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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.

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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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

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.

Monday, 16 July 2018

4:21 PM

After I posted I found a pdf file on digitaluk listing the changes. same info as the js link.
Annoyingly, both digitaluk & freeview both list my postcode as receiving signals from Dover, plainly wrong & ridiculous.

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Bertmay's 30 posts GB flag
Thursday, 19 July 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:08 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

9:08 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 today to 05:12 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:02 today to 05:13 today. [BBC]

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Janice collins
9:20 AM

Now 9.20 I have on signal on tv, I know you are working at Bluebell Hill until 5.00 is that morning or night.?

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Bill Harmer
10:11 AM

We're close to Blue Bell hill transmitter (almost line of sight) retuned this morning at 07:30 following engineering works and all OK except for all the BBC channels (CH32?).
Have tried manual retune of just CH32 and no joy, presume there must be engineering issues but it would be good to let us know.

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Bill Harmer's 1 post GB flag

12:56 PM

After a full manual re-tune of all devices this morning at 10 all channels looked OK.
BUT, the signal to start Panasonic recorder at 11am did not or was not broadcast on BBC 101 HD, tried again at 12:15, still no joy. Come on Freeview wake up & restore all your signals.

I will try again on non HD channels this PM

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Pete Winch
3:31 PM

Please i am not getting anything on my digi box or my talktalk box can anyone tell me why and what to do ??? ME15 9AD

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Pete's: mapP's Freeview map terrainP's terrain plot wavesP's frequency data P's Freeview Detailed Coverage
3:56 PM

...still having poor signal issues with the BBC channels, since the scheduled work as posted previously above, and I'm based in the Snodland area. Have re-tuned (2 TV's and a PVR) as advised, several times so far today, but on the occation there were a few BBC channels stored, I'm seeing a very poor signal, fluctuating between 10 & 20% on both quality & strength? As I've seen very little in responce from any engineers upon this site, can we assume it's most likely that we, that are effected, are probably going to have to replace our aerials...??? Not impressed if this is indeed the case... Please advise?

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Steve.D's 2 posts GB flag

4:26 PM

Janice Collins, Bill Harmer, BertMay, Peter Winch, Steve D:

There was work done ion the Bluebell Hill transmitter overnight and that now requires a retune and possibly a replacement of a 'grouped' aerial with a wideband type.

Look at Coverage Checker - Detailed View and scroll down to see tha channels now being used by Bluebell Hill. Some now use channels 55 and 56, hence the need for a wideband aerial.

Contact the Freeview Helpline on 0808 100 0288 or 03456 505050 or at Support | Freeview as you may qualify for a free replacement of your existing aerial.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
6:29 PM

Hi Mike.P...

I took a chance and ventured up the loft to check my aerials position & measured it's signal strength using my meter.. It's still in the best spot for the signal, but what I did do was bypass an in-line filter, that was fitted back in the early days of mobile 4G launch. Hey-presto! TV's & PVR all re-tuned OK, with 100% signal strength and quality...

So, a simple result for my instance, but I imagine that there might be quite a few out there that will need to invest in a new group K aerial...??

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