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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)251mDTG-3112W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)251mDTG-3112W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (West Country),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)251mDTG-6112W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
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the effected channels

The Ilfracombe (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, 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
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TK T
C33BBCA
C36D3+4
C48BBCB
C49tv_off D3+4D3+4
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves-BBCB-BBCB-BBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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

Comments
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
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michael
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:32 AM

Brian and Dave : thanks for the info and links. As I feared, CCI will continue as now.
With everything having to be squeezed into
fewer channels, the incidence of CCI will
surely increase nationwide. Maybe there will
be more SFNs?

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Briantist
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10:55 AM

michael: one plan in the ofcom list suggests that the three coms become sfns, with more psb sfns to save frequency allocations.

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Sunday, 26 May 2013
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michael
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9:37 PM

Ilfracombe D3&4 has moved down to clear the 800MHz band. But so has Big Bully across the water. So CCI remains. The extra 3dB (how kind) will help a few, but only a few. This is but a wisp of what is to come. France is now urgently considering clearing 700MHz so as to trickle-feed the state's depleted coffers, as reported by Le Monde. Ofcom is like-minded and may well be forced to follow suite so as to minimise CCI along the south coast from across Le Manche.

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Friday, 31 May 2013
Monday, 6 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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7:23 PM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 11:46 on 04 Jan to 13:40 on 04 Jan, HD Digital TV Off Air from 11:46 on 04 Jan to 13:40 on 04 Jan. [BBC]

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Thursday, 20 February 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:23 AM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 today. [BBC]

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7:23 AM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 today to 05:09 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 today to 05:09 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 21 February 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:24 AM

ILFRACOMBE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 yesterday to 05:09 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 01:59 yesterday to 05:09 yesterday. [BBC]

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michael
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8:33 PM

It would be nice to know what these engineering works are intended to achieve. A few days ago I overheard people on the local bus complaining that they still could not get a consistently reliable television picture. It comes, breaks up then disappears for a while and so on. They were not happy as they had no problems when it was still analog. I don't know whether they understood that the cause was co-channel interference from Carmel "bouncing off" the rising and falling Bristol Channel. I am sure they would be happier to know that they endure an unacceptable service so that 3G and 4G companies can beef up their future profit margins...

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Dave Lindsay
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8:36 PM

michael: Is the answer as to what engineering works are intended to achieve obvious? The answer is the provision of television services.

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