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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.

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C23 (490.0MHz)171mDTG-400W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)171mDTG-400W
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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),

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C30+ (546.2MHz)171mDTG-400W
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C25 (506.0MHz)171mDTG-8400W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C28 (530.0MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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 Fenham transmitter?

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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 (206°)
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?

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

3:28 PM

FENHAM transmitter - Over the next week Fenham main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,939 posts xx flag
Monday, 9 July 2012
12:28 AM

sometimes we have Yesterday and film 4 for a couple of days and sometimes for a few minutes only but most of the times nothing. Is there a problem with the transmitter?

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Monday, 17 September 2012
Mr M. T. Whittle
9:47 AM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Having a problem with reception on Channel's 12. Yesterday,15. Film 4, 24. ITV4 which are breaking down and pixalateing, several of the other platform channels have intermittent picture freezing I've checked signal strength and it's showing Red and says poor signal strength. I have purchased a new free view box
(Tvonics)and it was fine before the change over on the 12th. I have retuned the box but it has made little difference? Can you Help please?

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Dave Lindsay

10:11 AM

Mr M. T. Whittle: These services are carried on Mux D and it is presently on UHF channel 57 from Fenham and C53 from Pontop Pike. Check that it hasn't tuned to the other.

If it is tuned correctly, then hopefully when it goes to full power on 26th, it will come good.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
8:31 PM

what is wrong with the hd signal coming from fenham. Since the last update in september i am getting quite often "no signal" flashing up on my screen. It is only the hd signal which is new to fenham no problem when i switch back to normal freeview and why is it coming from granada with local news ie itv 6.00 is for granada area.just watching chanel 5 and it has done the same thing.

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nick's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 22 December 2012
John Hudson
5:28 PM

Like Nick above, I'm disappointed with the reception we get in the area NE8 3J, with a good roof aerial erected a few years ago. Since the full digital switchover, things have been no better than they were with a 20 times weaker signal. We're in the shadow of Carr Hill, which is the reason why our signal comes from Fenham, not Pontop Pike. We can receive all muxes and the signal generally shows as strong. I've removed the redundant signal amplifier we used when analogue was still going. However, there are an awful lot of "glitches" and dropouts - periods when the picture shows some pixellation, freezes or disappears altogether and shows "No signal". This happens both with SD and HD, although we don't tend to see pixellation on HD, just a freeze or complete dropout.

As the signal is good most of the time, I have the distinct impression that the transmitter itself is suffering from interruptions. Is it worth complaining to the BBC, or am I wrong about this?

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Dave Lindsay

6:24 PM

John Hudson: Looking at the terrain plot between you and Fenham, and working out what is on the high ground in the way I'm not surprised that you are suffering with intermittent poor reception:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The high ground (shown in red as it obstructs the signal path) has the flyover on and there are also a few high-rise blocks that could also potentially be in the way.

Does the poor reception coincide with something such as rush hour and/or rain?

It appears that you reside slap-bang in the middle of the small area that the Felling transmitter covers. It is a relay of Fenham and suggests that the high ground I identified could be an issue in your area.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 23 December 2012
John Hudson
6:23 PM

Thanks for the comment, Dave, but the only flyover is to the southwest of us, whereas Fenham is to the northwest - likewise with the high rise blocks. There are a few three storey flats between our street and the river but I don't think they're in a direct line of sight.

Maybe I need to consult another aerial engineer. The last one we had (a couple of years ago) seemed to know what he was talking about and said we were in a poor signal area but that he'd given us an adequate (roof) aerial; he was also extremely pricey.

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John Hudson
6:33 PM

Sorry, I should have said that I haven't noticed any common factors about the poor reception except that it seems to occur between about 8.30 and 10 at night on random nights. It may be just that this is the time when we're most likely to watch TV (apart from the period between 5.30 and 7, when I haven't noticed any glitches).

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Wednesday, 2 January 2013
8:50 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

I notice that you have tried to answer john hudson query but ignored mine posted on the 12th dec.
I have line of site from my house to fenham which is just over the river. again, why is the hd transmission so poor since hd was transmitted from fenham on the 26th sept.,and why is it granada, not tyne tees for local news, adverts etc.
look forward to hearing from someone

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