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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Dover (Kent, England) mast?

Dover transmitter - Dover transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 24/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 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, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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)

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?

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;
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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
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Nick
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7:39 PM
Woodbridge

All fine north of Felixtowe, well out of range.

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Friday, 27 July 2012
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John McConnell
12:58 PM

Can anyone explain why during the last week there have been many issues affecting reception of BBC1/2 (and occasionally other channels). Complete loss of signal!
On both TV(internal) and Digibox(external) setups.
I am in the Margate area (using Freesat thankfully) but many of the elderly tenants in this community are now using the governement provided digibox on their TV.

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Dave Lindsay
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1:15 PM

John McConnell: The terrestrial Freeview service could be being affected by co-channel interference. See the inversion effect. This does not affect satellite services.

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David
2:28 PM
Sandwich

i lost the signal on SDN yesterday but i put this down to the hot wether we have been get in kent. only thing is this did not hit the other com muxes or BBC A or D3&3 muxes.


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Monday, 30 July 2012
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Jim
2:36 PM
Herne Bay

Here in Herne Bay we lost mux BBCa on Ch50 for a while at the end of last week. I'm sure it was the strange weather conditions - we had a small FM RSL radio station in the area last week, Red Sands Radio, and they commented on reception reports from far and wide during the same period. Normally CH50 is the strongest here. Before switch over a strong analogue signal bouncing in from elsewhere would often swamp our digital mux on the same channel - I was a bit surprised to loose a powerful mux AFTER switch over!

Strangely, on one TV only, I have had problems with the mux on CH59 since switch over. After the problems last week that mux is now coming in fine! Are the engineers still tinkering - or will it go again? Time will tell.

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KMJ,Derby
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5:42 PM

Jim: I have just had a look at the William Hepburn's tropospheric ducting forecast for last Friday and there was (for about 6am)a fair chance of ducting in the SE of England, stretching into East Anglia and the North of France. Although the digital signal on C50 is four times that which would normally be used to match the former analogue coverage, the analogue service did not have to contend with C50 being in use at Tacolneston, the nearest English high power transmitter at that time would have been Sutton Coldfield.

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Ian Fletcher
7:43 PM
Dover

I live at West Hougham, CT15 7AZ, (under the mast) and am getting the warning, after I have viewed channel 50 for half an hour or so, and the screen going all red with shadow figures moving around, that this channel is not available in my area and I should tune to channel 101/1. But i have just watched it. What is going on?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:22 PM

Ian Fletcher: What model of TV or box are you seeing this indication on, and if you take the aerial out and use a short piece of wire (about 12") in the socket do you still see this indication, or do you maybe even receive a picture without the aerial?

This odd indication of an obviously false nature "might" be due to signal data corruption in your tuner due to it receiving an excessively high level of signal because of your relatively close proximity to the transmitter.



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Tuesday, 31 July 2012
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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:43 AM

Ian Fletcher: Just to add that what's been said is based on the peculiar effect that you witnessed happening having occurred on more than one occasion, otherwise disregard as it could be purely a glitch caused by work going on at the station.

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Jim
10:47 AM
Herne Bay

KMJ,Derby, Thank you - I think you have given me an answer. Here in Herne Bay I have previously got a good analogue signal from Sudbury and Crystal Palace as well as my main transmitter at Dover. Tacolneston only came in occasionally with the weather!

Looking at the channels now used at Tacolneston I can see that as well as CH50 which caused me problems last week, it now also uses CH55 and CH59 (all three channels also in use at Dover).The muxes on CH55 and CH59 have been poorer here after switch over than when on the former low power channels. I guess I'm getting some signal from Tacolneston on the back end of my aerial. I didn't think digital signals would interfere with each other, but 55 & 59 are low power from Dover and very high from Tacolneston so maybe that is my problem?

Thank goodness I also have Sky and Freesat!!

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