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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) mast?

Stockland Hill transmitter - Stockland Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Stockland Hill 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.

 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
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C22- (481.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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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Tuesday, 4 October 2022

12:45 PM

Susan Wade:

Hi Susan. You should normally have no problems with reception from Stockland Hill in your location. There are currently no reported problems/faults or Planned Engineering at Stockland Hill.

Have you looked to check your aerial is still where it should be, is intact, and pointing in the correct direction which should be compass bearing 69 degrees, that's 21 degrees N of due E (compare to neighbours if need be). Also check the downlead is not flapping in the wind.
Check all your aerial and any flylead connections behind your TV to ensure everything is connected properly.

There is one remaining problem which may have caused temporary loss of signal and if you retuned at all with no signal it usually just clears the correct tuning. It's never advised to retune when you have no signal when you had been correctly tuned.
Current weather conditions are causing problems for some.

It is not simply "high pressure" that gives the problems as some reports would suggest. It's Tropospheric Ducting/Temperature Inversion which can often accompany high pressure but the conditions can be very variable, you can't correlate this with what you "see" of the weather or simple barometric pressure. Such conditions have been present over several recent weeks affecting different parts of the country at different times and they don't usually affect several multiplexes at once (it depends where the interference is coming from). There is some present now which is predicted to be quite strong in your area.

Check in your TV tuning section that you are correctly tuned to Stockland Hill's UHF channels as per the lists at the top of this page. If you retuned you might have inadvertently got tuned to another transmitter whose signals disappear as conditions change.
Manual tune those UHF channels if need be as automatic tuning may miss them if conditions are not favourable at a given instant. You may have to try several times in these conditions if you aren't correctly tuned.

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Saturday, 22 October 2022
John Berrington
9:38 PM

Why am I unable to tune channel 237 TALK TV ? I have tried retuning several times all to no avail, Is it because it is not available from Stockland Hill Transmitter?
Regards John

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Sunday, 23 October 2022

3:54 AM

John Berrington:

Talk TV is carried on the SDN multiplex. Stockland Hill transmits all the 6 main multiplexes as listed at the top of the page (although the list of channels on each has not been fully updated with some of the recent changes).
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.

If you are not receiving any of the other channels on the SDN multiplex, then you aren't getting that multiplex for some reason. If so, please provide a full postcode so we can check your predicted reception.

If you are getting other channels on the SDN multiplex, check in your EPG's LCN 800s as after retuning, depending on circumstances, TV set memories can get muddled and put a channel there as it thinks the correct location is already in use!
If you find channels in the 800s, then unplug your aerial and carry out a full automated retune which should clear the memory as no channels should be found. Plug the aerial back in and repeat the retune which should restore channels correctly.

If you get signals from more than one transmitter (eg. maybe in Wales) then sometimes channels get put in the 800s, so do a manual tune for each multiplex's UHF channel after clearing memory.
See the UHF numbers at the very top section of the page (eg. UHF C25 for SDN).

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Monday, 27 February 2023
Richard Hood
10:52 AM

I have coverage on non HD channels but not on HD and Gb news. This is only on my LG TV. This is the last on a line of BT Box and a Panasonic recorder on which all channels are available. Would the tv be at fault or is the reduction in signal passing through two other devices.

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2:08 PM

Richard Hood: What's the model number of the LG TV? Has it ever received any HD channels? If it's an older TV it may not support the DVB-T2 transmissions used for HD channels on Freeview.

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6:47 PM

Richard Hood:

If the TV has an HD/T2 Tuner, it's possible your location might be prone to more reception problems for the HD multiplex, but a Full postcode would be needed to check that.
You could also try a Manual tune on UHF C29 and see what signal strength and quality you get, if any.

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Friday, 28 April 2023
Ethan Holmes
5:33 AM

Hi, I believe I get my channels from the stockland hill transmitter. I'm on freeview, and on 103 ITV1 HD, I get the local news from midlands rather than the west? It just makes no sense to me!

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Ethan Holmes's 1 post GB flag

10:37 PM

Ethan Holmes:

ITV currently have a limited number of sub-regions for Freeview +1s & HD.
Central (West) currently serves Central, West & South-West.
They are planning to eventually provide local regional news for Freeview HD as they have done already on Satellite HD and as the BBC have just completed on Freeview (Satellite HD had been completed previously).
There doesn't seem to be a timescale yet for this, it's been suggested that as ITV are a commercial company there are number of contractual issues to resolve first.

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Friday, 5 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

9:46 AM

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Monday, 8 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:08 AM

Stockland Hill transmitter - Stockland Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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