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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 27/05/2024 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 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?

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, 13 November 2019
3:24 PM

I'm also having trouble picking up 55 and 56 in Redcar. Although my aerial faces Bilsdale I could get signals from Pontop Pike too (and still can today on the new frequencies at both transmitters). However I get nothing on 55 nor 56.

Could the fact Bilsdale and Pontop Pike both now use these two frequencies for Com 7 & 8 respectively be causing interference?

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Fred's 2 posts GB flag
5:08 PM

It's odd if BBC1 BBC2 etc are supposed to be still on 100,000 watts but the signal is too low and periodically breaking up since the 13th November retune. We always had good signal throughout here Bilsdale is barely 10 miles away
I'm thinking the information on this page is no longer valid regarding transmitter outputs.

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4wd's 5 posts GB flag
5:18 PM

Further to my earlier comment, 55 and 56 are now working for me. Perhaps they waited until all the relays which used these frequencies were switched away from 55/56 before turning on these two at Bilsdale.

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Fred's 2 posts GB flag
5:22 PM

Checking through just now the majority of channels have bad/low signal issues I wonder if they are running at reduced power throughout due to ongoing work.
I assume this is all for 5G taking over C55 and C56.
It won't help here much when we still can't even send a text.

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4wd's 5 posts GB flag
5:42 PM

Com 7 and 8 fine for me now. Getting 90% signal, was 0% earlier.

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Paul's 3 posts GB flag

5:58 PM

Paul :

Hi, I was just about to post, your predicted reception from Bilsdale is good for the 6 main muxes, but could be variable for COMs 7&8.

As you may have noticed some of the posts since yours where they weren't getting COMs 7&8 as well. It's quite likely as suggested by Fred, that they weren't broadcasting until all the Relays which were being changed today as well, had cleared their use of 55&56 for other multiplexes (there was a lot of them).
Glad you are OK now. Just to add, your reception (& others) of COMs 7&8 won't have been helped by the fact that they are now SFNs (single frequency networks where other transmitters use the same channels for COMs 7&8) but power for these two at Bilsdale has been increased from 18kW to 27kW.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag

6:08 PM

Fred :

You are correct as I commented to Paul about possible interference from other transmitters due to COMs 7&8 now being SFNs. Whilst the power at Bilsdale has been upped, the power for COMs 7&8 at Pontop Pike has been reduced from 33/34kW to 19kW. However the 6 main muxes at Pontop Pike should all be now at 100kW, COMs4-6 having been upped from 50kW.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag

6:50 PM


Whilst information on some transmitter pages is wrong, the channels and power for the 6 main muxes here is correct. The PSBs are on 100kW & COMs 4-6 on 50kW. COMs 7&8 as mentioned to Paul now 27kW, also the Local mux on C30 was being upped from 5 to 7kW.
I would hope that by now, your reception should be back to normal as both Freeview and the BBC are reporting no faults.
I assume you have a Wideband Aerial?

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
7:09 PM

Yes it's wideband, just rescanned and since the changes:

ch21 comes in at strength 1
ch24 is 9
27 is 2
30 is 2
40 is 9
45 is 8
46 is 5

None of them were on 1 and 2 before.

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4wd's 5 posts GB flag

7:18 PM


Hmm, that's not good. My personal experience with Arqiva is that they don't readily admit to problems, it's possible the work is still ongoing if things haven't gone smoothly, but it would be a good idea to look at your predicted reception, but we need a full postcode for that.

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