> More the fact that Bilsdale covers a relatively large area which in the
> main is quite sparsely populated. It is in a position such that it 'looks'
> straight up Wensleydale and much of Swaledale, it has clear view over most
> of the Vale of York even down towards Doncaster, the flatter eastern side
> of Co Durham, most of the coast up to Sunderland, and has to be used by
> residents of parts of Harrogate and Knaresborough end even York city.
> However it must never be overlooked that Bilsdale also provides service to
> some 15 relays.
> From a radio standpoint it broadcasts BBC National (directional NW-ish),
> Classic FM, at least two national DAB muxes and a couple of local muxes.
> IMSMC several FM relays (such as Whitby) also repeat off air from
> Ergo if you count all of the people receiving TV, FM, and DAB from
> Bilsdale I would suggest that 1m is a vast understatement!
I wonder which transmitter serves the greatest number of households/people,
a) just from the transmitter itself, and b) additionally from all the relays
that it feeds off-air and which would go down in the main TX failed. Crystal
Palace? Sutton Coldfield? Winter Hill?
I'm surprised how far away the signal from a transmitter can reach. When we
were looking to move house within Ryedale or the Wolds (north/east
Yorkshire), I noticed that houses as far away as Snainton (just west of
Scarborough) had aerials pointing to Emley Moor (60 miles away). And where
we are now (just west of Bridlington) most houses receive from Belmont (53
miles away). It's just a matter of having that all-important line of sight.
For us, Bilsdale is a lot closer (38 miles) but the ridge of hills south of
the A64 (start of the Wolds) get in the way, although Wolfbane actually
recommends Bilsdale for us and doesn't mention Belmont except on the "DX"
("I feel very lucky") setting. JavaJive's reception predictor didn't find
*any* transmitter that served us! (I wonder if he'll manage to work around
Google's changes and get his site working again.)
The choice of transmitter, in areas that get reasonable reception from more
than one, may be down to which local news people prefer. Belmont serves
Hull-based news (Yorkshire TV) whereas Bilsdale serves
Newcastle/Middlesbrough-based news (Tyne Tees TV), which has long been a
bone of contention for everyone in the Dales/Moors/Harrogate area who feels
more affinity with Yorkshire than Tyne/Tees.