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Freeview reception at HG4 3BB


For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

1BBC One (SD)Bilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
2BBC TwoBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
3ITV 1 (SD)Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
5Channel 5Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
 
6ITV 2Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
9BBC FourBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
10ITV3Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
11Sky ArtsBilsdale COM5
12QuestBilsdale COM6
 
13E4Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
14Film4Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
15Channel 4 +1Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
17ReallyBilsdale COM5
18More4Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
 
19DaveBilsdale COM5
20DramaBilsdale COM4
215USABilsdale COM4
23BBC ThreeBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
25WBilsdale COM6
 
26ITV4Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
27YesterdayBilsdale COM6
29ITV2 +1Bilsdale COM4
30E4 +1Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
31E4 ExtraBilsdale COM5
 
325STARBilsdale COM4
335ActionBilsdale COM4
34GREAT! moviesBilsdale COM6
35ITV1 +1Bilsdale Tyne TeesPSB2
36pickBilsdale COM5
 
39DMAXBilsdale COM6
40Quest RedBilsdale COM5
41LegendBilsdale COM4
42GREAT! movies actionBilsdale COM4
43Food NetworkBilsdale COM5
 
44HGTVBilsdale COM6
46Channel 5 +1Bilsdale COM4
47Film4 +1Bilsdale COM5
48ChallengeBilsdale COM5
494sevenBilsdale COM5
 
565SELECTBilsdale PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelBilsdale COM5
58ITVBe +1Bilsdale COM4
59ITV3 +1Bilsdale COM4
60Drama +1Bilsdale COM5
 
64BlazeBilsdale COM4
67CBS RealityBilsdale COM4
70Quest +1Bilsdale COM5
71Quest Red +1Bilsdale COM6
73HobbyMakerBilsdale COM6
 
74Dave ja vuBilsdale COM4
75Yesterday +1Bilsdale COM5
78TCCBilsdale COM4
81Blaze +1Bilsdale COM4
82Talking Pictures TVBilsdale COM6
 
83Together TVBilsdale COM5
84PBS AmericaBilsdale COM6
88Classic HitsBilsdale COM6
89ITV4 +1Bilsdale COM4
101BBC One HDBilsdale PSB3
 
102BBC Two HDBilsdale PSB3
103UTV HDBilsdale PSB3
103STV HDBilsdale PSB3
103ITV 1 HDBilsdale PSB3
104Channel 4 HDBilsdale PSB3
 
105Channel 5 HDBilsdale PSB3
106BBC Four HDBilsdale PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDBilsdale PSB3
109BBC Three HDBilsdale PSB3
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)Bilsdale PSB3
 
201CBBCBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
202CBeebiesBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
203CITVBilsdale COM4
204CBBC HDBilsdale PSB3
205CBeebies HDBilsdale PSB3
 
208Pop PlayerBilsdale COM4
209Ketchup TVBilsdale COM4
210Ketchup TooBilsdale COM4
211YAAAS!Bilsdale COM4
231BBC NewsBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
 
232BBC ParliamentBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1
233Sky NewsBilsdale COM5
235Al Jazeera EngBilsdale COM6
250BBC Red ButtonBilsdale North East and CumbriaPSB1

 

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Monday, 6 March 2023
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Chris.SE
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11:21 PM

Luke :

Hi. If that location is very close to Mother Ivy's Bay, then you are about half-way between two transmitters, Caradon Hill to the east of you and Redruth to the SSW. However Caradon Hill is the more powerful transmitter and that location is predicted to get better reception of all 6 multiplexes.

The other disadvantage of Redruth is that is is co-channel for the PSB multiplexes with Wenvoe (across the water near Cardiff) and may give interference problems under adverse conditions, the COM multiplexes are also co-channel with some of Mendip's channels and reception could be variable.
However, you'd need to make sure that the aerial was high enough not to have an obstructed line-of-sight, ie no other caravans directly in the way, or large dense clumps of trees.

For Caradon Hill, your aerial should point at compass bearing 96 degrees (6 degrees S of due E), the rods (or squashed Xs) should be horizontal.
For Redruth, it's compass bearing 205 degrees, that's pretty much SSW, rods horizontal again.
Other than local obstructions, there should be line-of-sight to either transmitter.
Which way do your immediate neighbours point their aerial (which may not be the best of course")?

The UHF channels for Caradon Hill are C28, C25, C22, C21, C24, & C27
& Redruth C41, C44, C47, C48, C33, & C32
both in multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6.

You may have to try manual tuning if signals are weak.

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Wednesday, 8 March 2023
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Luke
9:43 PM
Kingsbridge

Chris.SE: my holiday home caravan is a challaborough bay near Bigbury on sea in Devon. Regards

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Thursday, 9 March 2023
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Chris.SE
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3:07 AM

Luke :

As you didn't give a full postcode, I went by the location information that appeared at the bottom of your previous post (but couldn't find a "challaborough bay" which I assumed was a small unmarked bay on the map). At least Bigbury-on-sea now gives a location where I can find "Challaborough Bay".

It's a poor location I'm afraid, and you will probably be lucky to get any Freeview signals and it will depend on your exact location as to which transmitter you might get some weak signals from.
You will need a high gain Group K aerial and possibly a pre-amp (which should have variable gain).
The aerial would be suitable for any transmitter.

As it so happens the two main transmitters are the same - Caradon Hill and Redruth, the direction is obviously different. Predictions by Freeview are poor, the BBC simply say you are unlikely to get reliable reception.

It's 46km from Caradon Hill and is at compass bearing 304 degrees (between WNW and NW).
It's 96km from Redruth and is at compass bearing 266 degrees (almost due W).
Despite the larger distance you might get more reliable signals from Redruth, try it first (without any pre-amp). I don't think Caradon Hill will be any good, but reception from either transmitter is predicted to be poor and you are unlikely to get all the multiplexes (if any!).
Tuning information as as mentioned in my previous post. Good luck.

However - Predictions, especially in difficult locations aren't 100%. The poor reception of the main transmitters is no doubt due to local terrain - being is a slight valley etc.
So having had a quick look on street view, I see that there are some aerials with their rods vertical and appear to be pointing roughly in a westerly direction, so could be getting signals from a relay transmitter possibly on the east cornish coast. As I mentioned in the previous post -
Do the neighbouring caravans have any aerials? Which way do they point?

Often reception over the water can be quite reasonable but may not be stable.
I suggest point your aerial in the same direction as the neighbours (with the rods (or squashed Xs) vertical and as previously mentioned, try Manual tuning but do so working your way up through the UHF channels (starting at 21) and just see what you pick up. Make a note of the channels with the strongest signals.

Post back with how you get on and as much detail as possible, any signal strength and quality figures, as it might be possible to give further comment.

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Luke
8:44 AM
Kingsbridge

Chris.SE:

Hi, I've just had a look. All the caravans on site have vertical aerials aimed at a mast on the cliff but it doesn't seem to be working

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Chris.SE
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5:34 PM

Luke :

Hi. How far away roughly are we talking for this mast, can you put any name to that part of the coast?
It could be what's called a "self-help" relay which may not be listed anywhere, but I'll try and check some other listings. If it is, and it's an "active" transponder or a transposer, it could have been switched off because of the energy costs at present, it depends on who provides it. If it's there primarily because of the holiday caravans I can't imagine there'll be many there at this time of year, so they may have turned it off.
More detail on it's location may help.

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Luke
6:28 PM
Kingsbridge

Chris.SE: the transmitter is on the cliff next to the holiday park. Thanks

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7:22 PM
Kingsbridge

Luke:

If it's on the corner of the cliff next to the beach (by the coastal path) there's no record of it that I can find. I assume it's not a new mobile phone mast and that TV aerials happen to point in that direction!

In which case it could well be a self-help relay and more than likely the site will have something to do with it.
I think your best bet will be to go and ask Parkdean Resorts what they can tell you about it (I assume they'll have a site office). If not, try asking someone in the Nisa Local store to see if they can tell you anything.

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Luke
7:45 PM
Kingsbridge

Thanks for your help. I found this information on it. It looks a bit homemade using standard B&Q aerials! http://tx.mb21.co.uk/gallery/gallerypage.php?txid=1640

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Chris.SE
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8:06 PM

Luke :

Well done for finding that. mb21 was my next point of call for a search just in case it had anything!
Are you looking at the latest pictures with the new lattice mast from 2021, kit doesn't look quite so home-made!

If this information is correct then it's a transposer, but where does it get it's power?

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Closeup of receive antenna, from Redruth. Challaborough re-transmits all 6 multiplexes. It is a transposer using channels 49,50,54,55,56,59 VP. 700 MHz clearance has yet to be implemented here.
Interesting, if it still uses those channels? Perhaps you can go have a look for a power source (solar?). Ask around if nothing obvious. Please let us know what you find out.

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Monday, 13 March 2023
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Chris.SE
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3:04 PM

Luke:

Well looking at the latest picture after Storm Eunice repair March 2022, the new receive antenna is suggested pointing at Caradon Hill.
If this self-help relay is now just a (active?) transponder, try Caradon Hill's UHF channels.
If it's still a transposer, no idea which UHF channels might be used as the ones previously mentioned are unlikely to be licenced.
As previously suggested, try a manual tune for every UHF channel starting at C21 and work upto C48 and see what you pick up.
This all assumes that if it's active, it's actually powered at present.

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