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The symbol shows the location of the Ilfracombe (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 3,600 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 Ilfracombe (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Ilfracombe 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.

 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)251mDTG-112W
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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

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C36 (594.0MHz)251mDTG-112W
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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),

 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)251mDTG-112W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Ilfracombe (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Ilfracombe transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 90km south (182°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 90km 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?

LeeTransposer4 km W Ilfracombe65 homes

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

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1719 Jun 2019
C49tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 280W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 112W

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. Ilfracombe was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Thursday, 13 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

5:45 PM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 today to 13:57 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 today to 13:57 today [BBC]

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Friday, 14 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

5:10 AM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 yesterday to 13:57 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 yesterday to 13:57 yesterday [BBC]

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3:13 PM

michael: There will be no further changes to the power output of the transmitter. The nature of the changes is not provided by Digital UK.

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Saturday, 15 October 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:43 AM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 on 13 Oct to 13:57 on 13 Oct HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:56 on 13 Oct to 13:57 on 13 Oct [BBC]

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
peter morris
8:33 PM

Hi, I live in the candar a block of flats, signal shows 55 to 60% can get most freeview channels, channel 10 itv 3 is a problem. This comes and goes. We have a new lcd tv with freeview. can you please help.

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Thursday, 17 November 2011

10:11 AM

peter morris: You are not covered by a stable terrestrial signal for ITV3, so you would be best advised to consider adding Freesat - see Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 22 May 2012

12:17 PM

Brian : any idea what will happen to Ilfracombe relay D3&4 in 2013? It will presumably have to vacate ch61. Carmel ArqivaB is to move from ch61 to ch49, so Ilfracombe d3&4 may well do the same so as to guarantee ongoing interference :-)

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Dave Lindsay

12:37 PM

michael: Follow the link:

Postcode Checker - Trade View

Ilfracombe C61- will change to C49
Carmel C61 will move to C49

This is expected to happen in May next year.

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10:17 PM

michael: I've still got to go through all the relay transmitters that are using C61 and C62, having done all the main transmitters (see 2013 - post-switchover changes to Freeview transmission frequencies | - independent free digital TV advice

This transmitter is a "type R" in my database, so I have updated it and it now shows in the table above.

So that just leaves

abercynon: PSB3 C61
aberystwyth: PSB2 C61
avoch: PSB3 C61
balblair wood: PSB1 C62-
ballantrae: PSB2 C61
barskeoch hill: PSB3 C62-
beaminster: PSB1 C62-
beddgelert: PSB1 C62-
beer: PSB1 C62-
belper: PSB2 C62
bincombe hill: PSB1 C62-
brecon: PSB1 C61
broad haven: PSB1 C61
burry port: PSB1 C61
catrine: PSB1 C62
claonaig: PSB1 C62
clearwell: PSB2 C62-
countisbury: PSB2 C62-
craigellachie: PSB2 C61
creetown: PSB2 C62-
croeserw: PSB1 C61
croeserw: PSB1 C61
dawlish: PSB1 C62-
dolgellau: PSB3 C62-
dowlais: PSB1 C61
ebbw vale: PSB3 C62-
fernhill: PSB3 C62-
fishguard: PSB1 C61
fodderty: PSB2 C61
gartley moor: PSB2 C61
gellifendigaid: PSB3 C62-
girvan: PSB1 C62
glyn ceiriog: PSB2 C61
glyndyfrdwy: PSB1 C62-
gosforth: PSB1 C61
gourdon: PSB1 C62-
grandtully: PSB1 C61
grasmere: PSB2 C62-
halesowen: PSB2 C61
haltwhistle: PSB2 C62-
helston: PSB2 C61
hutton: PSB2 C62-
ilfracombe: PSB2 C61-
innerleithen: PSB1 C61
inverness: PSB1 C62-
kilmelford: PSB1 C62-
kilve: PSB2 C62-
kingskerswell: PSB1 C62-
kinlochleven: PSB3 C62-
kirkconnel: PSB1 C61
liverton: PSB1 C62-
llandderfel: PSB1 C62-
llandecwyn: PSB1 C61
llanengan: PSB1 C61
llangeinor: PSB3 C62-
llangollen: PSB2 C61
loch feochan: PSB2 C61
lochearnhead: PSB1 C61
machen upper: PSB1 C62-
millport: PSB1 C61
modbury: PSB1 C62-
monmouth: PSB3 C62-
mynydd bach: PSB1 C61
mynydd pencarreg: PSB1 C61
newton ferrers: PSB1 C62-
north hessary tor: PSB1 C62-
onich: PSB1 C61
onich: PSB1 C61
pembroke dock: PSB1 C61
pennsylvania: PSB2 C61
penrhyn coch: PSB1 C62-
penryn: PSB1 C62-
peterhead: PSB1 C62-
pontardawe: PSB1 C61
port isaac: PSB1 C62-
portishead: PSB2 C62-
portpatrick: PSB2 C61
praa sands: PSB1 C62-
preston: PSB1 C61
rheola: PSB3 C62-
rothesay town: PSB1 C62-
scalloway: PSB1 C62-
scoval: PSB1 C62-
scoval: PSB1 C62-
south maesteg: PSB3 C62-
southway: PSB1 C62-
st austell: PSB1 C62-
st bees: PSB1 C61
st brelades bay: PSB3 C62
st helier: PSB3 C62
stanton moor: PSB2 C62
steyning: PSB3 C62-
swinster: PSB1 C62-
taffs well: PSB3 C62-
ton pentre: PSB1 C61
tonypandy: PSB3 C62-
tonyrefail: PSB3 C62-
tregaron: PSB2 C62-
troon: PSB1 C61
truro: PSB2 C61
tullich: PSB1 C62-
tynewydd: PSB2 C62-
washford: PSB2 C62-
weisdale: PSB2 C61
woodcombe: PSB2 C62-
workington: PSB1 C61
ynysowen: PSB3 C62-

to look up.

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