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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?

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-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 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, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (West Country),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)602mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -9.4dB
C31 (554.0MHz)602mDTG-611,600W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT 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?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 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 - more
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
Monday, 27 July 2020
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Christopher Bryant
11:08 AM

Why does Caradon not broadcast Sony Movies Classic, ch. 50?
Is there any hope of a change in this?

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StevensOnln1
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1:29 PM

Christopher Bryant: Sony Movies Classic is broadcast on the local TV multiplex, which is only available in areas where there is a local TV station, of which there are none in Devon or Cornwall. This will only change if Sony decide to pay more in order to broadcast the channel on a national multiplex with wider coverage.

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michael
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10:03 PM

Chris.SE: I hold an amateur radio licence, so I know about ducting. In this forum I avoid over-technical comments which might not be helpful to many enquirers.

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Chris.SE
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11:40 PM

michael:

It's not over-technical IF you explain it, best way by a link to explanations already provided by others (as Ive always done). That picture should be simple enough for everyone to understand.Just referring to high pressure makes people believe something is being hidden from them as they know there are many occasions when there's been high pressure but no problem with TV reception.
I'd suggest you look back at all the twitter comments to FreeviewAdvice around the New Year when "high pressure" was what people were told by Freeview. It lead to all sorts of conspiracy theories. At least the BBC mentioned Tropospheric Ducting at the time on their Reception Advice pages.
I believe in trying to explain the facts in as simple a way as possible, people learn things that way.

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Friday, 31 July 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:31 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 25 Jul 15:14 until 25 Jul 15:23. . FM: Off the air due to a fault from 31 Jul 08:35 until 31 Jul 08:56. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 27 August 2020
Transmitter engineering
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7:28 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 27 Aug 17:01 until 27 Aug 17:08. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 3 September 2020
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Michael Hannon
1:20 PM

Michael: We are experiencing very poor TV signal daily between 1.00 pm and 3.00pm.
The signal is fine in the evening but useless around midday. This has been going on for nearly two weeks now. Any idea what is causing it?

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Friday, 4 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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4:49 AM

Michael Hannon:

Without a full postcode to do any more detailed checks, if it is Caradon Hill you receive, it's not listed for Planned Engineering which might have been a possible cause.

If the problem is occuring at exactly the same time each day then this could be some form of interference.
Have you made any changes to your installation recently? Are you (or possibly your neighbours) using any specific electric equipment at these times?

It's probably worth checking that all your coax connections and flyleads etc don't have any breaks or corrosion and that your aerial still looks intact and is pointing in the correct direction.

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10:28 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 13 Aug 23:42 until 13 Aug 23:52. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 24 October 2020
Transmitter engineering
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10:27 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 23 Oct 12:37 until 23 Oct 14:05. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 23 Oct 12:40 until 23 Oct 14:04. . [BBC]

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