Freeview Light on the Sidmouth (Devon, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Sidmouth (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 6,900 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sidmouth (Devon, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Sidmouth 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.
Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?
The Sidmouth (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, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Christmas 1, Great! Movies Action, Great! Movies Christmas, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, RealityXtra, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 60s, That's 80s, Together TV, 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 Sidmouth transmitter?
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 72km west-southwest (244°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
How will the Sidmouth (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 Apr 09 and 22 Apr 09.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
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Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Beacon Hill transmitter area
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
I live in EX108PA using the Beacon Hill transmitter (Sidmouth). My BBCa signal is transient /very poor /non existent , others are fine.. My aerial was installed some 10 years ago and has a mast amplifier and in house amplifier / distribution.
Any ideas on how to solve this
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Tom Thornhill :
You are right on a fringe for any reception from Beacon Hill, I need to look at this in more detail.
When did this problem start? Is it intermittent or continuous?
Are your signals normal in the daytime?
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Chris.SE's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Tom Thornhill :
This is a tricky one. Nether the BBC nor Freeview predict any useful reception from Beacon Hill, whereas they do from Stockland Hill (roughly to the NE, compass bearing 35 degrees) which is closer (17km) and has a higher power, however there are major very high ground obstructions on that line of sight and the BBCA predicted reception is (very) poor, I'm not even going to go there with assessments.
If you are far enough south in your postcode with a good aerial height, then although Beacon Hill is 37km away, you will have line-of-sight. With unfavourable aerial sighting the likely local obstructions will come from Peak Hill, I think it's called, then further afield - high ground between Ladram Bay and Budleigh Salterton.
I assume we can confirm your aerial points at compass bearing 226 degrees, that's ~SW with its rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Check that it's still pointing correctly and that the coax downlead isn't degraded (sheath brittle and damaged) and it's not flapping about in the wind. Check all your coax plugs are correctly plugged in and corrosion free.
An issue you may have as you have a masthead amp and amp/splitter is reception from the Sidmouth relay 1km away but it is only 12W (very very low power) to the back of your aerial - compass bearing 72 degrees. Although it's vertically polarised you could still probably pick it up on your aerial with a poor signal.
Beacon Hill transmitter was listed for Planned Engineering last week (but isn't this week) and if you retuned at any time during that if you had no signal or badly pixellated pictures (never recommended) you may have become incorrectly tuned perhaps picking up Sidmouth.
So check in your TV Tuning Section that you are correctly tuned to Beacon Hill's UHF channels.
These are C44, C41, C47, C42, C45, C40 that's in multiplex order -
BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
As your aerial is 10 years old, there's a chance it will be a Group T/Wideband whereas ideally it ought to be a Group K (rather than a Group B) although they'll all work, you ideally don't want to be receiving any signals above C48 since the 700MHz Clearance as this is where new/updated mobile signals may appear and could give interference. If that happens you can get free filters from https://restoretv.uk (put your postcode into their checker if this problem arises).
I can't find any current faults listed for the Beacon Hill transmitter, but there is some weather related Tropospheric Ducting about, which might cause occasion temporary interference from distant transmitters (do Not retune).
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