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Full Freeview on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter

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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

com7
 H -6.3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014: 56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

com8
 H -6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 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
C242
C27A
C28_local_local_local
600C32com7BBCA
C34com8D3+4
C39D+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C40BBC1BBC1BBC1+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C42-C
C43ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4SDN
C45-BSDNSDNSDNArqA
C46BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCAArqB
700C54ArqBArqBArqB
C591
800C65C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names more
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.

Comments
Thursday, 22 June 2017
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P A Johnson
4:46 PM

No reception BBC digital service from Bluebell Hill transmitter in Broadmead Tunbridge Wells, All BBC Channels Zoro signal strength!!!! 1641 pm 22/06/17 intermittent breaks frequent over period of days and weeks. Receiving all independent channels at 80% signal strength no problems !! What is going on please? Tel 01892 514 283, 148 Broadmead, Tunbridge Wells, TN25NN.

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StevensOnln1
7:03 PM

P A Johnson: There does appear to have been work taking place at Bluebell Hill within the last few days, however I couldn't see anything to suggest that there was any planned work taking place today. Have you checked behind your TV for any loose or damaged cables or connections? Also, posting your phone number online is not advised and is only likely to result in unwanted calls rather than a response from any broadcaster or transmitter company. There was no need to post your full address either, just a postcode would have been sufficient.

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Thursday, 13 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
8:32 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 17:19 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
11:32 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:11 today to 21:16 today, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 17:19 today to 21:11 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 14 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:11 yesterday to 21:16 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 17:19 yesterday to 21:11 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 15 July 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:11 on 13 Jul to 21:16 on 13 Jul, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 17:19 on 13 Jul to 21:11 on 13 Jul. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
11:33 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 17:19 on 13 Jul to 21:11 on 13 Jul, BBC Digital TV Off Air from 21:11 on 13 Jul to 21:16 on 13 Jul. [BBC]

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Friday, 4 August 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 14:07 on 01 Aug to 15:00 on 01 Aug, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 15:00 on 01 Aug to 15:07 on 01 Aug. [BBC]

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Monday, 11 September 2017
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Moira Veitch
4:44 PM

My TV has displayed weak or no signal for the past 2/3 hours. I live in a sheltered housing block where the aerial is in the loft.

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StevensOnln1
7:29 PM

Moira Veitch: Is the aeriel in the loft a shared/communal aerail? Have you checked with your neighbours in the same block to ask if their suffering with the same problem? If they are, get in touch with whoever manages the block and get them to send someone out. If none of your neighbours are having the same problem check the connections behind your TV to look for anything loose or damaged.

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