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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bilsdale transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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

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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),

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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
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

 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

Thursday, 13 September 2012
10:13 PM

When BBCA started on C26 earlier this week it seems MUXC also moved from C27 to C34.

Anyone (else) missing the re-runs of Red Dwarf on Dave in the Bilsdale area might want to re-tune!

I have to manually tune to avoid spurious channels from Emley, I guess auto-tuners may not have noticed this additional change?

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Matt's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 16 September 2012
Brian Winter
2:31 PM
Catterick Garrison

I have been lucky enough to be part of the Digital Outreach team based at the methodist Church in Richmond. Personally I have had no problems although I would like to mention that currently the BBC services on Channel 24 are still being radiated as you will get two lots of BBC4/Parliment and Cbeebees and the radio until the second stage of DSO. In addition, ITV1+1 from Bilsdale is Tyne Tess not Yorkshire as shown on your info pages.

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Brian Winter's 3 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 18 September 2012
10:04 PM

having problems picking up digital and anologue signals for 1tv chan 4 chan 5 etc had no problem before the the switchover and its not just mine, it seems the whole village is the same, loft ariels and roof ariels help please SKINNINGROVE TS13 4BJ

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Paul's 1 post GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

10:34 PM

Paul: Digital UK expect you to be using the Skinningrove repeater transmitter, rather than the main Bilsdale transmitter. You don't have line-of-sight over the cliffs.

The Skinningrove transmitter will be using different, slightly higher, frequencies after switchover compared to before. If you have reception problems it may be worth swapping the aerial for a group C/D or wideband design.

Skinningrove does not yet transmit ITV1, Channel 4 or Channel 5 in digital form. They will be turned on, along with the HD services, next Wednesday. The new services are expected to be available from mid-afternoon: see Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times for updated information on the day.

If the problem persists after switchover completes, or for reassurance that the local transmitter is working properly, contact Digital UK on the number on their website.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Friday, 21 September 2012
3:26 PM

During the last week or so, I have been helping some elderly friends to re-tune their equipment - a mix of built-in TV and set-top boxes and have a problem with one installation. I did a 'first time installation' procedure and all channels except BBC2 were present. I repeated the procedure twice, but the result was just the same - no BBC2.
The equipment is a set top box located in Richmond North Yorks - Post code DL10 7DQ and the aerial is chimney mounted.
Do you think the situation is liable to be resolved after the 26th September?

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Bill's 3 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

3:35 PM

Bill: This is strange and makes me wonder whether you are, somehow, viewing the analogue signals. On analogue BBC Two has been switched off.

With the digital, multiple services are carried on one signal, unlike analogue where one service occupied one UHF channel (signal).

So if you have BBC One and BBC Three, then you would be expected to have BBC Two.

Are you sure that you haven't unknowingly used the TV's remote and carried out a retune of the TV's analogue tuner?

In answer to your question, BBC standard definition TV and radio is now on the full final power (it has "switched" as it were).

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 22 September 2012
12:08 AM

Hi Dave,
Thanks for your reply
I am 100% sure that I am not trying to view the Analogue signal, since when I change channels using the remote control, there is always a pop-up window showing DTV and the selected channel, but BBC2 is missing from the channel list. I do realise that BBC2 is no longer available on Analogue.....

I seem to remember reading somewhere, that some early 'Digiboxes' had problems resolving particular channels ?? I'm not sure of the Make/Model of the unit in question and will not be able to find out until mid next week - friends are away at present....

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Bill's 3 posts GB flag
12:18 AM

Further thought to my comments above - I could select other 'Free-to-Air' channels such as ITV2, ITV3, Dave, Pick TV etc. which would confirm that I was viewing Digital TV....

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Bill's 3 posts GB flag
8:21 AM

Since the first part of the digital switchover on Sep 12th I'm constantly loosing the digital BBC channels. I've tried various retunes and even the retune procedure with the aerial cable out then back in, all to no avail. The aerial is roof mounted and the location is TS17 0SH, Ingleby Barwick. I should mention that I keep getting on screen messages coming through saying 'The channel list has been updated'
Any advice would be appreciated.

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9:33 AM

I don't want to speak too soon but I think the problem is resolved. I tried resetting the digital box to the factory default and doing a fresh installation and the BBC channels are now present.
Hopefully it'll be ok now.

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