Full Freeview on the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Beacon Hill (Torbay, England) transmitter.
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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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Bristol (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Devon (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cornwall (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Somerset (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Solent for Dorset (BBC local radio),
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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (West Country),
73 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others 66 TBN UK,
CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others Racing TV, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 Ideal World, 50 TJC, 95 Create and Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 45 Gems TV, 85 Craft Store TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 72 Shopping Quarter, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
Together TV +1, Merit, Court TV, 65 FreeSports, 71 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 91 That's TV , 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
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?
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 37km west (262°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
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?
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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?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 20kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 10kW|
|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
Are there any plans to increase power from Beacon Hill? I notice the COM muxes on Stockland Hill will be upgraded next year and Beacon Hill will require wideband antenna. We're outside Weymouth and often get a better signal from Beacon Hill than Stockland Hill - probably partly due local topography - but we lose signal from the former - one mux at a time - in high atmospheric pressure conditions so may switch to Stockland. Suggestions welcome.
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Chrisonahill: The signals from Beacon Hill are at their final power levels. It's unlikely that there will be further power increases.
If your location is still BH20 6JG, I would guess that Rowridge on the Isle of Wight would give better results than either of the mentioned transmitters, once it switches over in March. You're likely to get best results using a vertically-polarized Group A aerial, once the VP services are running at full power from 18 April 2012. The commercial multiplexes from Rowridge will use the same channels as Stockland Hill, which will have some effect, though the use of VP should help (as Stockland Hill is horizontally-polarized).
Your reception of commercial multiplexes from Stockland Hill is liable to be clobbered by Rowridge once it completes switchover, even with Stockland Hill's power increase, and Rowridge's horizontally-polarized COM transmissions being one quarter of the power of VP.
Please note that this is my guess, rather than a prediction from Digital UK, whose website is currently not accepting that postcode.
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Chrisonahill: If you click the number of posts next to a user's name (yours currently says '10 posts'), you can see that user's previous posts. A post attributed to you had a BH20 postcode attached.
Looking at the prediction for your postcode, it still looks like a significant interaction between Stockland Hill and Rowridge. Indeed the prediction for Rowridge VP COM muxes (after April 2012) is still better than for Beacon Hill - ArqA and ArqB, at least.
I can't really see why the prediction for ArqB is so poor, there aren't that many other sites using C51, although one of them is Redruth, which is in the same direction as Beacon Hill and double the distance, and has equal power. The poor predictions for C42 and C45 may be because they're adjacent to the PSB muxes at Redruth.
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Mike, thanks for that. I'm surprised Rowridge prediction is so significant. Local topography here definitely favours Beacon Hill - almost line of sight despite the distance - and is against Rowridge, less favourable to Stockland than Beacon but Stockland closer and more power. The situation is not the same throughout this postcode. I guess we'll have to experiment.
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