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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

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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.

 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
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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
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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
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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 -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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

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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 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

Friday, 6 July 2012
Chris Simpson
8:20 PM

from chris, darlington.
my friend has a thomson DTI6300 freeview+ box.
all channels are being recieved fine from bilsdale. but unable to record as the box is stating 'no hard drive' any suggestions?

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Saturday, 7 July 2012
Mark Fletcher

12:38 AM

Chris Simpson,Darlington.
Your friend will have to perform a factory reset procedure if by unplugging the appliance for over two minutes then replugging back in again it still fails to record as such.
Does your friend still have the instructions manual for the Thomson DTI 6300 as such ?

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Wednesday, 11 July 2012
rob reay
4:25 AM

Is 4seven available from bilsdale? When I retune it can't find it.

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rob reay's 1 post GB flag

9:45 AM

rob reay: Mux ArqB, which carries channel 47 commences transmission from Bilsdale on 26th September 2012 - DSO stage 2. Viewers in the Bilsdale coverage area with an overlap from Belmont or Emley Moor might currently find a usable signal for ArqB from one of those transmitters.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 July 2012
Darren Brown
6:59 PM

Picture break up an all bbc channels and dave


Roof mounted aerial.

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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
Colin Howard
6:13 PM

Just found this website and hope you may be able to help with a long standing problem of periodic appalling reception from Bilsdale transmitter on Freeview. I can see the transmitter at this location in South Middlesbrough(TS7)!! Last weekend was just the latest (pm27/7 through to lunchtime 29/7) BBC1 and BBC2 from Bilsdale (C34) were unwatchable due to pixcellation and frequent complete drop outs. ITV (C21) was perfectly OK. (Appeared that any Tx over c550MHz was affected, lesser frequencies were OK)Changing to analogue there was also poor reception with some ghosting and vertical bars appearing on the picture and popping and loss of Nicam sound at the same time as the digital signal completely disappeared This disturbance seemed to be happening in time with that on the digital signal. I have carefully checked all the appliances (and thermostats) in the house and found no correlation to the poor digital pictures.
My conclusion is that there appears to be a periodic bout of external interference that can last for just a few minutes or up to a few days and then clears. No one will ever admit publicly that there is poor reception in this area. I am now getting a good signal again on BBC1 and BBC2 - but for how long...?.
I have put up with periodic poor performance until now but with the impending changeover and the loss of the alternative analogue signal I want to get to the bottom of the problem and have it sorted.

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Colin Howard's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 1 August 2012

7:54 AM

Colin Howard: The BBC mux on this station will be switching over to high powered operation on September 12th and with the other channels doing likewise on 26th, as things are at present the station has a mixture of powers ranging from 4.8Kw (BBC) down to 1.6Kw (ArqB (11)Yesterday etc) but from 26th all PSB channels will be 100Kw and with the commercials being on 50Kw.

This being the case I would not advise trying to alter anything as nothing would really be achieved, because although reception difficulties aren't exactly unheard of in your area atmospheric conditions could also be playing a part in what you are complaining about plus there is work of an on going nature taking place at the transmitter in preparation for the switch over.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 5 August 2012
1:11 PM

In Mickleby, TS13 5LU, they also have the same problem described by Colin Howard, above. BBC channels disappear and need constant retuning, while ITV channels etc are unaffected. This is not a device issue as it happens on both TV and HDD recorder. Signal strength and quality checks turn out alright while the channels are tuned in so it is not an aerial issue either. Please fix

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3:50 PM

Jurgs: I think that the situation was fully explained in my reply to Colin Howard (the posting you refer to) insomuch that if you are referring to reception from Bilsdale, then you should see a massive difference from September 12th as the BBC mux (and only it) will be switching over to high powered operation, and with the remaining channels doing likewise on September 26th at the same time as the start of the HD service.

As things are at present, the station operates on a mixture of powers ranging from 4.8Kw (BBC) down to 1.6Kw (ArqB Yesterday etc / epg12) but from 26th all PSB channels will be operating on 100Kw and with the commercials on 50Kw.

Needless to say, it will be necessary for viewers receiving their signal from Bilsdale to re-tune their TV's and boxes on "both" of these dates, as switchover to high powered operation also involves mux channel number changes.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 19 August 2012
10:54 AM

We live at yo14 9sb outside filey. can get all channels except BBC non of them all are pixelated outside Ariel what can we do.

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