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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.

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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 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

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C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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?

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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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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.

Saturday, 20 January 2018
G Rein
5:18 PM

Transmitter engineering: I lost a lot of freeview channels on all my tvs earlier in the week, have seen some improvemenf but am still not receiving certain channels and experiencing interferance on a lot too. Bluebell Hill transmitter.

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G Rein's 1 post GB flag

9:33 PM

G Rein:

To help you we need a full post code please.

Meanwhile, check that you are actually tuned to the Bluebell Hull transmitter by checking the channel number shown for each mulitplex on your TV. Also check that all the aerial cables are in good condition and all the connections are good (by unplugging them all and refitting them in the correct place again).

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 21 January 2018
Gillian Calliste
8:23 PM

I've been having trouble with my signal since Wednesday and it is now becoming extremely annoying

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Gillian Calliste's 3 posts GB flag

9:21 PM

Gillian Calliste: We need a postcode and a description of the problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Monday, 22 January 2018
Transmitter engineering

1:29 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 02:47 on 19 Jan to 02:48 on 19 Jan. [BBC]

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Friday, 26 January 2018
Gillian Calliste
11:00 PM

MikeB: DA12 3JH. Still having the problem. The signal is weak on both the aerial only signal and the BT box. Signal check said 9% for BBC & 13% for Channel 4 at 8pm tonight.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018

11:17 AM

Gillian Calliste: Your aerial has a problem, and you need to check the system, and if needed, get someone professional to look at it. Start with the aerial lead at the back of the TV.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Gillian Calliste
12:12 PM

Thankyou. I've checked the internal connections which hasn't made a difference, so I've booked a visit from an aerial engineer.. Thanks for your help.

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Gillian Calliste's 3 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 January 2018
11:57 PM

Hi guys

Could you tell me if there is a peculiar and permanent terrestrial TV signal problem in the Gillingham area that only a roof outdoor aerial can solve?, other than using an indoor digital+booster TV aerial?

I am frustrated! I just moved into Gillingham, post code ME7 1QU. Got a brand new 24" Alba Combi TV+Preview, with a 30 indoor one-for-all digital+booster TV aerial.

I set the TV up/tuned up with the indoor aerial perfectly working with most channels in Essex (CO2 8NT) where I bought all the gear, before bring them all down to Gillingham. With so many attempts to tune up the TV and moving the aerial about in different positions, all I get is "NO SIGNAL"....please help explain it to do with the Bluebell Hill transmitter location or what? Or there is no answer other than to install an outside roof aerial? Or is there an indoor aerial known to work for the Gillingham area that anyone can recommend?

Thanks for your anticipated and detail replies.

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018
Norman D. Landing
7:51 AM

MICHAEL OLALEYE: You have effectively answered your own question - you need a proper aerial on the roof. The TV network is designed, and always was, to be received with roof mounted aerials.

There is no problem whatsoever with the network - but there is a problem with your expectations!

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