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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.

 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?

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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.

Friday, 5 October 2012
Ken Collyer

7:35 PM

Dave; Just to clarify; the re-tune that cleared the fault I had was a manual re-tune of ArqB only which from Bluebell Hill is channel 54.

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012
11:50 PM

Hi, i am hoping someone can help me with a problem that occurred around 3days after the dave, yesterday etc channel number reshuffle. I didnt do a retune and so the channels were displaying wrongly as would be expected. My tv picture was perfect tho and i had no problems. Went to bed around 3am, freeview working fine, next day no signal whatsoever on any channels. After checking connections etc, i did a first time install rescan by uplugging ariel to erase all channels, then did another first time install with ariel reconnected (this worked after dso when i lost all signal). Still nothing. Am now using a set-top ariel and can get all channels but picture breakup, blackouts etc are frequent. My main ariel is in my loft and was working fine before channel reshuffle.

My set-top ariel is using the bluebell hill transmitter - postcode ME16 0AW - and i assume my loft ariel was too, but am wondering why my set-top ariel is picking up channels without probs as such and my loft ariel has suddenly stopped working. Could the lead between ariel wall socket and tv be faulty? Has my loft ariel suddenly stopped woking - have checked it and hasnt moved and cabling in good condition. Has the channel reshuffle caused this? Am pretty broke and dont want to spend money if something more simple could be wrong.

Please help coz its doing my head in and altho im quite technically minded, this has got me stumped! Many thanks :)

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012
John Breeds
4:36 PM

Why do I keep losing all of my BBC transmissions even though I still have all of the others? I have had to re-tune my T.Vs three times over the last two days to get BBC programmes back. I do understand that I am a fair distance from the transmitter (TN37) but I have not had this problem since the switch.

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Dave Lindsay

7:04 PM

John Breeds: I will make one observation which you could perhaps be unaware of and that is that the new Bexhill relay transmitter is co-channel with Bluebell Hill's PSBs.

TN37 is obviously a large area and how likely it might be a problem will vary across the area.

The Bexhill transmitter is horizontally polarised, like Bluebell Hill. It is on the roof of the Hastings Direct building.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
7:43 PM

I keep losing signal on certain channels, yesterday, dave, e4

Is this just due to the weather lately or not? I thought when we switched to digital signal it was supposed to cure all these problems that we had when it was analogue?

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Monday, 5 November 2012
Ken Collyer

4:44 PM

On September 19 we had all the fuss of a re-tune because some stations were being give new numbers including the "News" channels and the "Childrens" channels, but here we are in November and I'm still getting Childrens channels on 70, 71, and 72, and News on 80, 81, 82, 83 and 84. So can someone tell me what's going on.

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Thursday, 8 November 2012
Geoff Redsell
8:23 PM

I have just installed a Televes DAT45 aerial (with a 12v PSU) and pointed it to Bluebell Hill. Whilst I get good quality and max signal level on 4 of the 5 channels (43, 45, 39 & 54) it is poor quality on C46. Could this be an alignment problem (or possibly "something else)?
My postcode is DA12(Gravesend) and the aerial was set up to approximately 130 ('ish) degrees.

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Sunday, 11 November 2012
steve canham
9:03 PM

Why does my new Panasonic DVD recorder keep pestering me for uploads but my Phillips box doesn't,when they are both plugged into the same aerial?

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Thursday, 15 November 2012
kevin rose
9:48 PM
Herne Bay

We and neighbours lost signal from bluebell hill totally. Couple weeks ago, midweek(most of day/eve for two days or so).

During footy yesterday eve and most of today, same thing happening. Keeps cutting out, and if u retune it picks up further tv transmitters like London and Anglia even befordshire area.
Towards later eve bluebell signal is back but weak and pixelated. (yes we have a wide band ariel)

Any transmission errors or faults being kept quiet?
Or is someone bleeding and blocking signal area with some new radio mast perhaps.

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11:13 PM

kevin rose: I have just had a look at yesterday's chart from the William Hepburn's Tropospheric Ducting forecast and it shows that the Inversion effect could be responsible for your loss of signal.

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