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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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
C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -6.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, 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 (219°)
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 (156°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
EEWW TW TW TW T
C21_local
C242
C27A
C28_local_local_local
C32com7com7
C34com8com8
C39D+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBSDN
C42-C
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4ArqA
C45-BSDNSDNSDNBBCB
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCAArqB
C54tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C59tv_off1
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 13 Jun 12 and 27 Jun 12.

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, 11 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:09 today to 05:14 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 12 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:09 yesterday to 05:14 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 13 May 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:09 on 11 May to 05:14 on 11 May. [BBC]

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Thursday, 12 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 22:52 yesterday to 23:20 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 13 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 22:52 on 11 Sep to 23:20 on 11 Sep. [BBC]

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john
10:00 AM

Hi I wonder if you can help, I see freeview show sony movies christmas channel on CH50 but my area here in kent doesn't get a ch50 I can get on freesat 303 but cant understand why its not on freeview my freeview is very good giving over 160 channels but 50 is not shown on the bluebell hill transmitter info can you advise?

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nobody
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11:19 AM

john: Sony Movies Christmas, formerly True Movies, is only available on Local Multiplexes.

The Bluebell Hill Local Multiplex is on UHF channel 21.

It may be that the Local Multiplex is not available at your location.

We need your postcode to see the predicted coverage at your location.

You can see for yourself if you go to http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/ and enter your postcode in the Coverage checker.


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nobody's 29 posts US
Thursday, 19 September 2019
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Ray Taylor
8:03 PM
Sevenoaks

We are in a strong crystal Palace area but have found that we can receive the channels which carry the local programmes (ch32 for BBC southeast) and (ch34 for Meridian) from Bluebell Hill very well on a different aerial, until about 6 weeks ago when the ch32 signal became so weak that it is unwatchable, whereas the ch34 signal is still fine. Has anything changed on the transmitter to cause this ie reduced power or change of radiation pattern?
The Bluebell Hill aerial is mounted in the front garden at a height of 6 feet above ground level and receives the signal along Old London Road (Knockholt TN14 7JW) which runs east-west at that point. I have an aerial switch next to the TV. I am a retired BBC engineer and have set this up myself. I would appreciate any ideas.
It has worked well since Digital Switch Over. I have checked everything to do with the aerial etc & is OK.

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Friday, 20 September 2019
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nobody
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4:36 AM
Sevenoaks

Ray Taylor: I've assembled some links that might contain an explanation:

Bluebell Hill - Possible weak signal
http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/operations/planned_engineering_works#

Coverage checker for TN14 7JW
http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/TN14+7JW/NA/0/g59ckn4cea632q05l5jqdulh35

New relay:
"11 July 2019
The BLUEBELL HILL transmitter group, serving north and mid Kent
Gillingham MOT

RF Channel
32PSB1 (BBCA)
34PSB2 (D3&4)
45PSB3 (BBCB)

Power change: the ERP will launch at 400W for all multiplexes":
http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/94946/700MHz_Clearance_Q4_2019_Meridian.pdf

Coverage checker for a Gillingham postcode:
Gillingham Testing Centre
http://www.digitaluk.co.uk/coveragechecker/main/trade/ME75AY/NA/0/NA

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nobody's 29 posts US
Tuesday, 15 October 2019
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Dave
5:58 PM

Pot sound on meridian news and weather

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