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The symbol shows the location of the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmitter which serves 34,000 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 Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Fenham 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)171mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)171mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C30+ (546.2MHz)171mDTG-6400W
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
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)171mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C22+ (482.2MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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

com7
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)171mDTG-6400W
Channel icons
34 Merit, 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 88 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 3km east-southeast (108°)
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, 2km south-southwest (207°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
A K TW TW TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C23BBCA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C25SDNSDN
C26D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C28ArqBArqB
C30_localBBCB
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C36_local
C37com8
C56tv_offC5wavesC5waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, com7, com8, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 40W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike 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. Fenham 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.

Comments
Sunday, 16 February 2020
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J.Johnson
8:20 PM

Sr31lp post code has neve had a decent signal since we moved in. ANYTIME of day, no other electrical appliances switched on in the house. he signal is still poor.

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Chris.SE
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9:57 PM

J.Johnson:

I'm assuming that as you've posted on the Fenham transmitter page, that's where you believe you are getting your signals from. It's certainly not the best transmitter for you according to the Freeview Detailed Coverage checker.

How long have you been moved in roughly? Where is the aerial located?

For Fenham, the aerial should have its rods vertical and be pointing ~WNW bearing 299 degrees.
The UHF channels would be C23, C26, C30, C25, C22, C28 for multiplexes PSBs1-3, COMs4-6.

You should get good reception from Pontop Pike, for which the aerial rods should be horizontal, pointing ~WSW more like slightly S of W, bearing 263 degrees.
The UHF channels would be C39, C42, C45, C32, C34, C35, C55, C56, C33 for multiplexes PSBs1-3, COMs 4-8, & the Local Newcastle multiplex.

You could also be picking up the local Sunderland "Light" relay on UHF C29, C31, C37 for PSBs1-3. It's that close, it may not matter if the aerial isn't pointing SE, but it's very very low power.

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Friday, 29 May 2020
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Ken brown
6:37 PM

Forces tv reception is always breaking up in Hebburn area

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Saturday, 30 May 2020
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Chris.SE
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12:08 AM

Ken brown:

Forces TV is on the COM8 multiplex, see Channel listings | Freeview
The COMs 7&8 multiplexes aren't transmitted from Fenham, so I'd guess you may be receiving them from Pontop Pike. Is your aerial pointing slightly W of SW with the rods horizontal or is it pointing almost due W with the rods vertical? We would need a full postcode to see what predicted reception is at your location.

I can't find any faults currently listed, although Pontop Pike was listed for Planned Engineering last week and work might be continuing.
Other than that there is some Tropospheric Ducting around at present affecting some parts of the country periodically, and may do so for the next day or two. See -
Effect of tropospheric ducting on Freeview | Help receiving TV and radio

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