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The symbol shows the location of the Praa Sands (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 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 Praa Sands (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Praa Sands 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
C40 (626.0MHz)97mDTG-25W
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

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C42 (642.0MHz)97mDTG-25W
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),

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C45 (666.0MHz)97mDTG-25W
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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Praa Sands (Cornwall, 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! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, 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 TV 2, 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 Praa Sands transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 96km east-northeast (73°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 103km east-northeast (74°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Praa Sands (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-132013-182013-171 May 2019
C50tv_off BBCABBCA
C56tv_off BBCBBBCB
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves 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 8 Jul 09 and 5 Aug 09.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 25W
Analogue 1-4(-4dB) 10W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Redruth 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. Praa Sands 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

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

10:33 AM

Mrs Anderson-Archbold: Please provide a full postcode so we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter and your predicted signal strength etc. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Are you and your neighbours in the same building with a communal aerial or you in separate properties that each has their own aerial?

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
JEAN Anderson-Archbold
2:43 PM

StevensOnln1: Mrs Anderson-Archbold TR13 9TE
Please is there any way you can check my area for our TV reception I can get ITV 0k but BBC i s a nightmare I am not linked to my neighbours Tv quite independent.
IIt has been like it for days and just gety any progrtammes wha6tever the time of day could we not be linked to 5redruth as we use to be when we came to the cottage in 1995
Look forward to a Reply I ahve done a reset on our 3 tELEVISIONS

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3:15 PM

JEAN Anderson-Archbold:

Which way is your aerial pointing? Is it NE towards the Redruth transmitter (the aerial rods or squashed X's should be horizontal) or is it pointing roughly WSW towards the Praa Sands transmitter. and the aerial rods should be vertical.
If pointing towards Praa Sands, you should have no problem with reception and I can't see any faults listed but I'll look further and post back.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag

5:18 PM

JEAN Anderson-Archbold:

There've been no recent listings of Faults or Planned Engineering for either Praa Sands (a relay of Redruth) or Redruth transmitters.
If you happened to retune/reset your TV's when there was any previous fault, you could have inadvertently got tuned to weaker signals from another transmitter.

If you get your signals from Praa Sands then the BBCA/PSB1 multiplex is on UHF channel C40. The BBCB HD/PSB3 (high definition) multiplex in on UHF C45. For the ITV/C4/C5 programmes on the D3&4/PSB2 multiplex this is on C42. Check in your TV's tuning section that those are the UHF channels the sets are tuned to.

If your aerial is pointing at Redruth reception of BBCA and D3&4 multiplexes can be variable, but the BBCB HD should be good. These are on UHF channels C44, C41 & C47. The commercial multiplexes from Redruth COMs4-6 are on C48, C33 & C32 and reception is likely to be very variable or more possibly poor/no signal.

You've mentioned 3 sets. If tuning to the correct UHF channels has not resolved the issue, tell us where your aerial is and does the aerial splitter to feed the 3 sets have an amplifier built-in? And where is that located? Do the leads plug into it or are they hard wired in? How old is the aerial a nd how old is the splitter?

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

11:08 AM

Praa Sands transmitter - Praa Sands transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 23/01/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,949 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

Praa Sands transmitter - Praa Sands transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 30/01/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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