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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 - Bilsdale 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 Bilsdale 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
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
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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, plus 16 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
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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, 107 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! 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 -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 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 -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! 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

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?

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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 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

Monday, 28 May 2012
Darren Brown
9:36 AM

ITV1 missing from Bilsdale Transmitter.
Postcode: NE10 8JP
Roof mounted aerial.

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Friday, 1 June 2012
John Benson
11:02 AM

Could you please let me know if there is a reason why the DAB signal on my car radio, in the Middlesbrough / Billingham area, often cuts out at 8:00 in the morning. This is when I am on my way to work and not before or after that time

It does not seem to matter where abouts in the journey I am. It can be on the Tees flyover, where there is no blockage anywhere to the signal, or in the middle of town but always at the same time

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Friday, 8 June 2012
10:14 PM

Hi, hope someone can help me, I've scoured the internet and found nothing! My daughter is hoping to move into a flat in Whitby. The letting agent told us the signal there is pretty useless and she won't be able to get freeview. However, as it's a listed building she can't have a satellite dish so is there anything she can do to actually receive any programmes? Thank you in anticipation.

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Dave Lindsay

11:06 PM

Yvonne: As you probably know, Whitby is now poorly served by terrestrial television following the debacle in which the transmitter was resited to the back of beyond in 2007.

The Whitby relay transmitter will start broadcasting Freeview in September, but it will carry only Public Service channels. These are BBC, ITV1, ITV1+1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Channel 5 and the four HD services.

There will be no Dave, Film 4, ITV3, ITV4 etc. Only main stations such as Bilsdale carry these.

Is there a TV aerial and is it just satellite dishes that aren't allowed?

Where abouts is she thinking of moving?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

11:11 PM

Yvonne: If your daughters flat is located in the lower down areas on the same level as the marina then she most likely wont be able to receive Freeview thanks to the residents having been somewhat foolishly given a choice where the replacement transmitter was sited.

However the only option she would then have is to use an online service "if" the flat is located in an area where that service exists, but it is still possible to use a smaller satellite dish kit indoors if your daughters window is Southerly facing and she is NOT located on the opposite side of the marina to where the Co-op building is situated, so if you could provide her post code or one from very nearby (a pub etc) then this could be checked out.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 9 June 2012
Mike Dimmick

12:01 AM

Yvonne: The prediction for the postcode you've provided suggests an excellent chance of getting reliable reception from the Whitby transmitter. This will provide the PSB multiplexes only after switchover in September - see references to 'Freeview Lite' or 'Freeview Light' elsewhere on this site, or the Whitby transmitter page, to see what channels will be available.

It's very unlikely that a full service from Bilsdale will be possible at that postcode, even after switchover completes. The chances of even getting the PSBs reliably are very low indeed. Currently, Whitby only provides BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1 and Channel 4 on analogue - Freeview is only currently available from Bilsdale in your area.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

8:00 AM

Yvonne: Just out of curiosity, could you please clarify if the code you provided is applicable to your own residence or that of where your daughter is hoping to move into? as the content of my reply was based on it not being the latter, not of course that it would make much difference unless she was located in the slightly higher level parts of the town where the reception from the Whitby analogue relay isn't quite so iffy.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
11:04 AM

Dave, jb, Mike, thanks for your responses. We live in Redcar at the moment, my daughter is moving to Whitby to work at the new Sainsburys being built. The flat she's hoping to get is in Church Street Whitby, it's a top floor flat facing the harbour with a communal rooftop aerial, I noticed there was a BT Openreach phone point and the agent said the previous tenant used BT Vision but having looked into that it seems that uses freeview channels so probably isn't viable.

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8:31 PM

Yvonne: Yes, a BT vision box is in effect a Freeview box but with a broadband connection so that video can be viewed on-line, and so I feel that's what the agent was possibly meaning as Freeview is not presently available, although this BT Vision via on-line broadband is done on a monthly contract basis and so the costs can add up, so your daughter has to beware of that fact.

Obviously you did provide the code for your daughters proposed flat, the only reason I enquired was that many people when enquiring on behalf of someone else usually forgets and provides their own code rather than the other persons, you of course not having done.

All that's been said by Mike Dimmick and Dave Lindsay applies to that Church Street code, with myself being quite acquaint with the Church street area as I am up in the Whitby area every three months or so, and generally have lunch in the fish & chip restaurant located at the bend in Church street where it leads down to the bridge.

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