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The symbol shows the location of the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 180,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) mast?

Caradon Hill transmitter - Caradon Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Caradon 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C28+ (530.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25+ (506.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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 Caradon Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 26km east-southeast (123°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 32km east-southeast (116°)
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?

BarleycombeActive deflector25 km E Plymouth3 homes
ParracombeTransposer17 km NE Barnstaple80 homes

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

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 Mar 2019
VHFA K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C12ITVwaves
C21+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBBBCB
C24-ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+D3+4D3+4
C27-ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCABBCA
C30_local_local
C31com7
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C37com8

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 12 Aug 09 and 9 Sep 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-16.3dB) 11.6kW
Mux 1*(-20dB) 5kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 4kW
com8(-24.2dB) 1.9kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caradon 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•
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Monday, 6 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:32 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:06 today. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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5:31 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:06 today to 15:52 today. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:06 yesterday to 15:52 yesterday. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 9 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:06 on 07 Jun to 15:52 on 07 Jun. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 15 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
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12:09 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 16 June 2016
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denyse shorrocks
2:16 PM

my signal has been playing up for weeks now . ....it seems to coincide with the sky advert about changing to sky ..... ...... seeing as I pay a TV licence every year , ...it seems only fair that I should receive a service ! and , no , it is not my aerial at fault ......

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Richard Cooper
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3:18 PM
Norwich

denyse shorrocks: Hi Denyse. You are unlucky that there has been an announcement that viewers who use the Caradon Hill transmitter are likely to experience disruptions today. That's all it says. It would be better if 'they' gave a reason, such as "essential engineering works". it looks like this disruption comes less than a week after there really were engineering works! It does rather seem that our broadcast transmitter network is getting more like railways in terms of the frequency (excuse the pun) of engineering works! Unfortunately there is no replacement bus service apart from Freesat, and unless you can install it yourself, the installation cost, plus the cost of a TV or box that can decode satellite tv signals seems excessive when you've paid 145 pounds and 50 pence for a year's worth of tv already! Richard, Norwich.

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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
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Karen Scott
8:33 PM

Just switched on to watch great debate Europe referendum and no signal,!!!!!!!! Had problems with this a few months ago and had aerial and broadband checked and no problem found with our equipment so must be caradon hill we were told

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Richard Cooper
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8:55 PM
Norwich

Karen Scott : Hi Karen. Regretfully, the problem is not at Caradon Hill. The Government is extremely keen that as many people as possible in the UK view, "EU Referendum: The Great Debate", currently on BBC One. Here is a current quotation concerning the current state of the Caradon Hill transmitter: "This transmitter has no current reported problems-
The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter." I suggest you check all aerial lead and plug connections, switch everything back on and try again, the motto being, "if at first you don't suceed..." This proverb always worked for my paternal grandmother! Richard, Norwich.PS, Your programme goes on until 10 p.m., so we're barely half way through at the time of writing.

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