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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

com7
 H -6.3dB
C55 (746.0MHz)242mDTG-64,700W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014:  Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)242mDTG-65,000W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 (219°)
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 (156°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
EEWW TW TW TW T
C21_local
C242
C27A
C28_local_local_local
C32com7com7
C34com8com8
C39D+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBSDN
C42-C
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4ArqA
C45-BSDNSDNSDNBBCB
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCAArqB
C54tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C59tv_off1
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Comments
Sunday, 8 July 2018
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Philip
2:01 PM

The signal on both DAB radio and Freeview TV channels have been terrible over the last few weeks with the high barometric pressure which we have enjoyed this summer. I have a narrow band aerial which my local installer said would improve reception, but it has not. He also added a band pass filter in the down lead which he said would improve adjacent channel interference.
Disappointed that Digital TV is not more resilient, at least in the old analogue days you might get snow or lines but at least you still received something.

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Transmitter engineering
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9:03 PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 05 Jul to 03:48 on 05 Jul, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 14:56 yesterday to 18:15 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 05 Jul to 03:48 on 05 Jul. [BBC]

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Monday, 9 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:03 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 14:56 on 07 Jul to 18:15 on 07 Jul, BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 05 Jul to 03:48 on 05 Jul, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 on 05 Jul to 03:48 on 05 Jul. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 10 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
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6:03 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 14:56 on 07 Jul to 18:15 on 07 Jul. [BBC]

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Friday, 13 July 2018
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Mike Weatherley
11:39 AM

Philip, you're quite right about the high pressure weather conditions destroying the T.V. signal from Bluebell Hill. I've said the same, here myself, recently (asking if anyone else had the same problem), but got a rather snotty reply from someone (an engineer?) who asked why people complain about the signal reception instead of getting new T.V.s or aerials (at extra cost & fitting charge of course). He even tried to blame the periodic loss of the digital T.V. signal (usually in hot weather at this time of year) on "...rainwater getting into the aerial lead on your roof and then taking days to dry out again..." which was a complete red herring. And since we've had a recurrence of the problem recently in North Kent - in the absence of any rain for the last month - that explanation can be seen to have been a load of cobblers. I actually notice it worst if the sky is clear (perversely) ie no clouds, in the evening when the Sun has just set. And since I'm directly east of Bluebell Hill, I'm wondering if the Sun's radiation directly *behind* the transmitter is swamping/disrupting the relatively weaker T.V. signal with electromagnetic 'noise'. At least, as a trained scientist, that's my current theory. And yes Philip, you're right: we never did have this problem before T.V. went digital!

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MikeP
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3:42 PM

Mike Weatherly:

Please also note that this weather effect does not just affect reception from Bluebell Hill but can affect any transmitter signals across the country. It all depends on the way the atmosphere is carrying the signals and how some are able to travel further than intended because of the weather.



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Saturday, 14 July 2018
B
Bertmay
12:28 PM

Does anyone exactly know what is being changed at Bluebell Hill this coming week, on the 19th?
The message comes up every time we turn the TV's on, a "Retune is required", all quite ominous in tone.

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Ken Collyer
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12:35 PM

I notice that after the re-tune on 19th there is no provision for COM7 or Com8. What will happen to the stations that are broadcast on these frequencies after 19th, and when exactly does the move happen. At midnight (00.01) or some unknown time during the day.

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js
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3:19 PM

Bertmay: Full details here:

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

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js
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3:27 PM

Ken Collyer: The data hasn't been updated Full data here:

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

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