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The symbol shows the location of the Dawlish (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 1,000 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 Dawlish (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Dawlish 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.

 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)139mDTG-320W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 12 others

 V max
C52 (722.0MHz)139mDTG-320W
Channel icons
 E4, 3 ITV (West Country), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 73 Sewing Quarter,

 V max
C56 (754.0MHz)139mDTG-620W
Channel icons
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,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Dawlish (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Dawlish transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 51km west-southwest (246°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 44km west-southwest (242°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Dawlish (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20092009-135/6/13-2013-1731st Mar 2019-
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E
700C52 D3+4D3+4D3+4

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 6th May and 20th May 2009.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 20W
Analogue 1-4(-5.2dB) 6W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Stockland 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. Dawlish was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 29 August 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:09 PM

DAWLISH transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 112,114 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 7 November 2016
Transmitter engineering
9:09 AM

DAWLISH transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 112,114 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 27 January 2017
michael scott
7:29 PM

from the 18th. November,2016,a new Three 4G mobile broadband is useable on 700 MHz:does anyone know its location and frequency,to enable an antenna to be chosen?
thank you

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michael scott's 8 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 May 2017
10:59 AM

hi have new house near sains on Exeter rd Dawlish warren .a/e in loft with distribution amp
When I go through tuning I think I am receiving several tx signals
what tx transmitter should I rx to include hd tv

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nick's 1 post US
4:19 PM

nick: Put your postcode into the site and it will give you the information you need.

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MikeB's 2,556 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 11 May 2017
8:50 AM Trowbridge


As MikeB states, entering you post code will show you the nearby transmitter. Click on the 'gear wheel' at the right hand end of the red header bar and put in a full post code.

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MikeP's 2,476 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 30 March 2018
Dr Alan Green
10:26 PM Dawlish

I live in 24 West Cliff Road, Dawlish EX7 9DY. Can you kindly give me the compass bearing to point to the Dawlish BBBC, ITC, UKTV etc TV transmitter tower. What kind of aerial do I need and are the signals all vertically polarized ? Are the signals strong enough to use a high gain aerial in the loft - or does it have to be outside with a 'line of sight' position?
Tganks?Alan Green

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Dr Alan Green's 1 post US
11:34 PM

Dr Alan Green: The Dawlish transmitter is on a bearing of 318 degrees from your location. A wideband aerial would be recommended as the frequencies used by the transmitter will be changing next year, which should be mounted vertically. You're only 1km away so it may well be OK in the loft if it can be positioned so that it isn't pointing through any other objects or neighbouring lofts etc.

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