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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 26/02/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 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),

PSB3
BBCB
 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

COM4
SDN
 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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
A K TA K TA K TK TW T
C21BBCB
C23C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C24_localD3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C27BBCA
C29ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C30_local
C31com7
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37com8
C40ArqBArqB
C43SDNSDN
C46ArqAArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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

Comments
Monday, 18 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:28 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 14 Jun to 05:42 on 14 Jun BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 on 14 Jun to 05:44 on 14 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Liable to interruption, Radio (digital) Liable to interruption. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:28 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 14 Jun to 05:42 on 14 Jun BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 on 14 Jun to 05:44 on 14 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Liable to interruption, Radio (digital) Liable to interruption. [DUK]

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Andy Ripley
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11:05 AM

Update! Following my bringing this to the attention of ITV (as their signal's affected) they are now looking into it. Mux 2 and D are well under par to the southwest, but the other muxes are fine.

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Transmitter engineering
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11:28 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 14 Jun to 05:42 on 14 Jun BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 on 14 Jun to 05:44 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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11:28 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:55 on 14 Jun to 05:42 on 14 Jun BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 00:24 on 14 Jun to 05:44 on 14 Jun [BBC]

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
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5:26 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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5:26 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 10:25 on 15 Jun to 10:37 on 15 Jun [BBC]

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Thursday, 5 July 2012
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John Clarke
10:17 PM
York

Help !-Cannot get any signal on Mux"D" Ch 42.
Signal OK on all other > Mux 1-2-A-B-C.
The "Search" frequency on TV Auto-Tune goes up to 642.0 MHZ but the signal strength is "0".
I cleared out (did a non ariel scan)the old tuned channels first !
Just the TV channels included in Ch 42 are missing - i.e. 12,15,18,21,24,85,89.
Ariel on Chimmny stack just same as neighbours, ranging on Bilsdale, and all other channels come in with no breaking picture.
When I do a manual tune on (Mux) Ch 42 there is "0" signal strength.
All this just to get TV ch 10 (ITV4 SPORT)?
????????? Post Code is YO61 1DP

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Mark Fletcher
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11:51 PM
Halifax

John Clarke.York,YO61 1DP.
Did you previously receive the MuxD multiplex before,or have you never received this multiplex as such.
If you have never received MuxD before (currently on fr 42 as you indicated) then is your roof aerial a group A red tipped one,if so then that could answer why you have no MuxD as group A aerials are optimised for the lower frequencies between 21-37 although good quality Yagi 18As and more so X-Beam XB16As can just stretch to frequency 41 but 42 is just out of reach.
If you did receive MuxD prior to losing it just recently have you checked with your neighbours (if you get on with them) who also receive Bilsdale like yourself whether they too have lost MuxD at the same time as you have.Also check your aerial plug (and aerial socket too) for any signs of water ingression and for rust as a possible cause,the higher frequencies are more prone to loss of signal than the lower frequencies amd in the case of Bilsdale until Wednesday 26 September 2012 DSO2 the highest frequency in use is MuxD on 42 itself.Post DSO2 ArqA mux which goes on frequency 46 will then be the highest frequency in use at Bilsdale.
Finally if your aerial is a group A red tipped type,then it needs either replacing with a grey tipped group K semi-wideband aerial,or diplexed (at frequency 38) with a group B yellow tipped aerial for the SDN,ArqA and ArqB COM multiplexes more so at DSO time.

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Friday, 6 July 2012
Dave Lindsay
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12:16 AM

John Clark: According to Digital UK and Ofcom, C42 is on the lowest power of the digital channels from Bilsdale at 1.6kW. All the rest are 6kW except for C34 which is at 4.8kW.

As Mark says, C42 is the only out of group one at present, if you are using a Group A aerial.

See:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

Bilsdale TV Transmitter

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