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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?

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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

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, 26 September 2012
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Thomas
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

7:26 AM
Leeds

Here in Leeds I can get a decent signal on the BBCA Mux, but none of the other muxes are of a good enough quality for the TV to pick up. Guess no ITV1 Tyne Tees for me.

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Robert Hill
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9:48 AM

Here in Bramham I can receive all multiplexes with a 4 element indoor aerial .The aerial is in a down stairs window.The 100kw muxes are Quality 100% Signal around 75% . 50kw Quality 100% Signal app 60%.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:05 AM

Thomas: The DUK predictor suggests for you that BBCA and BBCB will be "variable" but gives nothing for D3&4. I wonder if this is due to the way in which the signal disperses, or whether it is due to interference from another transmitter. Waltham would seem the only likely candidate as it uses C29 but not C26. This could perhaps be a possibility if your aerial points away from Bilsdale and to Emley Moor.

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Darren Brown
7:36 PM
Gateshead

cant receive Dave on new channel no 12.
Bilsdale Transmitter.
NE10 8JP.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:56 PM

Darren Brown: Try a manual tune on UHF channel 40 if your receiver allows.

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Darren Brown
8:08 PM

Darren Brown:
Dave Lindsay: I Have tried a manual retune on ch40 and it is only picking up channels I already have. I have just checked again and can't receive any channels on COM 5 ArqA

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:12 PM

Darren Brown: Have you had your Group A aerial replaced with a wideband or Group K one?

The Commercial (COM) channels from Bilsdale are out of the former analogue group.

If your aerial hasn't been replaced, then it may be a Group A one which means that it is most sensitive at frequencies within the bottom third of the band. Prior to switchover all analogue channels were in Group A and all except Mux D which carried Film4 and Yesterday were within Group A.

The six channels are:

PSB1 | BBC One | C26
PSB2 | ITV1 | C29
PSB3 | BBC One HD | C23
COM4 | ITV3 | C43
COM5 | Pick TV | C46
COM6 | Dave | C40

Note that the COMs are now in the 40s which is above Group A. Mux D was formerly on C42 at much lower power.


A Group K aerial will be best for Bilsdale now:

Bilsdale TV Transmitter

Group K covers Group A and Group B; Group B being the middle third of the band, where the COMs are.

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Darren Brown
8:52 PM

Darren Brown:
Dave Lindsay: Cheers Dave. Thanks for your help mate. Will let you know how I get on.

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Darren Brown
9:01 PM

Dave Lindsay: Sorry forgot to mention, I havent changed my aerial but will do.

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Thursday, 27 September 2012
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Alan
12:34 PM
Stockton-on-tees

Since the switch over my PVR keeps loosing the channels on Com 5. A manual or automatic retune finds them ok but they drop out at random times or if the PVR goes into standby. The digital tv is fine and the digi box on an old tv is also fine....we have a signal booster on because prior to the switch over we had problems with channel drop out and picture break up and the booster resolved it. Although pick tv did remain troublesome on the pvr. Post Code TS17 0SH. Stockton on Tees.
I guess this is an obvious question but does this seem like a PVR fault? and if so why only certain channels and not all of them? Is it possible we may no longer need the booster on since the increase in power output and could this be the problem? I need to get this working because the wife likes Star Trek and likes to watch it after working late....

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