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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
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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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?

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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?

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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;
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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.

Friday, 4 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:07 yesterday to 12:08 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 15:49 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 15:49 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 yesterday to 15: [BBC]

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Saturday, 5 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 12:07 on 03 Oct to 12:08 on 03 Oct. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 03 Oct to 15:49 on 03 Oct, Radio 2 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 03 Oct to 15:49 on 03 Oct, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 10:03 on 03 Oct to 15: [BBC]

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Gerry Sothcott
4:33 PM

No BBC channels again despite retuning TV in Ne23 3SZ postcode. Other channels are fine

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9:05 PM

Gerry Sothcott:

There have been several posts immediately before your from Transmitter Engineering.
There has been planned engineering work at Pontop Pike this week with "Possible weak signal" . Do NOT carry out a retune whilst you have lost signals as it will only remove the correct tuning of your correct channels. Wait until you have signal return and then carry out a retune and then leave things alone as the engineering work may not be complete.
The final retune event for Pontop Pike is not until 13th November see About us | Freeview for your location. Do not retune before then.

Additionally, there was a retune event on Thursday 12th September as part of the What is 700MHz clearance? | Freeview where the BBCA/PSB1 multiplex moved temporarily to UHF Channel 32.

In your location you MAY not have any problems with the retunes even if you have an old C/D group aerial,
If however you are having problems with the PSB1/BBCA channels since the 12th September due to an old aerial you MAY need a Group T (Wideband) aerial but that situation MAY improve with the final retune as the PSB1/BBCA mux moves to C39 BUT you could continue to then have issues with the COM4/5&6 and Local muxes.. If you continue to have problems then providing you don't have Satellite or Cable TV you can get free help by contacting the Freeview Advice line on 0808-100-0288

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Monday, 28 October 2019
phillip k harrison
8:42 PM

do not receive any channels numbered from 90 to 100 on the regular digital frequencies I do not have HD TV just a regular Digital TV

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9:15 PM

phillip k harrison:

LCN 90 is on a Manchester Local mux, the rest are on HD multiplexes see Channel listings | Freeview

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Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Keith Willshire
10:13 AM

Hello, hope you can help. When I use aerial direct into TV, everything is ok. But when I use aerial into set top box and hdmi cable into TV the channels freeze, screen black but sound ok. Hdmi cable works ok for DVD box so it's not connection
Post code ne24 2qj

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2:57 PM

Keith Willshire: Poorly screened HDMI cables are a common source of interference, so make sure the HDMI lead is kept separate, as far away as possible from the aerial cable. If you have another HDMI or aerial lead, try swapping them around to see if that makes any difference.

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3:05 PM

Keith Willshire:

Normally you should have no problem with reception from Pontop Pike according to the Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker, but this week there is Planned Engineering work according to Planned engineering works | Freeview
"Tyne Tees Pontop Pike Main Possible weak signal"

It's possible that your Set Top Box doesn't have as good a sensitivity as your TV so whilst the signal is weaker you aren't getting a picture, but that might not be the case.

I would check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV and Set Top box's tuning sections, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial, downlead or flyleads etc. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and still pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

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Thursday, 14 November 2019
paul milne
9:42 AM

What is going on with Pontop Pike Transmitter - numerous retunes of late with BBC Channels going to 751 number on talk talk box ...then asked to do a retune yesterday (13/11/19) and half my channels are now garbled - (Sky News, Pick, Horror Channel . whatever maintenance has happened recently has made the service 90% worse...please get this fixed asap - a very unhappy customer ....

Ps the main channels 1 to 6 are fine so don't say its my aerial - they were working fine till yesterdays update...

Paul Milne

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