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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C21 (474.0MHz)676mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)676mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)676mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
A K TA K TA K TK TW T
C21BBCA
C23C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C24_localD3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C27BBCB
C29ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C30_local
C31com7
C33BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37com8
C40ArqBArqB
C43SDNSDN
C46ArqAArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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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

Comments
Tuesday, 11 September 2012
Dave Lindsay
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9:38 AM

Ian Taylor: Bilsdale, as is common with all main stations, is expected to be switched by 6am:

Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times

I believe that the analogue is usually switched off some time after midnight and before 1am. When the digital comes on air is dependent on how long it takes the engineers to make the necessary changes. Other transmitters have been an hour or two, so the 6am deadline is probably just to allow plenty of time should things not go according to plan.

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Mark Fletcher
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3:31 PM
Halifax

Ian Taylor,Middlesborough.One indicator as far as DSO1 is concerned is the programme "China on Four Wheels" tonight on BBC2 starting around 11.20pm and finishing around 12.20am one hour later in the early hours of tomorrow morning.If you were watching this on BBC2 analogue there is a 50/50 chance that once this programme ends probably one minute later,the BBC2 analogue signal will suddenly disappear,or it may suddenly switch off after the programme passes half way around 12.01am.It just depends,a case of wait and see,but one indicator before the BBC2 analogue signal disappears for good is a gradual or sudden deterioration of the BBC2 analogue signal prior to sudden switch off.After the BBC2 analogue signal is switched off permanently it could be as early as 15 minutes later when the new 100kw high powered post-digital BBCA multiplex on frequency 26 vacated by the old BBC2 analogue comes on air dependent on everything running smoothly,if not then much later even up to 6am from the main Bilsdale transmitter itself.
My advice keep watching,blink and you will miss it !

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Thomas
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11:09 PM
Leeds

I live in an area served best by Emley Moor, but I can pick up a weak signal from Bilsdale through my existing aerial. It's quite fuzzy, but good enough to see what's going on.
I wonder if Bilsdale's high-power transmissions will be visible here? I'd prefer to keep Emley Moor as my transmitter, but as some TVs run on a first come first served basis I might get Emley's channels relegated to the 800s when I retune.

My aerial is a B group rather than K or A, (and is pointing at Emley) so that should help filter out Bilsdale. We'll see tomorrow when DSO stage 1 is complete.

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jb38
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11:51 PM

Thomas: Well, when Bilsdale's BBC switches to high power operation tomorrow you should possibly be able to receive it on the rear of your aerial as its only 2 degrees out, albeit Bilsdales BBC is only predicted as providing a variable level of reception on the given post code, and on the 26th when the other muxes switch to high powered operation the HD service joins the variable heading of BBC1, the three commercial channels not shown as being possible to receive. (in theory anyway!)

Regarding tuning, as Bilsdale's PSB transmitters use lower channel numbers and which may be picked up first, you can get over this by removing the aerial and carry out an auto-scan whilst watching the progress bar, and as soon as the scan reaches approx Ch40 immediately reconnect the aerial as Emley Moor uses Ch41 for its HD service.

If though this is difficult to achieve because of the type of tuning menu in your TV or box then erase the channels already stored by scanning without the aerial connected, then after having reconnected same manually tune in each of Emley Moors channels one at a time.

Ch47 - 44 - 41(HD) - 51 - 52 - 48



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Mark Fletcher
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11:54 PM
Halifax

Thomas,Leeds.Well not long to go now.However you stated your group B aerial should filter out Bilsdale,but come DSO2 in two weeks time the 50kw COM multiplexes SDN,ArqA and ArqB from Bilsdale on frequencies 43,46 and 40 respectively will instead possibly store these instead of the Emley Moor equivalents and those will not store in the 800+ channels list after Bilsdale completes DSO2.The 100kw PSB multiplexes BBCA,D3+4 and BBCB (HD) from Bilsdale itself on frequencies 26 (the former soon to come on within 1 hour,etc),29 and 23 respectively (the latter two in two weeks time) are probably unlikely to be stored first as such but you never know.Unless your appliance can scan manually an autonmatic scan can be very troublesome in your locality.

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Thomas
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11:55 PM
Leeds

Watching Bilsdale right now, 23:50 BBC ONE analogue appears to have gone off-air. I thought it was BBC TWO that was supposed to go off for DSO1?

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Mark Fletcher
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11:59 PM
Halifax

Well not long to go now,this being my last text before BBC2 analogue goes off permanently very soon,who knows the programme China on Four Wheels currently on could be either switched off anytime now or goes off after the programme has finished transmission.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012
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Mark Fletcher
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12:00 AM
Halifax

Thomas,Leeds.Yes BBC1 analogue from Bilsdale is off.

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Thomas
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12:15 AM
Leeds

All analogue channels from Bilsdale now off except for BBC TWO. Not sure what they're doing; it's as if they think it's DSO2 and have turned off the wrong transmitters!

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Mark Fletcher
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12:25 AM
Halifax

BBC2 analogue from Bilsdale switched off for good at 12.21am just as the programme China on Four Wheels almost ended as the end credits were just starting.
The other four analogue channels BBC1,ITV1,Channel 4 and Channel 5 are all off but its another two weeks for them before they are all switched off for good.

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