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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, 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

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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Tuesday, 16 April 2013
11:16 PM

Well bizarrely I think my issue is due to my coaxial cable/connector. Whilst removing the cable I found that bending the cable in a certain direction resulted in me regaining the signal quality for CH22. Which is abit strange as I dont think I've moved/touched the RF cable since fitting my new Freeview box a few weeks ago. :o)

Ron: I believe Michael was asking towards if you have a 'Freeview HD' set-top box or tuner in your tv? Although a tv description will say 'Full HD' or 'HD Ready' this does not mean you can receive the HD channels! Your tv tuner or freeview box needs to be 'Freeview HD'. The Currys website is a good example that shows if the tv tuner is a standard 'Freeview' or a 'Freeview HD'.
Hope this helps :o)

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Monday, 15 July 2013
sheila weston
11:33 AM

we have not had much tv for two weeks now. have tried manual retune but no signal on any channel. we have had our tv for three years and have never had this problem before. bbc has been very helpful and now has a message on their phone to say it is no ones fault but it is the high pressure. other people near have no problems. our aerial is in the loft. every channel went off 10pm sat and again last night having had tv for 3 hours.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Arthur Tinsley
8:36 PM

We have 2 TVs one in the lounge and one in the kitchen both taking a signal from the same arial. Our trasmitter is Caradon Hill. The TV in the lounge is just about OK but the one in the kitchen is now just showing French channels when we retuned on Freeview. They are usually both just OK in normal weather but now we have high presure they are acting up. We never had this problem with analogue so what is happening please.

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Arthur Tinsley's 3 posts GB flag
Saturday, 20 July 2013

5:39 PM

Arthur, put it down to progress in cahoots with climate change. It'll all be fine when the autumn storms breeze in...

Alternatively, register for a French evening class at your local friendly FE college :-)

The difference between tv sets will be due to longer aerial cable losses and receiver parameters.

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michael's 869 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 July 2013
12:05 AM

I just put up an 18 element aerial for Caradon Hill on our chimney, and it is getting a fantastic signal, signal quality 9 on all the muxs except PSB1 and PSB2. I am wondering whether this is most likely because the Westward Ho relay is on the same line as Caradon Hill from here - the quality on PSB1 and 2 is variable, from 5-8. I am aware that Westward Ho is vertical (a relay) but would it still be likely to cause a problem? I was thinking of having a small vertical aerial to receive Croyde (the local relay) for PSB1 and 2 so that would obviously solve the problem, but was only hoping for one aerial really. It is strange that they put masts on the same frequencies as ones which are fairly close together. (51.1401,-4.2562) 

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James's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 July 2013

9:18 PM

James, you do not indicate your location, but if elevated, you will indeed get the Caradon muxes which are not co-channel with others within range. So your idea of using the Croyde relay for the PSB muxes and Caradon for the COMs is wise. You might also receive the COMs from Huntshaw Cross - or even from Wales (Preseli, Carmel or Wenvoe), depending on your location and elevation. Depending on the the two frequency bands, you may be able to to use a combiner to feed signals from two aerials via one cable to the TV or freeview box antennate input socket.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013
A Hallam
1:16 PM

our postcode is tr11 4eq and we are, in the last few days, frequently suffering poor signal quality and picture break-up.The signal strength is good. The high gain with masthead amplifier aerial is pointing to Caradon Hill 50 degrees. This is most unsatisfactory as we know the aerial is not the problem.HELP!!!

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Roger Mills
1:44 PM

A Hallam:
Same problem at TR11 5GG - quality varying wildly since Monday, though at this moment 10 on all muxes - but was sinking to 1 on chs 21, 22 and 27 earlier today. Normally excellent reception from Caradon Hill with amplified loft aerial. All equipment and connections seem OK. Glad to hear we're not alone! Could it be weather related - unusually high pressure earlier this week?

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4:50 PM

TR11 4QT - lost signal completely on one tv, other breaking up - getting worse over last few days, but thought we were pointing at Penryn for Freeview!

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9:02 PM

It's either revenge for Agincourt or Arqiva riggers using some of the power for their kettle while they tinker... If you can see two bars on the tuning or settings menu and the quality one fluctuateswhilst the signal strength one is fairly stable over 50%, then it is probably interference from near Agincourt wafting across Le Manche on the "High". . .

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