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The symbol shows the location of the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 700,000 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 Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Pontop Pike 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.

 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees), 45 Film4 +1,

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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,

 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

 H -13dB
C56 (754.0MHz)447mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,

 H -4.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-633,800W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -4.6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-634,600W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four 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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 15km northeast (42°)
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, 12km north-northeast (29°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

Are there any self-help relays?

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How will the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731 Mar 2020

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 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 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-11.6dB) 34.6kW
com7(-11.7dB) 33.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LNE(-20dB) 5kW

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. Pontop Pike 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.

Sunday, 6 January 2019
Barbara Hudson
5:59 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

I bought a new tv ready for the digital switch over. The switch over came and that was the start of 7 or 8 years of problems. The picture freezers, pixelates, and the sound goes off and even deletes the radio channels. This happens every day and night for hours at a time nomatter what the weather.

Verious tv technicians have been out and all say the transmission is strong. I've had a filter put on the tv, another filter put on the outside aerial and a new aerial lead but nothing has worked.

I live in a middle flat on the back of the property and the tenant below me has the same problem, the tenant above me is fine. The tenant in the middle flat on the front of the property has the same problems but the ones above and below him don't. All I know is after all these years of not being able to watch a programme all the way through is annoying and frustrating but I still have to pay for a tv licence. I always check that the conections and leads are ok.

My post code is Jesmond NE2 4RL

Hope you can advise
Miss Barbara Hudson

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Barbara Hudson's 1 post GB

6:36 PM

Barbara Hudson: The fact that one of your neighbours in the same building suffers the same problem is a clear indication that there is a fault somewhere in the communal aerial system. This has nothing to do with your TV licence, you need to take it up with whoever is responsible for building maintenance.

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StevensOnln1's 2,494 posts GB
Wednesday, 9 January 2019
Karl Thomas
11:21 PM

How come I can now select either Newcastle or Middlesbrough when I retune?

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Karl Thomas's 1 post GB

11:40 PM

Karl Thomas: Probably because you're picking up signals from two different transmitters in different regions. If you provide a full postcode we can take a look at your predicted coverage and see what you should be able to get.

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StevensOnln1's 2,494 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Vic Savy
12:50 PM

Looking at your colour coded map for the Pontop Pike transmitter shows little or no DTT signal at postcode NE41 8JG in Wylam, Newcastle, where I am planning aerial changes for the development where I live in advance of the 700MHz clearance channel changes planned for later this year. This completely conflicts with the prediction on the UK Digital website
for the same post code that suggests I should be able to get a good signal from Pontop Pike. Is the data your map accesses current and if so any thoughts on the different prediction.

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Vic Savy's 2 posts GB

2:03 PM

Vic Savy: This website is independent and the owner doesn't seem to have time available to sort out various problems with the coverage predictions. Digital UK's coverage checker should be fairly reliable as they are the organisation that run Digital Terrestrial TV (DTT) in the UK.

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StevensOnln1's 2,494 posts GB
Monday, 11 February 2019
Transmitter engineering

1:30 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:23 yesterday to 02:29 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:23 on 10 Feb to 02:29 on 10 Feb. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 February 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:31 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:23 on 10 Feb to 02:29 on 10 Feb. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 14:43 today to 15:17 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 13:45 today to 14:25 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 14 February 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:23 on 10 Feb to 02:29 on 10 Feb. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 14:43 yesterday to 15:17 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 13:45 yesterday to 14:25 yesterday. [BBC]

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