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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
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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

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, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 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 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

com7
 H -6.3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
Channel icons
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,

com8
 H -6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
Channel icons
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
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
Saturday, 18 August 2018
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StevensOnln1
4:42 PM

Paul Cooper: According to the post above yours Bluebell Hill was off air for around 40 minutes yesterday evening. Did you attempt to retune during that time? If so you may have wiped out your channel list. If not, have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV?

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StevensOnln1's 1,950 posts Gold Gold GB
Sunday, 19 August 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:07 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 18:14 on 17 Aug to 18:51 on 17 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air from 18:14 on 17 Aug to 18:51 on 17 Aug. [BBC]

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Paul Cooper
3:47 PM

I have checked all connections.We have 4 TVs which have freeview and none of them are receiving any signal,and one of the is using a different ariel so the chances of 2 ariels developing a fault at exactly the same time would be unusual to say the least.At the time if writing this we still have no signal since 18.14 on Friday 17th August and here we are on Sunday 19th.I am in the ME8 postcode area of Rainham

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Paul Cooper's 4 posts GB
Monday, 20 August 2018
MikeP
10:35 AM

Paul Cooper:

The Bluebell Hill transmitter had some engineering works done on Friday between 18.14 and 18.51, when it returned to normal service.

Did you by any chance perform a retune during that time? If so, you need to retune again.



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MikeP's 2,251 posts Platinum Platinum GB
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Paul Cooper
3:53 PM

Still no signal today,no,I have not carried out a retune.I can't believe that its pure coincidence that the signal went at the precise time that the transmitter went down and suddenly my aerial developed a fault.So it looks like I will give up on freeview completely as its not worth paying out for an aerial repair because the reception has never been great,I will make do with Sky and NOW TV.

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Paul Cooper's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 August 2018
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MikeB
1:05 PM

Paul Cooper: Check that your sets are all actually tuned to the correct transmitter. If you have an underlying fault already with your system, then not finding the correct transmitter would starkly show that up.

Put your postcode into the website - it will soon show you if your area is good for Freeview or not. If not, then go with a dish, but Freeview would be much cheaper even in the short term - the equipment is a one off payment, and its possible your TV already has a Freesat tuner.

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MikeB's 2,542 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Friday, 14 September 2018
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clive Lambkin
8:55 PM

I am unable to receive channel 87 keep it county from blue bell hill transmitter even after repeatedly resetting freeview.

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clive Lambkin's 1 post GB
Saturday, 15 September 2018
MikeP
12:27 PM

Clive Lambkin:

Kepp It Country is broadcast on COM7 and that requires both a Freeview HD receiver and a suitable aerial to receive the transmissions. Do you get any of the other programmes broadcast on COM 7 and COM 8? Do you have a wideband aerial?

Please give your full post code so that we can check the expected reception conditions at your location. You can also enter that into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker and ensure you are tuned to the correct transmitter for your location and also see what the expected reception is like.



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