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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 - Pontop Pike transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 27/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C39 (618.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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, plus 16 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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),

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,

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?

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?

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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?

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.

Monday, 18 November 2019

2:27 PM

John jackson: The transmitter is still in the same place so the direction your aerial points to won't need to change unless you're trying to receive a different transmitter (or it has been moved by the wind). Most TVs have a retune option in the menu which should be accessible even if you have no signal on any channel (have you checked the manual?). If you give the Freeview Advice Line a call they should be able to talk you through manual tuning, or failing that send someone out who will fit a new wideband aerial if required (free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable).

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag

7:30 PM

John jackson:
I had problems with my youview box did not want to pick up olivers mount Yorkshire TV weak signal as Bilsdale TT TV was very strong Shorted on TV by manual tune but was hard to tune You view box as would not even pick up Yorkshire channels as duplicates

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Nigel's 59 posts GB flag

7:47 PM


It was KarlR who was having the Youview box problem. Anyway, did you manage to get yours tuned to Bilsdale, if so how did you manage it, it could be useful info for others?
The Youview support pages imply you can choose the transmitter during tuning if you receive more than one, but it's unclear when in the process, also initially you enter your postcode. What it doesn't make clear is can you reset your postcode at anytime - does restarting the box by holding the button on the front for 8 seconds do a virtual reset?

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 19 November 2019

8:05 PM

Chris.SE: It was the YTV from Olivers Mount that was the problem as they are weak as compared to Bilsdale Now got YTV but missing COM 7& 8 as these at only from Bilsdale

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Nigel's 59 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 November 2019
Alan Tye
1:54 PM

Com78 National has now dropped signal twice, is this the transmitter or signal from the source.

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Saturday, 23 November 2019

12:06 AM

Alan Tye:

Pontop Pike is listed as having Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions" at present.
Over what period is it that the signal has dropped, just today, this week or longer?
If the problem is persisting please post back with a full postcode so we can check what Freeview is predicting for your reception of COMs 7&8.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 November 2019
Alan Tye
4:37 PM


Looks like it was just a one-off, been ok ever since


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Wednesday, 4 December 2019
Barbara Magraw
10:28 AM

I have a YouView Box which is working OK, I can get all channels but my TV has "No signal". I have gone through the setup several times but cannot figure out how to rectify the problem. Can you help?

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Barbara Magraw's 1 post GB flag

1:20 PM

Barbara Magraw:

It's always possible your TV tuner is not as sensitive as your YouView box so in case there are any connection or signal problems check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc. (try swapping them around if you have more than one), unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. If you can see what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in the tuning section, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial or downlead. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

Having done that, unplug the aerial from the TV and do an automatic retune. This should clear memory of all previous tuning as no channels will be found. Plug the aerial back in and repeat the tuning process.
Hopefully this will restore all your channels. If you still have problems, we need a full postcode to see what predicted reception is like at your location.

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Chris.SE's 4,205 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 December 2019
David Landers
7:13 PM

We've had problems ever since the Pontop Pike frequency changeover on November 13th. Despite regular retunes (auto and manual) we lost most Freeview programmes on both the TV and the Humax box. (With poor reception on some of those we still had, such as BBC1.) Then a retune on the night of 26th/27th brought them all back - for about 48 hours...

Freeview have just sent out two friendly engineers who decided that the mast-head amplifier was faulty (our fairly recent wide-band roof aerial is okay, apparently). The new amplifier brought back several programmes, but we're still missing a few, such as Blaze and Horror - wanted for old Star Trek episodes!

It seems that we're not getting one multiplex. How is this possible when signal strength on others is reported as high? Is FreeSat the answer? Or are 'peripheral' Freeview channels such as these available via broadband on a Fire Stick type plug-in device?

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