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The symbol shows the location of the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 700,000 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 Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Pontop Pike 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
C39 (618.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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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
C42 (642.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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
C45 (666.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
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
C32 (562.0MHz)447mDTG-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
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-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
C35 (586.0MHz)447mDTG-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

LNE
 H -13dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-125,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Pontop Pike transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 15km northeast (42°)
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, 12km north-northeast (29°)
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?

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How will the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C5BBCtvwaves
C32SDN
C33com7
C34com8
C35ArqB
C39BBCA
C42D3+4
C45BBCB
C49tv_offBBCB
C50tv_offSDN
C54tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4
C55tv_offArqBcom7tv_off
C56tv_offLNE
C58tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCA
C59tv_offArqA
C61ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C64BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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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 1-4 500kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 50kW
com8(-11.6dB) 34.6kW
com7(-11.7dB) 33.8kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
LNE(-20dB) 5kW

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. Pontop Pike 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
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:23 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 03:07 yesterday to 16:51 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Pontop Pike main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Friday, 7 January 2011
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Nick
10:45 AM
Durham

Hi, purchased HD TV last month but no HD channels available so far here in Gilesgate, Durham, DH1 1DH. I assume we use Pontop Pike (which should be OK for HD?) but perhaps not accessing it directly - do you have any suggestions? All other Freeview channels are fine. Thanks, Nick

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:51 AM

Nick: The Digital UK postcode checker predicts all muxes from Pontop Pike (including HD)are available with good reception at your location. Is your aerial mounted with the rods horizontal? (If they are vertical you could be using Fenham which has no HD mux currently) Check that you have no equipment such as a VCR or Sky box with the RF output set to C63.Have you tried doing a manual tune on C63?

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Nick
3:18 PM
Durham

Thanks KMJ I will check this weekend and let you know!

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Sunday, 9 January 2011
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Carl
5:16 AM
North Shields

I live in NE30 3NQ postcode and use BT Vision, since 4th January I've lost Sky News channel 82, I've retuned several times and sometimes pick it up, sometimes not, when I do pick it up I get no picture and stuttering sound. Everything was fine until this time, is there a transmission problem in this area?

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:58 PM

Carl: No, there is no transmission problems. Please see Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Monday, 10 January 2011
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Nick
11:00 AM
Durham

Hi I checked the aerial - horizontal so should be OK. Manual tuning of channel 63 - no signal. I checked all receivable channels and came up with 48,53,55,59,62,65.
I wonder if the problem is with the aerial itself - it was replaced about 8 years ago; also compared with others nearby it seems to point slightly more to the west as if it is more directed to Burnhope than Pontop Pike, both of which are visible from here - Burnhope completely, and the top red light of Pontop can be seen at night... is it just a matter of more precise positioning?

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

1:14 PM

Nick: Yes, if the aerial is not directly pointing at the transmitter this will reduce the signal quite a lot, and will probably explain why you can't get C63.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:49 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:02 today BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:16 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 10:08 today to 10:11 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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12:49 PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:02 today BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:16 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 10:08 today to 10:11 today [BBC]

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