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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 04/03/2024 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

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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 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

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

Wednesday, 10 October 2012
11:17 PM

If you are missing Band 46, I think you have the old red band aerials & that's why you are not getting band 46, Iv come across this lost this week although grey bands are working fine.

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Monday, 15 October 2012
Dave Naylor
9:16 PM

Anyone know who decided to change the transmitter indents of both Bilsdale and Pontop to North East. Seems stupid since televisions with built in software to help make sure the tuner is receiving the right transmitter are now disabled. Causing me lots of problems?

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Steve Loble
5:17 PM

Should I now be getting BBC HD on my HD Ready TV from the Bilsdale mast. I have recently retuned.

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Dave Lindsay

5:34 PM

Steve Loble: No. Follow the link to HD Ready which means that a TV can show HD pictures but does not have the means to receive them off the air.

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Monday, 29 October 2012
Trevor Milburn
8:10 PM

Trevor Milburn:
An update on my Bilsdale problems. Scanning through the channels on TV last night, I noticed a pile of new channels in the 8xx range - several of which were the missing channels. Knowing that this is often the case whilst the transmitters are being tested and they are basically 'ghost' channels with no programme transissions, I thought nothing of it. However, on closer inspection, I found all my lost channels had re-appeared (my Sony has Automation System Update (I think that's its name). Did a system check and they are all showing as Picture Quality - 0, Signal Quality - 66, so I don't hold out much hope of keeping them but will monitor the situation over the next few days. It may have only been 'atmospheric conditions' so will wait & see and report back

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bill smith
8:44 PM

All problems with bilsdale transmitter will be solved if you use a simple 'log aperiodic' aerial. they are very 'wide band' and not half as obtrusive as the so called 'high gain' aerials that the installers are currently touting. Don't forget THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A 'DIGITAL' AERIAL, and anyone who tries to sell one on this basis is either an ignoramus or a wide boy.
After all, this type of aerial is the one of choice that the BBC themselves use.

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Monday, 19 November 2012
Jacqueline Fowler
8:52 PM

Our ariel is in the loft. My son has a Bravia Sony TV. Before switchover his fave programmes were 'Pick' and 'Dave', now he can get niether. Please can you help. I have read al therough this thread, but little of it makes any sense to me. Could you please help using very simple language! Thank you.

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Dave Lindsay

9:59 PM

Jacqueline Fowler: I posted an explanation here in response to Alan:

Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) full-Freeview transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

A number of other people have reported exactly the same issue.

First off, if your TV has manual tuning you should attempt to tune to the missing multiplex (a multiplex is a single signal that carries multiple services).

Go through to the manual tune function (if there is one) and tune to UHF/RF channel 46. The multiplex on C46 carries Dave, Pick TV and others.

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Monday, 26 November 2012
11:25 PM

i am also from TS13 5HR, lost C46

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Thursday, 3 January 2013
2:01 PM

I've got a slightly odd one here.
I have an EyeTV connected to my computer, but have great difficulty getting BBCA on C26.
I am using an indoor aerial mounted high on the top floor of my house pointing out of the window.
I have to loop the aerial cable half way round the rom to do this (approx 6 metres).
The strange thing is, since switchover, the signal is so strong that I don't need the aerial plugged in (just the loop of cable) to get a good signal on PSB2!
Channels on all other Muxs are fine.
Checking the signal strength and quality, they seem almost identical for both BBCA and PSB2 using the tuning software for the EyeTV.
Any ideas?

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