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The symbol shows the location of the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter which serves 200,000 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 Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bluebell Hill 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
C46 (674.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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 BBC Three, 1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
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 BBC Three HD, 45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3, plus 1 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 23 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 21 others

 H -7dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-64,000W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Buz Muzik, 57 VIVA, 63 Community Channel, 67 CBS Reality +1, 71 CBS Drama, 78 5USA +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 4 others

 H -11.5dB
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-61,400W
Channel icons
plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 28km southwest
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 5km south-southeast
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupEEWWWW

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
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 13th June and 27th June 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 30kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1.8dB) 20kW
com7(-8.8dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 3kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-11.8dB) 2kW
com8(-13.3dB) 1.4kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bluebell Hill transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Thames†
Jul 1968-Dec 1981London Weekend Television♦
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Bluebell Hill 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.

Monday, 11 April 2016
8:10 PM

Mick: Although not wishing to appear too negative about the situation, but though a more detailed study of the signal path from the Bluebell Hill mast is inclined to suggest that intermittent reception at certain times of the year is something that would be expected in your area, or indeed ME5 8 postal code areas in general, as the signal is seen to pass over "at low level" a whole range of trees at different points along the way, trees being notorious for corrupting the data content of digital RF signals, especially if the signal path is virtually skimming across the tops of said trees, the fact of the ground level rising slightly from approx 0.2 mls out from your location making the situation worse.

By the way, the signal path referred to from the transmitter is seen to pass over the M2 slightly South of the Alexandria Hospital before hitting the first batch of trees between the east side of the motorway and Walderslade Road, then a series of same between the latter and Beechen Bank, finally the same again before reaching Lordswood Lane before being clipped again near Ascot Close.

To be perfectly frank about it, the situation regarding reception at your parents house is similar to that of Sue's, insomuch, its always best to try and ascertain if others in the immediate vicinity are also suffering from similar problems with reception before making changes to the aerial system, "immediate vicinity" being important as reception conditions can change over relatively short distances where problems caused by foliage is involved.

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jb38's 6,997 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 12 April 2016
10:09 AM

Tried another freeview box and the problem - as in Micks case - is the same.

We do not see my Mums neighbors to ask them, and do not really know them either......

Mum thinks she should just give up oj BBC channels and be grateful for what she has got....

Something has obviously as Mick and my mum both seem to be having a similar problem...

Thanks for trying t help solve this issue....

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Sue's 14 posts GB
Ken C
4:07 PM

As I stated in an earlier comment, if your mum has an HD TV (NOT HD READY), she could try getting the BBC HD versions of the station, that is BBC1 HD on 101, BBC2 HD on 102 and all the others somewhere in the hundreds. You can find them in the "pretty" bit towards the top of this page. If your mum hasn't got an HD TV, it might be worth considering getting one, although it would be best if you could borrow one to try first. An HD tv might work while the present one doesn't because the HD channels are transmitted on different frequencies. In the old days of analogue TV, before digital switchover, you had one tv station on one Channel, a bit like one letter in one envelope. One "envelope" for the BBC1 " letter", and another for the BBC2 "letter" and so on. With digital it's like putting several, but not all, letters in one envelope. Most BBC non HD stations and, I think, all BBC radio station go in one "envelope", some commercial stations in another " envelope", more commercial stations in another and the HD stations in one or more other "envelopes". So, like with proper letters, when they arrive you get all the "letters" in that "envelope", but if one "gets lost in the post" it doesn't mean the other "envelopes" with other "letters" aren't going to arrive. When the "envelope" arrives at/in your tv, the tv has to open the "envelope" and sort the "letters" so you can "read" them.
I hope that isn't to simplistic, but I'm aware that not everybody understands how modern TV's and the transmission system works. I've work in electronics for over 40 years and there's lots that I don't understand.

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Ken C's 19 posts GB
5:14 PM

No she doesn't have a HD Tv. Tho it is not a CRT one

She wont get a new TV, she and I believe that as it was all right not long ago and all of a sudden is wrong, pixellating or disappearing also for Mick... I believe that one day it might all of a sudden be OK again as this all seemed to start when BBC3 went online only....

I dunno...... Freeview was supposed to make it easier when they got rid of analogue... But seems that was short lived, lol


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Sue's 14 posts GB
5:40 PM

'We've had two days where the channels were working well, but last night the pixelation and missing channels recurred.

When the channel is good, the signal strength is about 95% (almost a full bar) and the signal quality is "very good".
When the channel is pixelated, the signal strength is still 95% but the signal quality says "none". '

95% is far too high - 75% is normally just fine. The tuners in your various bits of equipment are really robust, my Sony PVR got up to 93% strength when it started to wobble a little. However, they are all just teetering on the brink of breaking up, and it can be a slight fluctuation which makes them go.

Search for 'too much of a good thing' on this website, and there will be answers. Attenuators are really cheap - fixed or variable, and if one isn't quite enough, you can always add another. make sure of course that you have no boosters, etc working - if you take that out of the system, everything might be fine.

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MikeB's 1,782 posts Gold Gold GB
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Monday, 18 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
10:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 104,539 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 21 April 2016
3:44 PM

@Transmitter engineering - How long will this be going on - And also has it been going on for this past couple of weeks or so? Thanks alot

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Sue's 14 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
12:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 104,539 posts Owner Owner xx
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
9:57 AM

@Transmitter_engineering - How long will this be going on - And also has it been going on for this past couple of weeks or so? Thanks alot

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Sue's 14 posts GB
Friday, 20 May 2016
5:07 PM

Is anything happening here as now the BBC channels are OK - And the ITV ones are playing up with no signal - Affected Channels are ITV ones and Ch4...

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