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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C30 (546.0MHz)359mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)359mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (West Country), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (West Country), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C37- (601.8MHz)359mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C35+ (586.2MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Huntshaw Cross (Devon, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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?

1968-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1322 May 132013-1719 Jun 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TW T
C11ITVwaves
C30BBCA
C31D3+4
C32SDN
C34ArqA
C35ArqB
C37BBCB
C48SDNSDNSDN
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C51tv_off_local_local_local_local
C52tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C53tv_off-C
C54tv_off-1
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C56tv_off+ArqB+ArqB+ArqB
C57tv_off-D
C58tv_off-2
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-D3+4-D3+4-D3+4
C61-A
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C64-B
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C67C5wavesC5waves

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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

Comments
Wednesday, 19 June 2019
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Michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

10:57 PM

The new Huntshaw channels on 30,31,32,34,35 and 37 are all working well. The re-tune procedure can be frustrating, depending on the TV tuner. If the automatic option is selected, lower-frequency channels may be saved before the Huntshaw ones - most likely from Caradon on 21,22,24,25,27 and 28, some of which might work, others not. It is worth performing a "factory reset" and to then ignore the tempting automatic option and to manually tune in channels 30,31,32,34,35 and 37, each in turn. If some of these already produce a stable picture, a new aerial should not be needed, just a retune. A Band A aerial (and possibly new coax) might be required if signal strength of *all* these channels is unsatisfactory. Double check that channels 30,31,32,34,35 and 37, and not others, have been saved before seeking payable advice...

Brian:some of the programmes listed under each mux recently moved.
The page remains nevertheless very helpful.

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Michael's 845 posts GB
Thursday, 20 June 2019
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CHRIS ALLSEBROOK
7:46 PM

Since the update on the19th June the signal has been poor with the picture breaking up and dropping out at least one of our neighbours are also affected we have re tuned several times. We have a good aerial on the roof

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Michael
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8:42 PM

CHRIS ALLSEBROOK: Check my above posting. It could well be that your auto-retune saved some of, or all, the lless optimal channels (eg Caradon instead of Huntshaw). Auto-tuning only works well when there is no other transmitter in range. Otherwise manual tuning is the convoluted, but more reliable option.

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Michael's 845 posts GB
Friday, 21 June 2019
J
Jack Earnshaw
9:57 PM

Strange that on Thursday we had a good signal on Channel 34. So could do a manual retune and watch Sky News. Tonight, no signal at all.
Will have to call the Advice Line

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Jack Earnshaw's 5 posts GB
Saturday, 22 June 2019
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Michael
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9:45 PM

Jack, Channel 34 from Huntshaw is a weaker channel. We now have a passing atmospheric high-pressure event, which often affects propagation at television frequencies - eg on Sky News. When weather changes again, things should return to normal (whatever that is...). If you know how to retune quickly, when channel 34 breaks up, you could try channel 24 from Caradon (or any other Arqiva-A multiplex within range). Some TV tuners allow multiplexes from different transmitters to be stored, but many do not. If disturbance becomes too regular, you might wish to consider Freesat, which would be less temperamental if you have line-of-sight to the satellite position at 28? east. (If you do that, don't remove your Huntshaw aerial. Bruce Wallis is no longer available to save us if a lump of rock hits the satellite :-) PS : good luck with the advice line; they don't always have local details to inform their advice.

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Michael's 845 posts GB
Monday, 24 June 2019
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Philip Oakley
1:56 PM

Whilst the work was being done I had horrendous interference on Amateur Radio 40 metre band after a complaint it disappeared. I have been away for 2 week holiday before I left I wrote on my notepad re-tune TV and check interference. TV went okay with re-tune. But the horrendous interference on 40 metres is back since going live! coincidence?!?! I see you now have an output of 20,000 watts and I live in Torrington and can see the mast clearly. I have yet to prove 100% it is you but if I do Ofcom will be informed under my licence agreement as a City & Guilds licenced radio amateur

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:15 PM

Philip Oakley: This website has no connections with any broadcaster or transmitter company. According to Digital UK, the power output of Huntshaw Cross has not been increased, only the frequencies have been changed. I've no doubt that Ofcom have the capability to track down the cause of the interference, however accusing an unofficial technical help website of causing it won't solve anything!

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Michael
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9:52 PM

Philip Oakley: The interference is most unlikely to be linked to the Huntshaw retune. I would look closer to home. Wander around with a portable radio and try to triangulate the source. With the expansion of broadband, many of us are blighted by interference from overhead VDSL phone lines, and from many modern devices, or from bad connections in the local electricity grid. Triangulation should help narrow down the possible source.

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Michael's 845 posts GB
Thursday, 27 June 2019
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P Cocks
4:30 PM

We retuned today 27/06/19 and seem to have lost Keep it Country ---- where is it channel 87 says invalid!!!

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StevensOnln1
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4:36 PM

P Cocks: Keep It Country has closed on Freeview. Apparently it's replacement Spotlight TV will be available as a streamed channel on compatible internet connected TVs from next week.

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