Full Freeview on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter
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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.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Newcastle (BBC local radio), 720 BBC York (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Cumbria (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Tees (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Create and Craft, Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 22nd September 2014: 7 Made in Tyne and Wear,
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?
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.
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?
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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?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7dB) 100kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-10dB) 50kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-17dB) 10kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Pontop Pike transmitter area
Chris.SE: Data with amp gain tweak as follows:
Normal max gain readings
PSB1 - strength 80/85, bit error 0
PSB2 - strength 80/85, bit error 0
PSB3 - strength 96, bit error varying 280 to 400 (but good picture no sign of pixelation etc)
Com 4 - strength 85, bit error 0
Com 5 - strength 75, bit error 0
Com 6 - strength 70, bit error 0
Com 7 - strength 96, bit error varying between 280 and 400
Gain reduced to about half
PSB1 - strength 80, bit error 0
PSB2 - strength 80, bit error 0
PSB3 - strength 96, bit error varying 320 to 420 (but good picture no sign of pixelation etc)
Com 4 - strength 75, bit error 0
Com 5 - strength 60, bit error 0
Com 6 - strength 60, bit error 0
Com 7 - strength 96, bit error varying between 360 to 440
Reception was good over the weekend so decided to do a channel scan, low and behold up pops the local multiplex, never any sign of this in previous scans so things are looking good. I have had poor to average reception since moving in to the house last August but it looks to me as if the problem has been mainly at the transmission end rather than house set up, although I did add the amplifier so that is a difference. Very happy at the moment, and improvement seems to be stable touch wood!
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Too much gain can also be a bad thing. Depending on the response of that aerial you have (some aerial can have a very peaky response curve), it may still turn out to be a compromise with slightly lower gain to minimise the errors. See how things go on. Tropo still about but not always causing a problem.
Going forwards, you might want to consider a change of aerial (after COM7 closes). I'd probably go for a log periodic with a 700MHz filter (ie ch.21-48) they've got a pretty flat response.
Post back if you need more help/have any queries at any time.
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Hi, since the retune on 26 Jan I've lost some free view channels (19-22; 24, 25, 27-29, 31-34, 36-49) from one of my digital recorders, the other digi recorder and both TVs have all the channels. I've tried automatic and manual retunes to no affect. When I run the auto tuning the channels appear on the list of found channels with their normal (new) channel numbers for a few seconds than all the numbers go to zero, as if it found them then lost them again. We get our signal from Pontop Pike. If anyone has any advice I'd appreciate it. It's a Sagemcom freeview+Hd box. Thanks.
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Hi. Whilst reception can vary across your postcode, those channels are spread across several multiplexes and as you other sets have all channels it's unlikely to be a reception issue, but do check your coax plugs and connections to the box, make sure they are clean and no corrosion.
It sounds more like the box has got it's memory in a bit of a slate, the channels may for example have gone in the 800s. Whilst I'm not familiar with this particular Sagem box (if anyone is they could perhaps comment), there's a couple of things you could try.
First, unplug the aerial and carry out a full automatic retune. This will hopefully clear all existing tuning. Plug the aerial back in and do a manual tune if possible on UHF channels C39, C42, C45, C32, C34, C35, C55.
if that hasn't worked, then a box reset may be the only option BUT this may clear any scheduled recordings BUT more importantly it may clear any existing recordings, best to check it's manual as there may be other things that may work.
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There don't appear to be any reported faults for Pontop Pike and it's not currently listed for Planned Engineering.
I would check that your aerial is still on the roof, seems intact and pointing in the correct direction (almost due SW for you) and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old) and is secure and not flapping in the wind.
Have you checked the connections behind your TV?
Check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See if you have any signal strengths and quality for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section, that information may indicate issues with your aerial or downlead or possibly any distribution amp/splitter you may have..
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.
Have you changed anything in your setup at all?
Make sure you don't have any HDMI leads near unscreened/poorly screened flyleads/aerial leads especially if those aren't double screened coax as HDMI has been known to cause interference.
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