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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
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;
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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.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019
5:05 PM

Terry Bannon:
Terry get everyone to call this number 03709016789 and register their complaints with the BBC. This number was given to me by Ofcom. The more calls they get I was told would escalate the issue. It is clearly a result of the alterations made to the muxes on the 27th March as no-one seems to have had a problem for years until then.

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RichardB's 4 posts GB
Phil Squires
6:43 PM

Called the BBC today on 03709016789 and registered my complaint, they admitted that there is a problem but couldn't give a time for it to be resolved. I agree with RichardB Phone the number and register your complaint I for one are fed up with this!!!

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 May 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

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

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Phil Squires
3:50 PM

When will it be fixed anyone got any Ideas !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB
Saturday, 25 May 2019
11:17 AM

Phil Squires: RUSTY: HI i have just seen that from april this year the transmitter is on reduced power when will it be turned back up to normal as few of us in torbay have had reception issues since this reduced power started 30th april 2019
passed on from 16 residences in torbay area

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RUSTY's 3 posts GB
11:34 AM

Transmitter engineering: HI i have just seen that from april this year the transmitter is on reduced power when will it be turned back up to normal as few of us in torbay have had reception issues since this reduced power started 30th april 2019
passed on from 16 residences in torbay area
i see that alot more are complaining why did you reduce the power and why cant u turn it back up its been few months now and im ex forces veteran and loved my time watching forces tv i can no longer recieve it due to your power turn down please can you turn back up
26 residences are now asking me the same thing

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RUSTY's 3 posts GB

11:45 AM

RUSTY: The Beacon Hill transmitter is not operating on reduced power, where did you read that, as I cannot see anything to suggest that is the case (other than for brief periods during engineering work)? Forces TV is carried on the COM8 multiplex which is no longer broadcast from Beacon Hill and won't be returning unless the channel moves to another multiplex (no such move has been announced). Also, no one on this website has any connection with any broadcaster or the transmitter company, no one here can turn the power up.

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StevensOnln1's 3,355 posts GB
2:51 PM

I telephoned the BBC help number about poor HD reception in Exmouth and received confirmation that there are transmission issues at Beacon Hill which affect HD reception. There is supposedly work going on to fix it but no known completion date. No mention was made whether reduced power was involved.

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NP's 1 post GB
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Ray Mitchell
9:05 AM

I have had picture breakup since March,mostly watching free view HD channels (BBC,itv etc) through my BT youview box.Had BT out twice,boxes changed but still the same.Tried attenuating the signal By 20db ,still no different.I bought another tv aerial so both rooms are on separate aerials and BT boxes ,still the same.

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Ray Mitchell's 2 posts GB
Phil Squires
10:43 PM

Ray Mitchell
Ring the BBC today on 03709016789 and report the fault, the more people that do the more likely it will be resolved, I will be making my weekly call tomorrow.

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Phil Squires's 7 posts GB
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