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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.

 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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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•
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Sunday, 15 January 2012

9:01 AM

Justin Smith: Actually, it was an Ofcom code... I will change the page to make the transmitter A.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Justin Smith

3:25 PM

Jolly good. These type of errors are easily overlooked.

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Friday, 20 January 2012

7:18 AM

Justin Smith: I don't as a rule overlook errors!

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 January 2012
Nick Ralph
2:50 AM

Normally our reception is fine, but last Saturday morning happened to record 2 programmes starting at 10am - More 4 on a Humax HDR-FOX T2 and BBC1 on a Sony RDR-HXD1095. Both suffered bad pixellation and complete break-up with total loss of signal temporarily. I think it was all before 10.30am.We have an external aerial and diagnostics usually shows signal strength 60-70% with 100% quality on all channels. I was not around at the time to observe anything unusual or check any other channels, but no electrical equipment was running in our house at the time other than that we always use.

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Thursday, 26 January 2012

7:00 AM

Nick Ralph: I would have a look at Freeview intermittent interference | - independent free digital TV advice if the problem happens from time to time.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Over the next week Caradon Hill main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

10:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Over the next week Caradon Hill main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Alan Bramwell
12:52 PM

I am based at Perran Sands Holiday Park just to teh East of Perranporth and experience interrupted intermittent reception on some channels. My aerial appears directe dat the nearby Perranporth transmitter. Is this correct or should I point towards Caradon?

Can you advise the best aerial type for my location.

Many thanks

Alan Bramwell

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Dave Lindsay

1:57 PM

Alan Bramwell: It's very difficult to say with absolute certainty, my trepidation being brought about due to the fact that you are probably low down, what with being near sea level and your aerial possibly being just above the height of a caravan. You may also have other buildings and trees around you that might reduce your chances.

However, you should be aware that the transmitter at Perranporth is a Public Service one only. The Public Service Broadcaster ("PSB") multiplexes carry BBC, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Channel 5, HD services and a few others. Therefore, if your receiver has tuned in the Commercial ("COM") multiplexes you will have ITV3, Pick TV and Yesterday. Don't be surprised if they're poor because they are being picked up from a different transmitter.

For Perranporth your aerial should be vertical. If it is horizontal then that could be your problem.

It is also worth confirming that the receiver is tuned correctly. For Perranporth BBC One is on C46, ITV1 on C43 and HD services on C50. This information is usually given on the signal strength screen.

As for which other transmitter might be worthy of a shot, Redruth is perhaps the best at 11 miles, although the fact that you are low down will reduce your chances. Redruth is a full Freeview transmitter, albeit that the COMs are at lower power than the PSBs.

The existance of the Perranporth transmitter suggests that the area may have difficulties in picking up from Redruth. It is a relay of Redruth rather than Caradon Hill.

Caradon Hill at 33 miles is predicted as being almost as good as Redruth. It is in a different direction and if you have a clearer view in that direction then that may be better than Redruth. Again, Caradon's COMs are lower power than its PSBs. The power of all its transmitters are greater than that of the closer Redruth's.

For Redruth or Caradon you need your aerial horizontal. If your aerial is a wideband one, then you will be OK (albeit that widebands are less sensitive to lower frequencies as used by Caradon). If your aerial is a Group B one then you will only be able to use it on Redruth and not Caradon. This is because Redruth uses Group B channels, just as Perranporth does.

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - Over the next week Caradon Hill main transmitter: TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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