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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: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 18 Jun 11:31 until 18 Jun 12:52. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 18 Jun 11:31 until 18 Jun 12:52. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 16 J 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
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
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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
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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, 25 August 2021
5:05 PM

Re Bilsdale fire. I have SD back on my tv but not HD. When will HD be back in HG2? Aerial on roof

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Rachel's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 26 August 2021
Christopher Smith
10:17 AM

Rachel : Nothing for me even with a retune (also in HG2 but aerial in loft due to conservation area). We're not in the Emley Moor footprint area and Freeview predictor says we wouldn't get all channels anyway. So guess will just have to wait.

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Christopher Smith's 7 posts GB flag
Christopher's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage

12:59 PM

Christopher Smith:

That is NOT correct, it depends where you are in the HG2 area, some places have coverage from Emley and Belmont, but of course that means repositioning the aerial which will not be practical (or cost effective) for most people, and it'll be Yorkshire region instead of Tyne Tees.

You really need to provide a full postcode to look at predicted coverage which you've done in the Freeview checker, so your locale is not in a place where you can get the others and loft aerials don't help either as I'm sure you appreciate.


It'll depend on which temporary transmitter you might be getting your signals from at present. There are two that might be giving coverage - Eston Nab and Arncliffe Wood - Here are the UHF channels for them -
Arncliffe Wood - C40, C43, C46 FOR PSBs1-3
Eston Nab - C27, C24, C21, C23, C26, C48, for PSBs1-3, COMs4-6.

I've seen some reports that some have been struggling with the HD PSB3 mux from Arncliffe Wood.
Have a look in your TV tuning section to see which UHF channels you are getting the SD signals from.
Then try a manual tune for the HD multiplex as autotune sometimes misses weaker signals.
Eg. if you are getting the SD on C40 and C43, try manual tune on C46 (C stands for channel).

See also Channel information for Eston Nab and Arncliffe Wood | Freeview and posts on the previous pages here for links to other information.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Christopher Smith
9:58 PM

Actually I used the Emley Moor footprint map on this website and my location is dark grey as opposed to bright green. All the rooftop aerials nearby point to Bilsdale and signal was very good. Emley Moor is slightly nearer but different direction and I presume we're in a black spot for coverage from there. Freeview recommends Bilsdale for full reception of all channels at this location but not all channels from Emley Moor etc. Yes an outdoor aerial would be better and easier to reposition. Loft access is tight, don't know how anyone managed to get in there to install it. Will wait for Bilsdale to rise from the ashes. Until then, streaming via apps (not quite as slick as tuner, a bit clunky but it works).

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Christopher Smith's 7 posts GB flag
Christopher's: mapC's Freeview map terrainC's terrain plot wavesC's frequency data C's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:50 PM

Christopher Smith:

Yes, streaming via the apps is clunky to say the least, still better than nothing.
Your particular postcode may be a no go for Emley, but I wouldn't treat the coverage maps as totally accurate, good for a guide.
The Emley one, on a rough check of one postcode I did, is in the gtreen zone and comes up OK on the Freeview predictor which might be a tad optimistic because there is a small hill on the line of sight about 3km away. That said I've known quite a few locations that have small hills like that in the way, but nevertheless there's still good (and generally) stable reception.
RF (Radio Frequencies) though can very often be more of a black art rather than a precise science, often it's a case of suck it and see.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag

11:51 PM


Did you read my suggestions 3 posts above?

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 August 2021
Transmitter engineering

5:21 PM

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 13:41. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,469 posts GB flag
Sunday, 29 August 2021
10:08 PM

Got No Freeview signal at all on my TV since 10/08/21.
When will signal be restored.


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J.Y's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 30 August 2021

5:14 AM


Suggest you read several posts on previous pages with links to Arqiva and Freeview updates, but in particular see Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy

If you are unable to get a signal from any of the temporary sites or relays, please provide a full postcode and we'll see if any further suggestions can be offered.

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Chris.SE's 4,244 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 September 2021
3:23 PM

Chris.SE: Anyone south of the Bilsdale site is more likely to have issues until the temporary can be put up on West Moor. Arncliffe will be close to horizon for anywhere like Harrogate, & with reduced powers & more gain loss at the higher channel frequencies, the HD mux on 46 was always going to be tentative at such distances. Once the temporary is put up this can then be used on the allocated channels for the site & this will improve the footprint significantly even with severely restricted power.

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