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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: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 18 Jun 11:31 until 18 Jun 12:52. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 18 Jun 11:31 until 18 Jun 12:52. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 16 J 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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
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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

 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), 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?

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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

Sunday, 19 August 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:40 AM

STEPEHN GOODALL: The BBC multiplex (Mux 1) is on lower power at 4.8kW. Mux D is even lower at 1.6kW. The rest are at 6kW.

There is probably little you can do until switchover in September.

You might be interested to know that now Olivers Mount has switched to digital, it is broadcasting at a higher power than its former analogue. If you were unable to receive it before, you "may" be able to do so now. This would obviously give you Yorkshire regional programming.

I can see on Streetview (photos taken January 2009, before Yorkshire switchover) that there are some vertically polarised aerials, although with Olivers Mount and the Hunmanby relay being in roughly the same direction, it isn't possible to sure which they are pointing at.

Hunmanby carries Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels only; they are BBC, ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4, E4, More 4, Channel 5, the four HD services and a few others. The other channels are the Commercial (COM) ones (ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film 4, Dave etc) and these are only carried by main transmitters, including Oliver's Mount and Bilsdale.

Oliver's Mount's PSBs' power is 2kW and its COMs are 1kW. You may be able to receive both; or, if its PSBs are only strong enough to reach your location, you could always combine (diplex) an aerial on Oliver's Mount with the Bilsdale one you have to give you the Yorkshire PSBs and COMs from Bilsdale (or PSBs from Bilsdale if you wish).

Unfortunately, if you can receive from Hunmanby, due to the UHF channels (frequencies) it and Bilsdale uses, it isn't possible to diplex two aerials in this situation. You could, of course, have two aerials and feed them into separate receivers.

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Dave Lindsay

12:01 PM

Stephen Goodall: Check that, for BBC services (BBC One, BBC Two etc), that it is tuned to UHF channel 34 by viewing the signal strength screen whilst on one of those channels. This is Bilsdale; Oliver's Mount is on C57 and Hunmanby is on C48.

If it turns out that it is tuned to C57 or C48, then run the automatic tuning scan through and unplug the aerial when it gets to 45% (or when it gets past UHF channel 42 if it gives these whilst scanning). This will scan channels used by Bilsdale, but miss out those of the two other stations.

Of course, it could be that Bilsdale's C34 isn't good enough to serve you, so you may find that your receiver won't pick it up.

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Dave Lindsay

1:09 PM

Stephen Goodall: The Digital UK Postcode Predictor is now back on and it "thinks" that you will have "good" reception from Oliver's Mount, including the COMs, albeit that COM6 is "variable" now until September, presumably because Pontop Pike is currently broadcasting analogue on the same channel, but isn't co-channel after switchover. With this in mind, it may well be OK now.

One thing I've just noticed, which I didn't pick up on before, is that Mux D from Bilsdale (Yesterday, Film 4 etc) is on C42, which is co-channel with one of Hunmanby's. It is also the one on the lowest power, so you "may" find that it is non-existant, or intermittent. I guess that the lower power is due to it being broadcast on a channel (frequency) that is re-used elsewhere in (relatively) close proximity, such as is the case here. Therefore, it's to protect, or reduce the possibility of interference being caused to those watching the output of the other (co-channel) transmitter(s).

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Monday, 20 August 2012
9:21 PM

Bilsdale transmitter. One problem for people living in parts of Cleveland is the ridge of the Eston Hills. The terrain map suggests that there should be line of sight transmission to Bilsdale whereas, in fact, I have a high ridge of ground directly in the way and we have always had better reception from Pontop Pike.

When Bilsdale first started transmitting we switched to the new transmitter but experienced severe ghosting due to structures on the Wilton Site and changed back. Friends living close by still viewing Bilsdale are still reporting problems although my wife, who acts as my detector, has said we are rarely experiencing them and, hopefully, when the radiated power is increased they will vanish

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Saturday, 25 August 2012
john B
11:24 AM

I have a Sharpe HD tv with built in Freeview. I live in TS70PS and the HD Freeview will be on next month Sept2012. Will I need a new HD FREEVIEW Box or will my HD TV adjust to the the better resoloution automatically?

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Dave Lindsay

12:47 PM

john B: If you post the model number then we can check on the specifications.

Some TVs, often branded with the "HD Ready" logo, can show HD pictures, but do not have the ability to receive Freeview HD signals. They only have a tuner capable of receiving DVB-T signals, which is the format of standard definition broadcasts. They therefore require a separate box if they are to show broadcast HD pictures.

Freeview HD signals are broadcast using the DVB-T2 format, and hence TVs with tuners that can receive DVB-T2 (as well as DVB-T) can pick-up the Freeview HD signals without the need for a separate box.

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Monday, 27 August 2012
4:37 PM

i live in middlesbrough town centre and for the past few days i've been having trouble with channels 3, 4, 5 and a few others. usually if these channels are down, most of the others are as well. but this time it's not the case. is anyone else experiencing similar problems?.. on a side not, i haven't been able to get bbc channels for a long time, with the exception of bbc 4

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Thursday, 30 August 2012
9:30 AM

Like Jim I have experienced a complete loss of Channels 3 4 and 5 even after retuning (3 times). The loss is only on my 2 digital TVs (Toshiba and Samsung) and not on any of my 4 digital boxes.

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Friday, 31 August 2012
2:17 PM

I live in Stocckton on Tees TS19 and I was watching BBC HD Paralympic opening ceremony along with other programmes in HD on my new SONY HD TV (Which means I have the facility to receive and show HD programmes)
After e programme retune all HD Channels had gone this was done yesterday 30th August
What happened to them please?
Are they reappearing?

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Robert Hill

8:52 PM

Kevin. juat a question? Where do you receive television from? Bilsdale Transmitter or the Pontop Pike? If its Bilsdale, you will not be receiving HD yet,not till the 26th September (DSO 2). Now if it is from Pontop Pike that is transmitting HD.
By the way the Paralympics are Channel 4.

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