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The symbol shows the location of the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 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 Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Stockland Hill transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 H max
C26+ (514.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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

 H max
C23+ (490.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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),

 H max
C29+ (538.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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 -3dB
C25- (505.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C22- (481.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C28- (529.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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 Stockland Hill (Devon, 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 Stockland Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 86km west-southwest (239°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 80km southwest (236°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

BickleighTransposer15 km N Exeter25 homes
Freshwater C/pActive deflector2 km SE Bridport, Dorset250 homes (caravans)
Ladram BayTransposer15 km SE Exeter400 homes (caravans)

How will the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 Mar 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 6 May 09 and 20 May 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 2.5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Stockland 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•
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Friday, 4 February 2011

11:59 AM

Iain Marshall: If you could stop copying and pasting and ask an actual question, perhaps I could help?

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Iain Marshall
3:00 PM

I apologise for copy and pasting so much in my post of Thursday 3 February 2011 1:41PM. This was an accidental mistake, but the first part of my last post, (before the PS) is NOT COPY AND PASTED. I only copied and pasted the bit after.

The reason being is that I've asked you several questions, (long-winded but with as much info as possible, because I believe that the more info someone can provide the better the chance of getting the help that you require), BUT, unfortunately for me, you STILL haven't actually answered anything that I've asked.

In your first reply, you asked ME a question, to which I gave you an answer. Then in your second reply just a one line statement.

So, I will try ONCE more and keep each question as short and concise as I can.

1. Please can you confirm the bearing that I should be pointing my aerial. Should it be 69, 72 or 75 degrees or something else?

2. The inclination at my address is approx 66 degrees.
Does that mean that I should have my aerial at an angle of 66 degrees from upright or put another way, 24 degrees up from level?

3. You say that the commercial Mux's are on lower power until 2012. However shows that ALL muxs are on the highest power output that they will be NOW, with what seems like, if I'm interpreting their info correctly, the possibility of reduced power reaching my location from the 3 commercial Mux's lowering several times during 2012/13. Your statement and digitaluk's info appear at odds with each other.

Can you please confirm the situation?

4. Why are the 3 commercial Mux's broadcast on a much lower power output compared to Mux 1/BBC A and Mux 2/D3&4?

5. Is there a reason why can't they ALL be the same?

6. Do you have or can you find out if there is an explanation as to why ALL 5 Mux's have been OK for approx. 18 months (from Digital Switch-over in May 2009 until end of November or early December 2010), but now the 3 commercial Mux's, especially Mux C/Arqiva A (CH22),is so erratic with it's signal power level?

Many Thanks.

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4:14 PM

Iain Marshall: Here goes

1. e-ne 72° to Stockland Hill - Find out how to receive Freeview and Freeview HD | - independent free digital TV advice .

2. The aerial must be mounted at no parallel to the ground;

3. "NOTE: SDN, Arqiva A and Arqiva B are expected to operate at 10kW until 2012. "

4. Because the would cause interference in the other non-switched regions to existing analogue service.

5. PSB multiplexes have the priority in the signal plans, they have to have the highest coverage;

6. Probably because you have a fault. See Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Saturday, 5 February 2011
Iain Marshall
11:16 PM

Hi Brian,
Thanks for your answers.

Just a little clarification, if you can please?

1. Phil Wallace from Sherborne, earlier in this thread, (see his posts and your replies dated from Friday 7 January 2011 2:01PM through to Saturday 8 January 2011 12:31PM) asked if the 248° to Stockland Hill from his location is based on TRUE NORTH i.e. a map bearing or should he adjust for Magnetic Declination. You told him to subtract 3° thus using the bearing of 245°.

Based on that theory, I would like to clarify as to which is the correct bearing for me to use.

Should I also subtract 3° from the bearing that you just gave me thus using a bearing of 69° instead of 72°?

2. "The aerial must be mounted at no parallel to the ground".
Do you mean that the aerial MUST NOT be mounted parallel to the ground?

If that's the case, as I don't have a signal strength meter, I'm guessing that the best angle would have to be found by a bit of trial and error testing?

6. I don't quite see how a fault at my end would possibly affect reception to such an extent on Mux C/Arqiva A (CH22) that I loose picture completely on some occasions but be perfectly OK to watch on others whilst also NOT affecting the signal level from the 2 PSB Mux's at all and barely on the the other two commercial Mux's?

Many Thanks.

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Sunday, 6 February 2011

9:11 AM

Iain Marshall: 1. Yes, if you like. It is actually easier to do it using a signal meter.

2. No, I meant "parallel to the ground".

6. No, you don't.

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Iain Marshall
3:27 PM

Hi Brian,
thanks for the clarification on 1 & 2.

My point 6 just seems to be strange one, so, who really knows why it happens with no consistency in time of day or day of the week. I'm guessing, no-one can be 100% sure.

Anyway, I'll now test to see if there is any difference by moving aerial to 69° instead of 72° and monitor using my DVR's own signal strength meter and also double check the connections and cabling for any major bends/kinks/dodgy connectors.

If there is no or little improvement I guess, eventually, I WILL have to move the aerial outside.

Thanks, Brian, for your help and advice. We got there in the end.

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8:22 PM

Iain Marshall: Apologies if I wasn't too clear, I've had a terrible cold this week.

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Monday, 7 February 2011
Noman Ansell
8:43 AM

I've come across a similar problem to this, where one MUX became unwatchable and all the others were OK. It turned out to be local PC/Wireless Lan interference. Try mounting the aerial in different parts of the attic while maintaining the 72 deg. bearing, elements horizontal and aerial parallel to the ground. Also, if you can, try beaming the aerial through a side wall rather than the roof tiles. If this works (as it does for me), it will give you more reliable reception.

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8:58 AM

Noman Ansell: Thanks for that. Yes, indeed, this is a common problem for loft mounted aerial. The effect of roofing materials is unpredictable.

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Iain Marshall
4:18 PM

Hi Brian,
sounds like I was unfortunate to catch you when you were NOT at your best. I hope your cold goes soon so you'll be firing on all cylinders again.

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