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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?

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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.

 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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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),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Dover (Kent, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 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?

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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•
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Thursday, 14 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:33 AM

Andrew Walter: The BBC channels from Dover on C50 are as they will be after 27th. That is, they have "switched". Obviously check that they are coming in on C50 and not another channel which would indicate that your receiver is tuned elsewhere which would therefore be the problem.

At under 3 miles from the 80kW transmitter your receiver could be being overwhelmed by the strength of the signal. Therefore this could get worse when all the other channels go up to full power.

You may need to get yourself an attenuator: - independent free digital TV advice

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Gordon Ormston
8:48 PM

Before the switch over in the Dover area yesterday I had no problems whatsoever in receiving all the usual channels on my Sony Digital TV. Following the switch over I am having problems with all BBC channels. ITV and most of the other channels are still perfect. I have re-tuned numberous times to no avail. The problem is constant image pixellation, broken sound quality and frequent loss of tuning. I have spoken three times to 'digitaluk' and despite their best efforts they have no idea why this is happening. Prior to switch over no problems receiving digital signals and nothing my end has changed can you help? Tried fitting an inline booster, this improved the tuning issue on the BBC channels but not the pixellation and sound problems.

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9:09 PM

hello Gordon Ormston have you rescaned by doing first install. as for using a booster i would remove it as you wont need it as the signel was boost yesterday. also see if the tv is tuned to ch50 that bbc A is using or put it in your self.

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Dave Lindsay

9:30 PM

Gordon Ormston: Confirm that it is tuned to C50.

If that doesn't fix it, then I would suspect that the signal level being fed into it is now too high and is in need of attenuation.

See Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice

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Gordon Ormston
9:45 PM

Hi David

Thanks for your comments, re-tuned using all options but whilst all ITV channels are still OK the BBC channels are breaking up. 'Loss of tuning' was a bit misleading, I meant loss of picture and BBC tuned in correctly to ch50. 'digitaluk' suggested the signal too strong as situated within 5km from transmitter. If thats the case I can't be the only person affected and begs the question was this not taken into account during the planning stage?

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Gordon Ormston
10:29 PM

Hi Dave

Thanks for your reply. Have double checked and BBC definitely tuned into ch50. Am I right in thinking that on the final changeover on the 27th the same problem could occur with the other channels. Please explain what's involved in attenuation.

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Dave Lindsay

11:41 PM

Gordon Ormston: The high power post-switchover signals are such so as to provide equivalent coverage to that of the former analogue (at least for BBC, ITV1, C4, C5 and other Public Service channels).

Due to fewer frequencies being available, transmission powers had to be kept down so that they could be re-used by transmitters within a closer proximity than they otherwise would have been. Also, power was low so as not to interfere with analogue transmissions already on air which were co-channel.

In essence, it was a quasi-national network; i.e. there were gaps in coverage which is why we have a "switchover" and not just a "switch-off" (of analogue).

I assume that they covered as much of the population as they could with this network giving greater preference to those transmitters with more viewers (the assumed objective being to cover as many as possible). In any case, international clearance would have had to be granted with any signals along the coast being more likely to affect the continent.

So there was probably little that could be done if the pre-switchover service was to be crammed in.


See - independent free digital TV advice

A variable attenuator such as that shown on that page will cost £3 or £4 from online sources such as eBay. These are usually 20dB ones.

As an example (others are available!) I found this one:


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Friday, 15 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

12:11 AM

Gordon Ormston: Yes, come the 27th it could happen to other channels.

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Andrew Walter
7:28 AM

It seems that myself and Gordon have the same problem. I already had a signal amplifier on the aerial as I live under the shadow of hill that improved things vastly pre switchover. Since the switchover I have not been able to get the BBC channels. I have checked, rechecked, retuned and can confirm that the BBC channels are on C50. Yesterday with the amplifier still in place I had a signal strength of 60% and quality jumped from 40% upto 100% constantly. The suggestion of fitting an attenuator was proved by removing the amplifier (thought that this would prove one way or another without buying one) this made things even worse. The signal strength went down to 20% and quality (still jumping) from 0% upto 20%. By the way I live within 3 miles of the Dover mast. It looks like I might have to call in an aerial guy and spend a vast amount of money just because of the switchover.

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10:29 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 23:57 on 12 Jun to 00:36 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:02 on 12 Jun to 23:57 on 12 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 01:23 on 12 Jun to 05:02 [BBC]

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