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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
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
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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, 28 March 2019

10:52 PM

John and N L Bell:

Becon Hill has been having some engineering work done recently, see the posts above yours.

Retuning was the worst thing to do. To get your services back you will need to manually tune. Put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker, select the Detailed view and scroll down to the channel listing for the prefered transmitter.

Use that information to manually tune your equipment to the correct channels.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 29 March 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 27 Mar to 05:30 on 27 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 27 Mar to 05:30 on 27 Mar. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,015 posts xx
Saturday, 30 March 2019
Gordon Twist
6:29 PM

Does Beacon Hill actually transmit com7 and com8?

The tables say the should be on 33 & 34 - 570Mhz and 578Mhz, but my scanner shows nothing but background noise on those frequences... all other QAM's are coming through fine...

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Gordon Twist's 1 post GB

6:59 PM

Gordon Twist: COM7 & COM8 closed at Beacon Hill on 27th March.

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StevensOnln1's 3,355 posts GB
Sunday, 31 March 2019
dave dowde swell
9:38 AM

I have 4 tv,s which all went blank last week
was able to retune all but one
DO I have to reposition my ariel?

tq4 6ha 25 st andrews

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dave dowde swell's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
2:37 PM

Why can I not receive channel 57 (USA +1) after recent changes? I've re-scanned twice and still it's absent

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John's 2 posts GB

2:51 PM

John: 5USA +1 is broadcast on the COM7 multiplex which closed at Beacon Hill (along with COM8) last week.

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StevensOnln1's 3,355 posts GB
Peter Cole
4:46 PM

Hi, Since March 29 we have lost a number of HD channels. In particular BBC 4HD. I recently upgraded my aerial etc so that I could get BBC4HD in order to receive the proms with better sound quality. Has it been trashed in this for me total downgrade of services?

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Peter Cole's 1 post US

6:34 PM

Peter Cole: As per other posts above, COM7 & COM8 (which carries BBC Four HD) closed at Beacon Hill last week. COM7 & COM8 are temporary multiplexes and will close at all transmitters over the next few years.

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StevensOnln1's 3,355 posts GB
Monday, 8 April 2019
Thomas Tregenna
7:38 AM

Is anyone else having trouble with poor reception on ARQ A since the engineering work on the 27th?

Dave, for example was working just fine prior to this, I've checked that I'm tuned to C45 at the center value of exactly 666Mhz, and all of the mux configuration looks correct (QAM64, 8Mhz, 8k, 1/32, 3/4, etc.) but all of the channels from this mux are now blocky and choppy.

I mean, it could be the weather, but I've never noticed such issues prior to the recent changes and removal of COMs 7 and 8.


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