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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.

 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 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

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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

Saturday, 29 September 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:00 AM

Alan: Wideband is fine as it covers the whole band.

Group K is Group A (bottom third) plus Group B (middle third).

I'm not sure that I can be much more help to you. With your symptoms the likely possibility appeared to be that you still had a group A aerial.

Is it possible to bypass the booster (as a test) by connecting the feed from the aerial to that of the room where the troublesome PVR is?

If the booster has a separate power supply then remove the power supply first and then remove the booster.

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Sunday, 30 September 2012
3:18 PM

Completely lost Dave channel. Reset box have done full retune and completed a manual retune on 46. In Malton area anything else I can do?

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Trevor Milburn
8:04 PM

I have had the same apparent problem as Claire. I was watching Dave on Saturday morning when suddenly I got a blank screen and 'No Video' message on my TV (Sony + built in Freeview HD) - same on all C46 stations. Tried automatic then manual re-tunes (C46 only) all to no avail. I am not certain what aerial I have (I do have a booster)but as all other channels etc seem fine and I haven't had any problems in the past I will now have to go through a process of elimintaion to find out the cause of the problem. I am in Sunderland and all my other TVs are recieved via Pontop Pike so can't do comparisons with othe TVs on the same transmiter which is a pain as the immediate suspect is the booster/co-ax link bearing in mind that C46 is at the top end of the transmission spectrum.

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Dave Lindsay

8:40 PM

Claire: See my posting to Alan, above, Thursday 27 September 2012 1:56PM. If you have a group A aerial which will likely be the type installed in the days of four-channel analogue then you may need it replacing.

Group A is the bottom third of the band of frequencies and now the COM channels are all in Group B (middle third), which are in the 40s.

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Dave Lindsay

8:42 PM

Trevor Milburn: Rather than install a new aerial, could you feed the TV from the Pontop Pike aerial? The expense of changing this may be less than the cost of installing or paying an installer to fit a new Bilsdale aerial.

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Monday, 1 October 2012
Ian Gilkison
10:40 AM

I have two independent receiver systems with separate aerials aligned with Bilsdale and both are missing the HD channels 50..54 here in Ripon, N Yorks
There is Zero signal strength for MUX PSB3/BBCB UHF 23 at 490MHz. Other MUX on UHF 26, 29, 40, 43, 46 are all strong (>90%).
My first system is a wide band roof mounted aerial into a LG M2380DF. Second system is a lof mounted twin yagi into a Sony KDL-26U30.
Please advise - has HD transmission started from Bildsale yet?

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Dave Lindsay

10:57 AM

Ian Gilkison: Bilsdale is broadcasting HD but your receivers do not contain the required DVB-T2 tuners.

The Sony set is labelled as "HD Ready" which means that it can show HD pictures but does not have the means to receive them off the air.

The specification for the LG model, both on the LG website and in the manual does not appear to say what type of tuner it has. Amazon does say only DVB-T for the tuner and it also says "Full HD" in the product title. This also gives no qualification to the ability to receive HD signals off the air and just means that it can show the maximum resolution of a HD picture, 1080p.

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9:52 PM

Hi Dave, thanks for the feedback. NO its definately Bilsdale. Got really odd things happening now though. like a blank screen on a lot of channels. BBC 1 is often unwatchable, yet every mux comes in with a strength of 6+, and quality of 5+

Really not sure waht is going on :(

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Matt's 3 posts GB flag
9:53 PM

PS. the caps on NO were an accident, (not shouting lol) :)

and yest my spelling of what is a little eccentric

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Trevor Milburn
10:28 PM

Dave Lindsay:
It seems strange that several others have have had problems with Bilsdale - more so since after switchover (12/19/26 September) everything seems to have been fine until at some point C46 disappeared. I receive the HD channels from Bilsdale perfectly well(OK they are double the power of most others)but why should the C46/574MHz signals be so badly affected? I was told some time ago that the quality of Co-ax from aerial to receiver could have a detrimental effect on signal quality especially on the 'higher' channels, but when I had my aerial booster fited about a year ago the co-ax was also replaced so shouldn't be affecting the system.
I can jump into a Pontop Pike downfeed from my roof, but I am still wondering why this problem occurred in the first place. (I spent 20 odd years working in IT so have heard - and given - all the usual excuses about problems with reception so would like to get to the bottom of this particular problem without losing what was a perfectly good signal feed).

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