Full Freeview on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Pontop Pike 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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Newcastle (BBC local radio), 720 BBC York (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Tees (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 37 QVC2, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create and Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, QVC Style, 50 GREAT! tv, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,
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?
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.
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?
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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?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 50kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike transmitter area
I repaired a flooded mast amplifier about a month ago, then started to get picture break-up and signal quality drops from Pontop Pike. I assumed my repair hadn't been a complete success, and fitted a new K-band aerial and coax cable, foolishly without checking for engineering works.
What are all the "Engineering Works" doing, and why are they going on so long?
They have been continuing for at least the last 4 weeks on pretty much every transmitter, according to https://www.freeview.co.u…rks.
At least I now have the same quality signal as I had with the original wideband aerial, but without the need for the mast amplifier.
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It sounds as though your aerial system may well have been degrading for some time, especially if it was at least ten years old and you had water in a pre-amp, the chances are the coax cable was compromised as well. You mentioned it was a wideband aerial, if it was (and not an old Group C/D - the original group for Pontop Pike) *I assume it was replace at DSO some 10+ years ago.
You've certainly done the right think by installing a Group K aerial to cover the UHF channels used by Pontop Pike and it will likely have a better response at the lower channels than a wideband. Additionally Group K is designed to minimise response above UHF C48 where those frequencies may now be used for new/updated mobile signals which could present an interference problem.
If you have any such masts near you, you may still suffer a problem but can get a Free Filter from https://restoretv.uk/ but as you haven't given a full postcode I can't advise whether you should have received a postcard from them, but you can check on their website. (There have been a few cases where thpostcards should have been sent but weren't/were not received!).
I hope you used double screened coax such as CT100 or similar to minimise the risk of future interference.
I'm afraid Arqiva never giver details of what the work entails or how long it will last as some of it may be weather dependant. Clearly such work is better done at this time of year when weather is not so inclement. It's a good ten years since DSO and one would image that most transmitters will need a lot of maintenance checks etc. This isn't the only transmitter where works have been running on and off for several weeks. In addition to which they may well be carrying out additional checks since the fire at Bilsdale to try and ensure such things don't happen elsewhere!
Pontop Pike has been listed for Planned Engineering since the 28th August so hopefully any work/maintenance may be nearing completion, however you shouldn't find a continuous reduction in your signal strength and signal quality on all multiplexes unless they are having to continuously use the reserve antenna for some reason.
Check your signal strength and quality figures in your tuning section, you should have 100% quality on all multiplexes if there is no problem (except in adverse conditions) and a high signal strength.
The lists of Planned Engineering do change each week and you'll find a "rotation" of transmitters affected.
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Chris.SE: I am in SR4 area. Wideband aerial was fitted in 2006 and I did get a free at800 filter (which made no difference when I removed it). Had no problems till amplifier cable-tie snapped and it filled with water. Used 15 metres of RG6 cable, not CT100. SNR on C45 is 82% according to Freeview/Satellite box. This was dropping to 50% momentarily when the picture was breaking up. Signal quality on TV always shows 100%. Not noticed any dropouts since last week.
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Just to be clear, the at800 filter is the 800MHz band which was cleared for mobile use many years ago now, clearly you didn't have any problems at the time.
The filters for the 700MHz band are different (but would also block 800MHz). As I mentioned, go to https://restoretv.uk and check your full postcode there.
(A partial SR4 code isn't of any help, it's a wide area).
Normal signal strengths around 80% should be fine especially if you consistently have 100% Quality.
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