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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?

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
C39 (618.0MHz)447mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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-100,000W
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-100,000W
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
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

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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 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

LNE
 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?

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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, 20 January 2011
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andrew morrison
1:47 PM
Gateshead

hi briantist thanks, still no joy. aerial bearing is pontop and i receive freeview c62 multiplex which i presume rules out fenham and confirms pontop.the aerial appears to be wideband and it seems odd the c63 signal strength is zero as even if i could not view the hd channels i would get at least a weak signal. i tried on a tv which has never had any other inputs so analogue interference doesnt seem to be the answer.i should maybe rule out a box error.otherwise i assume ill have to wait for the digitalnks again switch. tha

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andrew morrison's 4 posts GB
Briantist
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5:10 PM

andrew morrison: I would still check Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice - there must be some reason why you are seeing nothing at all.

The HD multiplex is at the same power level as all the other transmissions.

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Andrew morrison
9:57 PM
Gateshead

Having read a bit more about RF interference i reckon you are spot on Briantist.there must be something in the area either conncted to my tv or a wireless network for a device that is stoping the signal.ill try systematically turning off devices and see.cheers

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Andrew morrison's 4 posts GB
Friday, 21 January 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:10 AM

Andrew morrison: Good look, I'm sure you will be able to get the Freeview HD signal.

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Pauline Tweddell
3:16 PM
Stockton-on-tees

I live opposite (in a dip) to a just completed new-build school - as the build progressed the ITV programmes became worse. Pupils moved in two weeks ago and since then you either get no signal or broken picture with none or very little sound. Is this just a coincidence or is this the reason for the problem, I lie in TS21 area and the aerial is positioned to pontop pike.

Will I have to fork out more money for another aerial?

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

6:57 PM

Pauline Tweddell: According to the Digital UK postcode checker Mux2 is shown as having variable reception at your location and it is expected that reception will deteriorate on Mux1 and Mux2 in september 2011. Are you able to use Bilsdale? Also Emley Moor is shown after switchover in September as offering a full service. (No use at present though) Regarding pupils in the school affecting the signal, if the school is situated in the signal path so the signal travels between the sections of the framework it is possible that people moving about could cause variations to the signal.

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Steven, Guisborough
7:45 PM
Guisborough

Used to have 4/5 signal on CH55 from Pontop Pike (MUX2 -- ITV1, Ch.4, etc.). Barely working today. Maybe my aerial has been twisted by the strongs winds earlier this week.

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Steven, Guisborough's 1 post GB
Monday, 24 January 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:42 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Over the next week Pontop Pike main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) Possible weak signal. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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9:42 AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Over the next week Pontop Pike main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) Possible weak signal. [DUK]

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:35 AM

Steven, Guisborough: It is possible, but there is engineering work too (see above). Please see Single frequency interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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