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Freeview reception at PL20 7ET

For reliable and stable Freeview reception, you need an unobstructed path between the TV aerial on your roof and the digital TV transmitter. The map below shows the transmitters predicted to provide a signal at this location.

You can click on any transmitter symbol to show the coverage area as a green overlay on the map. Double click on a transmitter symbol to go to the transmitter information page.

You can also view the ten closest potential '4G-at-800' mobile phone masts within 1.5km of the selected location - these masts may be used for 4G-at-800 mobile broadband services from 2013-2015.

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These icons show the potential locations for 4G-at-700MHz services that may interfere with Freeview reception at some point from 2020 when the 5G 700MHz services start.

For actual mobile phone reception prediction (at 800-960MHz and 1710-2170MHz) see these phone operator's mapping sites: Three O2 T-Mobile EE Virgin

Predicted Freeview channel list

1BBC One (SD)Caradon Hill South WestPSB1
2BBC TwoCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
3ITV 1 (SD)Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
4Channel 4 (SD)Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
5Channel 5Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
6ITV 2Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
9BBC FourCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
10ITV3Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
11Sky ArtsCaradon Hill COM5
12QuestCaradon Hill COM6
13E4Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
14Film4Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
15Channel 4 +1Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
17ReallyCaradon Hill COM5
18More4Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
19DaveCaradon Hill COM5
20DramaCaradon Hill COM4
215USACaradon Hill COM4
23BBC ThreeCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
25WCaradon Hill COM6
26ITV4Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
27YesterdayCaradon Hill COM6
29ITV2 +1Caradon Hill COM4
30E4 +1Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
31E4 ExtraCaradon Hill COM5
325STARCaradon Hill COM4
335ActionCaradon Hill COM4
34GREAT! moviesCaradon Hill COM6
35ITV1 +1Caradon Hill West CountryPSB2
36pickCaradon Hill COM5
39DMAXCaradon Hill COM6
40Quest RedCaradon Hill COM5
41LegendCaradon Hill COM4
42GREAT! movies actionCaradon Hill COM4
43Food NetworkCaradon Hill COM5
44HGTVCaradon Hill COM6
46Channel 5 +1Caradon Hill COM4
47Film4 +1Caradon Hill COM5
48ChallengeCaradon Hill COM5
494sevenCaradon Hill COM5
565SELECTCaradon Hill PSB3
57Smithsonian ChannelCaradon Hill COM5
58ITVBe +1Caradon Hill COM4
59ITV3 +1Caradon Hill COM4
60Drama +1Caradon Hill COM5
64BlazeCaradon Hill COM4
67CBS RealityCaradon Hill COM4
70Quest +1Caradon Hill COM5
71Quest Red +1Caradon Hill COM6
73HobbyMakerCaradon Hill COM6
74Dave ja vuCaradon Hill COM4
75Yesterday +1Caradon Hill COM5
78TCCCaradon Hill COM4
81Blaze +1Caradon Hill COM4
82Talking Pictures TVCaradon Hill COM6
83Together TVCaradon Hill COM5
84PBS AmericaCaradon Hill COM6
88Classic HitsCaradon Hill COM6
89ITV4 +1Caradon Hill COM4
101BBC One HDCaradon Hill PSB3
102BBC Two HDCaradon Hill PSB3
103UTV HDCaradon Hill PSB3
103STV HDCaradon Hill PSB3
103ITV 1 HDCaradon Hill PSB3
104Channel 4 HDCaradon Hill PSB3
105Channel 5 HDCaradon Hill PSB3
106BBC Four HDCaradon Hill PSB3
108BBC Scotland HDCaradon Hill PSB3
109BBC Three HDCaradon Hill PSB3
110Channel 4 HD (Wales)Caradon Hill PSB3
201CBBCCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
202CBeebiesCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
203CITVCaradon Hill COM4
204CBBC HDCaradon Hill PSB3
205CBeebies HDCaradon Hill PSB3
208Pop PlayerCaradon Hill COM4
209Ketchup TVCaradon Hill COM4
210Ketchup TooCaradon Hill COM4
211YAAAS!Caradon Hill COM4
231BBC NewsCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
232BBC ParliamentCaradon Hill South WestPSB1
233Sky NewsCaradon Hill COM5
235Al Jazeera EngCaradon Hill COM6
250BBC Red ButtonCaradon Hill South WestPSB1


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Wednesday, 28 May 2014

12:47 PM

A small indoor portable aerial will not work inside a caravan! The metal body of the van will prevent any signal reaching the aerial.
You need a 'log periodic' aerial, to cover all possible transmiters where you park up, and ideally with an easily erected mast system. Might be worth looking at Labgear LABLPC 400mm 9dB Compact Log Periodic 20: Electronics (others are available) but this is a short type and some areas may need a stronger reception (longer arm with more cross elements) to recieve the weaker signals better.
There are types available to mount on the A-frame of your caravan and others that are ground mounted with guy ropes. You will always need to adjust the direction it is pointing so it is aimed at the transmitter serving the area you are staying and you need to check whether the cross arms need to be sert horizontal or vertical (the picture linked to above is set horizontal).
When you know where you ar likely to be staying, check which is the local transmitter and not the polarity (H or V) and the channel numbers for the multiplexes provided. When at your location, erect the aerial, aim it roughly with a compass (there is information on this sire about the exact location of all the UK TV transmitters and you have to work out the compass bearing between that and your location), set the polarity (the aerial instruction book will tell you how, so worth reading it) and thenconnect the TV and retune it - again using the TV instruction manual noting you may need to do do a complete reset from an 'initial installation' setting. The manual should tell you how to do that. (That is necessary to eliminate all previous settings that would be for a different location.)
Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB

1:39 PM

MikeP: high gain wideband aerials are better as they pick up much more signal;bbc reception information recommend these types of aerial for caravanning camping and boating holidays because transmitters their polarizations transmission patterns can vary widely as can terrain and line of sight and local topography. A wideband high gain aerial of at least 32 or 48 elements should ensure max signal reception.

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Anthony's 52 posts GB

8:11 PM

High gain wide band aerials do not have a 'flat' frequency response (usually poorer at the lower channels end), that's why the current advice is to use a log-periodic as they have a much more even response across the whole band that is currently in use and will be so for the foreseeable future. So your suggestion is not ideal for this situation.
I always used a log-periodic on a pole with guys and had decent reception at all the camp sites I visited in England, Wales and Scotland, even in realtively poor recption areas. It was crucual to align the aerial correctly of course. I used a battery (of the car type) powered 14" TV set and never had problems. Others did not have log-periodics and had reception problems that even I as an experienced TV service engineer could not resolve - the aerials were just not up to the job.

I note you are suggesting 32 or 48 element aerials. These have a much narrower reception angle pattern and are far more difficult to allign correctly - and may not be at all suited to the more difficult local terrain conditions. Further, you should m=not be aiming to get 'maximum' signal strength but adequate, too much will mean no reception of some services as the tuner gets 'swamped' and what signal is received cannot be decoded so giving the 'No Signal' warning. Likewise too little will result in apparent loss of some programmes on the weaker multiplexes. You need the TV rto display a strength between 50% and 80%, less or more is not good!

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB

8:52 PM

MikeP: I use a 48 element wideband high gain aerial in accrington lancashire horizontally polarised for full freeview hd reception from Winter Hill tx near bolton and I get ALL freeview sd and hd services without a problem and consistently GOOD quality reception with high signal strength and high quality levels. The further away from the transmitter you are the better the aerial you need;also what you conveniently ignoring and forgetting is that some winter hill viewers in north east lancashire need such good aerials and cabling jobs because there is a wind farm near oswaldtwistle over the tops which is causing reception problems, in that case a log periodic aerial horizontally polarized to winter hill would not solve this effectively at all.

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Anthony's 52 posts GB
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Dave Lindsay

2:58 PM

chelsea : See here for some ideas:

TV Aerials for Boats and Caravans

I vouch for the good design of the DM Log. Although it's fixed in my loft I can see that its elements are more rugged than other logs with round elements. The tilting bracket may also be useful for touring.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

8:41 PM

You are talking of a fixed installation at your location, the answer was aimed at a question from Chelsea concerning a moveable system suitable for use with a mobile caravan/tent. The two are quite different requirements, especially as different channels are used across the country so an aerial capable of equally good reception everywhere is required - only a log-periodic can provide that and any form of Yagi cannot by its very design. A 'wide band' does not give even reception across all channels, which is a primary requirement of any 'mobile' system.
One other problem with a mobile system is that at some locations it can be very near a transmitter, so a 32 or 48 element may well be too high gain and result in the ubiquitous 'No Signal' message due to excessive gain. Or it may be quite distant from a transmitter in which case the alignment with a high gain aerial becomes far more critical. The acceptance angle of a 48 element can be as little as 3 degrees which is very hard for an amateur to set up accurately - especially if it is raining or blowing a gale at the camp/caravan site.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Dave Proctor
11:48 PM

We can only receive freeview from the Leek transmitter with regular picture breakups. Why can't we receive many stations that other freeview transmitters put out ,like ITV 3 and ITV4 and many others??

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Dave Proctor's 1 post GB
Friday, 30 May 2014
Dave Lindsay

1:13 AM

Dave Proctor: The reason that the Leek transmitter does not broadcast the Commercial multiplexes because the operators don't want to pay. See:

Leek (Staffordshire, England) Freeview Light transmitter | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Perhaps the breakup in the signal is due to the Fenton transmitter which uses the same frequencies. It would also appear to be the case that you do not have line-of-sight with Leek.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
E Brain
8:58 AM

Every morning at approx. 8.30=9.00 am the reception on my freeview tv keeps loosing signal. What can be the cause?

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E Brain's 1 post GB
Thursday, 5 June 2014
Anna Doughty
8:04 PM

Tonight we have pixilating , picture break up, high pitched noises in between sound breaking up, this happen s quite regularly and yet the set works perfectly in between, we have not touched any settings, it used to happen more when it was windy, but now
even when still.

Any ideas anyone? really annoying if you want to watch something.

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