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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 20/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Caradon Hill 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
 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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), 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;
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 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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Comments
Thursday, 28 July 2016
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D
6:24 PM

will com8 get more power soon?

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Annette Russett
10:08 PM
Holsworthy

Over the past couple of months BBC channels have been very unreliable. I was without red button for about 2 weeks, resulting in my complaining under the guarantee about my television, then all of a sudden it came back. Now it is very intermittent. I use it for the weather forecast. I never know whether I am going to able to receive BBC from one day to the next. I do not have any problem with ITV. I have emailed BBC in London asking them to look into it twice, but they do not have the manners to reply. My postcode is EX22 7EX , I have retuned my television several times. I never had a problem in the past. My aerial is in the loft, and was professionally set.

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Friday, 29 July 2016
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MikeB
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12:20 AM

Annette Russett: You need to check your signal stengths on the various muxes - at just 32km from the transmitter, you should be getting a great signal - if anything, too good.

So if your getting a poor signal, then points to something wrong with your aerial system. I'm not surprised that the BBC has not replied - they must get many hundreds of such emails a week, and unless there is a pattern caused by an actual transmitter problem, its not their fault. Its as if people emailed a car maker because their car wouldn't go, when it turns out the petrol tank is empty. The reality is that the vast majority of such problems are local to the receiver.

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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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Richard Cooper
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3:29 PM

D: Regarding Com 7 & Com 8 from the 30 main transmitters that transmit these two multiplexes, at the next tv digital switchover (DSO2), Com 7 & Com 8 will cease to exist. DSO2 will occur either later this decade or early in the 2020s, when everybody will be forced to receive Freeview tv in HD (high definition) and SD (standard definition) will cease to be transmitted. As a consequence of the plan for DSO2 as explained above, there are no plans for increasing the powers of Com 7 & Com 8 between now and the date of DSO2. Richard, Norwich.

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Tuesday, 13 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:59 today to 15:04 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:59 yesterday to 15:04 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 16 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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7:32 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 14:59 on 13 Sep to 15:04 on 13 Sep. [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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11:32 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:24 today to 22:34 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 25 September 2016
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5:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:24 yesterday to 22:34 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 26 September 2016
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5:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:24 on 24 Sep to 22:34 on 24 Sep. [BBC]

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