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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 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 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

 H max
C25+ (506.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
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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),

 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

 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&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

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
10:55 AM

Would like to know if there is there any work going on at Caradon Hill transmitter? As today all my three TV sets are getting a weak or no signal.
My kitchen & bedroom TV's keep breaking up, and completely losing signal intermittently. These two have indoor aerials which only occasionally have problems.
My main TV (which has a loft aerial, and almost never has a problem) is also breaking up badly today.

I am on a hill and can see the transmitter from my window, so we usually get a very good signal.
My postcode is PL7 5HP

Couldn't find anything on the site to say if there was a transmitter fault. Thank you.

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Jean's 10 posts GB flag
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John Clegg
11:07 AM

Hi Jean

I am experiencing exactly the same - it was particularly bad last night. For me the problem seems to be limited to BBC and Channel 4

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John Clegg's 2 posts GB flag
12:46 PM

John Clegg: Hi John

It all seems OK now. Good signals on all TV's. I reckon there must have been a temporary fault at the transmitter. Or maybe something nearby was interfering with the signal.

We weren't affected last night, just this morning.

Hope you are back to normal too.

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Jean's 10 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 September 2016
John Clegg
3:44 PM

Jean: We are fine today thanks. Must have been temporary. Wrecked a few recordings though!

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Sunday, 9 October 2016
Richard Cooper

5:14 PM

D: Channels currently available on COM 8 are likely to be available on on a different FULL POWER multiplex after the next digital switchover in 2020, so you don't need to worry about losing any channels when they switch COM 8 off just before the 202o switchover! Richard in Norwich.

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Sunday, 30 October 2016
Martin everett
7:01 PM

I live at PL253AF which is on the edge of the good signal area on the map.
It is also on the edge of this for the Redruth transmitter.
I am finding it very frustrating when the signal breaks up in the middle of a broadcast.
I can't afford sky (we are a working family paying our way) to overcome this and feel why should I struggle to pay tv license for this.
What are my options?

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Martin everett's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 30 November 2016
denyse shorrocks
10:29 AM

Transmitter engineering: my signal has gone since yesterday ...... why does crackington haven get such a weak signal ?

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denyse shorrocks's 3 posts GB flag

2:11 PM

Denyse Shorrocks:

For anyone to suggest how to improve your reception it is essential to provide a full post code. Only with that information can we determine which transmitter your should be using and whether there are any objects in the transmission path to cause reception difficulties.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 1 December 2016

1:40 AM

Martin everett: Dear Martin,my suggestions because i don't know the local conditions in yr area is to install
a higher gain aerial or use freesat.If you can,get a cheap aerial and search your home etc for a better signal,sometimes a better signal can be found at ground level or in unexpected places.Try tilting yr existing
aerial upwards,signal twist does often happen and when i lived in swindon was chronic in places.Lets know
the outcome.n..................

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nicholas's 120 posts GB flag

1:46 AM

Hi,lot of areas get difficult reception because the UHF waveband used for tv is more like light than lower wavebands,and is easily blocked by the terrain.When it was allocated to tv,it was regarded as a rubbish
waveband,poor range ,high transmitter powers were required to get a reasonable service.

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