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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
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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?

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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, 21 May 2020
Mr scott
10:46 AM

Beacon hill has a intermittent signal problem, its all on local face book , diffrent channels keep loseing signal you change channel its ok for a while then loses signal again , please if this is the wrong place to report can you report as site says no known problems

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Mr scott's 1 post GB

3:16 PM

Mr scott:

I can't find any reported faults with the Beacon Hill transmitter. I replied to another post last night about reception from Stockland Hill.
""There's also some pockets of moderate to strong Tropospheric Ducting around at present which may not be helping matters resulting in interference from other transmitters."

In general this was probably affecting quite a few areas around parts of Devon. The symptoms you are reporting would fit this scenario. Unfortunately some sets prompt a retune when they lose signal and generally it's NOT a good idea to retune in such circumstances as most of the time it just loses the correctly tuned channels or ends up picking up another transmitter (the wrong region or foreign) and you have to repeat the retune when conditions change.

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Thursday, 2 July 2020
Tony Barrett
9:00 PM
Newton Abbot

Just found this site, I wonder if you can tell me which antenna group to choose for beacon Hill Freeview Tv reception? Thanks! My location is Liverton TQ12 6HJ

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Tony Barrett's 1 post GB
Friday, 3 July 2020

1:01 AM

Tony Barrett:

Beacon Hill is a Group B aerial. But you are not in a very good area for Beacon Hill. If it's the COM multiplexes you are after, then you are going to need a high gain (14/15dB or so) to stand much of a chance of reliable reception.
I assume you know there's a relay transmitter 2km south of you which would of course give you reliable reception of the PSBs.
With an aerial pointed at Beacon Hill (horizontal polarisation) ~SSE bearing 161 degrees, you may/may not still get a signal off the Liverton relay (which is a Group A vertical polarisation but very low power) as it's close.
Note, you will not get as much gain with a Group T, K, or Wideband compared to a good quality Group B.
Also note, there's no COM7/8 at Beacon Hill or other local transmitters (COM8 has closed in any event).

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Friday, 7 August 2020
Chris Mellor
4:47 PM

Is there a problem with beacon hill transmitter, as I have no signal for channels like BBC2, ITV3,Film 4 (ch.14) etc.
I have manually tried to retune these (by retuning frequency 41 for example all to no avail.

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Chris Mellor's 1 post GB

11:18 PM

Chris Mellor:

The BBC aren't reporting any transmitter problems and the transmitter isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering. Note BBC2 & ITV3, Film4 are on different multiplexes so it's possible it could be some of the variable intermittent "Troposheric Ducting" that is around at present that's been quite strong in parts of the SW causing interference from distant transmitters.
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It's never a good idea to retune when you have no signal as all that usually does is to clear the correct tuning, and you'll need to retune again when conditions stabilise (you might need to try more than once!).

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Sunday, 16 August 2020
Robert Connolly
4:38 PM


we had a storm in wigan a few days ago and it shut off the tv, upon turning it on i had lost all signal for channels, i have re-scanned and retuned but i am not finding any BBC/ITV Channels. I have unplugged the cable, and done re-scans, and I have manually retuned to try and get them to come on, but nothing is appearing - any idea what the issue could be ?

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Robert Connolly's 1 post GB

5:34 PM

Robert Connolly:

How long was a few days ago?
You say Wigan, I assume that is Greater Manchester even though you've posted on a Devon transmitter page!
If your "few" days ago was before August the 12th, there was a major retune event on the 12th where remaining multiplexes were moved down to lower channels, the process was started back in February.

Before this did you have the BBC channels at 751,752 etc in your programme guide, or were they at the normal 1, 2, 9 etc.?

For the Winter Hill transmitter, here are the UHF channels for all multiplexes -
Local Liverpool, Local Manchester, Local Preston, Manchester GI on C21, C24, C40, & C27.
The main multiplexes are as previously listed C32, C34, C35, C29, C31, C37, C55 for PSBs1-3, COMs 4-7.

Were those the ones for which you tried a manual tune? Which Local multiplexes you may get will be postcode dependent. If you aren't getting some of those, please say which ones.

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Chris.SE's 3,039 posts GB
Saturday, 22 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

1:09 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 18 Aug 12:11 until 18 Aug 13:30. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 27 August 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:28 PM

BEACON HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 27 Aug 17:01 until 27 Aug 17:08. . [BBC]

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