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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.

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.

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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-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C25+ (506.2MHz)602mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (West Country), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)602mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -9.4dB
C31 (554.0MHz)602mDTG-611,600W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -17.2dB
C37 (602.0MHz)602mDTG-61,900W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 southeast (124°)
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?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1727 Mar 2019
VHFA K TA K TK TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C12ITVwaves
C21B+SDN+SDN+SDNSDN
C22BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C24-C-ArqA-ArqA-ArqAArqA
C25ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4D3+4
C27D-ArqB-ArqB-ArqBArqB
C28BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCA+BBCA+BBCABBCA
C30_local_local_local_local
C31-2com7com7
C32C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C341
C37com8com8
C48A

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

Comments
Sunday, 11 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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
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Matt Payne
11:32 AM
Bude

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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Michael
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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 845 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
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Chris.SE
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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 468 posts GB
Sunday, 15 September 2019
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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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StevensOnln1
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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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Sunday, 22 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

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
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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
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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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