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The symbol shows the location of the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter which serves 84,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Beacon Hill 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.

 H max
C44- (657.8MHz)284mDTG-320,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)284mDTG-320,000W
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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West Country),

 H max
C47+ (682.2MHz)284mDTG-620,000W
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56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

 H -4.4dB
C33 (570.0MHz)284mDTG-67,300W
Channel icons

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Beacon Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 37km west (262°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 30km west (260°)
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?

LannacombeActive deflector25 km SW Torbay4 homes

How will the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20092009-135 Jun 132013-1727 Mar 2019
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA

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 8 Apr 09 and 22 Apr 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
com7(-11.4dB) 7.3kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux C*, Mux D*, com8(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Beacon 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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only. Beacon Hill 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.

Thursday, 4 July 2013
Dave Lindsay

4:29 PM

J.Tremlett: Because the Commercial (COM) channels broadcast by Beacon Hill aren't tuned in.

If you are wishing to receive the COM channels from Beacon Hill then your aerial should be directed to it and not to the Dartmouth relay, this being to give you the best chance of reliable reception.

Have you tried manually tuning the three COM channels: 42, 45, 51?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 25 July 2013
Diana Masters
8:44 PM

I live in TQ3 1QG, receive my signal from Beacon Hill and have five TV sets in the house. Two of these receive a 'split' signal with a slightly lower signal strength (9 instead of 10).Recently I am finding that my BBC Freeview channels sometimes become pixillated or disappear altogether. While this is happening, all other channels can still be received perfectly. Does anyone else have a similar problem, or is it caused by an intermittent fluctuation in the strength of the signal from this transmitter?

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Diana Masters's 9 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 August 2013
8:17 AM

I live in TQ 3 and receive my signal from Beacon Hill. Monday night I retuned a Logica set that I have had for years so that I could receive the Drama channel and everything was fine. Last night I went to switch on and the set goes through its bootup sequence and then immediately returns to standby. I have heard that this has happened recently to a number of cheaper brands due to some issues with the transmitter(s). Is this correct? Or is it just coincidence that this failure occured the first time I tried to start up after a retune.

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Alan's 1 post GB
Monday, 19 August 2013
11:44 AM

I am moving home to about 2 Miles south of Beacon Hill ( TQ4) and I am getting conflicting answers as to the correct aerial to install. The aerial has to be in the loft but it will have , more or less, direct line of sight to the transmitter. I am told I need a group W or alternatively a group E. With future channels in mind, which should I choose?

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Martin's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:53 AM

Martin: Wideband, this being if Group A channels are used in future.

A log periodic will be your best bet at such close proximity:

Online FM DAB TV Aerial sales

VISION Log Periodic W/B (30 Element) >

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
2:41 PM

Thank you. In fact I have measured the distance again and it is only 1.25 miles between the transmitter and my location.

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Martin's 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:52 PM

Martin: I suggest that as a matter of course you use double-screened coax and join any cables using f-connectors. Lots of information on ATV:

Satellite, Television, FM, DAB, Aerial, Coaxial Cable, Plugs, Sockets, Connectors & Leads

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 20 August 2013
John Farmer
9:01 PM

Why have I lost channels 30 and 31 (5 USA & 5*)
I have auto re-tuned several times but to no avail.
It was fine until about a week ago.

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John Farmer's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 21 August 2013
Diana Masters
7:39 PM

John Farmer, I've had this problem with my oldest T.V. The missing channels are now 101/102 and Channel 3 sometimes vanishes when I retune. The only answer appears to be perseverence and several retunes!

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Diana Masters's 9 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 August 2013
Geoffrey Brian Tucker.
5:31 PM

Dear Sir/Madam,
I live in Totnes which is about 7km from Beacon Hill,
Back in December 2012 I purchased a new aeriel, and a new digi box, up until Saturday of last week, I have been getting almost perfect pictures on most of the popular freeview channels, since then reception has been poor with a lot of blocking and breaking up, and now I cannot get BBC1, BBC2 or channel 80 news, I have tried to search for the channels several times now but when trying to get them on my set, I get the message "invalid entry", is there a problem with BBC at the moment?

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