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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, 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
Tuesday, 26 October 2021
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Chris.SE
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7:41 AM

Liz clayton :

Have a look in your TV tuning section at the signal strength and quality figures for UHF channels C27 and C21 those are the two for the main BBC SD and HD multiplexes. Are you getting the HD versions of the channels at 103,104 & 105?
If the signals is not very high and the quality not 100% that could be a reason that you aren't getting UHF channel C24 which is the one for the D3&4 multiplex which is carrying the ITV, Ch4 & Ch5 channels.

Try a Manual tune for UHF channel 24, it could be that Auto-tune is missing is for some reason, it could be weak and a manual tune may get it.
If all that fails then try the dedicated helpline on 0800-121-4828 and tell them you can't get ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and that you'd like to speak to the dedicated "Project Restore Home Support team".

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Thursday, 28 October 2021
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Mike Davison
11:22 AM
Wetherby

For Chris SE
Yes all channels 21,24,27,40,43,46 and 55

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Friday, 29 October 2021
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Chris.SE
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2:33 AM

Mike Davison:

Thanks for the update.

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andrew
8:18 PM
Saltburn-by-the-sea

cant get a signal from bilsdale im in ts13 using a roof aerial i even tried the loft aerial still nothing
cant get a signal from skinningrove as the aerial is in the wrong direction and wrong polarity and if i could get signal from there theres no hd channels or radio

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andrew
8:19 PM
Saltburn-by-the-sea

cant get a signal from bilsdale im in ts13 using a roof aerial i even tried the loft aerial still nothing
cant get a signal from skinningrove as the aerial is in the wrong direction and wrong polarity and if i could get signal from there theres no hd channels or radio


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andrew
8:32 PM
Saltburn-by-the-sea

no signal
cant get a signal from bilsdale im in ts13 using a roof aerial i even tried the loft aerial still nothing
cant get a signal from skinningrove as the aerial is in the wrong direction and wrong polarity and if i could get signal from there theres no hd channels or radio


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Saturday, 30 October 2021
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Chris.SE
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12:59 AM

andrew:

Across the TS13 postcode reception will be very varied due to the nature of the terrain between you and the various transmitters. There are very few parts of the postcode that would have had reliable reception from the main Bilsdale mast before the fire, judging by your post you may have been one who did, there are still some parts that may get a signal from the Bilsdale Quarry Mast.

BUT, as you haven't given a full postcode I can't even give you an idea about what the various reception predictors may suggest (I've just had conflicting results for one postcode!) and it's in a situation that is changing as I post.
This is because Arqiva have just started another relay transmitter at Loftus.

There's even confusion in transmitter names on one part of the BBC engineering site, what I assume is actually Skinningrove get's referred to as Staithes! However I guess BBC engineers may be currently working on predictions for the area as initially when I checked, Loftus was not included but now is.
One point, you are incorrect about the HD channels - all Relay (Freeview Light) transmitters including the current temporary ones have and always have got the BBCB HD multiplex carrying BBC1/2, ITV1,Ch.4 & Ch.5.

I refer you to my earlier post here https://ukfree.tv/extras/inreplyto/1025806 which has links to the various pages of information about the Bilsdale situation - the Freeview one now includes an update from the 29th October.

https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/channel-information-bilsdale-temporary-mast-eston-nab-arncliffe-wood also lists all the relay transmitters and UHF channels including the latest two additions.
I would try a manual tune (auto-tune can sometimes miss weaker signals) on the UHF channels of those transmitters nearest to you, aerial polarisation and direction may not have an effect if the signals are strong enough as aerials have "side-lobes" etc.

Whilst you might not be able to readily reposition a roof aerial, you mention a loft aerial, are you not able to easily reposition it if need be?

If you are disabled or otherwise vulnerable, you might qualify for the free help mentioned on the main Freeview page (ring the free 0800 121 4828) which could include aerial repositioning. You should also have received a letter from Arqiva/Freeview.

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Chris.SE
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1:25 AM

andrew:

Just to add to a bit of confusion, according to an OFCOM document I've just looked up, there is supposed to be a relay transmitter at Staithes - very very low power - 4W (2W according to another source!) but is supposedly a relay of Pontop Pike and uses the same channels as the Skinningrove relay - also very very low power (6W) supposedly a relay of Bilsdale. Both are beamed of course, and I assume both get off-air signals from their parent transmitter.
Some parts of your postcode are also predicted to get some signals from Pontop Pike.

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Monday, 1 November 2021
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5:46 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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Wednesday, 3 November 2021
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Mike Davison
8:07 PM
Wetherby

There's apparently the possibility of a tower being erected.
https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/19624560.bilsdale-transmitter-arqiva-hint-another-temporary-mast-winter/

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