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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 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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
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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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&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

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

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

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9:42 AM

david -NYorks: Olivers Mount is predicted to have a good signal at your location, so it may be worth trying via manual tuning, however you may find that your aerial needs turning around and remounting with vertical polarity (i.e. the rods going up and down rather than side to side for Bilsdale which uses horizontal polarity) although you could be lucky and find that you get enough signal being received off the side of your aerial.

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Carole Dewings
11:44 AM

I haven't had any incoming emails for 2/3 days - is this because of the problem that ocurred at Bilsdale

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1:29 PM

Carole Dewings: If you were using a 4G mobile internet connection and cannot get a signal from another phone mast then that would prevent your emails arriving. But as you are able to post on here, you would appear to still have a working internet connection, which would suggest that the problem with your email probably has nothing to do with the Bilsdale fire.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
6:56 PM

Currently in the DL8 area, the signal went off a few days back now, while patiently awaiting an update to the current situation other than a fire.
Can someone get a temporary system up and running?.
Is it possible to run an signal system a safe distance from current site while a major restoration is carried out on the existing slightly frazzled Bilsdale.
I mention because many use their free view tv as a means of company and a window to the outer world, with no free view that means they are on their own with their own thoughts.
The whole reason was free view was free, free sat needs a dish and a free sat box which is an out lay many cannot afford after the recent pandemic situation, jobs situations, and pension. so saying free sat works is not helpful, internet streaming is also not affordable for many hence why on freeview.
Strongly think the tv license for Bilsdale lack of signal areas should be reduced, or the licence expiry be extended till we are able to pick up the free view signal again.
Stay safe and please keep everyone informed how the Bilsdale situation is proceeding.

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AJ's 1 post US flag

10:07 PM


Probably best if you read a number of our previous posts on the previous pages where explanations of some of the things going on are mentioned, along with links to places where updated information is most likely to appear first.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag

10:34 PM

AJ: As per my post on the previous page, Arqiva who operate the transmitter are transporting a temporary mast to Bilsdale, but it will take anything from a few days to several weeks for it to be constructed and brought in to service. No work can take place on the existing mast until it has been confirmed to be structurally safe. Some viewers have been able to retune to other transmitters, as Bilsdale has large areas overlapping coverage with Pontop Pike and Emley Moor, although for many this may involve turning their aerial around as the alternative transmitter is usually in a different direction, however some are lucky enough to be able to receive a signal off the back of side their aerial.

The TV Licence is not a subscription and does not guarantee that any particular service will be provided, so there is little possibility of any reduction or extension of any licences. Most people with an internet connection can access BBC iPlayer for no additional cost beyond that of the TV Licence and broadband connection which have already been paid for, as well as live/on demand streaming services from ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and various other commercial broadcaster, non of which require any form of subscription payment. So whilst streaming may not be possible for everyone, it is a viable option for many who have temporarily lost Freeview reception. Freesat is a useful option for properties which have already had a dish previously installed for Sky, as most are left in place after the subscription is cancelled. A Freesat box isn't always necessary as many TVs have built in satellite tuners, so anyone with an old/unused Sky dish should check for a screw-on satellite connection on the back of their TV.

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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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag

11:12 PM


Latest update from Arqiva…mast

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 August 2021

12:08 AM


Some useful detailed technical information also being posted on twitter by Mike at JavaScript is not available.

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Transmitter engineering

10:49 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . FM: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:20. . [BBC]

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