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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 26/02/2024 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.

 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
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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 -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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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

 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

 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

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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.

Sunday, 11 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:05 on 09 Aug. [BBC]

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Saturday, 31 August 2019
Matt Payne
11:32 AM

Hi we have a roof aerial and postcode is EX23 9PL

We are experiencing really poor signal and break which only happens at weekends stating on Fridays. Currently we have no bbc channels and weak other channels which keep breaking up.

Can you advise of any problems in this area please

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Matt Payne's 1 post GB flag
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10:41 PM

Matt, see earlier posts on this page. If some channels are ok and others not, it might well be the case that your automatic TV channel tuner has saved channels from different transmitters. Try a factory-reset (deletes all saved channels) and retune each of the six multiplexes *manually*. See channel numbers on this page. However, as you state that break-up occurs at weekends, you might be receiving interference from a local source that only operates at weekends. This might affect weaker signals, eg if you are auto-tuned to different transmitters. In any case, I would try the manual retune first. Come back to us with your findings!

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Michael's 869 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 September 2019

6:37 AM

Matt Payne:

Michael has pointed out the main issues but you are not in the best of locations for reception of 2 of the COM multiplexes - SDN & ArqA. A lot might depend on the quality of your aerial & its installation, its beamwidth, whether it's pointing in exactly the best direction etc.

You might be able to get better reception of those 2 multiplexes from the Redruth transmitter, albeit some distance away as at your location it could be within the beamwidth of your aerial pointing at Caradon Hill. See your predicted reception at Coverage Checker - Detailed View for details and the UHF channel numbers from the transmitters. Doing a manual tune rather than an automatic one may be the way forward.

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Chris.SE's 4,083 posts GB flag
Sunday, 15 September 2019
Mr Paul Freeman
8:29 PM

Why is the service from Carradon Hill actually declining?
I'm thinking in terms of the number of HD channels which are now SD only (eg. BBC 4, BBC News ).

Is this really the best we can expect going forwards ? if so it's pathetic.

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Mr Paul Freeman's 1 post GB flag

10:07 PM

Mr Paul Freeman: The only thing that has been lost are the temporary COM7 and COM8 multiplexes which carry additional HD and SD channels, which were only ever available from 30 main transmitters covering around 70% of UK households. As part of the 700MHz clearance program, Arqiva (the operator of COM7&8) have decided to close these services at 5 transmitters including Caradon Hill, rather than pay the costs of re-engineering them to broadcast on a different frequency for another couple of years when they are expected to close completely.

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts GB flag
Sunday, 22 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:28 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 16:48 today to 16:53 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 23 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 16:48 yesterday to 16:53 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 24 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 16:48 on 22 Sep to 16:53 on 22 Sep. [BBC]

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Monday, 30 December 2019
Roger Palmer
12:01 PM

Experiencing break up on whole frequency coverage since Friday 27th December 2019, initially only BBC channels, followed by most extra channels resulting in DB programmes failing to record on Saturday and Sunday evenings, MOST ANNOYING!!.
N.B. new aerial and mast head amplifier, installed September 2019!

Please advise why problems experienced.
My location Week St Mary, Bude, North Cornwall. EX22 6UR. (we live in North Cornwall not Devon, which the Royal Mail states- stupid post code allocations.

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