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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
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C34 (578.0MHz)105mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)105mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 (SD) North ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)105mDTG-6100W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Granada), 104 Channel 4 HD North ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 58 Freeview channels?

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the effected channels
the effected 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: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice +1, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network +1, PBS America +1, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Shopping Quarter , Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together, Yesterday.

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1713 Nov 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TC/D E TA K T
C4BBCtvwaves
C32BBCB
C34BBCA
C35D3+4
C50tv_offBBCBBBCBBBCB
C55tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C59tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C62BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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.

Comments
Friday, 16 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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12:50 AM

WHITBY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Sunday, 25 May 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

WHITBY transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Friday, 12 June 2015
Tricia Camm
6:27 PM

Hello

We are in the process of buying a house on Ruswarp Bank. The current occupiers have a sky satellite dish which they are leaving but no digital aerial. We are with BT Vision for our telephone line, broadband and TV. If we buy an ordinary digital aerial will our signal be Okay from Ruswarp. We currently live in Filey where are signal is okay.

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MikeB
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6:48 PM

Tricia Camm: Just put the postcode into the site, and there should be links to Digital UK, etc, which should tell you.

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Dave Lindsay
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6:55 PM

Tricia Camm: Yes, but there's a but....

Looking at predictions you may only receive PSB channels, probably from the Whitby relay, this being because reception of all channels from Bilsdale might be out of the question due to being in the Esk Valley. A full postcode would allow us to gauge your chances.

Digital UK publishes a full list of Freeview channels by multiplex here:


Digital UK Industry - Channel listings


Organise the table by "Mux" (multiplex) and you will see services of the three PSBs (or two if it's not HD).

Assuming you're receiving from Oliver's Mount then you will have all channels. You will also get BBC Yorkshire and ITV Yorkshire. But in the Esk Valley you will get BBC North East & Cumbria and ITV Tyne Tees.

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Tricia Camm
7:02 PM
Whitby

Dave Lindsay:

Hi Dave

Yes the post code is YO21 1NF

thanks

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MikeB
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7:14 PM

Tricia Camm: Looking at Dave Lindsay's prediction, there might have been a good reason for the previous occupants to have Sky. If you do have to go down the sat. route, Freesat would be the easiest way, with a Humax PVR instead of your BT one. You wont be able to get the BT sports channels that way, though.

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Dave Lindsay
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7:51 PM

Tricia Camm: Oh dear.

Before you posted the postcode I was looking around Ruswarp on Google Street View and noticed that the houses to the south of the Esk on Glen Esk Road have Bilsdale-facing aerials. A check showed that, while it can't be seen, the obstructions aren't anywhere near as bad as to the north of the river.

Ruswarp Bank is, well, a slope. If it's the top you're at, then I've spotted one Bilsdale aerial. To recap, Bilsdale may give you all the channels but Whitby won't.

That said, the lower down the Bank you are to live, the less your chances of easy reception from the Whitby relay, this suggested by a terrain plot I did. This is because the transmitter might be out of sight:


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


It's a not awfully acurate, the plot, because it samples ground levels at fixed intervals and as it's such a short distance coupled with your new house being on a slope.

It's coming up on ten years since the Whitby TV transmitter move debacle. The transmitter, as everyone who visited the town would know (even if they didn't realise what it was) was situated at the top of the East Cliff, overlooking St Mary's Church. Due to coastal erosion it needed re-siting. Following a public vote it was moved to an industrial estate...because it wouldn't be visible. And to be able to receive from it, needs to be seen! An absolutely stupid idea leaving joe public to decide, as the people of Sandsend will tell you.

News reports here:

mb21 - The Transmission Gallery

So, it could be that there's no terrestrial aerial for a reason! A terrain plot suggested you might have been able to see the old transmitter.


In short, if you are to live near the top of the Bank, then you "might" be able to receive all channels from Bilsdale, but because you can't see it reception may be variable, such as depending on the time of year. If not, then you may have to go with Whitby, with its limited channels, or else go with satellite. Free-to-air Freesat is available if you don't wish to subscribe to Sky, and Freesat does "Freetime" which I believe is similar to what YouView is to Freeview.

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Dave Lindsay
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7:52 PM

Tricia Camm: This is the plot between Ruswarp Bank and Bilsdale:


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


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Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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10:09 AM

WHITBY transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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