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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 27/11/2023 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
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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?

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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.

Thursday, 29 December 2016
John Buchanan
10:14 PM

I have noticed interference on com7, particularly CBeebies HD and BBC NEWS HD. This channel seems to be lower power than the others. Atmospheric pressure very high, contributes to interference.

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Friday, 30 December 2016
Sharon Barkley
10:31 AM

TN27 0BB
Charing Heath is having daily problems with all TVs showing 'No Signal' for periods of a day - usually the afternoon. An engineer has said "that it could be the new G4 signal interfering or the new French transmitter in Calais"
An engineer is visiting one person today
Currently posted on our village FB page - Charing Heath and Lenham Heath Villages
Any comment? it certainly cant be the weather because it happens in different weather conditions.

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Sharon's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage

4:20 PM

Sharon Barkley:

Do you mean 4G? There is no such thing as G4 exept in terms of politicians from a selected group of 4 countries!

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5:47 PM

Sharon Barkley: If your getting no signal, that because almost certainly your aerial system has a problem. Frayed cable, water getting into a joint, etc.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 21 February 2017
Transmitter engineering

1:33 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:52 today to 12:34 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:52 yesterday to 12:34 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 23 February 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:52 on 21 Feb to 12:34 on 21 Feb. [BBC]

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Sunday, 7 May 2017
Margaret smith
3:50 PM

I have a transfusion telegraph poles in my garden it's become unsafe. Who do I contact

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4:27 PM

Margaret smith: I couldn't work out from a quick search who/what Transfusion is but if it carries phone lines, you should contact BT Openreach (see Report damage to BT cables, poles, cabinets or manholes | BT If it carries power cables, you should contact the company responsible for electricity distribution in your area (they should be listed on the first few pages of The Phone Book or Yellow Pages if you still have a copy). If it is on your property, do you receive a wayleave payment for it? The wayleave paperwork will tell you who it belongs to. If neither of those are successful, your local council may have records of who it belongs to.

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Monday, 8 May 2017
Ken Collyer

11:25 AM

Margaret Smith: Further to the comment made by StevensOnin1. If the pole is on "your" land the pole owner would have had to come to an agreement with the landowner (presumably you) and you both would have had to sign a contract. That would give them right of access for installation and maintenance and would state what annual payment they would make in return. But if that agreement was made with a previous owner you may not be aware of it, although it should have been passed to you as the new owner. (The original owner may still be getting the payment due to you!) On the other hand if you are renting the property the agreement will be with the landlord and you should contact him.

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