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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 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 North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 16 others

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +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
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 203 CITV, plus 19 others

 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 12 others

 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 88 Quest Red +1, plus 22 others

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

 H -4.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-633,800W
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56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -4.6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-634,600W
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 Community Channel,  Front Runner, 55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 4 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
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
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?

Kieldor DamActive deflector6 homes Holiday complex
Low HaberActive deflectorWest Allen Dale, 18 kn SW Hexham caravan site
North HartlepoolTransposer84 homes

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

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Dec 2019-
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EWK

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 12th September and 26th September 2012.

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
PreDSO-BBCB*, 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.

Friday, 3 February 2017
Robert Driscoll
3:44 PM

Hi, Could you please tell me when I will be able to receive BBC Newcastle in HD.

Cheers, Rob.

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Robert Driscoll's 1 post GB
3:59 PM

Robert Driscoll: The BBC haven't announced any dates for any regional news programs to begin broadcasting in HD yet. Although they have previously suggested that they could start rolling out HD regions in England this year, but no further details have been announced yet.

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StevensOnln1's 863 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Neville Bougourd
3:59 PM

In the part of England where I live there is a very bright light in the sky that appears to be stationary and is too low to be a planet or star - is this some kind of geostationary satellite? I live within one mile of Pontop Pike TV Mast

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Neville Bougourd's 2 posts GB
4:41 PM

Neville Bougourd: A geostationary satellite would be much too far away to be able to see it and would have no reason to have any lights. It's more likely that you're seeing an aircraft warning light on a tall structure.

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StevensOnln1's 863 posts Gold Gold GB
Neville Bougourd
6:38 PM

Neville Bougourd: It is very definitely high in the sky - far too high to be on any building on this planet! My neighbours think it is Venus, but it is always in the same position, always very bright but it looks too close to be a planet. I have lived here for more than 30 years but I have only noticed it in the last 3/4 years

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Neville Bougourd's 2 posts GB
Friday, 10 March 2017
7:30 PM

Neville Bougourd:

It is definitely not a satellite in geo-stationary orbit as they are over 37000 km above the Equator, so far too far away to be seen with the naked eye from the ground - nor even with binoculars. A very large optical telescope might allow you to see such.

It is also not a planet as they are constantly moving across the sky as are the stars.

So that leaves a light on a man-made structure. All tall masts are requires to show a navigation warning light, which is almost always red. You don't say what colour the light appears to be nor in which direction from your location (we don't know where you live as you have not given a post code). That it appears to have been there for at least a few years means it is probably a mast with a warning light for aircraft.

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MikeP's 1,577 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 30 March 2017
10:16 PM Newcastle Upon Tyne

Neville Bougourd: hi my cousin has just moved into a bungalow at ne27 0ph she has a free view TV, would an indoor aerial pick up TV from pon top pike transmitter
Thanks sue

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susan's 1 post GB
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11:09 PM

susan: Signal strength is predicted to the strong for Pontop Pike at that postcode, so assuming there is no aerial on the roof or in the loft it would be worth trying an indoor aerial. The best type to get are ones that look like a smaller version of the aerials you see on rooftops, rather than the loop type ones (which are just a piece of wire sticking out of an amplifier).

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StevensOnln1's 863 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 31 March 2017
10:22 PM


Further to that said by StevensOnln1, a drawback of an aerial in the same room as the TV set is that people moving around in the vicinity can seriously affect reception, even people in an adjacent room or next door! That is why it is usually better to have an aerial fitted so that the prezence of people does not cause variable reception.

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MikeP's 1,577 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 1 May 2017
3:06 AM

I balanced an outdoor aerial on a clothes dryer just to see if a freeview box I had bought off eBay was working or not. I was able only to get the strongest muxes like BBC1, BBC2, ITV, C4, C5 and the HD versions. I could not pick up the HD channels on UHF 33 and 34. The mux on 59 was non existent. I think the signal strength was only good enough to pick up about 80 channels.

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