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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
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)359mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)359mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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?

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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

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

9:38 PM

jb38 and Sue, the "predictors" are not infallible, just indicative. They tell me that I can't get Huntshaw, but that is where I get all six multiplexes from. As previously posted, on July 17th Carmel, inland from Swansea, will retune three of the six multiplexes onto the same frequencies as Ilfracombe. As there were co-channel interference issues last time that occurred, it will be, er, interesting to see what happens this time :-) If you are able to *manually* tune your receiver, you should be able to ascertain for sure which transmitter is serving you.

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Michael's 861 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 July 2019

10:06 PM

When formerly stable reception falters, it could be due to retuning of the Huntshaw transmitter multiplexes, or others, as Ofcom moves all the higher multiplexes lower so as to facilitate the future of 5G mobile phone coverage. (NOt that we are likely to get 5G...)

Most TV-set inbuilt tuners now prioritise "automatic" tuning of receivable channels. This can lead to the tuner saving whatever it finds from any transmitter. Once it has stored a given multiplex, it will ignore a better signal from another at a higher frequency. It is therefore highly recommended to check this, or the digitaluk, website and to write down the multiplex channel numbers of the most likely transmitter(s). Then check the TV-set menu/handbook for the *manual* tuning option (NOT the automatic one). In many sets this option can be not easy to find. Then manually store each of the six multiplexes (only three if on a relay) in turn. This can be tedious, but worth the effort! If on the Bristol Channel coast, eg Ilfracombe, it will be advisable to check again on 17th July, when the Carmel retune might conflict with the three Ilfracombe multiplexes... If interference ensues, the best option might be Kilvey Hill (Swansea) for all the main channels, with the Ilfracombe relay manually added for BBC and ITV Southwest news. We will know more post 17th July :-)

the best compromise might be Carmel in South Wales, which, as posted, is changing its channels on 17th July.

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Michael's 861 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 PM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 today to 15:05 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 10 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 yesterday to 15:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 11 August 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:04 on 09 Aug to 15:05 on 09 Aug. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019
peter kirk
9:37 AM

Hi we,re in Bideford, why do we keep losing BBC1/ BBC2 and only getting BBC1/2 as HD ? Red button dos,nt work on HD.............Tried retune and also removed ariel lead and retuned, same issues...............

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peter kirk's 1 post GB flag

10:28 AM

peter kirk: Retuning is the worst thing to do when you have a problem with a weak signal as you are just deleting the correctly tuned channels and searching for them again. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV and anywhere else that you can safely access between your TV and aerial? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see the predicted signal strength at your location.

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StevensOnln1's 3,552 posts GB flag

2:44 PM

peter kirk:

Also worth checking that your aerial is still intact and pointing the correct way after the high winds last weekend.

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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag

10:05 PM

If you can receive BBC1 and 2 in HD, but not in SD, it may be that "automatic" tuning has selected
two different transmitters, eg Huntshaw for SD on multiplex A and Caradon for HD on multiplex B.
I would suggest manually reuning all six multiplexes - as previously listed in this thread. Some TV receivers are friendlier than others when manually retuning, so note down how you get to the menu. You may have to go back to the menu for each multiplex-retune. Before you do this, follow Steven's advice and check cables, connections and the direction the aerial is pointing. If you can receive Sky News ok (different multiplex, but a weaker signal), the aerial is probably ok. - Hope this helps!

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Michael's 861 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 September 2019
Transmitter engineering

2:08 PM

HUNTSHAW CROSS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:07 today to 13:15 today. [BBC]

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