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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, 10 May 2019
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

BEACON HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 22:03 on 30 Apr. [BBC]

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Saturday, 11 May 2019
Phil Squires
11:26 PM

I have been having problems with my reception from the Beacon Hill transmitter since the change of channels on the 27th March 2019, I have tried everything that Humax and Freeview have told me to try all to no avail. I have seen that there are faults reported but when will it be sorted, I don't think the BBC would wait as long for me to pay my TV licence fee! Has anyone else having a problem with picture break up and loss of signal?

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB
Sunday, 12 May 2019

11:17 AM

Phil Squires:

You are only 7 km from the transmitter at Beacon Hill and are predicted to have excellent reception of all 6 multiplexes. At that short distance it could be that you have too much sifnal strength, so please check the strengths reported on your television. Ideally they should all be between 60% and 85%. Any less shows there is a fault in your aerial system. Any more shows you need to reduce that by fitting a suitable coaxial attenuator. Search this website for 'Too much of a good thing' and follow the advice there.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Phil Squires
10:11 PM


I've tried it all 90% 100% 50% 60% with different attenuators still keep getting the same problem with two different Humax boxes PVR200T and FVP5000T about every 15 mins signal loss or picture break up, I've tried two different aerials different down leads 4G filters, mains conditioner and still this keeps happening HELP.

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB

10:17 PM

Phil Squires:

There is no reported problem at the Beacon Hill transmitter at present, so you must have a problem with your aerial systems or are getting local interference. Please thoroughly check you aerial and all the cables. Unplug any coaxial plugs.sockets and then refit them. Then check that you are indeed tuned correctly to the Beacon Hill transmissions, the correct channels can be shown on the Digis=tal UK Cover Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Monday, 13 May 2019
Terry Bannon
6:13 AM

What nonsense.. There us obviously a problem.. Everyone on Bishopsteignton / Teignmouth have the problem from what I hear..

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Terry Bannon's 11 posts GB

10:08 AM

Terry Bannon:

Arqiva. who operate the transmitter, state that there is no known problem at the transmitter. It is more likely that there is a local source of interference as it does not appear to affect thousands of other viewers in other areas.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Rob B
3:01 PM

We are having the same problem in Exmouth and there definitely is a problem and the BBC who according to Offcom are responsible for the Beacon hill transmitter show that there is a fault on HD channels.
Use this link to see -
They finally admitted a fault on April 30th although it was associated with the retune on 27th March and there is no commitment to when it will be fixed.

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Rob B's 5 posts GB
8:40 PM

Phil Squires:
Phil I have been complaining about the issue that everybody else is complaining about since the re-tune on March 27th. The BBC accept there is a problem with this transmitter so I do not understand what MikeP is saying. I have it in writing that they accept there is a problem and the BBC are talking with the transmitter people. I contacted the BBC on this telephone number .03709016789, provided to me by Ofcom . They registered my complaint and asked me to encourage anybody else with the same problem to call the BBC on this number to escalate the issue. It is pointless purchasing new equipment as there is no guarantee that it will work satisfactorily with this transmitter. 7 weeks has now passed with no action. HD channels are unwatchable yet we have to pay our licence fee. All the suggestions that the problem lies with the customers equipment are rubbish. Encourage everyone to call this telephone number and lets get this issue sorted.

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Phil Squires
11:05 PM

Thanks for information about your problems with the HD Channels from the Beacon Hill Transmitter, I will phone the BBC and register my complaint tomorrow, MikeP's answer to the problem is the standard answer you seem to get from everyone, I have at some expense and time wasted, already tried all of the solutions he suggested, I don't think he read my initial post properly.

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB
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