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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

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, plus 16 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, 107 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! 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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, 3 July 2019
Alison Warne
7:13 PM

Due to recent reception problems I have had to retune my TV. I live in Pickering and don't like North East tv as it is not relevant to my area and weather is totally wrong. Up until now I have had access to Yorkshire, calendar news and weather which was perfect, now I have lost the channels. Is there any way I can get them back?

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Alison Warne's 1 post GB flag

8:23 PM

Alison Warne:

Go to the Digital UK Coverage Checker at…er/, put in your full post code and house number or name, select the Detailed View option and press Go. Scroll down the resulting listings and check your preferred transmitter is present and has green bars for all the channels. Make a note of the channel numbers (these are NOT the programme numbers) and find the manual tuning option on your TV. Use your numbers you noted down to manuall tune your TV set.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Anthony Brown
11:05 AM

My post code is TS11 6BZ
I have problems with my freeview boxes automatically switching between the Pontop Pike and Bilsdale transmitters which results in the loss of channels necessitating manual returning
Also have problems with picking up any channels on the low powered, "" on or below 50kw" ransmitters e.g C33 ,C34 etc.
My aerials are presently pointed towards Pontop Pike.
I have come to the conclusion the fault lies with my old arials . This being the case what specification Arial do you recommend for my location.

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Thursday, 12 September 2019

10:10 AM

Anthony Brown:

As you have not told us what make and model the TVs are, it is very difficult to offer advice. It is unlikely to be your aerials as they are static devices and do do anything to the signals. So the retuning is entirely due to the TV sets themselves, which are automatically retuning due to the design of their software incorporated in them. Do the sets have any feature to turn off the automatic tuning function? If so, then turn it off and use the manual tuning feature to tune to the correct channels for the wanted transmitter. You can look up those details by entering you post code and house number into About us | Freeview

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 September 2019

8:14 AM

Anthony Brown:

According to About us | Freeview Pontop Pike is your best transmitter. As a result of the retune event that has just taken place, if you have old C/D group aerials then you could well be struggling with reception of lower powered channels on the lower end of the spectrum, as you have mentioned C33 & C34.
Also the BBCA multiplex now on C32 has it's power reduced slightly from 100kW to 90kW so if you have any problems with that one, you MAY find the multiplex still simulcasting on C58 (as has happened at some other old C/D group transmitters when the change happens) until the next retune event in November - when it's all change again!!

Bilsdale also has a retune event In November with some multiplexes moving, but all the Pontop Pike multiplexes move (PSB1/BBCA moves up to C39), others move down BUT all the main 6 muxes have power increases to 100kW. COMs 7&8 however reduce power to 19kW, though you should have no problems with reception with the CORRECT aerial - you are going to need a Group T (Wideband) aerial. BUT if you do not have Satellite or Cable TV, you can get free help for a new aerial - contact the Freeview Advice line on 0808-100-0288.

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Chris.SE's 3,928 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:03 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

8:08 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:03 today to 04:45 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:05 today to 04:45 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 20 October 2019
Joan mccarthy
3:58 PM

Crazy situation following pontop pike changes - no bbc1 service, tried BBC hd as advised by Freeview but no local services in HF (why not BBC? BBC need to get their priorities right and provide a service)Low and behold BBC 1 hd now pixelated

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Joan mccarthy's 1 post GB flag

7:40 PM

Joan mccarthy: No faults on Bilsdale Is your aerial pointing at Bilsdale or Pontop Pike ?

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Nigel's 58 posts GB flag

7:41 PM

Joan mccarthy:

Are you certain which transmitter you are/should be receiving? You refer to Pontop Pike but have posted on the Bilsdale page. There have been no changes at Bilsdale since 2017 but there will be some on 13th November.

If you provide a full postcode we can check that Pontop Pike is the transmitter you should be getting by looking at your predicted reception. The changes are nothing to do with the BBC, they are part of the What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview (click on the link).

There was a retune event on 12th September at Pontop Pike. Have you only just started having problems or have you had them since the 12th September?

It sounds very much like your issue is due to having an old Group C/D aerial which is for reception of the higher channels that Pontop Pike has been using, but there are further changes coming on the 13th November when all the main multiplexes are moving to lower channels as part of the 700MHz clearance.
If you are currently having problems with the BBC multiplexes then you will have more problems after the next event in November as all the COM multiplexes also move to lower channels except the temporary muxes COMs 7&8 which move up to UHF55 & 56.

I cannot understand why, when you rang Freeview, that's what you were told to do BECAUSE providing you don't have Satellite or Cable TV you can get free help by contacting the Freeview Advice line on 0808-100-0288 where they should be offering to send an engineer to replace your aerial with a Group T / Wideband which is what you'll need to have satisfactory reception of all multiplexes. Give them another phone call and I would get somewhat irritated with them!

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