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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) mast?

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 13:23 yesterday to 13:36 yesterday. BBC


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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), 73 Sewing Quarter,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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,

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Paramount Network, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 64 CBS Action +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 19 others

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

com7
 H -4.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-633,800W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 1 others

com8
 H -4.6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-634,600W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, 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
C5BBCtv
C29BBCA
600C31D3+4
C33com7
C34com8
C37BBCB
C39SDN
C42ArqA
C45ArqB
C481
700C49BBCBBBCBBBCB
C50SDNSDNSDN
C53-D
C54C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C55+2ArqBArqBArqB
C56LNE
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCABBCABBCA
C59+AArqAArqAArqA
800C61ITVITVITV
C62+B
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2
C65+C

orange background for multiplexes names more
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.

Comments
Sunday, 7 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:06 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:00 yesterday to 03:08 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 8 October 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:06 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 03:00 on 06 Oct to 03:08 on 06 Oct. [BBC]

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Sunday, 14 October 2018
G
Guu
6:52 PM

Hi There
Can you tell me which aerial type I need for good reception of TV signals in the village of Newbottle (DH4) from the Pontop Pike transmitter. My television sometimes tells me I have poor signal quality or strength.
Apart from a line of trees about 200 yards from my house I have line of sight to the transmitter about 15 miles away.
Many thanks Guy

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Guu's 1 post US
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StevensOnln1
10:43 PM

Guu: A wideband aerial would be recommended as there will be various frequency changes at Pontop Pike over the next 18 months. To see the signal prediction for your location we need a full postcode.

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StevensOnln1's 2,081 posts Platinum Platinum US
Saturday, 20 October 2018
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dawn turner
6:35 PM

Anybodyelse having problems with pontop pike got good signal but poor quality on a lot of channels

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dawn turner's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 21 October 2018
MikeP
11:42 AM

Dawn Turner:

Please check all your aerial cables and connections, unplugging all coaxial plugs and sockets and then refitting them. That will clear any corrosion/oxidation that is a common cause of the probl;ems you report. There are no reported problems with the Pontop Pike main transmitter that serves many thousands of homes. If there were problems then many others would have reported them but there are no such reports.



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MikeP's 2,414 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Thursday, 25 October 2018
I
Iain
8:12 PM Chester Le Street

My Panasonic TV since the 24th October 2018 will only show now and next on the full epg, prior to that date it would show the full week but when the data for 24th October and beyond is just blank. Has something on how the epg is transmitted changed or is it because of the upcoming clock change

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Monday, 12 November 2018
Transmitter engineering
5:04 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 13:23 today to 13:36 today. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018
Transmitter engineering
5:04 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 13:23 yesterday to 13:36 yesterday. [BBC]

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