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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 (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 ITV +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 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
Friday, 11 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:38 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 01:45 yesterday to 03:30 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Monday, 28 March 2011
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Gary Plant
10:36 AM

Good morning, I live in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire & I have not been able to get most of my free TV channels for a week now. I only get mux 1 & C and not very clear at that. Can somebody PLEASE! let me know what is going on as your web-site is vague at best.

many thanks
Gary Plant.

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Transmitter engineering
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10:38 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:38 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Mike Dimmick
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6:54 PM

Gary Plant: Can you provide a full postcode, so we can see what the prediction at your address is? Radio signal levels can change dramatically with just a few centimetres in either direction, so we do need to narrow it down to a very small area. Small changes in elevation can also change whether you get a clear line of sight to the transmitter or not.

As far as the transmitter information goes, this website only republishes the information from Digital UK's Planned Engineering Works page at
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works
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In general, all the main transmitters are getting an overhaul and this is happening region-by-region in roughly the order that the transmitters will switch over. As Tyne Tees is the last of the English regions to switch, the transmitter work is only just starting here. At most sites, the main transmitting aerial is being replaced. Depending on whether it had spare capacity, and whether it was allowed to transmit in all directions, sometimes the digital signals were transmitted from the main aerial, or some of them were, sometimes in combination with another aerial.

At Bilsdale, the quoted antenna height (which is an average of all aerials providing the service) for the digital services is a couple of metres higher than the quoted analogue height. This suggests that there are some aerial panels for digital used in conjunction with the main aerial, sat on top of it. Those have to come off to replace the main aerial, so they either have, or are going to, fit a reserve aerial further down the mast to serve as the temporary main aerial. Once this is installed and feeder cables connected, services will move to this reserve aerial, and they will replace the main aerial.

At some sites the FM radio transmission aerials have been immediately below the TV aerials, and the reserve has had to be fitted quite low down. That can cause problems for some people if the terrain prevents a clear line of sight to the reserve aerial.

Generally they are not constructing new buildings for the new high-power transmitters (generating the signal and amplifying it to full power happens at ground level). Instead they are clearing either the existing analogue transmitter halls or the existing low-power digital buildings, if any. Signals may need to be generated by temporary transmitters while that happens, and in some cases they may not be able to produce the full power of the permanent transmitters.

There may be periods of low power when men are working on the mast, or when services are being moved from one aerial to another, or one rack of ground-level transmitter equipment to another. These events will normally occur during daylight hours on weekdays.

Unfortunately Digital UK seem to feel that this information is too technical for the general public, and limit their information to 'possible weak signal' and 'liable to interruption'. (RG47SH)

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Wednesday, 30 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:29 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - sdale Transmitter works 30 March 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on 30 March 2011. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Five will be subject to periods of shutdown between 10:00 and 16:00. Digital services - n/a [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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9:29 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - sdale Transmitter works 30 March 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on 30 March 2011. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Five will be subject to periods of shutdown between 10:00 and 16:00. Digital services - n/a [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Monday, 4 April 2011
Transmitter engineering
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9:33 AM

BILSDALE transmitter - sdale Transmitter works 4 April 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on 4 April 2011. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2. ITV Channel 4 and Five will be subject to periods of shutdown between 10:00 and 16:00. Digital services - n/a [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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BILSDALE transmitter - sdale Transmitter works 4 April 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on 4 April 2011. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2. ITV Channel 4 and Five will be subject to periods of shutdown between 10:00 and 16:00. Digital services - n/a [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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1:36 PM

BILSDALE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:28 today BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:27 today [BBC] sdale Transmitter works 4 April 2011: Engineering transmitter work will take place between 10:00 and 16:00 on 4 April 2011. TV services that will be disrupted: Analogue services - BBC1, BBC2. ITV Channel 4 and Five will be subject to periods of shutdown between 10:00 and 16:00. Digital services - n/a [DUK] Over the next week Bilsdale main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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