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The symbol shows the location of the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 180,000 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 Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Caradon 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
C28+ (530.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
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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
C25+ (506.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (West Country),

 H max
C22+ (482.2MHz)602mDTG-100,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 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
C21+ (474.2MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C24- (497.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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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
C27- (521.8MHz)579mDTG-850,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 Caradon Hill transmitter?

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BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 26km southeast (124°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 32km east-southeast (116°)
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?

BarleycombeActive deflector25 km E Plymouth3 homes
ParracombeTransposer17 km NE Barnstaple80 homes

How will the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1961-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-1327 Mar 2019

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 12 Aug 09 and 9 Sep 09.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-16.3dB) 11.6kW
Mux 1*(-20dB) 5kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 4kW
com8(-24.2dB) 1.9kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caradon 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.

Thursday, 7 October 2021
Transmitter engineering

2:43 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 7 Oct 13:23 until 7 Oct 13:45. Off the air due to a fault from 7 Oct 12:26 until 7 Oct 12:36. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts GB
Friday, 8 October 2021
W raynham
4:46 PM

Can you let me know if we will be able to watch Channel 51 (great Christmas movies) from the Caradon Mast in the future.
Regards, Warren Raynham

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W raynham's 1 post GB

6:18 PM

W raynham: Try asking the broadcaster. Sony (who used to own the Great channels before selling them a while back) reduced the coverage of several of their channels a couple of years ago, resulting in some of their channels not being available to large parts of the country. The new owners may decide to change this when spare capacity becomes available, however nothing has been announced.

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StevensOnln1's 3,511 posts GB

11:40 PM

W raynham:

Just to add to what has been said, as you may know LCN51 is carried on Local multiplexes and there isn't one at Caradon Hill, they are only broadcast from a limited number of main transmitters serving large urban populations, the signal is lower power and in most cases beamed towards those specific urban areas.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplexes.

Also the channel listings towards the top of this page haven't been updated since the 700MHz Clearance programme, both COMs 7&8 closed at Caradon Hill on 19th June 2019.

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Chris.SE's 3,461 posts GB
Friday, 29 October 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:45 AM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 29 Oct 10:46 until 29 Oct 10:49. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts GB
Thursday, 18 November 2021
Michael townsend
12:58 PM

I have lost channel 26 and 81 is there a fault on your transmitter this has been happening over the last couple of days

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Michael townsend's 1 post GB

3:52 PM

Michael townsend:

It's not "our" transmitter, this is an independent free helpsite. Arqiva own and maintain most UK transmitter sites.

I assume you mean those channels in your EPG (as 81 isn't a UHF channel) - both of those are carried on the ArqB/COM6 multiplex. You will no doubt have lost others on ArqB at the same time. Do NOT retune.
You may have them back by now.

See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview
for which LCNs (channels in your EPG) are carried on which multiplex.

I can't find any faults listed or Planned Engineering for Caradon Hill. It's quite possible that you lost them due to an isolated fault elsewhere, or more likely - if you've also lost other ArqB channels it could be weather related.

There is currently some predicted "Temperature Inversion/Tropospheric ducting" for parts of the SouthWest. This causes signals from distant transmitters in the UK and Europe to travel further and cause interference to some UHF channels. It doesn't affect them all at any one time, it can last for seconds, minutes, hours or sometimes even longer. As already advised, do NOT retune, you will likely lose your correct tuning, maybe end up incorrectly tuned to other transmitters' signals which will eventually disappear.

IF you've already retuned, check in your TV tuning section that you are correctly tuned to the UHF channels for Caradon Hill.
In the order PSBs1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, -
the UHF channels for Caradon Hill are C28, C25, C22, C21, C24, C27.

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Chris.SE's 3,461 posts GB
Thursday, 25 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

12:14 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 25 Nov 08:47. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

6:17 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 25 Nov 08:47 until 25 Nov 13:05. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts GB
Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

6:14 PM

CARADON HILL transmitter - DAB: Reduced quality due to a fault from 30 Nov 15:57 until 30 Nov 16:14. . [BBC]

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