Full Freeview on the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Caradon Hill transmitter broadcast?If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.
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 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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 237 TalkTV, 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 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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 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,
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Caradon Hill transmitter?
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 26km southeast (124°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
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?
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How will the Caradon Hill (Cornwall, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 50kW|
|Mux 1*||(-20dB) 5kW|
|Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-21dB) 4kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Caradon Hill transmitter area
If it is due to "high winds" it's highly unlikely to be a transmitter issue, but more likely a problem with your own aerial. But as we don't know which transmitter you get your signal from, we don't know if there's a transmitter fault.
We'd need a full postcode and ideally the direction your aerial is pointing to check on that.
I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and is secure and not flapping in the wind.
Have you checked the connections behind your TV?
I'd check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them.
Problematic connections, water ingress, Aerial misalignment etc., can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.
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Recently I have been unable to receive a number of channels e.g. BBC Southwest, whereas I can receive ITV Southwest. I still have a loft aerial which has not been changed since digital transmission was introduced. My post code is PL12 4UE. A contractor recently carried out work in my loft space so may have accidentally moved the position/direction of the aerial slightly. How critical is the accuracy of the direction? What would be the direction I should point the aerial, e.g. WNW? Would a different aerial be required for digital rather analogue transmission?
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Firstly, there is NO difference in an aerial for digital or analogue. An aerial receives RF signals, it doesn't care if they are digital or analogue!
Yes, the aerial could have been disturbed, for your .locale, it should be pointing at compass bearing 310 degrees, that's 5 degrees W of NW, and its rods (or squashed Xs) should be horizontal. Generally speaking the odd couple of degrees shouldn't make much difference considering the beamwidth of most aerials, but local conditions ie. trees, neighbouring buildings and such like may mean it needs to be tweaked one way or another.
But first, check you are correctly tuned to Caradon Hill's UHF channels. Go to your TV's tuning sections and look for the UHF channel for each of the 6 multiplexes (groups of channels).
In the multiplex 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.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
A couple of weeks ago, weather conditions caused interference to reception for some viewers, if you retuned at any time when you had pixellated pictures or no signal, it most likely will have cleared the correct tuning, it never advised to retune in those situations.
If you find you are incorrectly tuned, you could try retuning as currently you should get excellent reception.
If you find you have to go into the loft to check the aerial, also check that the coax connections/cable don't appear to have been damaged.
If you aren't getting BBC Southwest at present, I'd expect you to be having the same problem with the other BBC channels as they're on the same multiplex.
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Please provide a little more detail. Why did you have a new aerial? Do you know what type/make/model of aerial it is?
Was this pixellation problem present when the installer finished installing the aerial and new cable or is it something that's occurred since - possibly on more than one occasion - it happens and then stops?
I'm assuming from the way you've phrased your post that it's just (re)occurred earlier this evening (Friday). It may well have cleared by the time you read this reply.
If so, then it's most likely to be the current weather conditions again. Please read the post just before yours about Caradon Hill's UHF channels and weather conditions causing interference. If it is, (or not - whatever the cause) do NOT retune if you have pixellated pictures or no signal. If you've done so then check you are tuned correctly.
If it's more of a persistent problem, please explain when it occurs - eg.at particular times of day, or days of the week etc. Please provide a full postcode so we can check your predicted reception.
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