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The symbol shows the location of the Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter which serves 570,000 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 Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) mast?

BILSDALE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . BBC

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

Which Freeview channels does the Bilsdale 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.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 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 15 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Tyne Tees), 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 (Tyne Tees),

 H max
C21 (474.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD North East and Cumbria, 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)676mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 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)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 74km north-northwest (336°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
regional news image
ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 75km north-northwest (333°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

Are there any self-help relays?

Garsdale (pin Fold)Transposer63 homes (coverage together with SH34)
Hawsker BottomActive deflector 150 caravans
LangthwaiteActive deflector30 homes

How will the Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 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 12 Sep 12 and 26 Sep 12.

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

Analogue 1-5 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-14.3dB) 18.5kW
com8(-14.4dB) 18.1kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-19.2dB) 6kW
Mux 1*(-20.2dB) 4.8kW
Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW

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

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Jul 1974Yorkshire Television
Jul 1974-Feb 2004Tyne Tees 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. Bilsdale 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

Sunday, 4 June 2023

7:09 PM

Dave H: We need a full postcode to see your predicted signal strength. How long is the coax from the aerial to each TV/box? Are they connected to the aerial via a passive splitter or a powered amplifier?

If this has only been happening in the last few weeks since the new Bilsdale tower went into service then call the Project Restore Helpline on 0800 121 4828 - but don't wait too long as it has been announced that the helpline will be closing on 7th July.

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StevensOnln1's 3,549 posts GB flag

8:19 PM

Dave H:

It's possible you may currently be affected by the works as detailed in the post before yours - if you read it?

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Chris.SE's 3,682 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 June 2023
Dave H
6:45 PM

StevensOnln1: The postcode is TS10 2DQ. The coax is about 5m to one TV and 9m to the other TV they are on a passive splitter. I lost the channels after a recent retune.

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9:17 PM

Dave H:

We assume your aerial is pointing at a bearing of 191 degrees, that's 11 degrees West of due South, for Bilsdale, and the rods should be horizontal.

You are predicted to get good reception of the multiplexes from Bilsdale by both Freeview and the BBC. Those coax lengths should be fine.

As previously mentioned, current weather conditions may be causing interference as well as the possibility of you last retuning when the transmitter work was taking place.

Also you are predicted to be able to get two other transmitters in your location, so your best bet will be to check that you are correctly tuned to Bilsdale's UHF channels and do a manual tune of them rather than an automatic tune. That way, if signals are weak due to interference or transmitter work, you should get tuned to them eventually.

If the problems persists, as mentioned, phone the project restore help line on 0800-121-4828

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Chris.SE's 3,682 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 June 2023

4:16 PM

Arqiva have now confirmed that the PSB3 multiplex carrying HD channels has now transferred to the new mast following engineering work which took place last weekend. See link below for full article.

HD Television services now transmitting from the new mast | Bilsdale Mast: Project Restore

As a reminder, the Project Restore helpline on 0800 121 4828 will close on 7th July, so anybody experiencing reception issues since the new Bilsdale mast came into service on 22nd May should get in touch without delay.

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StevensOnln1's 3,549 posts GB flag
Sunday, 11 June 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:07 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 27 June 2023
Jim H
11:16 AM

I live in Guisborough, but tuned to Bilsdale to get full Freeview channels. This week I've noticed some channels gone missing. Quest, Yesterday, Greatest Hits,etc, ie ARQ B, all channels I watch! Retuning hasn't helped.

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1:29 PM

Jim H:

Although not currently listed, there will still be engineering work going on as not all (radio) services & Local multiplex IIRC have been restored.

Also, there has been some quite variable weather related Tropospheric Ducting in recent days which can affect reception because of interference being received from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK - not all multiplexes are necessarily affected, but this isn't normally sustained for any lengthy periods.

It's never advised to retune when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures as this will usually just clear correct tuning.
IF you need to retune a specific multiplex in such conditions - which should not be needed if you were correctly tuned before - then stick to a MANUAL tune of the UHF channel for that multiplex so at least you can check you have signal with adequate Quality (or very low errors) before you do so.

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Friday, 30 June 2023
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . [BBC]

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Tuesday, 25 July 2023
Transmitter engineering

4:09 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . [BBC]

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