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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) mast?

Bluebell Hill transmitter - Bluebell Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 18/09/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 (218°)
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 (155°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
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.

Sunday, 4 November 2018
Transmitter engineering

5:05 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 16:11 on 31 Oct to 16:41 on 31 Oct, HD Digital TV Off Air from 21:57 yesterday to 22:06 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 13:05 on 31 Oct to 13:53 on 31 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts xx flag
Monday, 5 November 2018
Transmitter engineering

5:05 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Off Air from 21:57 on 03 Nov to 22:06 on 03 Nov. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts xx flag
Dave Aldridge
7:16 PM

Hi For the last week or so I keep getting intermittent breaks with screen saying no signal this normally last for about 4sec sometimes a little longer....I have phoned Freeview and taken there advice and is still doing the same.....this is happening on both our Freeview TV's .
Any advice is welcome

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Dave Aldridge's 1 post US flag
Tuesday, 6 November 2018

10:38 AM

Dave Aldridge:

Retuning will not resolve the type of issue you are experiencing, all it is likely to do is loose you some channels you still had! Please check all your aerial cables and connections for any damage or problems, Check all the coaxial plugs/sockets, including those at the back of the equipments, by unplugging and refitting. That will clear any possible corrosion/oxidation from the contacts which is a known cause of the problems such as you report.

Please also [rovide a full post code so we can examine the expected reception conditions at your location.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

7:57 PM

Dave Aldridge:

Also note, there has been some issues at the transmitter, see the Transmitter Engineering reports, and there is transmitter engineering work listed this week at Bluebell Hill with possible weak signal.

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Chris.SE's 3,682 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
1:02 AM

Chris.SE: I think there might be a problem with darvel transmitter lots of bbc plus others missing. Osignal or intermittent

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Kenny's 1 post US flag
1:24 AM

CH55 & CH56 (Com78 National) currently off air.

I have messed around with attenuators, cables, connections, retunes, reboots, updates, etc, etc, etc, for the last few months and now getting sick of Freeview unreliability. I really respect everything that the regular forum contributors such as MikeP and Chris.SE say, but the fact is that before 19th July 2018, I never had any problems with the service that I received, but since then it has been completely hit & miss. Who is responsible for recent changes, why so many transmitter engineering downtimes and why can't they just get it right?

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Chris's 15 posts GB flag

10:36 AM


COM7 and COM8 are working normally at the Bluebell Hill transmitter according Digital UK. The transmitters are operated and maintained by Arqiva and they work with Ofcom and the European regulators to determine the scheme of transmissions. Arqiva can be contacted at…us/.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 13 November 2018

12:04 AM

Kenny: There are some Transmitter Engineering reports on the Darvel Transmitter page.

Chris: Did you see my post to you on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 at 5:58 AM?

I posed a number of questions there, how did this all pan out?
Also note, there is Transmitter Engineering work at Bluebell Hill this week with possible service interruptions.

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Chris.SE's 3,682 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 November 2018
Margaret Hibberd
12:35 PM


We have no service / no signal errors on are tv . Have tried taken all cables in & out .
Also retuning no results . I have Check this site for engineering works also . Now not sure what to do next .

Best regards

Address ME24RR

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