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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.

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
Channel icons
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
Tuesday, 2 July 2019
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Michael
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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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Saturday, 6 July 2019
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Michael
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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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Friday, 9 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
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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
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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
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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
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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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StevensOnln1
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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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Chris.SE
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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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Michael
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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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Thursday, 5 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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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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