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Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Pontop Pike (County Durham, England) mast?

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:29 today to 10:59 today. BBC


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

Other mapstxdabPontop Pike DABtxregionPontop Pike TV regiontx1BBC North East and Cumbriatx3Tyne Tees
txdabxxDAB in County DurhamtxradioxxAM/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, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 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
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, 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, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)447m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
50,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, 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), 90 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 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, 67 Chart Show TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

com7
 horizontal -10.2dB
C33 (570.0MHz)447m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
9,500W
Channel icons
106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

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?

regional news image
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

Are there any self-help relays?

Kieldor DamActive deflector6 homes Holiday complex
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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

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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 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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Transmitter engineering
Sunday 10 August 2014 7:31PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:03 today to 16:21 today. FM: Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 19:03 today to 19:12 today, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:03 today to 19:00 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 10 August 2014 8:09PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:03 today to 16:21 today. FM: Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:03 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Monday 11 August 2014 4:32AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:03 yesterday to 16:21 yesterday. FM: Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 19:03 yesterday to 19:12 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:03 yesterday to 19:00 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Tuesday 12 August 2014 4:32AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:03 on 10 Aug to 16:21 on 10 Aug. FM: Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 19:03 on 10 Aug to 19:12 on 10 Aug, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:03 on 10 Aug to 19:00 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Tuesday 12 August 2014 7:31AM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:03 on 10 Aug to 16:21 on 10 Aug. FM: Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 11:03 on 10 Aug to 19:00 on 10 Aug, Radio 3 FM Weak Signal from 19:03 on 10 Aug to 19:12 on 10 Aug. [BBC]

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John Hewett
Thursday 21 August 2014 7:59PM

Why is the power of Radio Newcastle as transmitted from Pontop Pike less than the other radio stations from the same transmitter?

This is the same for FM and DAB.

MikeP
Thursday 21 August 2014 8:19PM

John Hewett:

Not being in that area I have no experience of that service. However, it is usual for such local services to use more directional transmitting aerial patterns as that allows 'targetting' to a selected area and needs less power to give sufficient coverage for the intended audience. That means it is cheaper to operate (less power means less cash needed) and does not interfere so much with other nearby services.

Dave Lindsay
Thursday 21 August 2014 8:44PM

John Hewett: If the "other radio stations" you refer to are the four BBC national ones then that's because they are on higher power so as to serve a much larger area - or to put it another way: they reach parts that they wouldn't had their power been lower.

Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 1 October 2014 1:44PM

PONTOP PIKE transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:29 today to 10:59 today. [BBC]

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