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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 04/12/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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
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, plus 16 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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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.

Sunday, 25 March 2012
1:16 PM

We have had all digital channels for years mosty perfect ( somedays off and on) with a loft aerial
today Sunday 25 March we have lost them all - except for the shopping channels and itv4 and yesterday!!.
what on earth is going on
BW Chatham

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2:18 PM

BW: I suspect that due to the inversion effect during the present weather conditions you are receiving signals from Tacolneston and Sandy Heath which are blocking reception of the lower powered Freeview service from Bluebell Hill. C39, which still works for ITV4 etc is not used by either of these transmitters.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 March 2012
5:53 PM

I was getting no signal for most channels so made the mistake of retuning yesterday and have now lost most of my channels completely. Doers anyone know if there's a certain time I should try to retune again to get them back - should I wait until the apparent current transmitter problems are solved? Thanks.

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alan wyatt
8:50 PM

I'm in Rochester - BBC Freeview has always been fine, but the ITV Channels are very patchy. Currently, we have no ITV1, etc, although we do have ITV3 and ITV4. It seems to be about 830 pm that we lose the ITV channels and at the moment the mux shows 2KW - As someone else said it has been at 4KW, I wonder if the power is reduced about 830pm which then causes the reception issues?

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mike smith
9:22 PM

@ alan wyatt

Im in vigo and i have exactly the same problems, i lost itv at the same time and my step mum gets upset cos she misses corrie (dont ask me why) but i would like to know myself why this is happening, we recently had a new ariel and the ariel positioned towards bluebell hill as the previous donut that did the ariel pointed it towards crystal palace.

If you find out the reason for the channels disappearing could you forward the message on to me please.

would be most grateful


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mike smith's 1 post GB flag
11:03 PM

hi i live in boroughgreen and have the same issues all the time mostly at night and again 8:30pm i lose the lot this is a joke all i can watch is dvd's or the Iplayer on my laptop

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Dave's 1 post GB flag
11:47 PM

Hi all, We have an aerial on the roof pointing towards Bluebell hill. We have had problems since around 19th March. Up until then reception has been good. We have lost all Mux 2 and Mux A channels. BBC channels are usually pretty good but occasionally 'drop out' for a second or so.

Is this down to atmospheric conditions? How long is this expected to last? Anyone else in the Higham area experiencing problems? Looking at the local aerials it seems a 50:50 split between Bluebell Hill and Crystal Palace.

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Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:20 AM

MH: I'm not surprised that Mux 2 and Mux A are the two you don't have as they are co-channel with Sandy Heath whereas others are not. Sandy Heath switched a year ago and has been using these channels since then.

I suggest that you try tuning to Sudbury/Rouncefall as they have switched to full power. It's a try it and see sort of thing; I wouldn't go altering the aerial but if it provides a more stable reception than now, then it might be better until June when Blue Bell switches.

Rouncefall and Sudbury work as a Single Frequency Network for the Public Service channels. That is they are on the same frequency (this works!). Rouncefall was introduced at switchover and only broadcasts the Public Service channels. The Commercial channels are on low power from Sudbury, so you will probably have to stick with Blue Bell for these.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

12:24 AM

MH: The Digital UK postcode checker does not make a prediction for reception of Mux2 or MuxA from Bluebell Hill at the present time. The other muxes are shown as variable, with all six muxes being variable after switchover on 27th June 2012. Crystal Palace is good (reasonably) on three muxes and variable on the rest at the present time, but good reception is predicted for all muxes from 18th april 2012. Additionally Sudbury is shown as giving good reception on four muxes at present, with all six muxes good from 27th June 2012 when ArqA and ArqB adopt final frequencies and power increases to 100kW.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Transmitter engineering

11:29 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 17:39 on 25 Mar to 17:57 on 25 Mar [BBC]

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