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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?

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

com7
 H -6.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014: 64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (219°)
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 (156°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
EEWW TW TW TW T
C21_local
C242
C27A
C28_local_local_local
C32com7com7
C34com8com8
C39D+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBSDN
C42-C
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4ArqA
C45-BSDNSDNSDNBBCB
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCAArqB
C54tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C59tv_off1
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

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Monday, 16 March 2015
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Sunday, 17 May 2015
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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:40 today. [BBC]

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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:40 today to 04:03 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 18 May 2015
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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:40 yesterday to 04:03 yesterday. [BBC]

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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:40 on 17 May to 04:03 on 17 May. [BBC]

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Thursday, 9 July 2015
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Steve
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8:00 PM
Maidstone

Hi,

Do not usually use our TV as we have TalkTalk Plus, but while waiting for the box to be changed tried to use the TV, but it only had channels 3 to 33 and no amount of re-tuning made any difference. I also have another freeview box, which we could use and this had all the channels.

New TalkTalk box arrives, and again, no problem with getting all channels, but the TV will still only re-tune from 3 to 33.

Any ideas? Has the tuner gone kaput on the TV?

ME15 9XQ

Thanks,

Steve

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Dave Lindsay
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8:37 PM

Steve: A full list of Freeview services is published by Digital UK here:


Digital UK Industry - Channel listings


Ordering by multiplex would suggest you are only receiving PSB2 (D3&4) as the first service on that mux is logical channel 3 and the last is 33 (with other services on other multiplexes interleaved).

At 5.5 miles you would appear to have clear line-of-sight to the transmitter on Bluebell Hill. I would suggest, therefore, that perhaps the problem is too high a signal strength and that some attenuation is in order.

Before you do, however, you should go to the manual tuning screen and enter/select the UHF channel numbers of the Bluebell Hill multiplexes but don't press the button to scan/add services as in this state the receiver should act like a simple signal meter, giving you an idea of strength and quality. View each for a period of a minute maybe and see if it varies.

PSB1 - BBC One - C46
PSB2 - ITV - C43
PSB3 - BBC One HD - C40
COM4 - ITV3 - C45
COM5 - Pick - C39
COM6 - 4Music - C54
COM7 - BBC News HD - C32
COM8 - QVC + 1 HD - C34

PSB1 through to COM6 are at 20kW, COM7 is at 4kW and COM8 is at 5kW, according to Digital UK Coverage Checker.

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