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The symbol shows the location of the Dover (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 190,000 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 Dover (Kent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Dover 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-680,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 23 CCXTV, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 97 ITVBe +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 34 pick, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 87 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Dover (Kent, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 69km west (270°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 52km west-northwest (289°)
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 Dover (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1960-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1316 Oct 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C10ITVwaves
C33BBCA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C39SDN
C42ArqA
C48ArqBArqB
C50tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCA
C51tv_offD3+4
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offSDN
C56tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C57tv_off_local_local
C59tv_offArqA
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

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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 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1dB) 80kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-4dB) 40kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux C*(-20dB) 1000W
Mux D*(-23dB) 500W

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.

Comments
Saturday, 12 September 2020
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Jane Ward
8:30 PM
Leigh-on-sea

SS9 3EN MY airial is set towards a Kent as I live behind tall buildings preventing me fro receiving from LondonI
. Lately I have lost some or all my Freeview channels.I put this down to atmospheric interference as it would come and go while watching. But the last 2 days I have lost all reception. I tried to retune and lost all the usual channels. I see the signal should be strong but wonder why I'm having such problems and lack of any reception.

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Sunday, 13 September 2020
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Chris.SE
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4:37 AM

Jane Ward:

Your predicted reception from Dover is very variable at the best of times, but the transmitter is also currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal". The aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 137 degrees for Dover at your location, that's ~SE.
I don't know if you have an unobstructed view at bearing 199 degrees that's almost SSW which would point to the Bluebell Hill transmitter which has slightly less variable reception.

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Chris.SE
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4:54 AM

Jane Ward:

Meant to add that retuning when you have no signal is never a good idea as it will usually just clear all correct tuning, and you have to retune again when signals return.

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Monday, 26 October 2020
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Geoff
8:23 PM

As your image states UK Free TV I hope you can clear up an issue relating to Sony Classic / Christmas Movie channel that again Sony have again allotted not to c`over the SE corner of UK via the Dover Transmitter region. Contact with Free View on this issue have advised that it is a Sony UK decision, how this can be is a surprise that Sony can decide what parts of the UK gets what

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Chris.SE
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9:10 PM

Geoff:

This and a number of other Sony channels, Sony moved to Local Multiplexes during summer 2019.
For which channels are on which multiplexes, see https://www.freeview.co.uk/corporate/platform-management/channel-listings.

Sony will have been well aware of which transmitters carry Local multiplexes. These multiplexes are on a limited number of main transmitters that generally serve large urban centres of population.
Transmissions are at lower power than the main multiplexes (however the mode of transmission compensates for this to a large degree) but they are frequently beamed towards the urban areas. This means you might be served by a transmitter which has a Local multiplex but not able to receive it because you location is not covered by that beam.

This will be a commercial decision by Sony, costs of being on a Local multiplex will be lower than one of the main COM multiplexes. You could try contacting Sony Pictures TV (see https://media.info/organisations/names/sony-pictures-television), the more that do then the more likely they may change something!

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Chris.SE's 1,834 posts GB
Tuesday, 24 November 2020
Transmitter engineering
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1:25 PM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 24 Nov 11:37 until 24 Nov 12:18. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:25 PM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 24 Nov 11:37 until 24 Nov 12:18. . [BBC]

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