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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

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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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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, 19 February 2020

11:33 PM

Ian Porter:

You can also find a full list of which programmes/channels are on which multiplex at Channel listings | Freeview

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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag
Thursday, 12 March 2020

12:20 AM


Bilsdale retune 12th March.
This was only added to the changes last month. It's only a simple change where the PSB1/BBCA & PSB3/BBCB HD multiplexes are swapping UHF channel.
PSB1 moves from C21 to C27, and PSB3 moves from C27 to C21.
As it's a simple change I would imagine that the transmitter will not be off-air for very long, just after midnight.

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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 March 2020
1:59 PM


How do you find out about these changes to Bilsdale?
I use an overly complicated setup with tvheadend on a raspberry pi, so when the frequencies get changed I don't know until someone watches it, which is quite annoying when you just want to watch TV!
It was easy enough to change and rescan but only thanks to your post stating exactly what it was that had changed, I'd have been lost without it!

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Karl's 1 post GB flag

2:24 PM


Hi, from Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/700mhz-clearance">What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview about 3/4 way down the page Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/700mhz-clearance">What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview /clearance-events-2020
There's a list of changes and dates, then further down you can select a pdf document for a given region.

However, these documents do sometimes have errors. It pays to double check the predicted reception at your location by putting postcode and house name/number in the box on Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free then on the new page scroll right down and select "Detailed view". You can see potential transmitters and multiplexes, dates of any changes, hovering over various bits gives more detail like mode & power etc.
At the top of the page you can select a Region to get details of each of the regions' transmitters, which contain a history of channels and changes but not mode & power detail.
Even those pages do have some errors now and then.


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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 June 2020
j appleyard
10:18 AM

I am on bilsdale transmitter what channel should I set my sky box rf analogue output to avoid interference

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3:49 PM

j appleyard:

UHF channels used by Bilsdale are C27, C24, C21, C43, C46, C40, C55, C56 & C30 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs 4-8, and the Local mux.
Remembering the theoretical C+5 and C+9 rule, you've got a gaps there at C23, C32, C33, C48, C49, C52, C53, C54 but as interference could end up on an adjacent channel, personally I'd choose something well above C56, you've got the pick from say C60-C68.

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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 8 July 2020
Bryan Law
1:48 PM

Channel 21 is breaking up badly near Whitby. Other channels OK.

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3:09 PM

Bryan Law:

The Bilsdale transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering, so it's likely this work is what's affecting the signal.

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Chris.SE's 3,700 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 15 September 2020
4:55 PM

Hi guys tuned into Bilsdale from Hornsea, was working fine at the weekend got to caravan today and no signal on anything (BBC has always been a bit glitchy but ITV + other muxes all ok) now nothing, any one else suffering?

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Jamie's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 16 September 2020

11:32 AM


The Bilsdale transmitter is currently listed for Planned Engineering, so the signals may be intermittent during the work.

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