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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 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

3:36 PM

Sophie, Lauren and David:

If your recorders are Panasonic, please reboot them. That means switching off the mains supply to them, waiting several minutes (at least 3) and then re3starting them. That has resolved the issue for several owners, but not all.

If you wish to ensure you are receiving the correct multiplexes, please put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker Then scroll down to see the transmitter you are using. The listing will tell you what channels the various multiplexes are being broadcast on. If necessary, perform a manual tune to get them all correct.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 26 July 2018
10:17 AM

Thank you Mike for the suggestion as to how to be able to record the HD channels. I followed your guidance and allowed 20 mins with unit unplugged. Unhappily, nothing has changed.

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David's 6 posts GB flag

4:03 PM

I emailed Freeview & got this back from "Dave"

"Thank you for your email dated 23 July regarding recording problems.
I am very sorry to learn that you are experiencing difficulties with your Freeview recording function. We are aware that some Freeview equipment is experiencing difficulty recording certain channels and we are working with the manufacturers to identify a cause for this issue.

We will be back in touch when we have resolved this issue, in the meantime can you please confirm the following (if you have not already done so) which will help us in our investigations:
Postcode and house number
Software version

Additional information can be found on our website at or if you would rather speak to one of our advisors please phone 03456 50 50 50.
Kind Regards,

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Bertmay's 30 posts GB flag

4:08 PM

I responded with the info that was requested & below is the reply.
By the way my software (firmware) version is 1.14 on a DMR-PWT420, no newer version available

"Dear Mr. May,
Thank you for your reply email dated 25 July regarding recording problems.
Thank you for supplying all the relevant information we require to continue our investigation.

These issues do appear from time to time and previous issues do disappear after a number of weeks. However we are continuing to investigate these reports and are working with broadcasters and manufacturers to identify a cause for this issue and to avoid this occurring in the future.

We will be back in touch when we have resolved this issue and we thank you for your patience during this investigation.

Kind Regards,

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Bertmay's 30 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 July 2018
8:07 AM

Dave at Freeview is a very helpful contact and it seems that he may have solved the problem. I have no issues with my Panasonic DMRBWT720 recorder this morning and recording the once "missing channels". I checked early yesterday evening and still had the problem of not being able to record so it seems the problem has been solved in the last 12 hours or so.

Thanks to everyone on the Forum and others who helped to get a result this time around

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David's 6 posts GB flag
10:49 PM

Thanks for posting this David. Just tested my Panasonic recorder and I can now record all HD channels :)

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Lauren's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 28 July 2018
10:32 AM

My Panasonic DMR-HWT130 is now working correctly. The HD timer recordings have been successful since Thursday evening. Well done everyone for reporting the problem and well done Freeview for a quick resolution.

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Chris's 17 posts GB flag
Monday, 30 July 2018
John Buchanan
11:42 AM

This site needs updating to reflect the retune event on Bluebell Hill on 19th July

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John Buchanan's 12 posts GB flag

4:31 PM

John Buchanan:

We contributors are aware of that but only the site owner, Brian Butterworth (Briantist). can do that updating. Meantime, please use the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker for a listing of the available transmitters at any entered post code.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 August 2018
Raymond Taylor
4:12 PM

Up to last April /May 2018 we could receive a good signal from Bluebell Hill on UHF channels 43 and 46 to receive BBC south east programmes at 6.30pm and ITV Meridian. It was a weak signal but generally did not pixelate unless there was tropospheric ducting interference in which case we could not get anything. We have received this programme since DSO.
Now we cannot get anything. I have checked everything - the aerial connections, head amp., power to the head amp and so on. I have checked for a signal many times when the tropospheric ducting is not present, but nothing. Also I have checked local tree growth,
Admittedly we are in a fringe area but I managed to find a spot in the front garden at about 6 feet above ground level where the signal was good, as the signal seems to funnel along Old London Road, Knockholt from the east. Regards, Ray, retired BBC engineer

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