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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?

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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

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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),

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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?

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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, 3 January 2012
Tony Wilkinson
10:44 AM

Dear Sir, When the whole country is eventually using the digital signal-will the Stockland Transmitter signal be increased in power?, or is it at its maximum already.
With Thanks, Tony Wilkinson.

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11:14 AM

Tony Wilkinson: Digital UK show the power for Stockland Hill currently to be 50kW on the PSB muxes and 25kW which is the full amount planned, despite documentation suggesting that the COM muxes would use 10kW until switchover at Crystal Palace.. It does however show a power increase for the COM muxes on 18th April 2012! The COM muxes at Rowridge commence high power working on the same frequencies as Stockland Hill on the same date.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:21 AM

Tony Wilkinson: I found the trade newsletter published by Digital UK at the time of swithcover in 2009:….pdf

This says that the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) multiplexes (BBC, ITV1, ITV2, C4, E4, More4, C5, HD services and a few others) are on their final full power of 50kW. This assumes that it is not on temporary low power now.

However, the commercial multiplexes (COMs) that carry ITV3, Pick TV, Dave, Yesterday and others are at 10kW until sometime this year and this is to protect services in France. Their final power will be lower than that of the PSBs at 25kW, so there will be some on the outer of the coverage area that will get the PSBs, but won't get the COMs. Some might be able to upgrade to a bigger (more sensitive) aerial so as it receive the COMs at 25kW.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 4 January 2012
11:04 PM

Hi There! I'm in postcode EX4 4BH and we can only get signal from St Thomas transmitter, theres no way around that unfortunately, however if the power increases on Stockland Hill then will the other freeview channels become available on St Thomas? Also the ITV1HD I recieve is the London one and not Meridian Southampton, is there any way to ask for this to be changed? Many thanks

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11:52 PM

Cain: When the power increases at Stockland Hill on 18th April 2012 it is possible that you might be able to receive the COM muxes direct from Stockland Hill using a good quality group "A" aerial mounted for horizontal polarisation. There are no plans by the mux owners to install additional equipment to add these muxes to the Exeter St Thomas relay due to the extra cost involved. With regard to the regions shown by ITV1 HD (and ITV1+1), this again is down to equipment costs, but no doubt in due course each region will eventually be converted to HD and also have the correct version of ITV1+1.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Thursday, 12 January 2012
Sara Rose
11:57 AM

Aerial positioned for Stockland Hill, Devon. Started having problems just before Christmas. Pixellation mild to severe and some channels dropping out completely. Replaced the booster splitter but still having problems mainly with multiplex 4. Help, please.

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Tuesday, 17 January 2012
12:56 PM

I am in Dawlish. antennae on third floor near Gregory the Great church inland. I have ponted antennae towards Exmouth and get intermittent full freeview. would it be better to point towards Torquay ?



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4:12 PM

tony: If by full you are meaning the commercial muxes as well then its likely that you are picking them up from Stockland Hill @ 23mls / 47 degrees.

You should try swinging your aerial around to Beacon Hill @ 11mls / 213 degrees as its also a full service transmitter, but its all total hit and miss though, and as you will obviously realise you are virtually next door to your local Dawlish PSB only transmitter.

To save yourself confusion, you should first of all scrub the channels you have already stored by carrying out a factory reset, then manually tune in Beacon Hill on the following:- Ch60 (BBC1) - Ch53 (ITV1) - Ch57 (HD) - Ch42 (SDN) - Ch45 (ArqA) - Ch51 (ArqB)

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Thursday, 19 January 2012
Mark H
12:59 PM

I live in the EX4 1SB postcode and am having an awful time with my TV signal. We have an external aerial, close to 25 years old which as far as I know has never moved from the time it was installed. We can't be more than a mile or so from the St Thomas transmitter and being as high up as we are I don't think line of sight is a problem. We can get some channels perfectly fine, like BBC1/2 or ITV1. Anything more exotic, like Dave or Film4, is either not found in a scan or is completely unwatchable when it is. I'm really just looking for some advice. Should I be trying to realign my aerial? Or even looking to replace it?
While I am quite technically minded, I have to confess that TV transmitters and signals are not really my thing.
Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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