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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

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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 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?

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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?

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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.

Friday, 21 March 2014
10:10 PM

Is there any plans to convert all the dtt multiplexes to dvb-t2 256qam 32ke 2/3?

With a bandwidth of 40.2Mbps there would be room for between 13 to 20 SD channels per mux. That would be upto 100 SD channels over 5 dvb-t2 muxes plus 18 HD channels.

Any technical reason why this can't be done?

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David's 20 posts GB flag
Saturday, 29 March 2014
Transmitter engineering

9:16 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Over the next week Pontop Pike main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, no analogue radio, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Sunday, 11 May 2014
Dave Hagen
9:20 PM

Hi Brian following on from my question this morning regarding poor reception on channel 49 from Pontop Pike I meant channel 59 carrying the food network & movies for men etc. Doing a signal test on a Panasonic pvr & my Toshiba tv the signal strength is very poor. Any ideas, thanks in anticipation.........Dave.

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Dave Hagen's 19 posts GB flag
Monday, 19 May 2014
10:21 PM

I live in NE29 and like Dave I have had little or no signal since Saturday morning; even the BBC channels are breaking up to the point that they're unwatchable. Is there ongoing engineering work or something else that you're aware of that is interfering with the signal? Looks like I'll be watching DVDs until things improve! Thanks in advance. Scott.

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Scott's 4 posts GB flag

11:03 PM

Scott: Check your system - is the strength too high or low? If its too low, then your aerial system is at fault.

You can check yourself the state of transmitters etc by putting in your postcode to the my UK settings. This will bring up lots of info.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 20 May 2014
7:58 PM
North Shields

Thanks for your prompt response Mike. I've experienced signal problems on and off since before the digital switchover. I can go for months with a decent (but not perfect) signal and then receive little or no signal for a week or two before things go back to "normal". I could understand it if the problems were persistent rather than sporadic.

According to the transmitter map, there are six mobile telephone masts within a 1.5km radius of my home; could this be affecting the signal intermittently?

Thanks again for your assistance.

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Scott's 4 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 21 May 2014
11:40 AM
North Shields

I am in the NE30 part of North Shields and get no problems, so I just wonder if it is an aerial/tuner problem.

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Paul's 2 posts GB flag
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5:19 PM

Hi Paul. I wondered that too but given the intermittent nature of the problem I'm not certain. I retuned my tv earlier and appear to have "lost" majority of channels and even BBC1 is deadful. Signal strength is around 60 (usually around the 80 mark) but signal quality is very low, varying between 17 & 36 on the best channel (quality is usually around the 70 mark. The reception has on occasions been poor during particulalry inclement weather but it hasn't been this bad since just prior to the switchover when there were ongoing transmitter works.

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Scott's 4 posts GB flag

10:07 PM

Scott: Looking at where you are, you are pretty close to Pontop and there is nothing in the way. So there shouldn't be a problem, and yet....

Could you check to see what transmitter you are are actually tuned into? If you look on the Digital Tradeview link, Pontop is at 232 degrees. Although Bilsdale and Chatton are way off, its not impossible your tuned to them instead, especially since Pontop Pike is on channel 58, and pretty much everything else is lower down.

If you are on Pontop Pike, then Paul has a point. As you point out, 'inclement weather' causes problems. It could be that your cabling/connections has a break which allows water to get in. Its not great at the best of times, but when moisture gets in, the signal gets killed totally.

I'd go through each possible cause, and sort out each one. It may be you've got more than one problem, but at least you'll find out what they are.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 May 2014
12:38 AM

Definitely on Pontop Pike. Retuned again tonight; BBC1 is unwatchable (signal strength 60, signal quality around 20) & I only have 30 channels in total. The best signal is ITV3, bizzarely, which is perfect (signal strength 80, signal quality 100).

The odd thing is that the TV has been fine all winter; the problems have occurred during the last week when it's been warm and largely dry.

I appreciate your help; I'll get up into the roof and check the cabling and connections but I know other people on the estate have problems and have resorted to Sky TV (which I'm loath to do).

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