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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 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
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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), 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?

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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.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

4:39 PM

Raymond Taylor: Bluebell Hill underwent frequency changes on 19th July. PSB1 can now be found on UHF channel 32 with PSB2 on 34.

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StevensOnln1's 3,602 posts GB flag
Thursday, 2 August 2018
Raymond Taylor
8:25 PM

Many thanks for info., good reception again (channels 32 and 34) even on a group B aerial,

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Raymond Taylor's 3 posts GB flag
Thursday, 9 August 2018
6:46 PM

Based in SE Essex with aerial pointed at Blue Bell Hill as at time of installation Sudbury not at full power.
We get Sudbury on the back of the aerial so can view local news and weather. BBC SE and Meridian news does not cover anything north of the Thames.

Until last couple of months no real reception problems. Now we often cannot receive many programmes on the main 5 channels and many of the other channels and many of our recordings are failing.

Two weeks ago (I.e. end Lily 18) we had an engineer check the signal and to manually retune the tv and recorder boxes. The problems have not improved.

So, what has now gone wrong with Blue Bell Hill? Why sudden massive loss of signal?

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Martin's 5 posts GB flag
10:15 PM

I recently had the Panasonic failed recordings problem and thankfully freeview managed to sort the issue within a week. However, I am now still having problems with the HD channel signals dropping out and displaying "no signal" message for a second or two quite frequently. I thought it might be 4G interference so I installed a filter sent from at800. This has not solved the problem. Has anyone else experienced the same issue?

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Chris's 17 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 August 2018

10:14 AM

Martin and Chris:

Please provide a full post code so that we can check what the expected signal reception conditions are like at your location. Without that it is impossible to make meaningful suggestions.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
11:45 AM


My postcode is ME5 8UN. I am within 2km of the transmitter. My signal quality and strength are at 9 or 10, but I keep getting this dropping out of the channels and slight blocking of the picture. It happens every few minutes with a no signal message flashing up, then the picture restores itself back up to full signal. It doesn't make the programme unwatchable but it is very annoying, missing a split second of dialogue here and there. The problem started a few weeks ago. Sometimes it's worse than other times.

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Chris's 17 posts GB flag
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Saturday, 11 August 2018

10:23 AM


At only 2 km from Bluebell Hill transmitter it is always likely that you have too much signal. Having strengths of 9 or 10 shows it is definitely too stromg and needs reducing. The ideal strength is between 60% and 85%, anything more is likely to cause the problems you report. Anything less will give unreliable reception.

So you need to add some attenuation into your aerial cable behind the TV set. You can get them in various strengths and they are quite cheap, so get a 6dB and a 12dB plus an additional short flylead. Unplug the aerial from the back of the TV, fit the 6dB attenuator on the end of that cable, fit the additional flylead onto the TV end of the attenuator and the other end into your TV aerial input. (That is to prevent the weight of the attenuator 'hanging' on the coaxial input socket.) Then check the signal strengths again. If there are any above 85% then swap the 6dB for the 12dB and check again.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 August 2018
Gordon Cadey
9:11 AM

could I sugest you edit the frequency of BBCA to 32 & D3+4 to 34 had me going for a while

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Gordon Cadey's 1 post GB flag

10:45 AM

Gordon Cadey:

Only the owner of this website can make any changes such as you suggest and he does not appear to be doing any such editing. We contributors always suggest you put your post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker which you can find at…ker.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 16 August 2018

5:07 AM

According to the postcode you submitted on another post, you may get the most reliable reception from a
Sudbury repeater at Rouncefall (check your DigitalUK predicted reception). Your comments in your post here suggest that the engineer that did your "retune" is not familiar enough with local reception issues since the recent transmitter retunes that have taken place. Either that or he didn't advise you appropriately.
The "problem" with your reception issues from Bluebell Hill are most likely due to interference from other transmitters as more transmitters are now sharing these channels.

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Chris.SE's 4,083 posts GB flag
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