Freeview Light on the Romaldkirk (County Durham, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Romaldkirk (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 1,200 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Romaldkirk (County Durham, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Romaldkirk 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.
64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Are you trying to watch these 60 Freeview channels?
The Romaldkirk (County Durham, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5Spike, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, AlJazeera English (SD), Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, Freesports, Home, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, Movies4Men, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network, PBS America, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Sewing Quarter, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel HD, Sony Movie Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together TV, Yesterday, YourTV.
If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Romaldkirk transmitter?
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 50km north-northeast (33°)
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.
How will the Romaldkirk (County Durham, 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?
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Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bilsdale transmitter area
Back in April I attended a meeting in the Eggleston village Hall and was informed that after the switch over I would only be able to receive a limited number of channels from The Romaldkirk transmitter. After reading the very informative A.T.V web site I decided to purchase one of their XB10K high gain aerials and positioned it on my bungalow roof and aligned it to the Bilsdale Transmitter. I was delighted to tune into 84 channels all with signal strengths of medium to full. My bungalow is on the Middleton in Teesdale road which is at the lower part of the village. Surely it was false information we were given as I?EUR(TM)m sure that when the transmitter power is increased the majority of the village residents should be able to enjoy a full service from the Bilsdale transmitter
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Colin Mason: As ATV says, RF is a black art. See the conclusion at the bottom of this page:
Loft and indoor aerial installations for TV, FM and DAB
Prediction of reception is more a guide to likelihood of success and should be taken with a pinch of salt. Such systems exist not because they can ever be anywhere near accurate, but because of the demand for such solutions.
The Digital UK Postcode Checker predicts the percentage of the postcode that is "served" and that which is "marginal". This in itself means a very large area when you consider the area where your aerial is. The predictor does not take into account local objects (trees, buildings etc) and is theoretically based on a particular aerial.
I'm not saying that in some cases the predictor isn't useful, but it should be remembered that it has its limits.
It is possible that your reception may be variable, perhaps being better at certain times of year. For example, vegetation that may be in the way may affect the signal.
The only thing that is a certainty is that anyone with an aerial on the Romaldkirk transmitter will only get the Public Service channels.
I would wait until 26th September to see what you can get.
After switchover, the Commercial channels (those that don't broadcast from Romaldkirk) use a less robust mode so as to allow them to cram more services in. This is in effect like them being more fragile.
With digital, quality is more important than strength. A strong poor-quality signal will mean break-up or non-existant pictures.
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Following the full switch over on the 26th September I now get over 80 tv channels all with high signal levels and picture quality. The only exception is itv 3 with a medium signal strength but good picture quality. I also get the other junk and radio channels making a total of 116. We have just experienced a period of heavy rain which had no effect on signal strength and with trees in full leaf at the moment I don't envisage any deterioration in signal in futer. I would think it would be worth the other village residents purchasing a K group aerial. and tuning in to the Bilsdale transmitter and enjoying full freeview services.
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