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The symbol shows the location of the Westward Ho (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 3,600 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 Westward Ho (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Westward Ho 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)126mDTG-332W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South West, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)126mDTG-332W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (West Country),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)126mDTG-632W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 52 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Westward Ho (Devon, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, More4 +1, Now 70s, Paramount Network, PBS America +1, pick, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sky Arts, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday +1.

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 Westward Ho transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 73km south (175°)
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 south (170°)
to ITV West Country region - 107 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with West Country (East)

How will the Westward Ho (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-1330 Jun 2019-
A K TA K TA K TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C22BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C25D3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C28BBCABBCA
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 1 Jul 09 and 29 Jul 09.

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

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 32W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Huntshaw Cross 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. Westward Ho 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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10:44 AM

WESTWARD HO transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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5:36 PM

WESTWARD HO transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 today to 12:35 today HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 today to 12:35 today [BBC]

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Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:29 AM

WESTWARD HO transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 yesterday to 12:35 yesterday HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 yesterday to 12:35 yesterday [BBC]

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Thursday, 17 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:35 AM

WESTWARD HO transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 on 15 Nov to 12:35 on 15 Nov HD Digital TV Off Air from 09:07 on 15 Nov to 12:35 on 15 Nov [BBC]

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Sunday, 4 March 2012
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Peter Killner
12:27 PM
Bideford

We live in Bideford EX39 4BD and are on the Westward Ho! transmitter, can you please tell me when we will receive the same programmes as people who live 100o yards up the hill and get thiers from Huntshaw Cross.

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jb38
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1:45 PM

Peter Killner: Unfortunately not, as Westward Ho (@ 2mls / 121 degrees) is a PSB only relay, and which unfortunately is something that is unlikely ever to change, this basically due to the purely commercial interests not being willing to contribute towards the running costs of additional multiplexes.

The trade view reception predictor does indicate that it should be possible to receive Huntshaw Cross (@ 5mls / 322 degrees) on the code provided, but I assume that this is might only be because the code area possibly stretches further up the hill you refer to, as otherwise it might have been worth an attempt to receive the main station.

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Tuesday, 11 December 2012
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Steve Morton
4:21 PM
Barnstaple

We live in West Yelland (77 Lagoon View, EX31 3LE), and currently are on the Westward Ho! transmitter via a roof mounted aerial. We have just bought a new HD TV, but cannot find the Freeview HD mux on frequency group C22, although this page seems to indicated that the transmitter is broadcasting it. In the shadow of the hill, we cannot pick up the Huntshaw Cross transmitter at all. Why can we not see them from the Westard Ho! transmitter, and are there any other options for pickin up the HD channels?

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jb38
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5:42 PM

Steve Morton: Well although the reception predictors indications have on some occasions to be taken with the usual pinch of salt, however what is indicated for your location could not really be much worse, as reception from the Westward Ho! transmitter only gives the BBC as being reasonably reliable for reception but with the ITV and the HD service not as they both indicate variable, this being the most likely cause of your problem.

Regarding the aerial on your roof, do you use any form of booster? but irrespective of whether you do or not you should carry out a manual tune on the HD mux as sometimes a manual tune will pick up what is missed by an auto tune.

The other thing to try is when you enter Ch22 in the manual tune box do NOT press scan or search, as on most equipment (but not all) the strength the signal is being received at is usually indicated, although this does not always mean that it will result in a picture because as soon as "search" or "scan" is pressed the reception threshold system comes into play.

That said though, I do have serious doubts regarding your ability to ever achieve a satisfactory level of reception, as only with Freesat can someone in a location such as yourself really achieve this, plus of course should you manage to obtain reception of sorts you would be limited to a PSB service only.

It would also be of interest to know the model of TV you have purchased.




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Steve Morton
7:08 PM
Barnstaple

The TV is a Toshiba 23RL933B. The manual tune indicates that the signal strength on C22 is about midway along the bar - about the same as the other non-HD channels, which we receive well, but the 'quality' indication is at the left hand end i.e. very poor. I must admit that I am not surprised - people nearer the bottom of our road, on the edge of the hill shadow, have installed expensive high gain aerials pointing to the Huntshaw transmitter, presumably so that they can get the full range of services.
Is there anything in the TV set up that I need to change? The internal tuner is claimed to be capable of receiving Freeview HD.

Thanks for your response.


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jb38
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9:08 PM

Steve Morton: Unfortunately now that the model number is known it somewhat throws a different complexion on your problem, insomuch that this model is not fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner but only a DVB-T version, and its the former mentioned that is required for actual reception of an HD signal.

Lots of people get caught out with the wording used by a whole host of manufacturers, but "full HD" only really means that the set is HD ready and is capable of showing a full HD image should any external device be coupled into the set via its HDMI sockets.

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