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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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
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 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, 13 November 2014
michael scott
2:12 PM

How often do you update the UK individual TV transmitter channel lists?

As of now new channels are not all listed.

When will COM8 commence at Beacon Hill?

As a result of new 'extra' channels,including some decent (programme material)
HD channels,I have upgraded all my terrestrial aerial components due to the
relative low power (ERP) of COM7.

ALL users of satellite only should be aware that at last the tables have been in
part reversed and you can now get some channels through an aerial that are
NOT available free to air on satellite! AT LAST!

I do so hope that the ERP of muxes should,in general,be raised at the earliest
possible date to match each others levels as this is important in hilly areas,
which includes a lot of the UK!

My only other gripe is the freeview epg channel list which is unbelievable with
channels of no importance or consequence being lower than NORMAL channels!

Why is freeview hijacked by commercial selling programmes and pornographic

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michael scott's 8 posts GB
Monday, 1 December 2014
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11:09 AM

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Karen Burke
1:32 PM


I currently do not have ITV3. I have tried re-scanning the Freeview channels and it is missing channel 10 for ITV3.

Any ideas?

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Tuesday, 2 December 2014
michael scott
10:26 AM

Karen Burke: An initial remedy would be to unplug the aerial and do an autotune/full scan as this would clear the channel list and then after plug the aerial in and do another fresh autotune/full scan and that might work.
The downside is you would have to re-do any favourite(s) list.
There are changes in the channels but until sometime in 2015 the changes are not yet complete.
Good luck.

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michael scott
10:48 AM

michael scott : Have just found out that the Beacon Hill COM8 mux on transmitter channel C34 will be 'sometime' in 2015 : I assume that this might be due to other delays/links such as the SES Astra 2G satellite launch,hopefully shortly to succeed from Russia all being well. The ongoing saga of the launch rocket having failure / technical problems causing Astra 2G to be delayed on/off since about May of 2014.
SES Astra 2G is so very important to the UK as the 3rd. of 3 satellites to replace and update our 28*East slot.
UH-D for the UK probably very dependent on this late-final important satellite. We live in eternal hope and optimism.

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michael scott's 2 posts GB
Monday, 8 December 2014
Phil White
9:29 PM

It's started again!!! After a Summer with no interference on the BBC channels, it is now back. Picture breakup, impossible to watch or listen too. I have a clear line of sight to Beacon Hill only 5 miles away. My antenna is mounted well away from mains or other types of potential interference. My post code is TQ5 0Dy. I have a 4G filter on my distribution amplifier. I have retuned more times than I have had hot dinners. Why can't the BBC provide a decent and clear interference free service all the year round.
I'm sick and tired of complaining about this and getting no replies that offer an apology or useable advice.

Phil White

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Phil White's 11 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 December 2014

10:53 AM

Phil White: The clue might be that your just 5 miles away from the transmitter and you've got an amp as well. Your just screaming at your TV with a megaphone. See 'too much of a good thing' on this site.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Sunday, 8 February 2015
Di Masters
7:17 PM

Phil White, I had the same problem as you on and off for a couple of years. It was driving me mad as it only seemed to affect the BBC channels and was intermittent. Finally, last year the cure happened! A building project was taking place down on the main road, involving a large crane. After the crane finally came down, the interference ceased. I can only assume that the signal was reflected back from the crane when it was in certain positions and confusing the original signal. Do you have anything similar going on in your area?

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Monday, 9 February 2015
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Monday, 16 March 2015
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