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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. . FM: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Aug 13:20. . BBC


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Which Freeview channels does the Bilsdale 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
 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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
Wednesday, 12 September 2012
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Mark Fletcher
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2:03 AM
Halifax

Sorry it took me so long but after trying with the borrowed group W wideband larger aerial,set-top aerial,signal booster/amplifier,etc,despite its difficulties i have managed to receive the BBCA multiplex from Bilsdale on frequency 26 in my location the far north of Halifax,HX2 9JY house number 3,using the larger borrowed group W wideband with amplifier on,Signal Quality 99% Signal Strength 67%,without the signal booster it occasionally pixellates,however the set-top aerial with and without signal amplification gives poor results at best frequent pixellations at worst No Signal.And before i mention it the larger aerial is in my bedroom so a mixed response to the 100kw BBCA mux from Bilsdale for now,interesting to see in two weeks time whether the D3+4 mux from Bilsdale on frequency 29 is attainable in my location despite a single frequency interference issue concerning Waltham SDN mux also on frequency 29 normally not receivable unless an inversion effect situation lifts that signal towards my abode.No BBCB (HD) im afraid as my box is non-HD but the 50kw COM mux's come two weeks time is less promising as far as i am concerned,still there's no harm as at least Emley Moor is my main transmitter plus Belmont and Winter Hill as well as Bilsdale are ideal alternatives in emergency situations.

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Mark Fletcher
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2:17 AM
Halifax

One thing i forgot to add the transmitter name as far as Bilsdale is concerned on my set-top box is Teeside .

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jim
3:04 AM

goodbye analogue bbc 2.. just hope digital is as consistent as u where

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jb38
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7:42 AM

Mark Fletcher: I will be interested to see if Thomas can receive the ITV mux or any of the commercial muxes come 26th, as although you are predicted to receive both BBC and the HD service on that date with a status of good, (BBC presently good) ITV being on a variable status but with no commercials possible, Thomas on the other hand is only predicted to receive BBC and the HD service on a variable status and no commercials whatsoever, that including ITV.

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Thomas
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10:33 AM
Leeds

I receive all the Freeview multiplexes from Emley Moor and am quite happy with that. From 6am I checked and Bilsdale analogue 1, 3, 4, and 5 have come back on. I also retuned my Freeview TV and it picked up the new BBCA Mux from Bilsdale, putting its channels in the 800s. Emley Moor's channels remained on their normal numbers.

The signal from Bilsdale is viewable, but the quality is very low and I get occasional blockiness or freezing on it. Still, I can sort of choose between regions for BBC News now.

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Ian Taylor
5:02 PM
Middlesbrough

Thanks to Dave Lindsay and Mark Fletcher for the detailed info on the switchover. I have retuned and everything seems fine.

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Jake
5:57 PM

why is bbc 1 on channel 2?

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Dave Lindsay
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7:45 PM

Jake: If you have BBC One where BBC Two analogue was, then this has happened because the new BBC digital (Freeview) signal is on the UHF channel (frequency) that BBC One used to occupy.

At the first stage of switchover at all transmitters, BBC Two analogue is turned off to allow for BBC standard definition digital services.

In some cases the UHF channel used by the BBC standard definition services is that of one of the other analogue channels and in such circumstances the other channel takes the place of BBC Two analogue for the fortnight until switchover completes.

If this is the case, then you cannot be receiving your TV directly from Bilsdale as its new BBC digital signal is on the channel used by its BBC Two (and therefore BBC One analogue remains where it has always been). However, its relays at Bainbridge, Guisborough, Peterlee and Whitby are all broadcasting BBC One analogue on the channel that was formerly used by BBC Two analogue and hence BBC One will appear under button number 2.

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Mike Davison
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8:57 PM

Just for the record, in Wetherby, Bilsdale ch26 is receivable off the back of my loft mounted Emley Moor antenna(which is a wide-band type) at 23% signal and 90-100% quality on my Humax PVR and so is quite usable. Analogue reception off the back of this antenna was unwatchable. I'm looking forward to DSO2 at Bilsdale. Also according to your maps for Emley coverage, I am outside of its 'green' area. Wrong! I have had solid reception of all mpx's pre- and post-DSO with HD.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012
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Robert Hill
6:27 PM

Mike Davison, I'm not surprised that you can receive the new high-powered BBC multiplex from Bilsdale with your loft aerial on the back of it. I live 3 to 4 miles south of Wetherby, and I can receive that multiplex with a small four element indoor aerial downstairs looking through the window towards Bilsdale, and depending where I put it, it is Signal Strength roundabout 60% and signal quality 100%. Back in June when they did an overnight test I received all the multiplexes with an indoor aerial through the same the same window. But of course I receive my signals from Emley Moor transmitter.

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