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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 Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) transmitter which serves 700,000 homes.

Other mapsPontop Pike DABPontop Pike TV regionBBC North East and CumbriaTyne Tees
DAB in County DurhamAM/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 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C58 (770.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
100,000W
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

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C54 (738.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
100,000W
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C49 (698.0MHz)447m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
100,000W
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

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 38 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 ITV 4 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 57 Quest +1, 63 Community Channel, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

LNE
 horizontal -13dB
C56 (754.0MHz)447mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
5,000W
Channel icons
from 22nd September 2014: 8 Made in Tyne and Wear, 64 Bonanza Bonanza, 75 Pop,

com7
 horizontal -10.2dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
9,500W
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD,

com8
 horizontal -10.2dB
C34 (578.0MHz)447m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
9,500W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EW
C5BBCtv
600C33com7
C34com8
C481
700C49BBCBBBCBBBCB
C50SDNSDNSDN
C53-D
C54C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C55+2ArqBArqBArqB
C56LNE
C58BBC1BBC1BBC1BBCABBCABBCA
C59+AArqAArqAArqA
800C61ITVITVITV
C62+B
C64BBC2BBC2BBC2
C65+C

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.

  • Ofcom have projected that a local television service for Newcastle including Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland could use an Interleaved Frequency on the Pontop Pike transmitter using C56

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
PreDSO-BBCB*, Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 10kW
com7, com8(-17.2dB) 9.5kW
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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David
Friday 21 March 2014 1:17AM

Wasn't there a com 9 proposed too?


D
David
Friday 21 March 2014 10:10PM

Is there any plans to convert all the dtt multiplexes to dvb-t2 256qam 32ke 2/3?

With a bandwidth of 40.2Mbps there would be room for between 13 to 20 SD channels per mux. That would be upto 100 SD channels over 5 dvb-t2 muxes plus 18 HD channels.

Any technical reason why this can't be done?


Transmitter engineering
Saturday 29 March 2014 9:16AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - Over the next week Pontop Pike main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, no analogue radio, no digital radio. [DUK]


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