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The symbol shows the location of the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmitter which serves 120,000 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 Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Stockland 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
C26+ (514.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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
C23+ (490.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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
C29+ (538.2MHz)463mDTG-50,000W
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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
C25- (505.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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
C22- (481.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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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
C28- (529.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Stockland Hill (Devon, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Stockland Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 86km west-southwest (239°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 80km southwest (236°)
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?

BickleighTransposer15 km N Exeter25 homes
Freshwater C/pActive deflector2 km SE Bridport, Dorset250 homes (caravans)
Ladram BayTransposer15 km SE Exeter400 homes (caravans)

How will the Stockland Hill (Devon, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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

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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 6 May 09 and 20 May 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 250kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 25kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 2.5kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Stockland 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•
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Sunday, 1 July 2012
7:25 PM

Thanks again Dave - I have ordered a variable attenuator and will try it on Stockland. If that doesn't improve things then I will try Honiton with cutrrent aerial set up. It is red tip Group A but, from what you say, worth a try.

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Sticks's 7 posts GB
Tuesday, 3 July 2012
2:43 PM

Hi Dave - I have tried a variable attentuator but as soon as it starts to cut in it makes the signal worse - so I guess a signal overload is not the issue. Ant other ideas??

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Dave Lindsay

3:44 PM

Sticks: It could be water in the cable.

HD from Stockland is on C29 which is what Channel 4 analogue used to use. Did you have any issues with reception of that channel?

The only other observation I can make is that despite being so close to the transmitter, you don't have line of sight to it.

The terrain drops down and there are two brows over which the signal is having to go to get to you:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

These correspond approxiamately to the areas of around about St Michael's Church and Manor House School and both of these areas have trees. So on the brow of those "hills" (shown in the terrain plot above) it would appear that there are objects (trees).

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Dave Lindsay

3:47 PM

Sticks: I have just noticed that there is a message at the top of this page about engineering works at Stockland Hill and the possibility of it being "liable to interruption".

I would ask, has this always been an issue? But if it has been tuned to Honiton for HD all along, then results may be poor or intermittent.

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Dave Lindsay

3:52 PM

Sticks: About possible water in the cable, check for damage to the insulation, such as chafing on a roof tile IF you can work safely at heights and have the appropriate ladders and knowledge to do so.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 July 2012
6:20 PM

Thanks for all that Dave - I have booked a diagnostic visit with an aerial fitter as even the local relay isn't giving a wholly reliable signal.Will let you know what he finds. Can't do ladders myself.........

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Sticks's 7 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:33 PM

Sticks: Thanks for the update.

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Thursday, 5 July 2012
1:28 PM

Hi. Does anybody know if and when the work on Stockland Hill transmitter will be finished? We have been getting various messages about interruptions and low signal for some weeks now.
Since approx start of June our COM channels have been much weaker with COM6, Channel 28, so low we cannot receive it. PSB 1 and 2 are fine , full strength. We do not use HD. We are in North Dorset, a fair way from the transmitter I know but all has been well since the digital swichover until recently. Have checked all I can think of this end. Thanks, Ben

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Ben's 2 posts GB
2:59 PM

Hi Dave - the aerial fitter moved the aerial from one side of the chimney to the other, got a 10db improvement in signal from Stockland, and we are getting good quality uninterrupted HD now. So it was topography -let's hope the trees don't grow too quickly. It wasn't expensive, a genuine guy. Thanks again for your help - back to Wimbledon now.........

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Sticks's 7 posts GB
Friday, 6 July 2012
Dave Lindsay

4:20 PM

Sticks: Good to hear you got it sorted, that's quite an increase!

Perhaps your aerial was in a shadow.

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