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The symbol shows the location of the St Just (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 2,700 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 St Just (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the St Just 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)246mDTG-250W
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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C43 (650.0MHz)246mDTG-250W
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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C46 (674.0MHz)246mDTG-250W
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?

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the effected channels
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the effected channels

The St Just (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, 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 St Just transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 113km east-northeast (78°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 120km east-northeast (78°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the St Just (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-131 May 2019

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 250W
Analogue 1-4(-0.2dB) 240W

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. St Just 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

Thursday, 22 November 2012
Paul Oldfield
10:19 AM

When is the St. Just Transmitter to be turned on again

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1:01 PM

Paul Oldfield: The BBC website says it was off air until 1136 today BBC - Reception problems

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Jo Pickard
12:52 PM

Hi, we live in St Just, and we still get very few freeview channels compared to other parts of the country, yet we pay the same licence fees. Does anyone know if we are due to get more channels in the near future? Even 6 miles away in Penzance they get a far better service.

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Dave Lindsay

2:35 PM

Jo Pickard: No, "Freeview Light" transmitters are never likely to be upgraded to provide all services because the Commercial broadcasters do not consider them a worthwhile investment.

The Licence fee goes exclusively to the BBC and as a Public Service Broadcaster you have access to all its channels from the St Just transmitter.

See here for a posting I wrote for a further explanation:

Londonderry transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The only likelihood of ever receiving the full service is if you can pick it up from another transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 September 2013
Neil Smith
5:08 PM

ITV down yet again. The service from St Just transmitter has to be the worst in the UK.

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Saturday, 8 July 2017
Andy Quantick
10:38 AM

St.Just is not in England, it is in Cornwall which is not part of England. This is just a note of correction and education, please respect our nation and learn the history.

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Friday, 4 October 2019
Mike R
1:46 PM

Assuming the licence fee primarily pays for the Freeview BBC TV channels. Why can we still not receive BBC4 HD in St Just?

It was good enough to give us BBC4 HD for the 2012 Olympics and the children's service CBBC is available in HD.

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Mike R's 1 post GB flag

9:11 PM

Mike R:

The licence fee does NOT pay for BBC. It is a permit to allow you to watch any live TV on your equipment, irrespective of who the broadcaster is. If you want to watch, say, ITV or C4 then you need a licence. It also covers watching on a laptop or 'smart' phi=one as well as on a conventional TV set. Look on
TV Licensing
for the full details.

The problem in your area is that the transmitters no longer broadcast the COM7 and COM8 signals - which included the BBC4 HD service.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 5 October 2019

11:48 PM

Mike R:

Whilst the licence fee does fund the BBC, as MikeP says it's a "permit" to watch Live TV (any channel) and use BBCiPlayer, in the UK.
Freeview is a company owned and run by BBC, Sky, Channel 4, ITV and Arqiva, see About Freeview | Freeview
(Freesat is a joint venture between the BBC and ITV plc).

Freeview Light transmitters (such as St.Just) only carry the 3 main PSB multiplexes. They do not transmit any of the COM (commercial) multiplexes and that includes the temporary HD muxes COMs 7&8, these latter two being due to close sometime between mid-2020 and 2022 (this being due to UHF spectrum being reallocated for 5G services). BBC4HD is on the COM8 mux, see Channel listings | Freeview

The Olympics was considered to be a nationally important event that was given additional channels on the COM8 mux (as is done for events like Wimbledon) but also temporarily transmitted on the BBCB HD /PSB3 mux by pinching "space" from CBBC HD and bits from other channels at times.

COMs 7&8 have already closed at some transmitters during retunes, partly for technical reasons and partly cost effectiveness. The COM muxes don't transmit from Light transmitters because the operators do not consider it cost effective for the coverage of the particular transmitter.

It's anticipated that by the time the COMs 7&8 muxes close, there'll be sufficient viewers with sets with T2/HD tuners that Arqiva will probably start converting one of it muxes to T2 (HD) which will give more space for some of the channels lost from COMs 7&8, but nothing at this time (AFAIK) has been finally decided.

If your only reliable Freeview signals are from the St.Just Light transmitter then if you want more choice you might want to consider Freesat (subscription free) see youtube-flat
If your set it reasonably new it may even have a built in Freesat tuner so you only require a Dish & LNB.
You may consider it worth a subscription service for your household like Sky, or Virgin Cable.

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Chris.SE's 3,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 June 2023
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

St Just transmitter - St Just transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/06/2023 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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