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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 15/04/2024 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, 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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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;
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.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012
Derek Brice
8:54 AM

Derek Brice: Does anyone know when BBC Southeast news will be available in HD from Bluebell Hill?

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8:48 PM

Where has qvc gone? If i cant come up with an answer my wife is gonna hit the roof, also noticed other channels missing,,,, used to have over 100 now only 65, tried retunes and " factory resets" with no joy. Any ideas ? Oh by the way i live in sevenoaks tuned into bluebell hill, with a dat75 aerial.

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10:41 PM

tony: It is possible that some parts in the South of England are currently experiencing the inversion effect at work, resulting in normal reception being blocked by out of area signals. Apart from that, the Digital Uk postcode checker shows that predicted reception for the COM muxes at your location is best from Crystal Palace. In fact you are shown as possibly losing ArqB completely from Bluebell Hill in due course! You could try to do a manual tune on C45 to see if there is a usable signal for SDN (QVC etc) from Bluebell Hill, after first clearing the channel list of any existing data for the SDN channels.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
11:07 PM

Have done complete wipe & reset of channels now c50, 51 & 53 look tuned in but report no signal. Using Hastings old town transmitter. What have I done wrong?

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Mark Fletcher

11:23 PM
Lytham St. Annes

Bibby,Hastings.I would look up The Inversion Effect as one possible cause.

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Thursday, 28 June 2012
Tony Adams
9:55 AM

Well this is good. After the switchover on the majority of my freeview sets I no longer get Bluebell Hill even though I live about 5 miles from the transmitter. All I can get is London and East Anglia, not a lot of good. On a manual tune, how do I 'target' Bluebell Hill and exclude the others???

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Dave Lindsay

12:34 PM

Tony Adams: During the automatic tuning scan, it looks at UHF channels (equivalent to frequencies) from 21 to 69.

Crystal Palace (London) uses channels in the 20s and number 30. Bluebell Hill uses channels ranging from 39 to 54.

You can therefore avoid Crystal Palace by unplugging the aerial for the first 30% of the scan. However, if the Anglia transmitters you are picking up are Rouncefall and Sudbury (these operate using the same frequencies), then you can't avoid them without missing out some of Bluebell Hill's.

Rouncefall/Sudbury uses 44, 41 and 47 for BBC, ITV1 and HD respectively.

If you can wipe the channel memory altogether and manually tune, then do that.

For Bluebell Hill you need to tune to:

46, 43, 40 (HD), 45, 39, 54

If you can't wipe the memory, perhaps by starting the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged and maybe stopping it just after it has started, the objective being to "blank" what's stored. Or maybe run the automatic tuning scan through fully with the aerial unplugged.

If you have it all tuned in but wrong (e.g. you have BBC London), then it may well have put Bluebell Hill in the 800s. Therefore, when you manually tune to Bluebell, it may do nothing because as far as it is concerned, it has tuned to Bluebell.

Failing that, run the scan with the aerial unplugged up to 55%. This should pick up C54 from Bluebell which is COM6 (Yesterday etc) ONLY.

Refer here for services by multiplex (those with a bullet in the "E"/England column apply):

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

If at this point you only have those in COM6, then manually tune the other four (or five if you have a HD receiver).

The numbers I gave above are in order of multiplex.

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Friday, 29 June 2012
Roland Rippingale
7:40 AM

Bibby: I have manually retuned to all channels on Bluebell Hill and installed them successfully. However, cannot get channel 40 (HD). We have 3 HD ready TVs in our house and none of them can receieve channel 40. When I try to manually tune channel 40 just get the message no channels available.

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Dave Lindsay

10:50 AM

Bibby: Try again tuning the HD services. I have read reports on here of people with the same issue and someone even suggested that once switchover happened in the South East, HD wasn't being broadcast. Someone has posted this morning to say that they have retuned today and are now picking up HD from Tunbridge Wells transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay

10:52 AM

Roland Rippingale: HD Ready means that the TV can show HD pictures but does not have the means to receive HD signals. Follow the link by clicking the words "HD Ready".

In order to show HD pictures broadcast after switchover, each TV will require a separate receiver (box).

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