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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.

 H max
C39 (618.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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),

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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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 9 others

 H -3dB
C35 (586.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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

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?

Kieldor DamActive deflector6 homes Holiday complex
Low HaberActive deflectorWest Allen Dale, 18 kn SW Hexham caravan site
North HartlepoolTransposer84 homes

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

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1313 Nov 2019

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 1-4 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.

Friday, 22 May 2015

10:11 AM

Tommy Dobson: Your problem is possibly down to the planned engineering work being carried out at Pontop Pike this week, as a "possible weak signal" notification has been in force since the 18th.

You should try carrying out a standard retune in the evenings and check if this resolves the situation, although it may not dependant on the reason for it having to be temporarily reduced in the first place.

However, a better way to determine if the signal has returned to normal without upsetting programme channels already stored, is "if" your TV/box offers a manual tuning facility? if it does, then carry out a "manual" scan on the PSB Mux C49 (BBC / ITV etc HD) the two other HD Muxes being COM7 / C33 and COM8 / C34.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

9:23 PM

Tommy Dobson: Check your signal strength. It might be that your SD channels are low but viable, but the HD ones are out. Most likely explaination? Your system has a problem - perhaps a loose connection, etc. Check each bit.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 3 June 2015
Keith T.
5:48 PM

Hi. I have a Humax and 2 Talk Talk Youview box's. The Humax box gives me all channels. The talk talk box''s seem to miss the channels on com 7 BBC news channel Hd etc. I have 2 ariels and have tried the talk talk box's on both without succes. This is picking signals from Pontop Pike. Is there a known problem for this?

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Keith T.'s 2 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

6:21 PM

Keith T.: A couple of ideas:

1. Does manual tuning give any clues, if available? Go to the manual tune screen and enter/select UHF channel 33 and then wait and see if it gives a reading of strength and quality. (Select DVB-T2 rather than DVB-T if such an option is available.)

2. Some receivers have been found to have issues picking up more than one DVB-T2 (HD) multiplex. When running the automatic tuning scan, have the aerial unplugged for PSB3 on C49 in order to see if you can tune COM7 but not PSB3.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Keith T.
8:34 PM

Keith T.: I have tried several things no manual search on Youview box's but noticed the taking out of aerial when scanning and they now pick up com8 2 items. But nothing about com7 items. Giving up now think I will just have to forego the he channels on TalkTalk box's as the Humax is my main box and is used the most.

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Keith T.'s 2 posts GB
Thursday, 4 June 2015
9:02 AM

My HD channels on PSB3 (C49) have 'gone' each night this week from about 6.30 pm showing weak signal but have returned after about 3 hours. This is true on 2 Humax PVRs and a Samsung TV. Any idea what could be the cause of this ?

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GP's 1 post US

6:28 PM

GP: If its common to all TV's, loogically it must either be the transmitter, or your system (or something making it go wonky).

Since its very unlikely that the trasmitter suddenly goes weak for several hours each night at peak time, it must be you. If your signal strength was steadily or suddenly much weaker, then that would point to your system - perhaps a failing wire, or dodgy distribution system, etc. Whats strange is that the same thing seems to happen at the same time each night. Thats the sort of thing you get when there is single source interference (just google it on this site).

Check to see if there is anything in your house (or close by) which works on a timer - its might be leaky and killing the signal. Something like a thermostat might fit the bill. JB38 has excellent advice on how to find the source via an AM radio.

The other thing to do is to improve your cabling. A better cable, with shielding, makes interfence less likely. ATV Sheffield has some on their website, which look very good value for about four pouns plus postage. And of course if your using another box, such as a PVR, make sure that a decent cable goes between that and the TV.

Be interesting to find out exactly what it is!

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Wednesday, 22 July 2015
Tony Cook
8:36 AM

All itv channels and film4 are pixilating. We've reset the channels but that hasn't helped.

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Tony Cook's 1 post GB
Monday, 27 July 2015
9:16 AM

I used to have many issues picking up on pick, e4, quest, tru tv due to low signal but since yesterday i have FULL signal strength on the problem channels. Great news. Im based in the Eston area
Has there been upgrades ?


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Jason's 1 post GB

11:38 PM


Without a post code we have no idea how close to the relevant transmitter you are, the code allowing several checks to be made.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB
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