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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) mast?

Fenham transmitter - Fenham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 26/02/2024 Screen may go black 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 Fenham 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.

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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, plus 16 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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C22+ (482.2MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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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

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C28 (530.0MHz)172mDTG-8400W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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 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 (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;
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.

Monday, 8 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

9:40 AM

FENHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 11:15 on 04 Aug to 14:40 on 04 Aug [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,936 posts xx flag
9:42 AM


Thanks for the info, i'll try that channel and see if this works, I think I will be on the Fenham transmitter as this is the closest to me, according to this site the next nearest is 47 miles away.

I only bought a HD set top box as checked the site below and it stated I could receive the HD channels:

/ Home
/ HD

Any way of choosing to receive from Pontop Pike? (NE22PJ)

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Richard's 3 posts GB flag
9:53 AM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

*EDIT* Pontop Pike is also very close (didnt show up on my initial search)

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Richard's 3 posts GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

11:28 AM

Richard: Your aerial might be intended for Fenham, that is, it might be a Group A aerial and aimed at and oriented for Fenham. If so, you probably won't pick up enough of the signal from Pontop Pike even though the predicted coverage is actually better.

An aerial for Fenham would have the elements going up-and-down rather than side-to-side, and it will point west-south-west. For Pontop Pike the elements should go side-to-side and it should point south-west.

Checking the group is harder. The elements of a Group A aerial are larger, and spaced further apart, than a Group C/D or wideband. Often, a group A had a red plastic cap at one end, a group C/D would be green and a wideband black.

If you have a Group A aerial, you'd need a new aerial to use Pontop Pike, as it is designed *not* to pick up signals outside its group. It may be worth getting a wideband in case the broadcasters do win the auction for channels 31 to 38 and launch new services there. Given the prediction - 99-100% across the board - I'd go with a small-to-medium sized Log-Periodic aerial.

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Dave Stobbs
1:45 PM

Just further to this, we have a Samsung TV with inbuilt freeview digital TV. We live in South Shields and for the last 6 yrs plus have had no problems at all. Recently I noted a poor signal on some of the channels, esp ITV1, the picture pixelating. Now, it won't even pick these channels (itv1, channel 4, channel 5 up at all and when I scan it can't find them. I've reset to factory settings but still no joy.Any help would be gratefully appreciated.

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Dave Stobbs's 2 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Dave Stobbs
9:45 AM

Briantist - thanks for getting back. I've been trying auto stores over the last few days and still no ITV1/channel4 etc, but I've just tried it again there and it's addedd them all back in! Can only think the signal for this MUX group was too weak to pick up on the auto scans.

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Dave Stobbs's 2 posts GB flag
Friday, 12 August 2011

6:43 AM

Dave Stobbs: I am pleased to hear that the signal is back and working for you.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:31 AM

FENHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 05:29 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

6:31 AM

FENHAM transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 05:29 today [BBC]

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