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The symbol shows the location of the Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) transmitter which serves 570,000 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 Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, England) mast?

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview: Off air due to a fire. Go to our Works and Warnings section for more information. from 10 Aug 13:26. . DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:41. . BBC

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Which Freeview channels does the Bilsdale 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
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)676mDTG-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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Tyne Tees),

 H max
C21 (474.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)676mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 74km north-northwest (336°)
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, 75km north-northwest (333°)
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?

Garsdale (pin Fold)Transposer63 homes (coverage together with SH34)
Hawsker BottomActive deflector 150 caravans
LangthwaiteActive deflector30 homes

How will the Bilsdale (North Yorkshire, 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 1-5 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com7(-14.3dB) 18.5kW
com8(-14.4dB) 18.1kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*(-19.2dB) 6kW
Mux 1*(-20.2dB) 4.8kW
Mux D*(-24.9dB) 1.6kW

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. Bilsdale 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Thursday, 5 May 2011
12:44 PM

Lost Reception:
For the last 12 months I was able to receive channels listed on the Mux5 list from the Bilsdale Transmitter.
3-4 weeks ago the digital channels have gone and analogue are extremely week and unwatchable.
I have two aerials at separate places on the roof and have tried various TVs and digital boxes but still no signal.
Would this be something at Bilsdale or something interupting between Sharow HG4 5BB?
One of the aerials has a powered gain to improve signal - but signal is the same as the non powered aerial.
I have checked the 'single frequncy interference' and reinstalled but still no signal.
What am I missing please?

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Michael's 1 post GB
Transmitter engineering

12:46 PM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 16:51 yesterday to 11:25 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

12:46 PM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 16:51 yesterday to 11:25 today [BBC]

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Mike Dimmick

3:53 PM

Michael: If your analogue signal is now also poor, that would suggest that the aerial is damaged or become misaligned, or that a cable is damaged.

The prediction for digital service from Bilsdale, at that postcode, is good for Mux 1, but poor for Mux A and C and no prediction given for Mux 2, B and D.

It's possible that the switchovers of Sandy Heath, Ridge Hill, The Wrekin, Lark Stoke and Bromsgrove, plus changes at Waltham and Fenton - all of which now transmit digital signals in Group A - may have had an effect on interference, though this should only have an impact at night (when signals travel further) and in high-pressure weather conditions.

Digital UK's prediction suggests that Emley Moor could be a better alternative in the long run anyway. It switches over at the end of September.

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Steve Craig
8:38 PM

I think it is unfair that the Bilsdale transmitter is one of the last transmitters for digital switchover. Unless you have Sky, Freesat or cable you will miss out on enjoying the Olympics in August 2012 in HD.

Why can't DigitalUK bring forward the switchover?

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Steve Craig's 1 post GB
Friday, 6 May 2011
Mike Dimmick

12:22 AM

Steve Craig: The switchover is being done on a geographical basis - there are dependencies which mean that some transmitters have to switch before others can. The easy bit was to do the area to the north and west of the Tees-Exe line, both because of the terrain (generally bigger hills and deeper valleys, meaning terrain blocks line-of-sight between transmitters) and because there is much less interference to and from overseas transmissions. South and east of this line, the country is much flatter and therefore a lot of low-power digital transmissions overlap with analogue transmissions at a relatively nearby transmitter. When the second transmitter goes high-power it breaks low-power digital at the first.

For example, two multiplexes at Waltham had to retune when The Wrekin switched over. The Wrekin is close to the Welsh border in Shropshire. Waltham-on-the-Wolds is east of Nottingham and Leicester, about half-way to Peterborough.

Sutton Coldfield and Emley Moor are switching together on one day - a 1,000 kW analogue transmitter and an 870 kW one - because they use the other's frequencies and are relatively close together.

However, I do feel that they could have gone more quickly than they have, by doing larger regions on one day, and perhaps doing it in one go rather than staggered over two weeks. I think they've been trying to reduce the number of calls that they receive on one day.

The aim is still to complete the switchover before the Olympics. The second half of the Meridian switchover is due to be announced next week, and I hope we'll see the Tyne Tees and Ulster details announced at the same time (though Ofcom is yet to even publish a frequency plan for these regions).

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Mike Dimmick

1:11 AM

Incidentally there *is* a frequency plan available through Digital UK at Postcode Checker - Trade View . It shows that the three PSB muxes rotate around (BBC A on C26, D3&4 on C29, BBC B/HD on C23) and ArqB will be on C40, not C50. This frees C50 for Pontop Pike which was to use C62, which will be released.

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Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 16:51 on 04 May to 11:25 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 16:51 on 04 May to 11:25 yesterday [BBC]

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Monday, 16 May 2011
Transmitter engineering

11:31 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - sdale Transmitter works 16 May 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 09:30 and 18:00 on 16 May 2011 TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5. Digital services - Not Applicable. [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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