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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
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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
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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;
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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, 12 April 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:09 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 16:54 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 15 April 2019
Michael Dicker
3:09 PM

After 2019 update , using a BT youview box , the picture goes blank for around 2 seconds then picture comes back on , somtimes slight picture break up . Intermittent .
Arial signal 100 percent on test .
Have two youview boxes on seperate tv s happens on both .
Done all the normal factory resets and re tunes , connection HDMI
Also happens om AVI.

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Michael Dicker's 2 posts GB

10:09 PM

Michael Dicker:

If you have 100% signal strwength then that is the cause of your problems as it is too strong. Try fitting a 3 dB attenuator in the aerial feed adding a new short flylead so that the weight of the attenuator does not 'hang' on the aerial socket.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT
Tuesday, 16 April 2019
11:22 AM

Peter Cole:

Its not surprising this has happened at this site. To continue to radiate COM 7 & 8 would have required another panel retrofit at the top of the mast to use panels compliant with UHF 55 & 56. When you consider a very expensive blunder happened previously in 2008 where the top antenna was initially fitted with the panels in the wrong orientation & also a faulty feeder was installed.

Caradon Hill will also close COM7 & 8 in June as an expensive panel replacement excercise would also be required.

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gtibb's 19 posts GB
Sunday, 21 April 2019
Steve B
11:21 PM

Please see this link below.

Ignore the Line of Duty drama in the article - the point is my family who live down in Brixham are having issues since the March re-tune. Their BT Humax and TalkTalk Huawei Youview boxes (and even Televisions), are having issues of picture blanking and breaking up.

Torbay man couldn't watch Line of Duty after Freeview TV blackout - Devon Live

We've tried a number of things... Attenuator, 4G Filter (don't think its that), and new better fly leads to try and fix, but its sounds like its not just us having the issue.

The Freeview help-desk are fobbing off, but I'm encouraged its not just us in Torbay who are having issues with this reconfiguration. Even considering pointing at Stockland Hill instead.

Has anyone got any other thoughts given you might know more about frequencies and power (KW) configurations before March 2019 retune ?

Thanks in advance, Steve.

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Steve B's 3 posts GB
Monday, 22 April 2019

9:03 AM

Steve B:

Please provide a full post code for the affected properties. Without that we cannot look at what the predicted reception conditions are for that location.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Steve B
9:38 AM

Hi Mike,

Its TQ5 8RD for the BT Humax Youview box, and TQ5 9EL for the TalkTalk Youview box.

Thanks, Steve

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Steve B's 3 posts GB
Thursday, 25 April 2019
Robert Barrett
1:26 PM

I am also having problems immediately following the March retune 2019 in Exmouth EX82JH. The picture and sound via the Humax box tuner is breaking up approx. every 10 to 20 mins for about 2 secs
The TV tuner on its own is fine. I have checked all cables, done a factory reset, manual tune etc. Have also been in touch with Humax and they have no idea what the problem could be.
Can you help please.

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Robert Barrett's 5 posts GB
David Sims
8:59 PM

I am in TQ2 6TD (Livermead Torquay) Ever since the update on 27/03 I get intermittent cuts out for sound and vision

This is with a Freview play DTR-T1000

4 years with no problems before

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David Sims's 1 post GB
Friday, 26 April 2019
Richard B
12:26 PM

Robert Barrett: I have been in touch with Freeview advice since April 1 concerning this HD issue. My connection is via a BT DTR2100 (Humax) box. They accept there is a problem with Beacon Hill Transmitter but Engineers seem to be struggling finding the problem. I have provided a log of events which shows it happens every 10/11 minutes to a greater or lesser extent ( total blank screen, audio glitch, pixellation etc). The timing of the next glitch is predictable. I have tried all the other suggestions of attenuators, filters, new cables etc but to no avail. Just have to wait and see I guess.

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