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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?

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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

 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
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

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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

 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), 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?

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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, 4 October 2016
Mark Fraser
10:21 AM


I have noticed that Channel C43 (650.0MHz) which includes ITV Meridian and other channels are breaking up on the Bluebell Hill Transmitter. Signal strength/Quality and power keeps dropping in and out. All other Channels appear ok. Have you got any ideas which might be causing this problem?.I have noticed there is no listed engineering works or fault at present, My postcode is ME8 9SL.

Kind Regards

Mark Fraser

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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

10:30 AM

Mark Fraser:

Please read the response to your earlier query given by StevensOnln1. There are major works being done to the Bluebell Hill transmitter so instances such as you report are to be expected until the work is completed. They never say when that is expected to be.

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Thursday, 6 October 2016
Mark Fraser
7:55 AM



Many Thanks, Hopefully work completed on the transmitter sooner rather than later.

Thanks Again


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Mark Fraser's 3 posts GB flag
1:11 PM

I'm in sittingbourne and the signal over the last month has been so bad that I lost all bbc channels and its etc was braking up I bbc back but it's not watchable.

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
Friday, 7 October 2016

10:23 AM


For us to assist you, we really need a full post code. That will enable us to examine the reception conditions at your location and advise on what action may be needed to rectify the difficulty.

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Sunday, 9 October 2016
Richard Cooper

5:06 PM

Neil: Hi, Neil. On Sunday 9th. Octber at 5:04 p.m, there are no reported problems on Bluebell Hill, which means that the transmitter is functioning properly in full working order with no engineering works going on. Richard in Norwich.

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Saturday, 15 October 2016
Colin Smith
10:36 AM

I have recently moved to a house in Rodmersham 1.5 miles from Sittingbourne ME9 0LR,the antenna is in the roof and is ok but signal tests suggest a weaker than normal signal it is pointing east,according to the maps the nearest Transmitter is in Maidstone to the west,I am not able to figure this out as the other houses are pointing both east and west,there appears to be very little signal when pointing west to the Bluebell hill transmitter,any thoughts?

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12:53 PM

Colin Smith:

Looking at the information accessed via the blue boxes below your posting, it is clear that Bluebell Hill is the best option. Your are only 16 km away and your aerial would need to point due west. However, when you retuned after moving it is likely that your equipment picked up Crystal Palace instead of Bluebell Hill, they are almost in the same direction. Crystal Palace signals are in Group A so appear before those from Bluebell Hill which are in Group B. The digitaluk trade information shows which channels you should be using. I suggest you firstly check that your aerial is a Group B type, or better still a log-periodic one, and is aimed due west at 270 degrees. Then unplug the aerial from the equipment and do a full retune to clear out the unwanted settings. Then start another retune but plug the aerial back in when it reaches Channel 31. That should mean it get the services from Bluebell Hill. If there are any problems, then a manual tune of each multiplex may be required, using the channel data shown in that digitaluk trade information.

BTW, there is no TV transmitter in Maidstone shown on any of the location data available.

The only other transmitter possible is at Dover, which is south east of your location but is shown as giving very poor reception. It is a Group C service so an aerial for that will not be very good for Crystal Palace and not ideal for Bluebell Hill.

Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

12:56 PM

Colin Smith:

Sorry, also meant to mention that as you are relatively close to Bluebell Hill you should ensure that the signal strengths shown for each multiplex is not too strong. A strength between 65% and 85% is best, more than that usually results in pictures breaking up and often sound problems. You will not need any form of booster or amplification.

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Monday, 14 November 2016
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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