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Freeview Light on the Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmitter

Google mapBing mapGoogle Earth54.874,-1.902 or 54°52'25"N 1°54'6"WDH8 9LF

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Tests now show that SOME households that use masthead amplifiers (and some communal aerial systems) AND are in poor signal areas AND that are very close to a 4G phone mast MAY have their Freeview service disturbed: C22: BBCA
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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmitter. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 3,300 homes.

Other mapsPontop Pike TV regionBBC North East and CumbriaTyne TeesDAB in County Durham
AM/FM in County Durham

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.

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Which Freeview channels does the Shotleyfield 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 vertical max
C22 (482.0MHz)247m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
1 BBC One North East and Cumbria, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

 vertical max
C25 (506.0MHz)247m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
3 ITV (Tyne Tees), 4 Channel 4 North ads, 5 Channel 5 The North ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4+1 North ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Tyne Tees),

 vertical max
C28 (530.0MHz)247m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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, plus 1 others

Are you trying to watch these 41 Freeview channels?

The Shotleyfield (County Durham, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4Music, 4seven, 5*, 5USA, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera English, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, BBC Red Button 2, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Channel 5 +24, CITV, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Dave, Dave ja vu, Drama, E4+1, Film 4 +1, Food Network, ITV 2 +1, ITV 3, ITV 4, ITV 4 +1, Movie Mix, Movies4Men, pick, Quest, Quest +1, Really, RT English , Sky News, The Zone, Travel Channel, True Entertainment, VIVA, Yesterday.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Shotleyfield transmitter?

BBC Look North (Newcastle) 1.6m homes 6.0%
from Newcastle NE99 2NE, 21km east-northeast
to BBC North East and Cumbria region - 70 masts.

ITV Tyne Tees News 1.4m homes 5.4%
from Gateshead NE11 9SZ, 18km northeast
to ITV Tyne Tees region - 47 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with Border

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

aerial groupA KA KA KA KA KA K

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 200W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 40W

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. Shotleyfield 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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John geoghegan
Tuesday 18 September 2012 12:09PM

Since pontop was changed over recently and we done a retune, the picture is definitely worse. Why?
The aerial is outside. Facing pontop and it was fine till recently. I also have an aerial facing shotleyfield but the digital channels available from there are far less. Why?
E.g channel 11 not available.

Postcode is dh88nx

House number 10

Tuesday 18 September 2012 1:01PM

John geoghegan: If by being worse you mean the picture is breaking up, putting aside possible interference to the signal being received, this indicates that the signal is either too weak or too strong- the symptoms are similar when viewing the TV. Firstly check that the correct frequency has been tuned in for the transmitter that the aerial is pointing to. This is C58 for Pontop Pike. It is possible that the tuner found Newton or Shotley Field signals first during the scan, then ignored the correct one from Pontop. If, on the other hand, the correct frequency is found to have been selected, the new high power signal could be too strong if you have amplification on the aerial or a very high gain aerial. In this case you would need to reduce the gain of the amplifier (if possible) or fit an attenuator in the aerial feed to the receiver. You might be best to wait for DSO2 to complete before making any changes to your aerial if this should prove necessary. Regarding the channels transmitted from each mast, Shotleyfield is a public service relay transmitter which is only required to supply the BBC channels and ITV1, C4 and Channel Five. Other channels carried on mux PSB2 are a bonus. The COM muxes are a commercial venture from SDN (owned by ITV) and Arqiva. The mux owners opted not to increase the number of sites served as the transmission costs would have doubled for an increase of 8% in the number of viewers served.

Saturday 17 November 2012 1:23PM

I live in Ebchester, and since the Changeover I have had only 10 Channels, SOMETIMES! Most of the time I have 'No Signal' AT ALL.

Yesterday, for the first time, I had 31 Channels, and this morning I have NONE!


Saturday 17 November 2012 7:52PM

James: Two points concerning your problem, and which has to be in general terms because as no post code (or one from nearby, e.g: a shop) was given I am unable to access the reception predictor, and so as a substitute I used your local post office as a test code.

Your problem could be caused by your TV or box having picked up the Shotleyfield transmitter during an auto tune rather than Pontop Pike, this because the former uses lower channel numbers than the latter, the snag with Shotleyfield being that it does not transmit the commercial muxes as its only a PSB relay.

For a test you should remove the aerial connector and carry out an auto tune for purposes of deleting anything stored, then once completed take hold of the aerial plug again but do NOT insert it as yet, because you have to carry out another auto tune but this time carefully observe the progress bar whilst the auto tune is taking place, then as soon as the bar has reached about 50% of its travel immediately reinsert the aerial plug again and allow the scan to complete.

The reason for using this procedure is to avoid Shotleyfield being picked up as it uses lower channel numbers (22-28) hence keeping the aerial out until this section is passed, then hopefully you will pick up all channels from Pontop Pike, these spanning from 49 (HD) - 59.

If by any chance this still does not have the desired effect then your TV or boxes tuner could be receiving an excessively high level of signal from Pontop Pike located at only about 3 miles or so away, and an "over the top" signal can result in all sorts of odd problems being experienced including no picture at all being received and caused by the tuner being swamped.

Further advice dependant on results.

m bowman
Thursday 29 November 2012 6:21PM Consett

is there any plans to change the signal from shotleyfield we do not get the full freeview package and because of our location are unable to switch to p p

Dave Lindsay
Thursday 29 November 2012 7:16PM

m bowman: Unfortunately not. See here for an explanation:

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Some viewers will be able to switch from using the local relay to the main station such as from Shotleyfield to Pontop Pike.

In the days of analogue it would have been a question of which transmitter is the easiest to receive from with both providing equal service in the form of the four channels. The fact that the relay was chosen then doesn't necessarily mean that the full service from the main station isn't available now, although it may require a more extravagent aerial to pick it up.

I don't know whether you live in a location that might be able to receive the full service from Pontop. I appreciate that you said that you are unable to pick it up, but I wonder if you say that simply because you have always used Shotleyfield.

The terrain plot shows that you live only 3.6 miles from Pontop Pike but cannot see it:

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Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Also, on the slope there are buildings in the way which isn't good.

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