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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 20/05/2024 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
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
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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
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 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

Tuesday, 10 August 2021
Tony Lambert
3:06 PM

How long will Bilsdale be offline

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4:53 PM

There has been a fire this afternoon at the Bilsdale transmitter, resulting in all Freeview, DAB and FM Radio services being taken off air (some DAB and FM services may still be receivable with a weaker signal due overlapping coverage from other transmitters). The BBC are reporting that Arqiva have started work on restoring services, but depending on the extent of the damage it could take some time for repairs to be completed.

Do not attempt to retune as this will not bring the signal back and could delete your channel list, making it more difficult to know when the signal has returned.

Bilsdale transmitter fire: TV and radio disrupted in 1m homes - BBC News

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John Slater
5:51 PM

Please note that iPlayer and Freesat are still working, so if you have either of these (or cable), you should have access to some channels at least.

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John Slater's 4 posts GB flag

10:48 PM

John Slater:

Good advice John.

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Wednesday, 11 August 2021
Carol Hills
9:33 AM

I usually watch freeview TV or listen to it at night when I can't sleep. I would like a refund on my TV licence. Please advise.

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Carol Hills's 1 post GB flag

9:56 AM

Carol Hills: You won't be able to get a refund on your TV Licence for a transmitter being off air. It is a licence to use television receiving equipment and BBC iPlayer, it isn't a subscription and does not guarantee any particular service being provided.

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Ronald Stevenson
4:49 PM

Postcode DL116PH. I have a rooftop digital aerial with a wired connection to the TV points in the house, but there has been no signal coming through for the last few days. Also, I am unable to receive analogue FM radio signals on my portable radio receivers. Can this be anything to do with the Bilsdale transmitter?

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Ronald Stevenson's 1 post GB flag

5:17 PM

Ronald Stevenson:

If your aerial is pointing pretty much Due E then yes it will be.
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Even though your aerial is pointing the wrong way, you might be able to get some signal off the Whitaside Light Relay transmitter (PSB multiplexes only) which is a relay of Pontop Pike, so should be working (2km from you).
It's UHF channels are C37, C47, C48 for PSBs 1,2, & 3, if you could manual tune that would be the best option BUT retuning will lose the correct Bilsdale tuning so you'll have to retune again to get Bilsdale back WHEN it's working but it's likely to be a limited service initially when it is and it's some distance from you (56km).

Bilsdale's UHF channels are at the very top of this page except PSBs 1 & 3 are interchanged. The 13 Nov 2019 list lower down is NOT up-to-date.

Note to other readers - which other transmitters you might be able to get (if any) will depend upon location. Consider on-line or Freesat if you are stuck.

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Chris.SE's 4,186 posts GB flag

10:32 PM

The BBC are now reporting that viewers in Hartlepool, Redcar and eastern parts of Middlesborough should now be able to receive a limited Freeview service (PSB1/2/3 multiplexes) from a temporary high power transmitter at Eston Nab (which usually operates at very low power to serve a small area) however viewers may need to manually tune to UHF channels 27, 24 and 21. I have also seen seen reports that the Whitby relay is back on air using a satellite backup feed, which may carry the wrong BBC One region.

Arqiva announced earlier today that a temporary mast is being transported to Bilsdale in order to start restoring services, although it will be shorter than the existing mast and could take several days or weeks to enter service.

The BBC have created a dedicated reception advice page, where you can subscribe to receive further updates via email:
Problems with television and radio services in North Yorkshire and Teesside | Help receiving TV and radio

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Thursday, 12 August 2021
david -NYorks
9:18 AM

StevensOnln1: Is it worth me retuning to Olivers Mount? I'm c 38km away at Hovingham YO62 4JT?

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