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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Plympton (Plymouth, England) mast?

Plympton transmitter - Plympton transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/03/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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-400W
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, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)163mDTG-400W
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C45 (666.0MHz)163mDTG-400W
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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)163mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Plympton (Plymouth, 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 Plympton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 4km west (280°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-1710 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
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C56tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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.

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Monday, 31 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:43 PM

PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 today to 15:17 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:43 PM

PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 today to 15:17 today [BBC]

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Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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5:10 AM

PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 yesterday to 15:17 yesterday [BBC]

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5:10 AM

PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 yesterday to 15:17 yesterday [BBC]

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Wednesday, 2 November 2011
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4:55 AM

PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 on 31 Oct to 15:17 on 31 Oct [BBC]

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PLYMPTON transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Off Air from 15:11 on 31 Oct to 15:17 on 31 Oct [BBC]

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012
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Austin Waterworth
5:26 PM
Torpoint

On the roof pointing towards Plympton, but signal strength weak and some programmes lost. I pick up good signals through the "tail" of the aerial with loss of signal during poor weather. Should I have the aerial turned to point to Caradon to ensure a good and permanent signal?

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Friday, 6 January 2012
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Jeff Meagor
7:15 PM
Ivybridge

I live in Bittaford Nr Ivybridge PL21 0EN could i pick up the main Plympton transmitter at the moment i can pick up beacon hill during the day but at night i loose most of the channels i have a booster. I know i can pick up the relay transmitter at waetlake but not all freeview channels are broardcast, please help.

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Saturday, 7 January 2012
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KMJ,Derby
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1:42 AM

Jeff Meagor: Digital UK do not make any prediction for reception from Plympton in your postcode area. There is in fact a frequency clash with Beacon Hill and Plympton both using C42 and C45. Which channels are you losing from Beacon Hill in the latter part of the day? If it is those carried on the SDN and ArqA muxes then it is possible that interference from Plympton is the cause. Careful aerial positioning to find the best signal from Beacon Hill whilst losing any interference from other directions could give you more reliable reception of the temperamental channels. You are incidentally predicted to have good reception from Beacon Hill on the five Standard definition muxes, the HD mux is shown as variable. You could see a more accurate prediction for yourself if you click on the link to Digital UK tradeview, then change the address to include your house number. Predictions shown in green are for good reception, subject to there being no local obstructions such as trees or tall buildings in the signal path.

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