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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, 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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)676mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C43 (650.0MHz)676mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C46 (674.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C40 (626.0MHz)681mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -7.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)676mDTG-618,500W
Channel icons
 Together TV +1,  Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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 - 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
Sunday, 3 October 2021
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Chris.SE
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1:30 PM

Fiona Tate:

Parts of the Darlington area have been one of the more difficult areas to get signals to from the current temporary transmitters. Have you tried a retune recently? You may get some signals from one of the existing temporary transmitters, more likely the one at Arncliffe Wood. If an auto retune doesn't get anything, try manual retuning on the channels detailed here https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/channel-information-eston-nab-arncliffe-wood-sutton-bank

Arqiva had hoped to have the new temporary 80m mast at Bilsdale operating by Oct.5th but this has now been delayed by the current atrocious weather.
Arqiva have been proving updates on the situation see -
https://www.arqiva.com/news-views/news/update-on-incident-at-bilsdale-mast
They are also hoping to get some further temporary masts installed to cover areas that may not get signals from the Bilsdale temporary mast.
Freeview have also provided updates, mainly a summary of information from Arqiva -
https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/bilsdale
There's also been some fairly good reports here (read through to see earlier reports) -
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19617360.bilsdale-transmitter-arqiva-boss-responds-job-losses-impact-fixing-mast/

I did read/hear somewhere that Arqiva were going to be setting up a dedicated helpline, but can't find the detail at present. Freeview have one but it's primarily recorded information and they don't have the technical knowledge that Arqiva have!
If after the temporary Bilsdale mast is operating, you are still having problems getting a signal, the helpline may be of some help - number will be posted when available.

The Predicted reception checker shows your location should usually get an excellent signal from Bilsdale, so reception from the temporary mast may be ok. But you are also predicted to get very good signals from the Pontop Pike transmitter but this will involve repositioning your aerial in almost the opposite direction to which it currently points. After the new temporary mast is operational, it could be that those still struggling to get reception may have financial or free help with aerial work, as you'll see from the reports there is various funding being provided, it'll be a case of see what develops.


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StevensOnln1
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1:51 PM

Fiona Tate: The completion date for the temporary transmitter at Bilsdale has been delayed due to bad weather, it is now expected to start broadcasting later this month (the current target date is 19th October according to the link below). You may be able to get some channels from one of the existing temporary transmitters by doing an automatic retune (if you haven't tried that already).

https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/bilsdale

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Wednesday, 6 October 2021
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5:44 AM

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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Chris.SE
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4:06 PM

All:

It seems the damaged mast at Bilsdale was brought down earlier today by controlled explosion.
https://pbs.twimg.com/ext_tw_video_thumb/1445764955668508672/pu/img/wZNAmBneYNhIU8Xe?format=jpg&name=small

That's from a tweet https://twitter.com/IwasMeegeren/status/1445765037109374981?s=20

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Chris.SE
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4:24 PM

I wonder if this is a hoax!

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4:38 PM

It seems to be true
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA-fmLFaqAc&t=8s
https://www.itv.com/news/tyne-tees/2021-10-06/314m-fire-damaged-bilsdale-mast-demolished-and-dismantled

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5:57 PM

Chris.SE: The demolition company did a very neat job, it only took around 10 seconds for the whole mast to come down in sections, with the bottom section landing on an adjacent building and the rest collapsing on top of each other on the ground nearby. That should limit the damage caused to the buildings around the base of the mast (beyond the damage already caused by the fire) which should help avoid further delays to building the new mast and bringing it into service.

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6:43 PM

StevensOnln1:

Yes it looked a very neat and well done job. I wonder how far away you could hear it coming down!

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Friday, 8 October 2021
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2:44 PM

Bilsdale transmitter - Bilsdale transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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5:43 AM

Bilsdale transmitter - Bilsdale transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 11/10/2021 Screen may go black on some or all channels [DUK]

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