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The symbol shows the location of the Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) transmitter which serves 710,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) mast?

Belmont transmitter - Belmont transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Belmont 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
C22 (482.0MHz)463mDTG-150,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C25 (506.0MHz)463mDTG-150,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Yorkshire (Belmont micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Yorkshire Emley Moor),

 H max
C28 (530.0MHz)463mDTG-150,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -4.8dB
C30- (545.8MHz)463mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -1.8dB
C23 (490.0MHz)492mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -1.8dB
C26- (513.8MHz)492mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

 H -14.8dB
C32 (562.0MHz)463mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
7 Estuary TV Doncaster,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Hull) 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Hull HU1 3RH, 47km north-northwest (346°)
to BBC East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire region - 4 masts.
regional news image
ITV Calendar 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Leeds LS3 1JS, 106km west-northwest (299°)
to ITV Yorkshire (Belmont) region - 4 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Emley Moor region

How will the Belmont (Lincolnshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 3 Aug 11 and 17 Aug 11.

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

Analogue 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-5.2dB) 150kW
ARQA, ARQB(-7dB) 100kW
Analogue 5, SDN(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-10.9dB) 40.9kW
com7(-11.3dB) 37.1kW
Mux 2*(-14dB) 20kW
Mux 1*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 10kW
LDN(-20dB) 5kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 4kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Belmont transmitter area

Oct 1959-Jul 1974Anglia Television
Jul 1974-Feb 2004Yorkshire Television
Feb 2004-Dec 2014ITV plc
Feb 1983-Dec 1992TV-am•
Jan 1993-Sep 2010GMTV•
Sep 2010-Dec 2014ITV Daybreak•
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Wednesday, 5 May 2021

5:47 PM

James Lockly:

I'm afraid a lot of what your aerial "guy" is saying, is coming from his rear end!
The main changes at Bilsdale were completed in November 2019 with the exception of the BBCA/PSB1 and BBCB HD/PSB2 swapping their UHF channels in March 2020, in other words, all the channels being used were the same as in November 2019.
Even before that last main change in 2019, Bilsdale was already using adjacent channels to those used by Belmont, namely C26, C29, & C23 for PSBs1-3. Belmont's PSB channels always have been C22,C25, & C28. Changes at Belmont have only affected the COM & Local multiplexes, the last of which was in March 2020. None of those have been or are now, adjacent channel.
So in effect, nothing has changed since then.

Co-channel interference is when transmissions are on the Same channel, Not Adjacent channel.
In this digital age, adjacent channels do not present a problem to modern receivers. There are a number of transmitters that use some adjacent channels for their own multiplexes! Adjacent channels could be, and sometimes were an issue in the old analogue days.

I assume you are talking about Skirlington Leisure Park about half way between Bridlington and Hornsea whose postcode is YO25 8SY. You are well within the coverage area for Belmont and are predicted to get very good reception, whereas not so for Bilsdale - it could be very variable - that's with an aerial pointing at it!
Belmont is almost due S of your location (bearing 176 degrees). Bilsdale however is at bearing 304 degrees, that's slightly W of NW which could possibly be receivable off a rear reception side-lobe of your aerial especially if it's not very directional and particularly if you have lots of unneeded gain from an amplifier.

My suspicion is you may have two issues. One, too much gain from your amplifier (this can also overload your receiver front end and cause pixellation etc.) and two, possible poor rear side-lobe rejection by your aerial.
Most aerials have a reasonable front beam-width, so you can point the aerial off-line a bit without major detriment to the wanted signal, but be in a situation where a rear side-lobe is no longer pointing at any unwanted signals.

The correct UHF channels for Belmont are listed in my post on the 19th March 2021 further up the page (p83).
Check in your TV's tuning section that they are the ones you are tuned to, and also look for the Signal Strength AND Quality (or Error) figures for each multiplex channel. If the Quality is not 100% but the signal is high, turn down the amplifier gain a bit and see what the effect is. Overload can cause the Strength and Quality figures to appear to reduce, even though there is more signal.
Likewise if need be, try turning the aerial maybe slightly W of S, rather than E, as this may reduce any rear side-lobe reception, which if strong enough could cause an addition to an overload problem.

If you are still having problems, knowing what make and model this aerial is, and what is the gain range of the amplifier is could be helpful in giving further advise.
Hopefully it will be a simple bit of adjustment, but a certain amount of experimenting may be needed.

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Thursday, 17 June 2021
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4:08 PM

Belmont transmitter - Belmont transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 14/06/2021 Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 27 August 2021
Mr Paul McLennan
8:28 AM

I have just purchased an LG Fully HD Television. Brand new. I am unable to access channels 101-114 (i.e. the HD ones). Channels 101-105 inclusive are showing on the menu but when I try and access them all I get is a heavily pixelated image. I am located at postcode LN6 8NX and am served by the Belmont transmitter. I live in a bungaow. The aerial is located in the usual place (chimney height). I have tried a signal booster (doesn't work). I have tried retuning multiple times (doesn't work). I have tried restoring to Factory settings (doesn't work). The areial is split three times in the bungalow. I'm wondering if this is the issue (reduced aerial efficiency). I have, so far, not tried manual retuning on channels 101-105. Any help appreciated.

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Saturday, 28 August 2021

5:30 AM

Mr Paul McLennan:

Were you using any other sets before buying this LG? If so, I'm getting the impression from your post that they did not have HD/T2 tuners? Do you get any pixellation issue at all with the SD channels and how many are you getting, it should be around 90 excluding radio and HD? Roughly how old is the aerial installation?

Splitting the signal will reduce it and any aerial amplification must be between the aerial and any splitter.
It will be no good putting an amplifier after the splitter if the signal has been effectively lost - you can't amplify one that isn't there! Have a look in the Tuning section for signal strength and advise what the Signal strength and Quality is for each of the multiplexes that you are receiving.

The UHF channels for Belmont in the order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, COM7; Local; are as follows -
C22, C25, C28; C30, C23, C26; C55; C32. You ought to be getting the first six of those at least, the predictor shows you should be getting good reception of them all except the Local multiplex.

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Friday, 29 October 2021
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Belmont transmitter - Belmont transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 25/10/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Monday, 1 November 2021
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Belmont transmitter - Belmont transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 01/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Wednesday, 10 November 2021
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Tuesday, 16 November 2021
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Belmont transmitter - Belmont transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Tuesday, 30 November 2021
Heather Ramsay
10:35 AM

Great! tv...freeview channel 49 is the only channel I receive which is now pixelated. I have re auto-tuned as is recommended..but the annoying pixelation remains.It has been for 3 days now. I presumed it might be owing to storm damage..but it is the only pixelated one. ALL the other freeview channels I receive are fine.
What's wrong with channel 49??

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7:45 PM

Heather Ramsay:

Channel 49 in the EPG is carried on Local multiplexes (as are some of the other Great! channels).
FYI see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex. I would have thought you'd have similar problems with the other channels on the Local multiplex.

(It not advised to retune if you are correctly tuned, if you have poor signals at the time it can end up clearing the correct tuning).
(See my post further up page 84 for the correct UHF channels you should be tuned to for Belmont).

Reception of Local multiplexes may not be as good as others, apart from lower power and limited number of main transmitters, they tend to be beamed towards the large centres of urban population for which they were set up.
So it'll depend on location as to how good reception may be (we'd need a full postcode to advise on that).

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