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The symbol shows the location of the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmitter which serves 34,000 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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Fenham 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
 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)171mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C26 (514.0MHz)171mDTG-3400W
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
 V max
C30+ (546.2MHz)171mDTG-6400W
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
 V max
C25 (506.0MHz)171mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C22+ (482.2MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C28 (530.0MHz)172mDTG-8400W
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
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)171mDTG-6400W
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 Fenham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 3km east-southeast (108°)
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, 2km south-southwest (207°)
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

How will the Fenham (Newcastle Upon Tyne, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
A K TW TW TA K TA K T
C21BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB
C22+ArqAArqA
C23BBCA
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4
C25SDNSDN
C26D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCA
C28ArqBArqB
C30_localBBCB
C31C4wavesC4wavesC4wavescom7
C36_local
C37com8
C56tv_offC5wavesC5waves

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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 2kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, com7, com8, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 40W
Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 20W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike transmitter area

Jan 1959-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. Fenham 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.

Comments
Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:28 PM

FENHAM transmitter - Over the next week Fenham main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Monday, 9 July 2012
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David
12:28 AM
Gateshead

sometimes we have Yesterday and film 4 for a couple of days and sometimes for a few minutes only but most of the times nothing. Is there a problem with the transmitter?

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David's 1 post GB
Monday, 17 September 2012
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Mr M. T. Whittle
9:47 AM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Having a problem with reception on Channel's 12. Yesterday,15. Film 4, 24. ITV4 which are breaking down and pixalateing, several of the other platform channels have intermittent picture freezing I've checked signal strength and it's showing Red and says poor signal strength. I have purchased a new free view box
(Tvonics)and it was fine before the change over on the 12th. I have retuned the box but it has made little difference? Can you Help please?

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Mr M. T. Whittle's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:11 AM

Mr M. T. Whittle: These services are carried on Mux D and it is presently on UHF channel 57 from Fenham and C53 from Pontop Pike. Check that it hasn't tuned to the other.

If it is tuned correctly, then hopefully when it goes to full power on 26th, it will come good.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 12 December 2012
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nick
8:31 PM

what is wrong with the hd signal coming from fenham. Since the last update in september i am getting quite often "no signal" flashing up on my screen. It is only the hd signal which is new to fenham no problem when i switch back to normal freeview and why is it coming from granada with local news ie itv 6.00 is for granada area.just watching chanel 5 and it has done the same thing.

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nick's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 22 December 2012
J
John Hudson
5:28 PM
Gateshead

Like Nick above, I'm disappointed with the reception we get in the area NE8 3J, with a good roof aerial erected a few years ago. Since the full digital switchover, things have been no better than they were with a 20 times weaker signal. We're in the shadow of Carr Hill, which is the reason why our signal comes from Fenham, not Pontop Pike. We can receive all muxes and the signal generally shows as strong. I've removed the redundant signal amplifier we used when analogue was still going. However, there are an awful lot of "glitches" and dropouts - periods when the picture shows some pixellation, freezes or disappears altogether and shows "No signal". This happens both with SD and HD, although we don't tend to see pixellation on HD, just a freeze or complete dropout.

As the signal is good most of the time, I have the distinct impression that the transmitter itself is suffering from interruptions. Is it worth complaining to the BBC, or am I wrong about this?

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John Hudson's 5 posts GB
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:24 PM

John Hudson: Looking at the terrain plot between you and Fenham, and working out what is on the high ground in the way I'm not surprised that you are suffering with intermittent poor reception:


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


The high ground (shown in red as it obstructs the signal path) has the flyover on and there are also a few high-rise blocks that could also potentially be in the way.

Does the poor reception coincide with something such as rush hour and/or rain?

It appears that you reside slap-bang in the middle of the small area that the Felling transmitter covers. It is a relay of Fenham and suggests that the high ground I identified could be an issue in your area.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Sunday, 23 December 2012
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John Hudson
6:23 PM
Gateshead

Thanks for the comment, Dave, but the only flyover is to the southwest of us, whereas Fenham is to the northwest - likewise with the high rise blocks. There are a few three storey flats between our street and the river but I don't think they're in a direct line of sight.

Maybe I need to consult another aerial engineer. The last one we had (a couple of years ago) seemed to know what he was talking about and said we were in a poor signal area but that he'd given us an adequate (roof) aerial; he was also extremely pricey.

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John Hudson's 5 posts GB
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John Hudson
6:33 PM
Gateshead

Sorry, I should have said that I haven't noticed any common factors about the poor reception except that it seems to occur between about 8.30 and 10 at night on random nights. It may be just that this is the time when we're most likely to watch TV (apart from the period between 5.30 and 7, when I haven't noticed any glitches).

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John Hudson's 5 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 January 2013
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nick
8:50 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

I notice that you have tried to answer john hudson query but ignored mine posted on the 12th dec.
I have line of site from my house to fenham which is just over the river. again, why is the hd transmission so poor since hd was transmitted from fenham on the 26th sept.,and why is it granada, not tyne tees for local news, adverts etc.
look forward to hearing from someone
nick

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