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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C41+ (634.2MHz)284mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47+ (682.2MHz)284mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C45 (666.0MHz)285mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 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

com7
 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
C/D EC/D EC/D EE TE TW TK T
C33com7com7
C34com8com8
C40ArqB
C41D3+4
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C44BBCA
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C47BBCB
C51tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves+D3+4+D3+4+D3+4
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves -BBCA-BBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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.

Comments
Thursday, 23 March 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:33 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 12:08 on 21 Mar to 12:29 on 21 Mar. [BBC]

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Saturday, 17 June 2017
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Graham
10:12 AM

Hi,

All of that is fine, but which channels does it now transmit on!!!!

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MikeP
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10:24 AM

Graham:

No frequency changes have been announced as yet for any TV or DAB transmitter. Later this year a rolling programme of TV frequency changes is due to start and will last well into next year.

You should still be getting exactly the same service from the DAB transmitter as before and likewise the TV transmissions of Freeview.



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Friday, 8 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:32 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:57 today to 15:59 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:24 today to 15:34 today. [BBC]

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Saturday, 9 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:32 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:57 yesterday to 15:59 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:24 yesterday to 15:34 yesterday. [BBC]

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Sunday, 10 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:32 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:57 on 08 Sep to 15:59 on 08 Sep, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:24 on 08 Sep to 15:34 on 08 Sep. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017
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mr godfrey evernden
2:12 PM

did beacon hill transmitter have problems with bbc1 and bbc2 on tuesday 12 th september between 1800 and 1830 hrs

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:32 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 13:43 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 28 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
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5:32 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Reduced Quality from 13:43 yesterday to 23:43 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 3 November 2017
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Devon Dad
5:21 PM

Can anyone please help. We recently inherited a TV with a built in DTV module that picks up the D3&4, SDN, and arqa multiplexes fine. But I cannot get it to find the BBCA multiplex for the life of me.
I have tried to manually enter the frequency of 785.8 in the transponder list but it won't save (might require the stream id and network)
The TV in question is fed from a new aerial that works perfectly fine on our other 2 spSamsung TVs.
What step shall I take next? A filter? A booster?
Very frustrating as I can't find the answers anywhere online.
Thanks in advance for any advice.
(I am picking up a strong signal from Beacon Hill transmitter)

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