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The symbol shows the location of the Plympton (Plymouth, England) transmitter which serves 35,000 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 Plympton (Plymouth, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Plympton 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
C40 (626.0MHz)163mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)163mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)163mDTG-6400W
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
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
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 Plympton (Plymouth, 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 Plympton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 4km west (279°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 3km east-northeast (76°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Plympton (Plymouth, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-135 Jun 132013-1710 Apr 2019
C/D EWWWW TW TK T
C30C5wavesC5waves_local_local_local_local
C40BBCA
C41SDN
C42SDNSDNSDND3+4
C44ArqA
C45ArqAArqAArqABBCB
C47ArqB
C49tv_off D3+4D3+4
C52tv_off1
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C56tv_offDArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C60tv_off-B
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C63-C
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C66-A
C67+2

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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 12 Aug 09 and 9 Sep 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-5 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 200W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caradon Hill 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. Plympton 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.

Comments
Friday, 9 August 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 PM

PLYMPTON 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
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

PLYMPTON 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
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

PLYMPTON 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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Monday, 12 August 2019
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A Lloyd
9:40 AM

Yet again it seems like "Freeview" does not LIKE the viewers that are using Plymton and have no other choice than Plymton;They advertise Ch 48 ,but is nit transmitted and they say Aljazeera English HD is NOT tranmitted ,yet I recieve it on Ch 235. Finally what about the rest of the Freeview channels such as NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.Forces TV, Freesports ?
Will "Freeview" see this comment?

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Chris.SE
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12:05 PM

A Lloyd:

This really doesn't have anything to do with Freeview (and no they won't see your comment). Plympton is not a "Light" transmitter, it does transmit all the 6 main multiplexes. COMs 7&8 are only temporary muxes where they are transmitted and that is not from all transmitters, it is where the spectrum "space" allows without undue interference to other transmitters. The "space" allowed is a .gov & OFCOM decision (implemented by Arqiva).

The specific channels to which you refer are on the COMs 7&8 multiplexes, see http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/channels/channel_listings and such allocations are dependant on the capacity of each multiplex and the individual broadcaster's decision. Ch48 which you mentioned was moved at Sony's behest to Local multiplexes, if you don't receive a Local multiplex you won't get it, see https://ukfree.tv/channels/channel/TRUEE/PGSTART410/irt895716#b895716

Unless you have moved, Caradon Hill will give you best reception. Various details were provided in an answer to a previous post.

Al Jazeerra English on LCN 235 is not HD, it's SD.

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