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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

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

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
Channel icons
 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;
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.

Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Dave Lindsay

10:50 AM

mike giggs: Knowledge of your location, preferably in the form of a postcode or nearby postcode such as a shop, would allow some prediction as to the chances of success to be made.

Judging by the map above, generally speaking, Dartford is shaded from Bluebell Hill. This doesn't mean that it won't be able to be receiver but does generally suggest that it is not the easiest place to receive and whether it can or can't be picked up might vary over the area, perhaps over short distances.

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Tuesday, 30 April 2013
Mandy Wallace
4:55 PM

Have just returned freeview, arial on roof and now find Channel5 plus 1 is missing

are you able to advise. I thought I was on the Dover transmitter

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Dave Lindsay

5:07 PM

Mandy Wallace: If your receiver has manual tuning then COM4 (ITV3, Channel 5+1 etc) from Bluebell Hill is C45 and from Dover it is on C55.

However, I'm a little puzzled by what you say that you "thought" you were using Dover. On looking at the Streetview photos all the aerials appear to be on Dover, which is due east rather than Bluebell Hill which is west north west.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 20 May 2013
1:41 PM

I have had 'no signal' since yesterday morning.What is the problem?

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Dave Lindsay

1:49 PM

Kate: As you appear to live in a block of flats then the suspicion must be that you have alluded to the fact that this is a communal aerial system. In which case this must surely be one possibility!

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
2:47 PM

Dave: Thanks for the response,but I don't understand you point please.Yes,it's a communal aerial system. So what happened?and what do I do next?that's my question

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Dave Lindsay

3:32 PM

Kate: I suggest that you ask nearby neighbours and see if they have the same issue. Check that they are using the terrestrial aerial system (Freeview) and not satellite (Sky or Freesat).

The aerial system will have one or more powered boosters (amplifiers) to split the signal so as to feed multiple points. Failure of one of these devices will likely result in loss of signals to the flats which they feed. This could have come about due to it going faulty or loss of electricity supply.

The reason for failure is really irrelevant though. The point is that if the communal aerial system fails, it is down to the party responsible - perhaps your landlord - to see that it is put right. If your neighbours do have the same issue and haven't yet reported it then I suggest that you do so.

Checking with neighbours is a way of ascertaining whether it is likely to be an issue with the aerial system or something to do with your own equipment and wires.

If the aerial feed of your television is connected via another box such as a Sky box or recorder then try connecting directly to the incoming wall socket. If you have one try using a different lead from the wall socket to the TV, just to discount the possibility that it is this which is at fault.

Whatever you do, don't retune as this will simply give a second problem which is that the TV/box isn't tuned.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 24 May 2013

9:27 AM

Well today I have virtually no signal on ITV - I am bluebell hill transmitter is something wrong

Before this i get a little bit of pixellation every now and then but nothing like this on ITV - Siiiigh

Wish the old system would come back as have had aireal people round and they say all is fine yet - if I wanted to watch little square with squaks i would geta mouse (unfunny joke).

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Sarah's 38 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
1:34 PM


I live in Southend and receive good quality signal on all channels except com6/ CH 54 which I receive very occasionally.

These channels where available before the digital switchover.

Any advice appreciated.


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Adrian's 5 posts GB flag

2:21 PM

Adrian: Without knowledge of your location, preferably by way of a postcode for yourself or a nearby shop/public building, it is not possible to check the predicted reception anticipated by DUK, thereby being able to possibly give further advice. All I can say, is that the reception of Bluebell Hill in a number of locations around Southend is shown as variable suggesting that either the terrain is difficult in some areas, or interference from distant transmitters could be experienced.

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