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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?

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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! 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

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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 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

 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 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

 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?

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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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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, 11 April 2011
9:05 PM

I'm experiencing a sound issue with BBCHD at the moment on my Sony KDL TV. I see from the Sony's info screen that the format is changing quite regularly between 1080i and 1080p and when this occurs I'm getting an audio drop out. Why is the format frequently changing mid-programme? Is this a temporary broadcast experiment? Should the TV be seamlessly changing formats? Either way BBCHC for me is unwatchable with the high number of audio drop-outs which I'm totally unhappy about.

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Tony's 1 post GB flag
Tuesday, 12 April 2011

6:04 AM

Tony: From BBC - Research and Development: Software Upgrade for BBC HD on Freeview HD :

The Freeview HD platform has always been specified to provide a 1080p25 capability. This is why STBs are mandated to have a 1080p50 output to enable seamless up-conversion to a mode which is guaranteed to be present in all display devices. A great deal of material is shot natively at 1080p25 and there are significant advantages in maintaining 1080p25 through to the viewer's display. Within a single programme interlaced may be used for moving credits, cross-fades and studio shots whereas progressive may be used for location shot material.

Up until now this capability has not been exploited and 1080p25 material was encoded using a 1080i25 encoding mode. But after a software upgrade on the 22nd/23rd March the HD encoder supporting BBC HD on Freeview HD has been set-up to automatically detect progressive material and change
encoding mode appropriately. The encoded bitstream can only change at each GOP boundary to ensure decoders maintain a consistent display. This means that each coded video sequence either contains interlaced or progressive pic_struct values within the bitstream. The transitions between interlaced and progressive modes are entirely dependent upon how a programme has been made.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
10:04 PM

Hi, this is Jamie from Harrogate. My tranmitter is Pontop Pike. Digital pictures were fantastic in last few weeks till yesterday evening, pictures unstable, breaking up, all day today on every channel.Is there engineering work going on? Thanks.

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Jamie's 12 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 14 April 2011
9:02 AM

Thanks Briantist. It just got back to normal now. Will TVI RF Filter make difference to interference(s)? But every time it rained, only continuous rain, pictures breaking up very badly, can you give me a idea because I have already booked for aerial man to come down. Thanks again.

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Jamie's 12 posts GB flag
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Friday, 15 April 2011

8:01 AM

Jamie: If you have problem when it rains, I would suggest you replace the aerial cable, as it will have water getting into it.

The best to use for Freeview reception
it satellite-grade coaxial cable.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 April 2011
Dan Rodway
5:29 PM

I'm unable to get bbc 1 bbc 2 & bbc 3 on my freeview built in tv. I can however get bbc 4. I was wondering how to get bbc 1,2 & 3 back on. aerial is on the roof of the house.

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Dan Rodway's 2 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 30 April 2011
7:44 PM
Whitley Bay

I wish to buy a new aerial for my elderly father. He lives in a bungalow, so fitting it would be no problem.
He has cable TV in his lounge, but the freeview set top box in his bedroom is not picking up any signal when plugged into the aerial cable. The existing aerial has been on the chimney for well over 20 years, BBC1,BBC2, ITV and Channel 4 are OK, but freeview box ... nothing at all.
Which aerial would the experts recommend please
Postcode NE26 3HZ
Many many thanks !

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Brian's 2 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 4 May 2011

8:00 PM

Brian: You need nothing more than a standard "contract" aerial. However, it is recommended to use satellite-grade coaxial cable when fitting a new aerial.

The Chatton and Pontop Pike transmitters are already providing a full service. Use Pontop Pike if you want to use Freeview HD before switchover.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 May 2011
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