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The symbol shows the location of the Whitby (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter which serves 7,700 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 Whitby (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Whitby 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
C34 (578.0MHz)105mDTG-100W
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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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C35 (586.0MHz)105mDTG-100W
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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),

 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)105mDTG-100W
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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 Whitby (North Yorkshire, 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 mix, GREAT! romance, 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 Whitby transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 84km northwest (309°)
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, 87km northwest (307°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Whitby (North Yorkshire, 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 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bilsdale transmitter area

May 1956-Jul 1968Granada Television†
May 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Jul 1974Yorkshire Television
Jul 1974-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. Whitby 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, 26 September 2012

8:49 PM

DS: I was reading your posting and just out of curiosity was wondering that when you mention you are getting good reception on the BBC channels but less so on others, are you purely referring to transmissions from Whitby?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 29 September 2012
8:13 PM

dear all
Iam in jolly harbour and have just re-tuned
i get a good clear picture even though i am 4,000 miles plus away the the whitby transmitter
good job for slingbox!!!!!

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Monday, 8 October 2012
n hobson
12:43 PM

I live in sheltered accommodation in Whitby and receive TV through a recently installed aerial supplying a number of properties. I succesfully retuned the TV at digital switchover but I find that the picture on a number of channels keeps breaking up and at times there is no singnal for any of the channels.

Any suggestions what the problem could be?

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Dave Lindsay

1:11 PM

n hobson: The answer depends on which transmitter the aerial faces and which channels are affected.

Refer to this page and identify which groups (multiplexes) are affected:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

There are six and each uses a signal of its own: PSB1, PSB2, PSB3(HD), COM4, COM5, COM6.

Some possibilities:
- If your aerial faces the Whitby relay which is on the industrial estate off A171 Stainsacre Lane then be aware that it only carries PSB channels. The aerial will be vertical. So if the COM channels are poor, then these must be being picked up from elsewhere. As the aerial was installed for reception from the Whitby transmitter, then isn't meant for receiving from elsewhere and therefore poor or intermittent reception may ensue; basically, you're on your own!

- If the aerial points to Bilsdale, it will be horizontal. If the PSB channels are poor, then perhaps it has tuned to the Whitby relay for them instead and it is this which needs correcting. The way to avoid Whitby transmitter is to have the aerial unplugged for the last 50% of the scan.

If you say which channels it is that you are having difficulty with and which transmitter the aerial faces, then a more exact answer can be provided.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:25 PM

n hobson: Just to add to that already said by Dave Lindsay, have you checked with any of your neighbours to find out if they are having any problems, as by them using the same aerial system as yourself it would save a wealth of explanations as to the possible causes of your problem if they are also experiencing reception difficulties, although should they not be, then what Dave Lindsay has said regarding tuning applies.

Also, with this type of query you should really have provided info on your location (post code or one from nearby) as reception in Whitby (myself being extremely acquaint with) varies quite considerably between both sides of the water, especially anywhere near to the Marina areas that is tucked in under the direct line of the signal from Whitby's relay, and of course well under any signals that might possibly be received from Bilsdale the full service transmitter.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 15 October 2012
Malcolm Stuart
7:49 PM

YO21 1ND

We have a standard roof aerial that was installed 12 months ago.

Since changeover we have experienced intermittent interference, in particular on BBC1.

The interference can be lack of sinc to loss of signal for several seconds.

Any ideas ?

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Dave Lindsay

7:59 PM

Malcolm Stuart: Have you checked that it is tuned to the correct UHF channel for the transmitter to which the aerial faces? This information is usually given on the signal strength screen.

Whitby's is C55 and Aislaby's is C45. If your aerial points to one, it could be picking up the other off the back of the aerial.

If this is the problem and your aerial faces the Whitby transmitter and it is tuned to Aislaby, then run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up to about 52%.

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Monday, 14 April 2014
Transmitter engineering

11:21 AM

WHITBY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014
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12:38 AM

WHITBY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Saturday, 3 May 2014
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12:29 AM

WHITBY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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