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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 25/09/2023 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
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 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?

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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.

Friday, 16 November 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:39 AM

kevin rose: Perhaps have Crystal Palace tuned in (probably in the 800s) as a back-up.

It is only 11 degrees off the bearing for Bluebell Hill.

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Saturday, 17 November 2012
Tony Wilson
3:30 PM


In the last few weeks we have lost ITV4 Film4 yesterday and some others and it makes no difference how many times we re-tune they do not appear.Can you advise as to why this has happened.


Tony Wilson

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Monday, 19 November 2012
Geoff Carter
11:18 AM

Hi Tony,
I had the same problem when tuning my mothers box - It did not pickup C54 (ITV4,Yesterday etc)from Bluebell hill. She lives in Whitstable which lines up with Bluebell Hill and also Crystal Palace. I simply tuned in channel 28 (ITV4, Yesterday etc) from Crystal Palace and its working fine. I still have no idea why C54 seems impossible to get.

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Geoff Carter's 3 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 December 2012
12:39 PM

I am just 3 miles from Bluebell hill (Vinters park Maidstone) yet reception is poor especially at the moment.Why is this? Is it the weather or what?

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David's 1 post GB flag
8:42 PM

Suddenly this evening things are a lot better.I have a SIGNAL STRENGTH OF 6 AND QUALITY of 8 now.It is always channel 54 that suffers the most when things go awry.

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David's 1 post GB flag

9:26 PM

David: If as was likely, that you were receiving signals from the transmitter that strength wise were bordering on the verges of being "over the top", then if your reception has suddenly improved it simply means that the signal strength has dropped slightly thereby taking the edge off the tuner from operating in a semi-overload situation.

By the way don't trust any signal strength / quality indications seen when in this type of situation, as the receivers signal measuring circuitry gets corrupted due to an element of instability occurring in the tuner and with this resulting in inaccurate indications, these nearly always being much lower than in reality.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Colin Halton
5:27 PM

Having lost signal on film4, yesterday, and a few others, I did a factory reset and auto rescan on all my tv's and my Humax fox t2 and this cured the problem. I noticed that the channel carrying these signals had changed to 54.
However my Humax DTR 1000 T YouView box won't allow me to do this without wiping the hard drive & therefore losing all the recordings nor does it allow manual scans so I can't scan Channel 54 alone. Fresh autoscanning does not find the channel 54 items so the problem remains. This is going to be a real pain if it happens every time there is this kind of update.

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Dave Lindsay

5:55 PM

Colin Halton: COM6 which carries Film4, Yesterday and others has always been on C54 since switchover. Therefore if you were tuned to a different channel you must have been receiving it from another transmitter.

If the unwanted signals are outside the range of channels used by Bluebell Hill then you may be able to get around it by unplugging the aerial lead for that part of the scan. For example, Crystal Palace's are all in the 20s so unplug the aerial for the first 30% of the scan.

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Monday, 21 January 2013
mike giggs
10:48 PM

I live in dartford but would like to get TV south east instead of London. Could I get SE with anew aerial pointing towards bluebell hill. Thanks

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