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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
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-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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +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 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.

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Monday, 22 November 2021
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Chris.SE
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3:12 AM

George Smith:

I'm afraid Arqiva never say how long the work will take, or give any detail. Some of the work may be weather dependent.
The transmitter is again listed for the next week.

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6:09 AM

Pontop Pike transmitter - Pontop Pike transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Friday, 3 December 2021
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3:13 PM

Pontop Pike transmitter - Pontop Pike transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Pontop Pike transmitter - Pontop Pike transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Thursday, 13 January 2022
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Brian Richardson
10:58 PM
Newcastle Upon Tyne

Hi, recently moved in to a property in NE20 area and we are having intermittent reception problems from Pontop Pike transmitter. This varies with the time of day and consists of sound stuttering with pixelation and sometimes 'no or weak signal'. The main channels affected are 34 Multiplex Com5 programs and 35 Multiplex Com6 programs. We have checked our aerial connections and installed a masthead amplifier which has made some improvement but on some days we have no signal from these channels at all. Normally Multiplex transmission on PSB1, PSB2 and PSB3 are ok. Would like to know whether anyone else is having this problem. Any onfo most welcome, trying to work out what to do next!

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Chris.SE
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11:54 PM

Brian Richardson:

We need a full postcode to look at the predicted reception in your locale to be able to offer some more constructive advice.

What type of aerial do you have? Please describe if you don't know a make and model, otherwise a link to a similar looking aerial would always be good. Do you know roughly how old it is?
If it's a Yagi type, does it have a coloured plastic plug in either end of the boom?
Do you have any distribution amp/splitter, make & model if known?

When you say you've checked your aerial connections did that include coax condition - no damage to the sheath, any water ingress? Did you check continuity of the core?

Have a look in your TV tuning sections for signal strength and quality figures.
Post the figures for each mulitplex. Do you get COM7 UHF C55 ?

The correct UHF channels for Pontop Pike In the multiplex order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7, Local are -
C39, C42, C45, C32, C34, C35, C55, C33 .
Reception of the Local mux is very much location dependent.

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Saturday, 15 January 2022
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Brian Richardson
12:11 PM

Chris.SE: Hi, post code is NE209PD. The aerial was in place when we bought the house middle of last year so do not know details or how old it is. It is mounted on the chimney stack and from ground level I can see it has 8 elements, a loop and a flat back plate. I found one on google that looks close, the link is:

Google Images

I have fitted an SLX two way signal booster in the loft, it feeds two aerial outlets one in the living room the other in the kitchen.

The aerial coax condition appears to be ok, and have checked wire continuity from the loft to the room outlets and there is no problem there.

Multiplex Com7 UHF C55: Yes I can get this channel, today it is fine but sometimes I get 'no signal' or picture pixelation and sound pops and crackles.

What puzzles me is that when I get poor reception the signal strength can be high, other times the signal strength can be low but reception is good.

TV tuning section signals: The TV has signal strength and bit error level values. Reception today is fine except for Ch35 COM6 which has pixelations and sound distortion. The strength and bit error levels today are as follows:
PSB1 Ch39 using BBC1 (1) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB2 Ch42 using ITV1 (3) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB3 Ch 45 using BBC1HD (101) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300
COM4 Ch 32 using Drama (20) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
COM 5 Ch34 using Sky Arts (11) - signal strength 50, bit error level 0
COM6 Ch35 using Great Movies (33) - signal strength 40, bit error level 2000 (reception poor pixcelation etc)
COM 7 Ch55 using Free Sports (64) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300

Thank you very much for your help Chris.



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Brian Richardson
12:14 PM

Chris.SE: Hi, post code is NE209PD. The aerial was in place when we bought the house middle of last year so do not know details or how old it is. It is mounted on the chimney stack and from ground level I can see it has 8 elements, a loop and a flat back plate. I found one on google that looks close, the link is:

https://fspltd.org.uk/dig…html

It is the picture labelled 'TV Aerial Repair'.

I have fitted an SLX two way signal booster in the loft, it feeds two aerial outlets one in the living room the other in the kitchen.

The aerial coax condition appears to be ok, and have checked wire continuity from the loft to the room outlets and there is no problem there.

Multiplex Com7 UHF C55: Yes I can get this channel, today it is fine but sometimes I get 'no signal' or picture pixelation and sound pops and crackles.

What puzzles me is that when I get poor reception the signal strength can be high, other times the signal strength can be low but reception is good.

TV tuning section signals: The TV has signal strength and bit error level values. Reception today is fine except for Ch35 COM6 which has pixelations and sound distortion. The strength and bit error levels today are as follows:
PSB1 Ch39 using BBC1 (1) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB2 Ch42 using ITV1 (3) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB3 Ch 45 using BBC1HD (101) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300
COM4 Ch 32 using Drama (20) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
COM 5 Ch34 using Sky Arts (11) - signal strength 50, bit error level 0
COM6 Ch35 using Great Movies (33) - signal strength 40, bit error level 2000 (reception poor pixcelation etc)
COM 7 Ch55 using Free Sports (64) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300

Thank you very much for your help Chris.



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Brian Richardson
12:15 PM

Chris.SE: Hi, post code is NE209PD. The aerial was in place when we bought the house middle of last year so do not know details or how old it is. It is mounted on the chimney stack and from ground level I can see it has 8 elements, a loop and a flat back plate. I found one on google that looks close, the link is:

https : //fspltd.org.uk/digital_and_satellite_installation.html

It is the picture labelled 'TV Aerial Repair'.

I have fitted an SLX two way signal booster in the loft, it feeds two aerial outlets one in the living room the other in the kitchen.

The aerial coax condition appears to be ok, and have checked wire continuity from the loft to the room outlets and there is no problem there.

Multiplex Com7 UHF C55: Yes I can get this channel, today it is fine but sometimes I get 'no signal' or picture pixelation and sound pops and crackles.

What puzzles me is that when I get poor reception the signal strength can be high, other times the signal strength can be low but reception is good.

TV tuning section signals: The TV has signal strength and bit error level values. Reception today is fine except for Ch35 COM6 which has pixelations and sound distortion. The strength and bit error levels today are as follows:
PSB1 Ch39 using BBC1 (1) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB2 Ch42 using ITV1 (3) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB3 Ch 45 using BBC1HD (101) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300
COM4 Ch 32 using Drama (20) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
COM 5 Ch34 using Sky Arts (11) - signal strength 50, bit error level 0
COM6 Ch35 using Great Movies (33) - signal strength 40, bit error level 2000 (reception poor pixcelation etc)
COM 7 Ch55 using Free Sports (64) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300

Thank you very much for your help Chris.


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Brian Richardson
12:18 PM

Chris.SE: Hi, post code is NE209PD. The aerial was in place when we bought the house middle of last year so do not know details or how old it is. It is mounted on the chimney stack and from ground level I can see it has 8 elements, a loop and a flat back plate. I found one on google that looks close, the link is:

(link should be here, but tried to submit the post and the site it will not accept it.)

I have fitted an SLX two way signal booster in the loft, it feeds two aerial outlets one in the living room the other in the kitchen.

The aerial coax condition appears to be ok, and have checked wire continuity from the loft to the room outlets and there is no problem there.

Multiplex Com7 UHF C55: Yes I can get this channel, today it is fine but sometimes I get 'no signal' or picture pixelation and sound pops and crackles.

What puzzles me is that when I get poor reception the signal strength can be high, other times the signal strength can be low but reception is good.

TV tuning section signals: The TV has signal strength and bit error level values. Reception today is fine except for Ch35 COM6 which has pixelations and sound distortion. The strength and bit error levels today are as follows:
PSB1 Ch39 using BBC1 (1) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB2 Ch42 using ITV1 (3) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
PSB3 Ch 45 using BBC1HD (101) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300
COM4 Ch 32 using Drama (20) - signal strength 80, bit error level 0
COM 5 Ch34 using Sky Arts (11) - signal strength 50, bit error level 0
COM6 Ch35 using Great Movies (33) - signal strength 40, bit error level 2000 (reception poor pixcelation etc)
COM 7 Ch55 using Free Sports (64) - signal strength 96, bit error level 300

Thank you very much for your help Chris.


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