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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.

 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)126mDTG-32W
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

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C25 (506.0MHz)126mDTG-32W
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),

 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)126mDTG-32W
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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 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: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, 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, W, 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-

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 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

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

8:16 AM

Steve Morton: Further to what I mentioned regarding your particular model NOT being fitted with an HD tuner, this info being from a technical manual, I had a quick scout around at the various companies selling that model and was quite simply appalled by the constant reference to HD quality being mentioned but without the proviso that it was via the HDMI input.

If you purchased that model purely on the basis of what the supplier advised then you are entitled to either a refund or exchange, reference to this being seen on the undermentioned link (4th article down on the user reviews) where someone else was misled.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Steve Morton
10:46 AM

Many thanks for this information - you are right! The detailed spec includes this:

DVB-T2 Broadcast systems (RL95 series only)

The RL95, of course, is the larger screen size. I bought the TV through Amazon, and, as it also seems to have trouble maintaining a secure connection to our wireless network, I shall look at returning it for a refund.

Thanks again for your help.

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Steve Morton's 3 posts GB flag
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Friday, 30 August 2013
3:00 PM

For about 3 weeks all itv stations have been getting interference with the picture (small boxes differant colours and no volume) this happening to most people on freeview boxes and with aerial on roof or in loft all getting the same. I know about 10 thats having problems. Can you help to sort this out please.

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rita's 1 post GB flag
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Saturday, 31 August 2013
2:05 AM

I agree with Rita, Bideford.
For about 3 weeks, all ITV stations on Ch.25 (D3+4) are subject to almost continuous disruption, while Ch.28 (BBCA) is providing normal reception. Signal strength and quality are usually high, but Ch.25 currently shows up on technical information as variable, even as "no signal".
The same symptoms appear with both roof and internal aerials, on different receivers.

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Brian's 1 post GB flag
1:43 PM

I agree with Brian .. and it has now gotten so bad on all the itv stations that they are virtually un-watchable whilst the bbc channels are still good.. my particular area (Westward Ho) is a known bad spot anyway, and we do not get all the freeview channels normally, (although had a good signal on the ones we could actually get until recently) but this new situation has just about made it pointless to have tv here..

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nicky's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 3 September 2013
mark winters

2:22 PM

so is there work taking place on the westwood ho transmitter or not does anyone know

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mark winters's 207 posts GB flag

8:51 PM

mark winters : According to an article in the North Devon Gazette, Arqiva have repaired a fault on the Westward Ho! transmitter, so all should now be well.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

10:39 PM

KMJ,Derby: Link for those interested: Television woes for thousands of people - News - North Devon Gazette

You'd have thought that the TV repair man would've reported it to the BBC/Digital UK after a few days of people coming in with the same problem...

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 28 May 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:32 AM

WESTWARD HO transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 08:30 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 08:30 today. [BBC]

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