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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
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?

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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, 3 September 2012
11:45 AM


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Dave Lindsay

12:01 PM

ERIC ARMSTRONG: On 12th September the PSB1/BBCA multiplex will come on air. This will give you all the BBC standard definition services plus BBC radio.

Analogue BBC One will take the place of analogue BBC Two. This is so that PSB1 can go on the same UHF channel (frequency) as the former BBC One analogue.

ITV and Channel 4 analogue will continue until 26th September when they will be replaced with the other PSB digital channels.

The Eston transmitter will only carry Public Service channels; the Commercial ones only broadcast from main transmitters and larger relays.

Public Service channels carry BBC standard definition, BBC radio, ITV1, ITV1+1, ITV1HD, ITV2, Channel 4, Channel 4+1, Channel 4 HD, E4, More4 and Channel 5. That's the lot from Eston.

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Dave Lindsay

12:20 PM

Eric Armstrong: There should be no need to adjust your aerial for reception from Eston.

"If" you are to ever receive the Commercial channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Yesterday, Film4, Dave etc) on terrestrial, then you will have to receive from Bilsdale. I say "if", because it may not be a given given Roseberry Topping is in the way.

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Neil Osborne
7:38 PM


I seem to have lost all channels except bbc1,2,3, cbbc, bbc news and red button. This remains the case no matter how many times I retune. I have always had excellent reception of all channels


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Thursday, 6 September 2012
Michael Pickles
3:22 PM

I live in Pudsey, Leeds. My TV has always picked up Tyne Tees for analogue (Bilsdale?) but Yorkshire for Digital (Emley? I believe after having a new aerial around 4 years ago). Around 23:15 on 31 August,Digital went to no signal and has remained that way ever since, I now recieve no channels on either TV, attempts to retune one has lost all channels in the EPG. Tyne Tees analogue has also disappeared. Any suggestions please?

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Dave Lindsay

5:55 PM

Michael Pickles: First and foremost, it is good practice to have the receiver tuned to the transmitter to which the aerial faces. Bilsdale and Emley are in different directions, so at least one must be wrong.

The transmitter that a TV tunes itself to during the automatic tuning process is not forced to be the "right" one for the aerial. Thus, in some cases it is necessary to tune manually or carry out some other workaround in order to get the right transmitter. Not doing so can mean poor reception.

When one encounters "no signal", however tempting, it is usually advisable not to retune because this simply results in the tuned channels being wiped from the memory.

Only in cases where changes have been made at the transmitter end should retuning be carried out. If it turns out that the TV has suddenly "forgotten" the tuned channels, then this tends to indicate a fault with the device.

On the basis that the problem exists with two receivers, it would appear that they are not at fault. By retuning you have compounded the issue by erasing the tuning information from the receivers' memories.

If the Bilsdale analogue signals disappeared, then this perhaps suggests something with your aerial setup. How is the signal distributed? If it is a powered amplifier then it may be at fault. You should try bypassing it by connecting the feed from the aerial directly to a feed to one of your TVs. You will, of course, then have to carry out a retune once you have done this (because you wiped the memory).

If your aerial points to Bilsdale, then bear in mind that its digital signals are still pre-switchover and therefore low power. They may be weak or non-existant at your location. Contrast that with the Emley digital signals which will be as strong as the former analogue (because it has switched to digital and Bilsdale hasn't).

If your aerial points to Bilsdale then can you not receive from Emley or another transmitter that carries Yorkshire programming? The fact that you can do so even though the aerial faces the wrong way (assuming it points to Bilsdale) suggests that this may be a possibility.

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Friday, 7 September 2012
Michael Pickles
1:41 PM

Dave Lindsay
- Thank you for the detailed advice. I have found some more information. The house initially had 2 aerials downstairs to Bilsdale, upstairs to Emley. These where upgraded to one shared aerial to Emley around 3 or 4 years ago and upstairs has an amplifier. I have tried bypassing that as you suggested upstairs with no luck. so looks like I will get someone out to check the aerial.

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Dave Lindsay

2:26 PM

Michael Pickles: When you do get it working, if your receiver does default to Bilsdale during its automatic scan, you should be able to avoid this by having the aerial unplugged for the first 30% of the scan.

This is probably not an issue now as Bilsdale is still on low (pre-switchover) power. It switches next Wednesday and Wednesday 26th.

From that point, the digital signals should be of equivalent strength to that of the current analogue. As analogue receivers sometimes default to Bilsdale, so "may" digital ones, although it probably depends on how each "decides" which signals to go with having completed the scan.

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Dave Lindsay

2:53 PM

Michael Pickles: I wonder if you have a masthead amp as well. This will require a separate power supply which could perhaps have failed (or the amp itself has failed).

This may be built in to the distribution amplifier (the one with multiple outputs).

An amplifier with no power to it will give nothing out. That's what makes me wonder if you have a mast-head amp that is now acting as a block for the signal (either through failure of itself or its power supply).

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Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Ian Taylor
8:09 AM

Is there a specific time on 12th and 26th September when I should retune or do I just wait until my picture disappears and then do it?

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