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The symbol shows the location of the Truro (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 5,200 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 Truro (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Truro 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.

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C34 (578.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
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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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C35 (586.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
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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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C36 (594.0MHz)87mDTG-4W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Truro (Cornwall, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

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 Truro transmitter?

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BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 66km east (79°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 74km east (80°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

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

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C49tv_off D3+4D3+4

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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?

Analogue 1-4 22W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 4.4W

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. Truro 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.

Friday, 19 June 2020
Transmitter engineering

4:29 PM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 15 Jun 11:16 until 15 Jun 11:21. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 25 June 2020
Neil Robbins
8:30 PM

Transmitter engineering: Hi will the multiplexes that are being removed be replaced with other channels?, Do you know which? Thanks for all the updates over time regards Neil

Aerial Installation And Satellite Repairs In Truro, Cornwall

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Neil Robbins's 2 posts GB flag

10:52 PM

Neil Robbins: COM8 is being closed because it is not commercially viable for Arqiva to operate it any more. It won't be replaced with anything else, as it was only ever a temporary service which was always going to close in the next couple of years (along with COM7) when the frequencies it broadcasts on start to be used my the mobile networks for 5G.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag

11:19 PM

Neil Robbins:

There are no multiplexes closing in the Truro area, the Redruth transmitter group serving West Cornwall, or any in of the East Cornwall or most of West and South Devon, areas - Caradon Hill, Huntshaw Cross, Stockland Hill, Beacon Hill, & Plympton transmitter groups. The temporary multiplexes COMs 7&8 (that were HD but carried a number of SD channels as well) all closed in these areas with the 700MHz Clearance programme during 2019.
This was primarily for technical and financial reasons as the Multiplexes needed to move to UHF channels 55&56 and operate as SFNs.

UHF C55 & C56 are in what's called the Centre Gap" allocated for mobile SDL and usage of these frequencies is not expected to be required for some time. The multiplexes are transmitted from only 25 Main Transmitters serving around 70% of the country. Initially OFCOM wanted to close them by June this year but Arqiva wanted to push the date later and no definitive date was agreed. Many websites (and this one) never corrected the information saying they were closing in June 2020.

In March, OFCOM announced the details for the auction of the 700MHz band (and 3.4GHz etc) for 5G use, the date of the auction TBD. All this was dependant on the 700MHz clearance (except C55 & C56) being completed in May. Because of the Covid-19 situation, the remaining clearance programme was suspended in March. At this time it's suggested that it'll be early 2021 before it continues.
Recently, OFCOM got round to updating the Arqiva licence for these two multiplexes to bring it into line with the proposals they'd suggested for the auction. Whichever MNOs (if any) buy the centre frequencies in which these two muxes reside, then they may give 3 months notice for closure, or there's an end-stop date of 30th June 2022 whichever is sooner.

As it so happens, leading up to this, Arqiva made a commercial decision to close COM8.
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"The initial licence period comes to an end in June and Ofcom has issued revised licence terms reflecting the fact that the services may have to terminate at short notice if the spectrum is needed for mobile data services. Given this uncertainty, and through discussions with the channels on Com 7 & 8, Arqiva has taken the decision to rationalise the services onto one multiplex.
The Covid-19 crisis has caused some uncertainty over the precise duration of the licence for some of the channels using Com 7 & 8. This has meant that there was not enough demand to make it financially viable to maintain two multiplexes.While channels are closing and we do appreciate that this may cause concern, a lot of work has taken place to ensure that viewers will still have access to the same content via main channels and on demand services."

See 22 Jun 2020 - Important channel broadcast changes | Freeview
(COM8 will be off-air by the end of the month).

In practical terms, the earliest COM7 would be likely to close would most likely well into 2021 or later. The 700MHz frequency clearance has to be completed (postponed because of Covid-19), currently suggested to be early 2021 and the auction has to be held. Encoders to use SDL on the centre frequencies need to be developed (and installed) as well as handsets. It's not going to happen in a hurry.
The nearest transmitters to you that transmit COM7 are Wenvoe, Mendip & Rowridge.

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Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Transmitter engineering

1:29 PM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 30 Jun 13:06 until 30 Jun 13:11. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 22 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

1:09 PM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 18 Aug 04:41 until 18 Aug 04:47. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 27 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 27 Aug 17:01 until 27 Aug 17:08. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 15 September 2020
Transmitter engineering

10:28 AM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 15 Sep 10:08. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:28 PM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 15 Sep 10:08 until 15 Sep 14:20. . [BBC]

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Friday, 8 January 2021
Transmitter engineering

7:54 AM

TRURO transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 8 Jan 03:21 until 8 Jan 03:28. . [BBC]

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