
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Monday, 6 August 2012

8:38 PM

Jennifer Mather : A quick look on Google Maps suggests that the aerials in your location are receiving from Beacon Hill (not Budleigh Salterton or Stockland Hill).
Try retuning, but without the aerial plugged in initially - the scan needs to get about one third of the way across - then plug the aerial in. This should capture the Beacon Hill signals and "miss" the Stockland Hill signals which appear to be causing the problem.
If your TV tunes too quickly for the aerial trick, you'll need to manually tune for the Beacon Hill channels (42, 45, 51, 53, 57 & 60).

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Dave Lindsay

9:24 PM

Jennifer Mather: Check that BBC is tuned to C60 for Beacon Hill/Budleigh Salterton and NOT C62 which is Dawlish or C26 which is Stockland Hill.

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Dave Lindsay

9:29 PM

JimF: Budleigh Salterton is a new (PSB-only) relay transmitter that only came into service at switchover (May 2009). Granted, the Streetview pictures were taken in April 2010.

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Monday, 18 November 2013
Robert Berry
10:14 AM

I have lost all channels from 1-9 on three TVs is there a current problem? Reception was very bad last night with reception breaking up all evening.

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Robert Berry's 1 post GB flag
12:03 PM

I too have lost all channels 1-9 and had bad interference last night as did Robert. I am a pensioner, not technically minded. If I do nothing will it right itself or what can I do? Thank you

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Monday, 21 July 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:31 AM

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 17:42 yesterday to 17:45 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BUDLEIGH SALTERTON transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 17:42 on 20 Jul to 17:45 on 20 Jul. [BBC]

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