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The symbol shows the location of the Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 3,300 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 Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Shotleyfield 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.

 V max
C22 (482.0MHz)247mDTG-40W
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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

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C25 (506.0MHz)247mDTG-40W
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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),

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C28 (530.0MHz)247mDTG-40W
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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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Shotleyfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 21km east-northeast (60°)
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, 18km northeast (55°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Dec 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 200W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 40W

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. Shotleyfield 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.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

9:33 PM

SHOTLEYFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 16:47 today to 17:40 today [BBC]

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Thursday, 5 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

SHOTLEYFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 16:47 yesterday to 17:40 yesterday [BBC]

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Friday, 6 January 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

SHOTLEYFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 16:47 on 04 Jan to 17:40 on 04 Jan [BBC]

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Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:28 PM

SHOTLEYFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air from 15:34 today BBC TWO Off Air from 15:34 today [BBC]

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Tuesday, 18 September 2012
John geoghegan
12:09 PM

Since pontop was changed over recently and we done a retune, the picture is definitely worse. Why?
The aerial is outside. Facing pontop and it was fine till recently. I also have an aerial facing shotleyfield but the digital channels available from there are far less. Why?
E.g channel 11 not available.

Postcode is dh88nx

House number 10

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John geoghegan's 1 post GB flag

1:01 PM

John geoghegan: If by being worse you mean the picture is breaking up, putting aside possible interference to the signal being received, this indicates that the signal is either too weak or too strong- the symptoms are similar when viewing the TV. Firstly check that the correct frequency has been tuned in for the transmitter that the aerial is pointing to. This is C58 for Pontop Pike. It is possible that the tuner found Newton or Shotley Field signals first during the scan, then ignored the correct one from Pontop. If, on the other hand, the correct frequency is found to have been selected, the new high power signal could be too strong if you have amplification on the aerial or a very high gain aerial. In this case you would need to reduce the gain of the amplifier (if possible) or fit an attenuator in the aerial feed to the receiver. You might be best to wait for DSO2 to complete before making any changes to your aerial if this should prove necessary. Regarding the channels transmitted from each mast, Shotleyfield is a public service relay transmitter which is only required to supply the BBC channels and ITV1, C4 and Channel Five. Other channels carried on mux PSB2 are a bonus. The COM muxes are a commercial venture from SDN (owned by ITV) and Arqiva. The mux owners opted not to increase the number of sites served as the transmission costs would have doubled for an increase of 8% in the number of viewers served.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 17 November 2012
1:23 PM

I live in Ebchester, and since the Changeover I have had only 10 Channels, SOMETIMES! Most of the time I have 'No Signal' AT ALL.

Yesterday, for the first time, I had 31 Channels, and this morning I have NONE!


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James's 2 posts GB flag

7:52 PM

James: Two points concerning your problem, and which has to be in general terms because as no post code (or one from nearby, e.g: a shop) was given I am unable to access the reception predictor, and so as a substitute I used your local post office as a test code.

Your problem could be caused by your TV or box having picked up the Shotleyfield transmitter during an auto tune rather than Pontop Pike, this because the former uses lower channel numbers than the latter, the snag with Shotleyfield being that it does not transmit the commercial muxes as its only a PSB relay.

For a test you should remove the aerial connector and carry out an auto tune for purposes of deleting anything stored, then once completed take hold of the aerial plug again but do NOT insert it as yet, because you have to carry out another auto tune but this time carefully observe the progress bar whilst the auto tune is taking place, then as soon as the bar has reached about 50% of its travel immediately reinsert the aerial plug again and allow the scan to complete.

The reason for using this procedure is to avoid Shotleyfield being picked up as it uses lower channel numbers (22-28) hence keeping the aerial out until this section is passed, then hopefully you will pick up all channels from Pontop Pike, these spanning from 49 (HD) - 59.

If by any chance this still does not have the desired effect then your TV or boxes tuner could be receiving an excessively high level of signal from Pontop Pike located at only about 3 miles or so away, and an "over the top" signal can result in all sorts of odd problems being experienced including no picture at all being received and caused by the tuner being swamped.

Further advice dependant on results.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 November 2012
m bowman
6:21 PM

is there any plans to change the signal from shotleyfield we do not get the full freeview package and because of our location are unable to switch to p p

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Dave Lindsay

7:16 PM

m bowman: Unfortunately not. See here for an explanation:

Londonderry transmitter | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Some viewers will be able to switch from using the local relay to the main station such as from Shotleyfield to Pontop Pike.

In the days of analogue it would have been a question of which transmitter is the easiest to receive from with both providing equal service in the form of the four channels. The fact that the relay was chosen then doesn't necessarily mean that the full service from the main station isn't available now, although it may require a more extravagent aerial to pick it up.

I don't know whether you live in a location that might be able to receive the full service from Pontop. I appreciate that you said that you are unable to pick it up, but I wonder if you say that simply because you have always used Shotleyfield.

The terrain plot shows that you live only 3.6 miles from Pontop Pike but cannot see it:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Also, on the slope there are buildings in the way which isn't good.

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