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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

 H max
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
Channel icons
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
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 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?

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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;
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 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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Friday, 29 June 2012
Gordon Ormston
8:54 PM

Hi Dave

Thought you may be interested in hearing whats happened since the second phase of the Dover switch over on the 27th. Now receiving the mainstream commercial broadcasts on ch51 (previously ch42) and Yesterday/Film 4 on CH48 (previously ch55). All signals are of good strength and so far quality is excellent. Also Pick and Dave on ch59 OK. However can not pick up signals being broadcast on ch55 (ITV3, ITV2+1 and Quest).

More importantly still getting pixelation and intermittent loss of signal on ch50. Have checked the signal strength again and is only going up to a max of 40% and the quality is very poor.

Does the foregoing suggest that its not an aerial problem and could be the way the BBC signals are being broadcast.

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Sunday, 1 July 2012
8:18 AM

Briantist: I am ct9 3ry, since 27 june i have had no clear sound or picture on any channel,[sound breaking up,pixels,no channel] i have done all instructions, my ariel is only 12 months old, every channel worked perfectly before switchover,i am at my wits end on what to do.

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kapo's 1 post GB flag
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11:22 AM

all freeview channels working ok here.
for kapo are you geting your signal from the magate relay or from dover its self. if it's from dover it was put on the digital uk site on the 27 that some in magate could not pick up bbc channels but that meassage was removed the day after.

as for whats happening with your tv signals for bbc A Gordon Ormston
can i ask are you using dover main or the relay dover town. if its the main i ask this as you have dover next to your name. so im into thinking that your in dover it's self so have you tryed using dover town relay to get your bbc A channels to work for you. are you geting the bbc B & digital 3&4 mux's ok at they us the same power as bbc A.

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Dave Lindsay

12:45 PM

Gordon Ormston: Where there are objects in the way, i.e. trees, different frequencies can be affected to differing degrees.

This can be an issue when placing a set-top aerial (inside, obviously!). You find the one channel might be good in one spot and vice versa in another an this is because the signal has travelled through objects like walls, i.e. it is because the path from the transmitter to aerial isn't so clear.

BBC One analogue was on C50. Of the other three analogue channels, only Channel 4 former C53 is now used for the BBCB (HD) multiplex. Did you have difficulty with reception of these? I suppose this isn't very scientific as you never received analogue on the other channels now used for digital so have nothing to compare to.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 July 2012
7:52 PM

I am in Canterbury, CT2 and have had no consistently clear signal since the switchover (some days have clear signal for a couple of hours). Every digital channel was fine prior to this. Have retuned from factory settings numerous times, even without aerial to ensure memory wiped clean.

Any suggestions?

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Mark Fletcher

8:33 PM

Joe.Canterbury,CT2 8AG.
Yes,the likely cause is excess signal you are receiving,do you use signal boosters as such ?
If you do,this needs bypassing as the excess signal produces similar symptoms to that of a poor or no signal mode !
If not try experimenting with a set-top aerial or piece of wire or wee screwdriver into the aerial socket of your appliance,if this produces an improved signal then the prognosis is what i described in my first paragraph above as such !

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

9:18 AM

I thought that the good people of Kent might be interested to know that in my coastal location north of Felixtowe, I get all Dover channels with a homemade aerial on my shed, approx the height of the upstairs window, yet cannot get all the muxes from my local, Sudbury, with the appropriate roof aerial!

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Thursday, 12 July 2012
Kevin James
7:43 AM


Since the change over I have noticed most of the 48uhf channes are poor reception. looking at the transmiter there are a number of channels running at 40,000 watts. Why ia this? It's just not enought for good reciption do the advtiser know that they are paying for no pepole to see these channel that know one can see! Its a poor deal for viewers we all had to change our set's and have been let down and sold a lie!!!!!

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Kevin James's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 15 July 2012
4:28 PM

Kevin James
im geting the channels that are runing at 40,000 watts each & 48 UHF ok here.
it mite be down to your setup.

as your asked the multiplexes that run at this power dont have to be the same as the PSB one's as they go out at 80,000 watts each & must cover about 98% as for the com
multiplexes they must cover jest about 90%

but i dont not if iam right. the other david will tell me if im right or not.

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David's 3 posts GB flag

5:33 PM

Kevin James: It is worth noting that the original analogue transmitters at Dover used to be at 100kW. The power necessary to give the same coverage with the current Freeview transmitters would usually be 20kW, so the COM muxes have double this and the PSB muxes four times the normal power in order to reinforce the signal in the face of possible interference from the continent on those occasions that the inversion effect is experienced. If C48 is the the only frequency giving problems it is possible that slight repositioning of the aerial could effect an improvement to the signal being received on that mux.

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