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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


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
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-100,000W
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
C21 (474.0MHz)676mDTG-100,000W
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
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

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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
A K TA K TA K TK TW T
C21BBCB
C23C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C24_localD3+4
C26BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C27BBCA
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
Thursday, 3 January 2013
M
Mike
2:08 PM
York

Should have said, I am at YO62 6BA.

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Friday, 4 January 2013
J
jb38
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12:05 AM

Mike: Its very difficult for anyone to advise in cases where non-standard receivers are being used as devices such as these can suffer problems outside of the norm for Freeview TV's or boxes and there is nothing to compare them with.

That said, if the signal is as strong as you have reported at 10 miles away from the Bilsdale transmitter, then even although the signal strength on PSB1 might appear as being almost identical to PSB2, in reality this might not necessarily be the case and PSB1 is possibly slightly overloading the tuners input, which if this applies is liable to cause instability to occur in the tuner resulting in the corruption any data that might have been picked up, or indeed maybe even completely blocking reception of the mux as this type of thing can happen with standard Freeview TV's or boxes.

Try a reduced signal test by turning aerial about 10 degrees or so away from Bilsdales bearing of 305 degrees, or maybe even just using with a short length of wire (about 5 feet or so) connected into the aerial socket, you will of course have to carry out a retune as the mux data will not have been stored.

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M
Mike
2:22 PM

Thanks for your response jb38.

I'll keep trying different positions for the aerial and see if what helps.

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Mike's 3 posts GB
B
bob
5:12 PM

I have a DVD Recorder with a Freeview Receiver, Samsung Model DVD-SR150M. Since Switch over I have never been able to retune the DVD Receiver. I follow the manual, but its stuck on Language "Austria" and you can not change it.
Any suggestions ??

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:34 PM

bob: I put <<samsung dvd-sr150m austria>> into Google and perhaps you should do the same:

Samsung DVD-SR150M | AVForums.com - UK Online

I haven't found an answer, or gone much beyond the above link. However, if you find a solution, or indeed come to the same conclusion as Stevenage Neil on AVForums, then it might be useful to others with the same issue.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 5 January 2013
B
bob
10:42 PM

Thanks Dave, I did Google it myself and emailed Samsung Help Centre. I think the solution is I will not be buying another Samsung

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Wednesday, 9 January 2013
J
Jon
7:55 PM
Bedale

Hi,
Is there any reason that I would be able to receive just PSB2 (itv mux) and no others?
I've just moved into a property that has 2 old contract style aerials on the roof mounted horizontally. Every other house in the village has vertical aerials to pick up the nearby relay as bilsdale is not line of sight here.
I've no idea why the 2 aerials are horizontal as as far as I know the relay was there when the house was built. I didn't expect to pick anything up, but I receive the PSB2 mux at 40% strength 100% quality (no breakups), the other mux's have no signal whatsoever.
I'd rather get freeview from bilsdale as the relay is just freeview light, would a better aerial drag in the others?
Any advice appreciated.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:25 PM

Jon: It's not possible to say with total and utter certainty, but I think that technically you are pushing your luck to receive anything other than the PSB (Public Service) channels, whether that be from West Burton relay or direct from Bilsdale.

From Bilsdale the COM channels are at half power to the PSBs. They also use a less robust mode so that they can cram in more services (more shopping channels).

So if you are struggling to get Bilsdale's PSBs, then you ain't gonna get its COMs.

That said, contract aerials are cheap crap:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

Have you tried manually tuning in the other multiplexes? If you do, once you enter the UHF channel number, but before you press the button to scan, wait and see whether it gives any indication as to quality and strength.

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Looking at the terrain plot, the difficulty is Penhill:


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


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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 10 January 2013
J
Jon
10:07 AM
Bedale

Thanks for the quick reply Dave,

I didn't expect to receive anything, I already thought I'd need to get a new aerial for the local relay (as I think the existing one will be grouped, so just turning vertical wont help).

The TV is tuned already because I've moved from the top of the dale so had good Bilsdale coverage before.

I'd already used the frequency tuning, 29 (itv mux) gets 40% signal 100% quality, all others get absolutely nothing except 26 (bbc1) which intermittently gets 5-10% signal 10% quality / no signal.

I didn't expect to get anything, but I'm now more confused since get 1 mux perfectly usable and nothing else. I wondered if perhaps the itv mux was transmitted from higher on the bilsdale mast than the others?

I guess I'll have a trip to the loft to investigate the cabling next (there are 4 aerial sockets in the house, although only 1 seems to have any signal for anything.)


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J
Jon
10:24 AM
Bedale

Looking back at the gain curves for A Group aerials, I guess the gain profile could be the reason I get only 29 (being the highest frequency in the group).

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