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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?

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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;
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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.

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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Monday, 11 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:28 PM

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

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Transmitter engineering

6:28 PM

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

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Transmitter engineering's 144,075 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 12 June 2012

12:58 AM

Is the nature of "engineering work" a state secret? In the age of freedom of information, brief technical detail of the work to be untertaken would be most welcome - not least so that we know that blocking and drop-outs are only temporary.

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michael's 861 posts GB flag

7:04 AM

michael: It's not *state* secret, but it is a commercial one.

If you become a member of the DTG - Joining the DTG - you get all the details.

However, I don't have a spare ten thousand pounds...

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 2 July 2012
Dave Atkins
6:03 PM

I regularly experience poor quality reception which has been ongoing for months. I'm going to upgrade my roof mounted aerial.
Can you tell me if it would be best to go for a gorup A or wideband aerial for Caradon Hill? (Loaction Holsworthy).

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Mark Fletcher

6:49 PM

Dave Atkins.Holsworthy,EX22 6JB.As Caradon Hill is an all group A transmitter located almost 20 miles from your abode to mast,your best bet is to go for a group A (red tipped) aerial or a group K (grey tipped) semi-wideband aerial but only if you decide not to persue the group A aerial itself.
However a group W wideband aerial (tipped black) on the other hand is by and large rather useless on an all group A mast such as Caradon Hill in a poor/marginal reception area.If you decide to buy a new group A (preferred) or group K aerial (as a last resort),then simultaneously buy new superior copper-copper black coloured (sometimes darkest navy blue it appears) co-ax cable,and importantly new brass co-ax aerial plugs,not alloy or worse plastic plugs as they're useless.
I would strongly look up the ATV Aerials and Television of Sheffield website for proper advice in buying new aerial and accessories and belive me they are the No1 in my honest opinion in the UK today.Forget the rest ATV of Sheffield are the best.

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Thursday, 5 July 2012
Richard Laurence
3:57 PM

Does the whole of Bodmin get its TV from Caradon Hill, or are there any repeaters as well? I have been asked whether it would be feasible to broadcast a local TV service for the town and this would only be commercially viable if a single transmitter site (possibly not at CaradonHill but in line with it) would do the job.

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Saturday, 8 September 2012
Jim McDonald
7:20 PM

7th 8th Sept all Tv reception on Freeview unavailable. website reports Caradon Hill AOK. Please investigate / fix.

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Monday, 10 September 2012
Chris Woodcock
2:17 PM

Black Torrington.
We receive our Freeview from Caradon Hill... or we would normally. For the last 3 days we, and a number of our neighbors have experienced extremely weak signal or no signal what-so-ever. Our living room TV is rigged up to Freesat, so we have been able to watch one TV at least. There was a mention on a Spotlight weather report on Saturday afternoon of strange atmospherics due to the high pressure sat over the country... though there has been little other mention beyond that.
This website has been saying that Caradon Hill is working, though I cannot help but wonder if their diagnostic/monitoring equipment may be on the blink.
On behalf of my neighbors, myself and anyone suffering from similar issues, I request that an engineer perform a detailed manual inspection of the transmitter, or that someone be sent out with the necessary tech to determine if we have some kind of localised interference here in Black Torrington... who knows, perhaps some inconsiderate so-and-so is playing around with field-generators nearby, lol.

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