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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?

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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.

Friday, 4 December 2015
George Govier
12:09 PM

I understand that Transmitter engineering:is very necessary,but cannot understand why ALL BBC channels are pixelated and breaking up - signal strength being 38%.when the weather is clear, wind strength force 2 or 3 and No leaves on trees.BBC 1 strength 38% BBC 2 strength 37% compare this to ITV & Sky on channels 3 and 132 at 60%.WIth the following exceptions the remaining channels are at 56%to 58% . Channels,31,34.38,42,45,47,50,57,59,63,64,70,71,81 are all in the 45%to 50% range resulting in pixelation. The HD channels are un-watchable! If you can transmit channels 3 and 132 at a strength to give 60% reception why not ALL channels especially the licensed paid for BBC channels 1 to 4 and News' TV engineers for residential call out are expensive when we find out the signal is weaker for selected channels. I want to be able to watch all channels this month and over Christmas. My post code TQ2 6UH confirm You will renew BBC broadcast strength asap. Thank you G E Govier

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George Govier's 1 post GB

2:08 PM

George Govier: Firstly, the BBC has nothing at all to do with transmission (if Brianist had a pound for every person who used the phrase 'licence fee' when they had a problem, he'd do very well), and I'm certain that demanding 'You will renew BBC broadcast strength asap' will have no effect what so ever. Its possible that there might be interuptions in service, but you can see at the top of the page that both the BBC and ITV mux's broadcast at exactly the same power.

You are 4km from the transmitter. Let me repeat this - you are just 4 km from the transmitter. You seemingly have a clear line of sight to it, and as you say, there are no leaves on the trees. Its possible you dont even need an aerial at all at that distance, so to get a poor signal strength almost certainly means a problem with your aerial system. Yes, someone will mention 4G, but I can't check where the base stations are.

A damaged aerial lead can make certain muxes vanish, while others (even weaker) will remain. The fact that your getting a max of 60% signal strength 4km from the transmitter on the ITV mux possibly points to a general problem, but one which is particularly showing up on the BBC muxes.

Check your aerial lead (perhaps replace it, they are very cheap), and then follow the path up to the aerial. Could be a corroded connection, water, etc.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Tuesday, 8 December 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Sunday, 3 January 2016
Terry Bannon
10:32 PM

Com 7 stopped working completely.
On all my TVs. Since had some intermittent trouble now completely gone.
Samsung TVs all ok since it started transmitting.

Is it the Kingskerswell bypass.. I only looks at bbc4 occasionally and news24.

24 Fore Street Bishopsteignton Tq14 9qp.

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Terry Bannon's 11 posts GB
Terry Bannon
10:36 PM

The signal strength on channel.33 com7 keep going from zero to 91%

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Terry Bannon's 11 posts GB
Monday, 4 January 2016

2:30 PM

Terry Bannon :

Looking at the terrain plot information, on the blue box below your submission, there is a large hill between you and Beacon Hill transmitter. I suspect this has a lot of trees near the summit, the by-pass being mainly below that area so unlikely to affect your reception. It is more likely that the trees can be causing the variation, especially with the recent/current high winds.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Terry Bannon
9:34 PM

MikeP:Thanks for your thoughts. working fine today (tonight) not working all day though .. We have been here since transmition started. It is interesting that all other channels were working at strength. I also suspect weather or some other activity in the line. Why just com 7?
Tonight ch33 was at 100%.

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Terry Bannon's 11 posts GB
Monday, 11 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 14 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

1:33 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:28 today to 11:30 today. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 15 January 2016
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:28 yesterday to 11:30 yesterday. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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