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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
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

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

 H max
C29+ (538.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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 -3dB
C25- (505.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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 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
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

 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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Monday, 7 February 2011
Iain Marshall
4:26 PM

Hi Noman,

PC/Wireless Lan interference could well be part of the problem. However, the area I live in seems to have lots of wireless signals coming from what appears to be every direction. I use wireless in my home too, and wherever I position my PC/USB Wireless Adapter and Modem/Router, I get several other Wireless Routers/Access points showing up. So, for this reason alone, I think moving my aerial around the loft is unlikely to help.

If other wireless devices are possibly causing interference, then this is only likely to get worse over time as more and more people use devices that require wireless networking/Internet access. Having said that, TV signals are in the MHz (Megahertz) spectrum (Stockland hill ranges from 481.8 to 538.2MHz) whereas wireless computing usually uses the GHz (Gigahertz) spectrum (2.4GHz or occasionally 5GHz) so, I don't believe that they should cause any conflicts, but I could be wrong on that.

Also due to my location and neighbouring houses, (I live in terraced road), moving the aerial elsewhere in the loft is not practical as I would be introducing many walls between the aerial and the outside world. Currently, I only have my own slate roof in the way.

Pointing my aerial directly though a wall instead if the roof is not possible either because the nearest outside wall is almost parallel to the direction that I need to point the aerial. The next house in the terrace gets in the away again too if I were to try a different wall.

I believe that I currently have my aerial in the optimum place that I can put a loft mounted aerial. That's why I put it there in the first place.

Anyway, Noman, thanks for your advice. It may not help me, but it may help someone else.

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Iain Marshall
7:23 PM

Hi Brian and Phil Wallace,
I've just found the following document at:--….pdf

On page 3 it says that the postcode checker, not only provides customers with information, but also provides installers with:

UHF Frequency channels used through switchover and beyond.
Required aerial groups.
Transmission powers for pre and post switchover.
Compass bearing direction and distance from address to transmitter.

It's that last point that caught my eye "Compass bearing".

If that is how they list the bearings, neither I nor Phil Wallace need to correct the bearings stated. I should still use 72° and he 248°.

Just thought I'd let you, Phil and anybody else know that the bearings stated are Compass bearings and not map bearings so no adjustment is needed.

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Iain Marshall's 10 posts GB flag

7:57 PM

Iain Marshall: Except of course I wrote the code for this site and my code on the site works out the baring shown here and I can tell you I wrote them as grid bearings.

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Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Iain Marshall
4:19 PM

Hi Brian,

So, I SHOULD use 69° and NOT 72° after all then!

It is, obviously, a bit confusing when you see the same bearings listed on two independant sites and one says compass bearing and the other a grid/map reference.

Perhaps someone, probably best if it was you, could let digitaluk know that, despite them having the same bearings listed as you do, their bearings are ALSO grid/map bearings and NOT Compass bearings.

They should then, therefore, inform people of this fact and give instructions to people as to how to work out the Magnetic Declination for their location and how they should apply it, or, change all of their bearings to include Magnetic Declination. I guess that it would be easier to do the former as I doubt the whole of the UK has a 3° difference, as I do, and even if they did, they might have to add it on instead of subtracting it.

Anyway, I'm inclined to accept your information rather than digitaluk's now.

Thanks for the clarification.

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Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Mike Dimmick

4:36 PM

Iain Marshall: the aerial has basically a cone of acceptance and that cone is wider than 3°. Particularly with loft installations, you frequently have to move the aerial away from line of sight to avoid, or at least reduce, picking up reflections anyway. It doesn't matter all that much. Just move the aerial to the place where it produces the best results.

You can see some diagrams of the actual polar response of typical aerials at Aerial Polar Reponse Diagrams .

Professional installers should be using equipment that shows the Modulation Error Ratio - how far the actual received phase and relative signal strength are from the ideal. Higher numbers are better. For example, the PROMAX TVHUNTER - . Unfortunately the price of this equipment puts it outside the range of the DIY installer. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Friday, 11 February 2011
5:26 PM

Hello my name is Mike and I have just had BT Vision+ installed and they told me I would have 70 channels including the High Definition channels. I have bought a high definition telly and a high definition cable and have made the box search for channels but it only finds 18 channels and none of them are in high definition. I do have a good aerial and the BT chap did all the installing.
Please can you tell me what I am doing wrong? I am not at all technically minded, it took me days to work out how to record the tv and then even more days to find out how to play back what I had recorded.
Any help would be very greatly received, I live in postcode area EX4 Exeter.
Thank you.

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6:50 PM

Mike: BT Vision does not support Freeview HD, only the BT HD on-demand content.

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Saturday, 12 February 2011
Noman Ansell
12:06 PM

Further to my earlier comments, interference from wireless lans are not caused by the radio link itself, but data and processor noise radiating from the lan and it's associated wiring. The problem is normally very localised.

Another comment I'd like to make is that loft mounted aerials tend to suffer multipath signal problems considerably more than roof mounted ones. Aligning your aerial directly onto SH is therefore not the complete answer, you need to position it for minimum error rate (Picture errors) which can be +/- 15 degrees from the 72 degrees you had calculated. As you're in a reasonable signal strength area for SH, it's worth giving it a try. The ultimate solution is to save you pennies and get the aerial fitted to the chimney on the roof. You could also consider freesat.

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Noman Ansell's 9 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 March 2011
4:44 PM

Help, I am living immediately down the hill from the Bakers Hill transmitter. My query is why can friends in Tiverton get Channels 19 + 36 and I am unable to? I am obviously using an ariel, would I receive all of these lost channels if I bought a Freesat box

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Mike Dimmick

5:55 PM

Alan Haley: We really need a postcode to be able to answer your question sensibly.

From what you've said, it's most likely that you're using the Tiverton relay transmitter, which does not transmit the commercial multiplexes that those two channels (Dave and Create & Craft?) are carried on. The commercial multiplex operators were offered, and refused, the opportunity to extend their services to the relay transmitters. They don't consider it cost-effective - it would probably double their transmission costs.

People in other parts of Tiverton might be able to use the main Stockland Hill transmitter, which does transmit the commercial multiplexes as it carried them before switchover. Even a matter of a few feet can have significant effects on reception, which is why we need the full postcode. Ideally, the house number as well. Digital UK do predictions for the 100m square that your house, or the centre of your postcode, is in.

It may be that you can't yet get the commercial multiplexes from Stockland Hill, but - depending on where you are - you might be able to after switchover is complete. The power of the commercial multiplexes will be increased some time (after March) in 2012.

Dave is not on Freesat. Currently you have to have a Sky subscription. The transmissions are scrambled to prevent reception outside the UK, and the channel gets kickbacks from Sky subscription income. Dave is in the Variety Pack.

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