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The symbol shows the location of the Huntshaw Cross (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 37,000 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 Huntshaw Cross (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Huntshaw Cross 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
C30 (546.0MHz)359mDTG-20,000W
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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
C31- (553.8MHz)359mDTG-20,000W
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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
C37- (601.8MHz)359mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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
C32 (562.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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
C34 (578.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 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
C35+ (586.2MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
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)

The Huntshaw Cross (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 Huntshaw Cross transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 66km south (184°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 66km south (176°)
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?

Nth MoltonTransposer18 km E Barnstaple30 homes

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

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1719 Jun 2019
C50tv_off BBCABBCA

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 1 Jul 09 and 29 Jul 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-14dB) 4kW
Analogue 5(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Huntshaw Cross 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Sunday, 18 January 2015
11:59 AM

Thanks for the answer - post code is EX34 8DR BUT the system was working perfectly fine until the transmitter was shut down for work so why would this upset my equipment please? There were definitely works listed on the day the problem started and this was confirmed by many people. Therefore it must be something that has happened with the transmitter - it cannot always be the equipment which always seems to fail or play up when something has occurred with your transmitter.

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Sue's 3 posts GB flag
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2:17 PM

Sue: Thanks for the update re: your location, this indicating that your Freeview reception is from the Ilfracombe PSB only "relay" situated at approximately 0.5 miles from you, this transmitter broadcasting the same BBC and ITV programmes as Huntshaw Cross thereby giving the impression that the signal is coming from the latter, reception from Huntshaw Cross indicated as not being possible due to the signal path from the mast suffering from a sizeable line-of-sight obstruction from slightly under 7 miles prior to your location, a quick Google earth rooftop check revealing that all aerials in your area are vertically mounted and pointing towards the Ilfracombe relay.

The only other station indicated as a possibility for reception is Kilvey Hill, this station transmitting BBC & ITV Wales, and by being a main station broadcasting the range of commercial channels such as ITV3, Pick TV, 4Music etc, which its assumed are programmes not previously received by you?

As nothing is currently mentioned about the Ilfracombe relay as far as any faults are concerned, I would persevere with your retuning attempts after having checked the connections previously referred to.

Line of sight blockage of reception from Huntshaw Cross.

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

4:37 PM

Sue, I am also on Huntshaw. If you were previously able to receive Sky News and BBC Spotlight etc, then you were receiving Huntshaw (or just possibly Caradon in Cornwall). This would suggest that your Freeview box or inbuilt Freeview receiver was too clever and retuned itself without asking - not uncommon. If your receiver allows manual tuning (not only automatic scanning), then try retuning channels 48, 50, 52, 56, 59 (and 55 if you had HD).

If you didn't get Sky News, you were probably on the Ilfracombe relay (channels 49, 54, 58). If you received Welsh news and not Spotlight, you were receiving tranmissions from Wales. Hope this helps! If you need further help, please post again.

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Michael's 869 posts GB flag
6:29 PM

Thanks Michael - that makes more sense than a large blockage that must have appeared!! Will give this a try

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Sue's 3 posts GB flag

6:54 PM

Sue: In addition to that said, I can confirm that the Ilfracombe transmitter was indeed down between the hours of 1.33pm and 09.15pm on the 14th, this somewhat indicating that you are receiving Freeview from this transmitter.

Another point being, that none of the reception predictors (neither Digital UK or Wolfbane) indicate that reception is possible from Huntshaw Cross, and so I will also be interested in the outcome of your signal tests.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

1:32 PM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 today to 08:13 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 6 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 yesterday to 08:13 yesterday. [BBC]

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Keith Tomlin
10:56 AM


I live in EX22 7TQ. until a few days ago my Freeview reception both on the in built TV receiver and via You View box was fine then I lost block of channels including ITV1, ITV2, Ch. 4 Ch. 5 etc. on both. Tried re-tuning with initially no effect but now after further re-tune attempts I have them back but with Pixelation etc. indicating weak signal. As I say all fine before so is there any cause for this change like work on transmitter, change of signal strength etc.?

Also as an on going issue I do not get full strength BBC DAB signal here - commercial stations like Classic FM are always 100% so why can't BBC ones be if they come from same transmitter mast?


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Dave Lindsay

1:55 PM

Keith Tomlin: There is no indication is to any work at Huntshaw Cross. Digital UK publishes engineering works here:

Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works

I will make one observation and that is that PSB2 multiplex is on UHF channel 59 from Huntshaw Cross. PSB2 is the multiplex you are having difficulty with.

4G mobile services in the 800MHz band operate just above that, on C61 upwards. So any such services are pretty close frequency wise, with PSB2 being the closest meaning that chances are if any will be affected it will be that one.

The mobile operators have set-up a company to deal with interference issues and it will know whether there is a 800MHz 4G base station that has come on air in your area. It is called "at800" and you might like to enquire with them as to whether this could be a possibility: Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800

They will send out a free filter should this be thought to be the issue.

As for the question relating to DAB reception, what is the issue you allude to?

With digital reception (TV and radio) there is strength and quality. Strength is what it says it is. Quality is the degree to which the digits that make up the sound/picture are intact. Less than 100% quality may result in breakup of the audio/video.

As far as strength goes, the signal needs to be strong enough so that the receiver can decode the digits and so that any natural slight variances in strength aren't likely to leave it under the threshold required.

You might find, for example, that with a strength of ~70% you get 100% quality all the time. That's fine. The idea of using a percentage for strength is somewhat of a misnomer as it implies to the user that the higher the better when this isn't necessarily the case.

Different frequencies carry differently owing to objects in the space which the signals are carried. Thus, it's not uncommon for different channels to be received at different levels even though they are from the same transmitting station. If you ever used a set-top aerial indoors with analogue TV you would have likely found that out.

In the case of Huntshaw Cross, the power of D1 National DAB is 4kW and that of BBC National DAB is 2.5kW. It's also the case that this isn't the same power in all directions with each multiplex being different in this respect.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 07:54 on 05 Feb to 08:13 on 05 Feb. [BBC]

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