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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-350,000W
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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-350,000W
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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
C29+ (538.2MHz)463mDTG-650,000W
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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
C25- (505.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 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 8 others

 H -3dB
C28- (529.8MHz)463mDTG-825,000W
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, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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)

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

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 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, 17 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
3:42 PM
South Petherton

I live in TA13 5JX. We are right on the edge of the Stockland transmitter area, and also the Mendip area. Our BBC is hardly watchable - it freezes, and makes "popping/clicking" sounds. We have to retune our TVs (x2) about once a week, as it seems to lose all info stored and assumes it is a new installation (both are relatively new sets, under 3 years old). When we retune, we generally get Stockland (BBC Southwest) but sometimes Mendip (BBC West) Most people in our village seem to have Sky as the reception is known to be rubbish. Is there any way to improve the reception, given our location in an apparent no-mans-land for both transmitters?

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Andrew's 2 posts GB
5:09 PM
South Petherton

Hi Andrew
From where you live Stockland Hill is only 15 miles and Mendip is 23 miles (according to the predictor). They are in completely diffeent directions and are in different aerial grups. Which way is your aerial pointing? I would guess that it is a group A aerial pointing towards Stockland Hill and is picking up Mendip on a rear node (a group A aerial will pick up higher frequencies which are harmonics of its base frequency band). Digital TV requires a cleaner signal than analogue otherwise it doesn't work, I would suggest you try using a good quality aerial and replace the downlead. For Stockland Hill you will neeed a group A aerial, Mendip requires a group C/D aerial. Make sure that the aerial is not 'crowded' with other aerials nearby as this will reduce performance. If you want to use the same aerial to feed both sets use a proper splitter, or an amplifier with 2 or more outputs. You could try going for Rowridge (also group A) but this would require a high-gain aerial and you would also lose your local news programmes. Good luck!

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RichardH's 1 post GB
Saturday, 23 July 2011
7:22 PM
South Petherton

Hi Richard
Thanks for the comprehensive reply. I'm certainly no techie, so not sure how to answer your questions. We had our aerial installed about 3 years ago. It's pointing towards Stockland. I really don't know if it's A or C/D. (At the moment we are only picking up Mendip TV). There are a lot of hills between us and Stockland! We do have an SLX8-way amplifier. As you could see from the map, we are right on the edge of the transmitter - can you advise me if it's worth getting an aerial specialist in again to have a look at our situation, or are we just doomed to never have a clear reception? I'm astonished this seems to be such a common problem - don't BBC or ITV have an obligation to deliver a minimum service level? Is there a way to claim discount/exemption on the license fee if I have little access to BBC station? (FM BBC Radio is also very poor).

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Andrew's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 4 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 18:18 yesterday to 18:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 18:18 yesterday to 18:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 5 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:37 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 18:18 on 03 Aug to 18:20 on 03 Aug [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:37 AM

STOCKLAND HILL transmitter - Freeview HD Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 18:18 on 03 Aug to 18:20 on 03 Aug [BBC]

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Saturday, 20 August 2011
12:54 PM

have a flat on site at RDEFT NHS, freeview TV with indoor ariel, quite poor service at the best of times but since Friday morning no signal at all. We have tried a new ariel and TV so ruled out equipment fault, where could the prolem be? thanks in anticipation

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Michelle's 1 post FR
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

9:25 AM

Michelle: You should be using a rooftop aerial if you want reliable Freeview reception.

As you have not provided a full postcode, it is impossible to provide specific information.

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