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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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1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

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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, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
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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, 204 CBBC HD,

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C45 (666.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C54 (738.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -6.3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
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from 8th April 2014: 56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
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55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 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?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2018-
aerial groupEEWWWWK

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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: 4G from 30 June 2020more
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
com8(-7.8dB) 5kW
com7(-8.1dB) 4.7kW
Mux 1*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 3kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-11.8dB) 2kW

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.

Friday, 2 March 2018
Mike Weatherley
1:04 PM

MikeB: Occam's Razor - use it every day to shave. I'm a trained scientist. As for your theory: bollocks! There was obviously a transitory problem with the transmitter/weather/satellite configuration for that week causing the beak-up of the signal, as it's been clear again ever since, with exactly the same TV, set-top box & roof-top aerial. Occam's razor says: original theory proved correct. Don't be so dismissive & rude in future, but try offering genuinely helpful comments! So there!

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Mike Weatherley's 3 posts GB
2:07 PM

Mike Weatherley:

'So there!'

I know the snow has shut the schools today, but you dont have to sound like a five year old....

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MikeB's 2,460 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
Brian Penry
11:02 AM

Sir in the last 4 or so weeks ITV signal has gone from Bluebell mast 5 miles away but is still very strong from
Crystal palace. I live just outside Maidstone , have a human box and a fairly new digital aerial which was installed professionally on the chimney stack. I checked the aerial , it has not moved. every morning for the last 2 weeks I have done a channel search on my Humax box and itv from Bluebell Hill has been missing but BBC channels have 83% strength. Itv from Crystal Palace has 82% strength.
I have not found any information about signal problems so if you could help I would be very obliged , thank you

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Brian Penry's 1 post GB
11:36 AM

Brian Penry:

According to the information near the top of this page, ITV is on the same PSB2 multiplex (channel 43, 650.00 MHz) as Channel 4, Ch5, etc. If you are able to get those then you can also get ITV. Check that it has not been moved up into the 800 range and check all your signal cables behind the TV.

BTW, there is no such thing as a 'digital' aerial, *all* UHF aerials designed for TV reception operate irrespective of the method of modulation - digital TV is modulated differently than analogue TV but the signal appears the same to the aerial. Those selling aerials as 'digital' are a con.

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MikeP's 1,851 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 8 March 2018
6:45 PM

HELP!! Has there been a problem with the Bluebell Hill transmitter from 5th - 8th March 2018?????
I have aerial people due round tomorrow!
But this evening my TV signal has come back?! So I need to know in a hurry if I should cancel this appointment?
Please let me know ASAP

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Tina's 2 posts GB
8:38 PM

Tina: There are no faults or recent engineering work showing for Bluebell Hill. If water had gotten in to your aerial or cabling it may have caused a loss of signal, which then returns when it dries out. If that is the case then the problem will likely repeat itself when it rains again.

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StevensOnln1's 1,357 posts Gold Gold GB
Friday, 9 March 2018
Mike Weatherley
2:41 PM

The only one who sounds like a 5 year-old, Mike B. is you. Perhaps if you answered questions civilly & helpfully in the first place, you wouldn't make anyone angry. There obviously ARE problems with the Bluebell Hill transmitter recently, as others have attested. With my TV, it's always BBC 1&2 reception that gets lost first, with ITV & Channel 4 being the last to go - so try blaming that on the receiving equipment! Also, BBC HD signals last longer than BBC ones before cracking-up. Years ago I had a similar thing, and the movie I was watching on Channel 4 kept cracking-up but the commercial breaks in between were perfect reception (well, we wouldn't want to upset the commercial sponsors, now would we). It turned out that engineering works on the transmitter were being done, but they made sure they stopped every time the adverts came on...

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Mike Weatherley's 3 posts GB
3:32 PM

Many thanks for your answer StevensOnln1. That makes sense to me. Recently the aerial firm had to install a new power unit in my home to enable to powered out splitter on the chimney stack. This cured the no TV signal at the time ... but I did wonder why it had gone wrong in the first place. They were reluctant to check the aerial etc on the roof at the time. Now what with the snow and ice having defrosted would point to the answer you have mentioned.
I think the cable may still be ok because my TV signal came back fine last night ... but I have a feeling I will have to call them back to sort out the rest of it when we get our next lot of wet weather.
Thanks once again ... you have been most helpful.

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