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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
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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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?

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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?

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.

Saturday, 1 December 2012
Les Waters
3:16 PM

I live to the West of Newcastle and have my aerial pointed to Pontop Pike. I can receive all ordinary TV channels on my Freeview TV except the HD ones, these I understand can be found on channel 49. However, on autoscan or indeed a manual scan I cannot receive any HD channels. Is it a problem with my TV? I have already tried a factory reset but this has not changed anything.

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Dave Lindsay

3:23 PM

Les Waters: The most common answer to this sort of question is that the TV does not have a DVB-T2 tuner in which is the format HD signals use. Standard definition pictures in the UK are broadcast using DVB-T.

What is the model number? We can check the specifications.

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Monday, 3 December 2012
Les Waters
9:18 AM

It is a Samsung LE37B551A6WQXU marked as HDTV 1080P. Surely if it is badged as such it has a DVB-T2 tuner.

Many thanks for your prompt reply.

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Dave Lindsay

11:01 AM

Les Waters: It appears that this model does not contain a DVB-T2 tuner.

The user manual is here:


The only mention of "DVB" is on page 2 under the heading "Digital TV Notice". No mention is made of DVB-T2 - only DVB-T does. It states that the set meets the standards of DVB-T as at August 2008.

According to Wikipedia, DVB-T2 prototype tuners were demonstrated in September 2008, so therefore DVB-T2 didn't exist (or certainly wasn't finalised) when the TV was designed.

DVB-T2 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Monday, 17 December 2012
Nick Hayes
11:09 PM

My mother has lost ITV3 since the final retune in October 2012. It was her favourite channel. She lives at DH1 3DB and has a shared aerial so there is no opportunity for moving it. No-one else seems to have a problem with this channel which seems to come from Pontop Pike. Any suggestions?

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Tuesday, 18 December 2012

12:22 AM

Nick Hayes: This could suggest that your mothers TV or box has tuned to the local (very, less than 1 mile) Durham relay and which as a PSB only station does not transmit commercial channels.

The problem is that the usual procedure of removing the aerial connector during an auto tune then reconnecting it at a certain point along the scale might not work at your mothers location, as the gap between the channels used by Durham and Pontop Pike are too close for accuracy, but if all other channels are coming in OK then it might be possible just to add ITV3 by going into the tuning menu / manual tune selecting and then scanning on mux Ch50, this being used by a number of different programme operators, although to test if this is already stored see if you can receive EPG Ch38 Quest, as Quest uses the same multiplex as ITV3.

Further info dependant on results.

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Nick Hayes
12:54 PM

Many thanks for your very useful comments.

Unfortunately my mother is in Durham and I am in London so this will have to wait until the Christmas visit next week. So that I have all I need, can I ask:

1. is there any reason why a 2012 Samsung 323" LED set would not offer manual tuning?

2. do I only need to know that I am tuning to mux Ch50 or are there other details I need, eg frequency, ....?

Crystal Palace seems very easy, and Sky even more so!

Best wishes.


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Friday, 4 January 2013
3:32 PM

i am debating whether to opt for a indoor aerial for my kids bedroom instead of tapping into the outdoor aerial just for ease, do you know the signal stength for ne21 5ey thanks

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Dave Lindsay

4:09 PM

keith: Whilst there should always be caution with an indoor aerial, and you should not take anything for granted, it would appear that you are in an excellent signal area.

Bear in mind that objects reduce and refract signals, so if your son's room is on the side of the house that faces away from the transmitter, then you would be receiving the signal that has come through more bricks and morter and reflections from other buildings.

Fenham would appear to be the best at your location, although if that doesn't work, it appears that Pontop Pike might be worth a shot.

I went on Google Streetview and placed myself on Pickering Drive and looked in the direction of Fenham. It would appear that the transmitter is visible on the horizon:

NE21 5EY - Google Maps

I have one of these Labgear aerials that I use when a fixed aerial isn't available (other suppliers are available):

SLx Indoor Digital Aerial ANR310 UHF DAB Fully Flexible Caravan Motorhome | eBay

For Fenham it should be set vertically (the photo shows it almost vertical). The narrower end, where the cable is attached, should be directed at the transmitter.

Ideally, before you connect the aerial to the TV in order to site it, you need the TV tuned. If your roof-top aerial points to Fenham, then use it to tune in the TV. Ensure that all channels are tuned correctly to Fenham (so you aren't unwittingly receiving from another transmitter). Do this by viewing the strength screen whilst on each of the following and checking that the tuned UHF channel is correct:

PSB1 - BBC One - C27
PSB2 - ITV1 - C24
PSB3 (if applicable) - BBC One HD - C21
COM4 - ITV3 - C25
COM5 - Pick TV - C22
COM6 - Film4 - C28

If you try Pontop Pike, then the aerial will need to be set horizontally. The channel numbers for it are shown at the top of this page.

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Monday, 7 January 2013
David Cook
6:19 PM

Location:- Chester le Street
Transmitter:- Pontop Pike
I am experiencing "drop outs" ( 1 to 2 seconds) in TV and Radio reception at various times of the day on 3 TV,s all with their own Aerial. My Ext.hard drive recorder shows a signal strength of 72% (whatever this means) Any Help PLEASE???

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