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The symbol shows the location of the Redruth (Cornwall, England) transmitter which serves 97,000 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 Redruth (Cornwall, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Redruth 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
C44+ (658.2MHz)400mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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
C41+ (634.2MHz)400mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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
C47 (682.0MHz)400mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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
C48 (690.0MHz)400mDTG-810,000W
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
C33 (570.0MHz)400mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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
C32 (562.0MHz)400mDTG-810,000W
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 Redruth (Cornwall, 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 Redruth transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Spotlight 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL3 5BD, 82km east-northeast (78°)
to BBC South West region - 107 masts.
regional news image
ITV West Country News (West) 0.8m homes 2.9%
from Plymouth PL7 5BQ, 89km east (79°)
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?

CoverackTransposer15 km S Falmouth70 homes

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20092009-131 May 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 8 Jul 09 and 5 Aug 09.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Analogue 5(-15.2dB) 3kW
Mux D*(-16.6dB) 2.2kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-18dB) 1.6kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Redruth 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. Redruth was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Tuesday, 27 October 2015
Amanda Peterken
7:13 PM

Will tr4 8ly get true Christmas channel

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Amanda Peterken's 1 post GB

7:36 PM

Amanda Peterken: The answer is unfortunately no, as this programme is broadcast on what's known as a "Local Multiplex", neither of the two stations that cover your area, namely Redruth & Caradon Hill, having a local multiplex.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Tuesday, 17 November 2015
Nigel O'Connor
5:54 PM

I think you need to check this transmitter. I have had jumpy picture, and signal going in and out for several days. It's on the MUX Com5 (Pick TV, Dave etc). I have checked everything else. Also other people in my area said they have the same problems.

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Nigel O'Connor's 4 posts GB
Wednesday, 18 November 2015

12:55 PM

Nigel O'Connor:

It is very unlikely to be a fault at the transmitter, but much more likely due to recent weather conditions. Do NOT try a retune under these circumstances.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB
Thursday, 19 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

REDRUTH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:08 today to 00:12 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:08 today to 00:15 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts xx
Friday, 20 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

REDRUTH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:08 yesterday to 00:12 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:08 yesterday to 00:15 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 140,935 posts xx
Saturday, 21 November 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

REDRUTH transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:08 on 19 Nov to 00:12 on 19 Nov, HD Digital TV Off Air from 00:08 on 19 Nov to 00:15 on 19 Nov. [BBC]

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Monday, 7 December 2015
Nigel O'Connor
5:50 PM

Nigel O'Connor: Still having problems and now 7th Dec. Seems to have spread to Com 4 (ITV 3 etc). Even getting it when the weather is okay. Thinking of changing to Sky TV!

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Nigel O'Connor's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 5 January 2016
Nigel O'Connor
8:11 PM

Nigel O'Connor: How do I report a problem that I suspect is on the transmitting mast? We have no signal at all now on the com 4 and com 5 stations, and have been having trouble with them for several months now. I have checked with quite a few people in my area, and all have reported the same problems, which started with the bad weather we started getting at that time. Even on the good days that have been calm, we still don't get the stations, which lead me to believe there is a problem with the mast.

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Nigel O'Connor's 4 posts GB

8:52 PM

Nigel O'Connor: If you had a problem for several months with a transmitter, and certainly if nothing was being broadcast on two muxes, you'd expect something to be done/large number of complaints. Yet there seems to be nothing wrong with the transmitter at present.

However, your problem sounds a lot like a worsening problem with your own system - the gradual dying off of certain muxes, etc, possibly after bad weather. Its possible that water has got into your system, or high winds have weakened connections, etc. You havn't given a postcode, so we have no idea where you are in relation to the mast, but check that you are actually tuned into the correct transmitter. When people retune, as MikeP pointed out to you before, they can lose the original transmitter, and find another one, much further away - thus compounding the problem. Check your signal strength as well - whats good, whats bad? And certainly check your system, starting back from the lead in the back of the TV. Has it come loose, etc?

Yes, other people might have a problem - but it doesn't mean its the same problem! You need to narrow down the possible causes, and then see if its widespread, local, or just you.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
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