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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.

 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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

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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•
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Monday, 10 September 2012

9:14 PM

Under atmospheric high-pressure, distant transmissions (from France or the UK) can break through and interefere with the signal you want - Caradon in this instance. If things are back to normal now we have a low, this would be the most likely explanation. If the problem persisits, you might wish to check whether you can get a signal from Huntshaw Cross on a CD aerial.

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michael's 869 posts GB flag

9:48 PM

Dave Fletcher: Mark's advice is sound. However, you may find that a log-periodic aerial serves you well. I receive Caradon
at 50miles on a log from ATV :-) If Caradon is weak at your location, the group A aerial recommended by Mark would be best, but, being longer, needs a sturdy mount. A log is robust and wideband and normally should give you a good signal at 20miles. It would also allow you to try other transmitters in the Southwest if you were interested in experimenting.

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michael's 869 posts GB flag
Friday, 1 March 2013
11:31 AM

My signal comes from Caradon Hill. I have a one year old TV with integrated Freeview. The aerial is in my attic, not exposed to the elements. I have never had a reception problem. But since the past three days approximately, I have had "no signal" on all the ArqA multiplex channels (aerial group C24). I tried doing a Freeview reset, and that resulted in all the ArqA channels disappearing from the EPG. I do not have a digibox, VCR, PVR or games console or any other analogue video equipment. Also, we do have any new electric equipment that we have plugged in in the past few days. I tried to manually tune in C24, but my TV digital setup showed on C24 signal quality of 0 and signal strength ranging between 0 and 7 out of 100, so the TV could or would not tune in C24. Any ideas?

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1:07 PM

Paul: At 5 miles away from the transmitter and with only a minor obstruction being seen on the signal path (about 0.25 mls from you) is liable to suggest that some problem "might" exist with your aerial system albeit I do acknowledge the fact of you having said that its located in the loft.

As you haven't actually mentioned what the other channels are indicating, what you should do is go into the tuning menu / manual tune and enter Ch21 (ITV3 etc) but do NOT press search or scan, because on practically all devices with a manual tune facility after you have entered the channel number the level of the signal will be seen, make a note of whatever it is then carry out exactly the same procedure again but this time enter Ch27 (Film 4 etc), once again noting the level, then finally repeat as before but use Ch24 then compare this with the levels that's been seen across the other two commercial mux channels, and which by the way all radiate on 50Kw compared to the PSB's on 100Kw.

Its quite common for levels to change over the year through atmospheric reasons, but not with the magnitude such as you are reporting.

It might transpire that you will require to move your aerial about 12" or so either side of where its presently positioned, this done while leaving your TV on the manual tuning procedure as mentioned as its tuner acts like a signal meter when used that way, but further advice is dependant on the results of your test.

By the way, work was going on at Carradon Hill yesterday connected to DAB radio but not according to info the TV services.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 March 2013
Chris Wallis
4:12 PM

Any idea where I can go for help - mine is a Radio 4 FM problem - all of a sudden, about 3 weeks ago I get huge intereference on Radio 4, on all four radios in my house although Radio 2 is still acceptable. Reception has never been brilliant - I believe we get the signal via a relay station & we've only ever been able to get Radios 2 & 4 but now 4 is unlistenable to!

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Sunday, 14 April 2013
Ron Bouttell
11:43 AM
St. Austell

I receive my signal from Caradon Hill & am unable to get an HD signal on my HD tv. I have manually tuned to Ch22 & "no signal" is shown. The aerial is in the loft.
I have the ability to receive the Redruth transmitter but get the same result. Can you advise please.
PL26 6TB

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11:46 AM

Ron Bouttell: Have you previously had a signal on the HD channels or are you trying to get them for the first time? If the latter, please post your make and model of the TV.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
11:04 PM

Hi Ron, Michael,
I receive from Caradon Hill and have recently bought a Freeview HD recorder which didn't initially detect the HD channels, but I manually tuned CH22 and it picked them up and I could watch them. A couple of times I've tried watching the HD channels and I've had the 'No signal' error. Manual tuning shows good signal strength (80%) but no signal quality.
Today (Sun 14th) approx 2pm I tried the HD channels and got the blank 'No signal' but approx 5pm I could watch the HD channels and signal quality had returned to 100%!!????
Any ideas??

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013
11:24 AM

Hi Brian,
Thanks for the link.
I have just checked my Freeview channels at 11am and I can see a significant drop in signal quality readings across all channels, resulting in no CH22 and some freezing on other channels. But CH22 was fine last night!?
I will look at getting an attenuator, but shouldn't this problem be constant rather than am/pm?

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