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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
C58 (770.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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1 BBC One North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)447mDTG-3100,000W
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3 ITV (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5 The North ads, 6 ITV2, 13 Channel 4 +1 North ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)447mDTG-6100,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITVBe, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5*, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITVBe+1, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 25 others

 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

 H -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447mDTG-850,000W
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 BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 24 ITV4, 25 Dave ja vu, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 74 VIVA, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT HD, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C56 (754.0MHz)447mDTG-125,000W
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from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Tyne and Wear, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

 H -4.7dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447mDTG-633,800W
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63 Community Channel, 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

 H -10.2dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447mDTG-69,500W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5: plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/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?

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BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 15km northeast
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
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

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

aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EW

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
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700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 12th September and 26th September 2012.
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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 6,578 posts Platinum Platinum xx
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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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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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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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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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 xx
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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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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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 xx
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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