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The symbol shows the location of the Chartham (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 4,900 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 Chartham (Kent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Chartham 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.

 V max
C21 (474.0MHz)115mDTG-50W
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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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C24 (498.0MHz)115mDTG-50W
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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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C27 (522.0MHz)115mDTG-50W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Chartham (Kent, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Chartham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 54km west-southwest (252°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 32km west (271°)
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 Chartham (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Mar 2018-

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 250W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 50W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Dover transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern 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. Chartham 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.

Thursday, 21 February 2013
9:37 AM

I have a high gain aerial receiving transmission from the Dover transmitter, but I live very close to the Chartham transmitter. My existing aerial is some 8ft above my house and I want to get it removed as it causes a lot of vibration in the wind. I intend to have a loft aerial to pick up transmission from Chartham transmitter (use to have this for anologue TV and had brilliant reception) however I have been told I wont get all channels from Chartham. Which channels can I pick up from Chartham?

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Dave Lindsay

9:46 AM

Ellie: Chartham only carries PSB (Public Service) channels. See this page for a full list of Freeview services:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

You will receive only those in PSB1, PSB2 and PSB3 tables. PSB3 is the HD one, so if you don't have a HD receiver, you will only get PSB1 and PSB2.

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Dave Lindsay

10:01 AM

Ellie: Now that the power of the digital transmitter at Dover has been increased, at switchover, you may find that you can get away with a smaller aerial and/or shorter pole for Dover. A smaller aerial will have a lower wind-loading.

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Monday, 23 December 2013
Pam Johnson
4:43 PM

is there a problem with Chartham Transmitter as I have no signal. It went off about 10 minutes ago.

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Dave Lindsay

4:57 PM

Pam Johnson: Go to the UK Power Networks website:

UK Power Networks - Distribution Network Operator

Enter the postcode for the transmitter, CT4 7LP, given at the top of this page. It says that there is a power cut which occurred at about 15:30 which is due to an overhead line fault. See the website for more detail. (CT4 7LP)

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L Otter
7:02 PM

I have no signal at all this evening. It was okay earlier on. We have had very bad and windy weather. I unplugged, I tried to re-scan and now I have a black screen, whereas before it was blue. Nothing. I am at CT1. Is the problem my aerial (wind?) or with Freeview, and what can I do?! Day before Xmas eve and Digital UK are "on holiday" so can't even get them on the phone to ask advice!

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Dave Lindsay

7:07 PM

L Otter: Maybe it's just me. The posting immediately above yours indicates that there is a power supply failure to the transmitter site...

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7:15 PM

L Otter: Digital UK are "on holiday" in the same way that anyone else who normally works 9-6 on weekdays is on holiday...

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 December 2013
8:13 AM

L Otter: I have a free view tv. We had a bad storm last night and now we have no signal on tv. Checked all connections and unplugged everything. When I turn tv on it comes up with the channel number but no information then the screen goes black with the message no signal. Down stairs tv working fine.

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Stefan's 1 post GB flag
4:16 PM

The whole area around Chartham mast has no power. Freeview, DAB, and mobile phone all affected

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