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The symbol shows the location of the Chatton (Northumberland, England) transmitter which serves 29,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Chatton (Northumberland, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Chatton transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)349mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)349mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47+ (682.2MHz)349mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C31 (554.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C37 (602.0MHz)349mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Chatton (Northumberland, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Chatton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 64km south-southeast (167°)
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, 64km south (170°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Chatton (Northumberland, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
B E TB E TB E TB E K TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37ArqB
C39BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB
C41SDNBBCA
C42C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4
C44ArqAD3+4
C45BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C47ArqBBBCB
C49tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

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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 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-12.2dB) 6kW
Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 2kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Chatton transmitter area

Jan 1959-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. Chatton 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

Comments
Friday, 15 November 2019
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Chris.SE
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7:25 AM

David Pulman:

Unfortunately not, it's carried on the temporary COM7 HD multiplex which is only transmitted on some of the main transmitters. Whether or not you can reliably get reception from another transmitter that carries it will depend upon your postcode (a full postcode is needed to check).

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Saturday, 1 February 2020
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Phill Lloyd
8:05 AM
Berwick-upon-tweed

We have recently lost all of our channels with a no signal warning. This happened around 48 hours ago and they briefly returned yesterday afternoon before disappearing again around 5pm. We still have no signal.

We receive our signal from Chatton and notice in the Freeview engineering schedule that work is planned on the Berwick relay this week with possible service interruption.

Our aerial system is all new from the 3rd January and has worked perfectly since installation. It worked well yesterday when the signal returned and all wiring, connections and aerial look good.

Is it possible to find out if this outage is a result of the planned engineering works and if so how long this might go on for....come on guys it's the rugby this weekend....

Cheers

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Chris.SE
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8:56 AM

Phill Lloyd:

This is an independent help site. We aren't responsible for the broadcasters or transmitter operators.
It is unusual for signals to disappear for the lengths of time you have mentioned, so it's possible that your aerial system may have a fault or any internal connections (flyleads etc) may be faulty, or your aerial is not pointed at the transmitter you think.
The Berwick transmitter is a Relay that does not broadcast the COMs 4-6 (or7/8) multiplexes, the Chatton transmitter is it's parent which broadcast all 6 main multiplexes. For the channels on each multiplex see Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free corporate/platform-management/channel-listings">Channel listings | Freeview so you can check whether you are receiving what you should be.

The BBC are not listing any loss of their services from either Chatton or Berwick.
For Chatton the aerial rods should be horizontal, for the Berwick relay they should be vertical.

I'd suggest you check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

If you still have problems after those checks, I suggest you contact Freeview Freeview | All your favourite TV shows, all in one place and all for free phone 0808-100-0288
If you require further help here, a full postcode will be needed to check Freeview's predicted reception at your location.

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Tuesday, 14 July 2020
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Tory Kitwood
7:58 AM

Hi, I have recently moved to Blyth. There is no signal according to the TV, or it varies between 0
and 15%. The PSB1 channels are received, but no others. Please advise...

Thanks

Tory

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Saturday, 19 September 2020
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PETER LITTLE
6:38 AM

I have been having a lot of problems with Freeview this past week,channels have gone and then returned;I have done all the checks and now think it may be the set top box.I am not sure which main site my signal comes from,my post code is,NE650TP.





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Chris.SE
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11:20 PM

PETER LITTLE:

It's unlikely to be your box, there's been a lot of "Tropospheric Ducting" around causing interference, see https://www.radioandtvhelp.co.uk/help-guides/television/effect-of-tropospheric-ducting-on-freeview for a simplistic explanation. It's likely to continue for a day or two more.
There are no reported transmitter faults either.

Your most likely transmitter is predicted to be Pontop Pike, Chatton would be a good second choice. Bilsdale is a possibility but not a good as the other two especially for COMs4-6.

You can look in your box's tuning section to see what UHF channels you are tuned to, I'll list them for you in a moment, but some simple checks - If you get a local station at LCN7 in your EPG and it's Newcastle, then it's Pontop Pike you are getting. If your box is HD, if you are getting BBC News HD at LCN107 the you are getting COM7 which isn't broadcast from Chatton.
Middlesbrough is the Local station from Bilsdale.

You can also check which way your aerial is pointing, at your location, directions as follows -
Bearing 190 degrees - 10 degrees W of due S, it's Pontop Pike
Bearing 326 degrees - 11 degrees N of NW, it's Chatton
Bearing 164 degrees - 16 degrees E of Due S, it's Bilsdale.

UHF channels as follows, in the order PSB1/BBCA, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBCB HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ArqA, COM6/ArqB, COM7, Local
Pontop Pike C39, C42, C45, C32, C34, C35, C55, C33
Chatton C41, C44, C47, C29, C31, C37
Bilsdale C27, C24, C21, C43, C46, C40, C55, C30

The "Tropo" is the most likely cause of problems right now.

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