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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?

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
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
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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
C32 (562.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
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20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C35+ (586.2MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

7:34 PM

Fadi, if the other box is providing a full service, try the factory reset on the one that is not. Then tune in the Huntshaw multiplexes manually (or the Barnstaple relay, if that is the one your aerial is pointing to).
If you also have or want SKY or FreeSat, the dish needs an unimpeded line-of-sight to 28°East of South at about 25° angle of elevation (ie no trees, buildings or hills etc). The dish can be mounted anywhere with this line-of-sight. The most accessible position permitting this is recommended for ease of access for checking alignment etc after storm winds etc.

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Michael's 872 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

8:01 PM

Fadi: Perhaps the EPG information not showing is down to receiver being tuned to more than one transmitter. Caradon Hill is inline with Huntshaw Cross, to within a few degrees.

Bring up the signal strength screen on each of the following and identify which transmitter they are tuned to:

PSB1 - BBC One | HC=C50 | CH=C28
PSB2 - ITV | HC=C59 | CH=25
COM4 - ITV3 | HC=C48 | CH=C21
COM5 - Pick TV | HC=C52 | CH=C24
COM6 - Film4 | HC=C56 | CH=C27

HC=Huntshaw Cross | CH=Caradon Hill

If you find that you have a mixture then you should be able to prevent it from picking up Caradon Hill by having the aerial unplugged for the first half of the scan. This workaround is possible because all of Caradon Hill's channels are low, and therefore picked up early in the scan, and all of Huntshaw Cross' channels are high, and therefore picked up late in the scan.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
veronica wall
8:04 PM

I attemped to watch a programme on channel 4 last night (27th Aug 13) but had to turn over because of severe pixellation.Channel 4,5 and ITV were affected bu not BBC channels. The same happened this afternoon and continues this evening. Arial is on roof, is fairly new and doesn't appear to have moved or been dislodged.I retuned to no avail and all leads are firmly in place.I have a 3 year old Samsung tv which has never suffered from these problems before.I have no idea how to solve problem.Could engineering work be causing the problem ? It's infuriating

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Thursday, 29 August 2013
8:31 AM

Hello, we are a holiday park in Westward Ho! and have had now around 10 complaints from customers regarding poor TV reception with all other channels other than BBC 1 and 2. We appreciate that work is being carried out on our local transmitter, but please could you give us an estimated time when this should be finished so at least we can pass this on to our holiday makers?

Thank you

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1:42 PM

Sophie: Hi Yes live in Bath Hotel Road Westward Ho!...and also having problems with reception...but no idea why. Is it because of the engineering works you have mentioned ?


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Louis's 2 posts GB flag
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7:35 PM

There are a lot of brief outages ar present. Presumably due to the musical-chairs party games engendered by 4G spectrum restructuring. It could, of course, be that the riggers transfer transmitter power to their electric kettles for a few minutes now and again. It is nippy way up there on the masts :-)

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michael's 872 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 17 September 2013
10:26 PM

A couple of times in the past few weeks when we have had poor weather our BBC signal has become very weak and channels unwatchable. This has never happened before, usually we have a very strong signal and a very good picture. Currently BBC channels are breaking up, pausing, pixelating, reporting weak or no signal.
Aerial in the loft of a thatched house - not allowed a roof mounted aerial. EX19 8TA

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11:01 PM

RAY PATTENDEN: I think everyone knows what I'm going to say - your 7km from the transmitter, which has just had engineering work. Since the power tends to go up after such work, it sounds like too strong a signal. Loft aerial are not always the best, but your so close to the transmitter (can you actually see it on a clear day?), that its more than powerful enough.

Try taking any booster out of the system etc and see here Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | Digital switchover | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 September 2013
naomi dure
7:08 PM

Aerial only 3 months old, on roof, no changes to my systems, was all ok at lunchtime.

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