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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 15/04/2024 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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?

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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018
EEEW TW T
C21_local
C28_local
C32com7
C34com8
C39+ArqA
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4ArqA
C45SDNBBCB
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCAArqB
C54tv_offArqB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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.

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Saturday, 24 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 yesterday to 10:14 yesterday, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:12 on 22 Sep to 08:50 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 08:50 on 22 Sep to 11:09 on 22 Sep. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 25 September 2016
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5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 08:50 on 22 Sep to 11:09 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 on 23 Sep to 10:14 on 23 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:12 on 22 Sep to 08:50 on 22 Sep. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 on 23 Sep to 10:14 on 23 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 08:50 on 22 Sep to 11:09 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:12 on 22 Sep to 08:50 on 22 Sep. [BBC] Possible weak signal [DUK]

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BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:12 on 22 Sep to 08:50 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 08:50 on 22 Sep to 11:09 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 on 23 Sep to 10:14 on 23 Sep. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 26 September 2016
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5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 on 23 Sep to 10:14 on 23 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 08:12 on 22 Sep to 08:50 on 22 Sep, HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 08:50 on 22 Sep to 11:09 on 22 Sep. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Wrong Region from 01:56 on 23 Sep to 10:14 on 23 Sep. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Neil
1:55 PM
Leigh-on-sea

Hello,
I have just left sky after 7 years and gone back to freeview. My question is, from my postcode SS9 5BJ, Bluebell Hill is the closest mast. but when tuning in to it, I have very poor reception on com 4 ch45. My Ariel usually points at crystal palace, but this has the same issue? All other channels work fine. Com 4 is watchable on my tv, but not through my new freeview box? I have a good ariel and connection is close to the tv.
The notices of works here keep saying work at the weekend gone by, does mean they are still working on it?
thanks, Neil.

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Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
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5:31 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Thursday, 29 September 2016
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Mark Fraser
2:41 PM
Gillingham

Hello

I live in Medway postcode ME8 9SL,I live not far from the Bluebell Hill transmitter which serves me,For the past couple of weeks the signal has been poor with pictures cracking up especially on ITV Meridian.I appear to be getting a better signal on London instead.I notice the power Blubell Hill pushes out is far weaker than London.Can you please advise if there are any problems at present with the Bluebell Hill Transmitter? As I stated this has been an issue for the last couple of weeks.

Thanks

Mark Fraser

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StevensOnln1
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4:29 PM

Mark Fraser: Just above your post is a warning of possible service interruptions due to engineering works. There have been various other transmitter engineering warnings for Bluebell Hill over the last week or so.

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