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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

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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
Channel icons
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

 H max
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),

 H max
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

 H max
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

 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! 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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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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, 12 April 2016
10:09 AM

Tried another freeview box and the problem - as in Micks case - is the same.

We do not see my Mums neighbors to ask them, and do not really know them either......

Mum thinks she should just give up oj BBC channels and be grateful for what she has got....

Something has obviously as Mick and my mum both seem to be having a similar problem...

Thanks for trying t help solve this issue....

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Sue's 14 posts GB flag
Ken C

4:07 PM

As I stated in an earlier comment, if your mum has an HD TV (NOT HD READY), she could try getting the BBC HD versions of the station, that is BBC1 HD on 101, BBC2 HD on 102 and all the others somewhere in the hundreds. You can find them in the "pretty" bit towards the top of this page. If your mum hasn't got an HD TV, it might be worth considering getting one, although it would be best if you could borrow one to try first. An HD tv might work while the present one doesn't because the HD channels are transmitted on different frequencies. In the old days of analogue TV, before digital switchover, you had one tv station on one Channel, a bit like one letter in one envelope. One "envelope" for the BBC1 " letter", and another for the BBC2 "letter" and so on. With digital it's like putting several, but not all, letters in one envelope. Most BBC non HD stations and, I think, all BBC radio station go in one "envelope", some commercial stations in another " envelope", more commercial stations in another and the HD stations in one or more other "envelopes". So, like with proper letters, when they arrive you get all the "letters" in that "envelope", but if one "gets lost in the post" it doesn't mean the other "envelopes" with other "letters" aren't going to arrive. When the "envelope" arrives at/in your tv, the tv has to open the "envelope" and sort the "letters" so you can "read" them.
I hope that isn't to simplistic, but I'm aware that not everybody understands how modern TV's and the transmission system works. I've work in electronics for over 40 years and there's lots that I don't understand.

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Ken C's 24 posts GB flag
5:14 PM

No she doesn't have a HD Tv. Tho it is not a CRT one

She wont get a new TV, she and I believe that as it was all right not long ago and all of a sudden is wrong, pixellating or disappearing also for Mick... I believe that one day it might all of a sudden be OK again as this all seemed to start when BBC3 went online only....

I dunno...... Freeview was supposed to make it easier when they got rid of analogue... But seems that was short lived, lol


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Sue's 14 posts GB flag

5:40 PM

'We've had two days where the channels were working well, but last night the pixelation and missing channels recurred.

When the channel is good, the signal strength is about 95% (almost a full bar) and the signal quality is "very good".
When the channel is pixelated, the signal strength is still 95% but the signal quality says "none". '

95% is far too high - 75% is normally just fine. The tuners in your various bits of equipment are really robust, my Sony PVR got up to 93% strength when it started to wobble a little. However, they are all just teetering on the brink of breaking up, and it can be a slight fluctuation which makes them go.

Search for 'too much of a good thing' on this website, and there will be answers. Attenuators are really cheap - fixed or variable, and if one isn't quite enough, you can always add another. make sure of course that you have no boosters, etc working - if you take that out of the system, everything might be fine.

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Monday, 18 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

10:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 21 April 2016
3:44 PM

@Transmitter engineering - How long will this be going on - And also has it been going on for this past couple of weeks or so? Thanks alot

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Sue's 14 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 26 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,129 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 27 April 2016
9:57 AM

@Transmitter_engineering - How long will this be going on - And also has it been going on for this past couple of weeks or so? Thanks alot

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Sue's 14 posts GB flag
Friday, 20 May 2016
5:07 PM

Is anything happening here as now the BBC channels are OK - And the ITV ones are playing up with no signal - Affected Channels are ITV ones and Ch4...

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sue's 14 posts GB flag
Friday, 17 June 2016
7:43 AM

Can anyone advise if Bluebell Hill will be having channels on the PSB3 block . These are the for HD channels namely BBC1 ,, ITV etc .
I have checked on free view website to confirm that this block is missing and that I revive the 8HD stations on other blocks .

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