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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.

 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, plus 16 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),

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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

 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

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
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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

 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?

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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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Tuesday, 22 February 2011
6:42 PM

Good evening from France,

I live in Godewaersvelde (between Lille and Dunkerque), in the north of France, and I receive the transmitter of Dover.
Usually, I receive very well, four channels: BBC1, BBC2, ITV1 and Chanel 4. (C 50, 53, 56 and 66).
But, since 5 or 6 days, the reception became poor.
My antenna functions correctly because I receive always a little the transmitter of Crystal Palace.
Do you notice a fall of power of the transmitter of Dover into analogical ?
Do you have some news about it ?
Thank you for your answer

French who likes English television

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Olivier's 7 posts FR flag

7:38 PM

Olivier: The engineering information does say "TV (analogue) Possible weak signal", so I suspect the work on the transmitter is to blame.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
10:03 PM

Thank you very much Briantlist.
In the north of France, we have made the switch off this month with high power.
I'd like to know if some of you receive french channel from:
Boulogne sur Mer (Mont Lambert): 8 Kw
Or Dunkerque (Mont des Cats): 13 Kw
Or Abbeville ? : 80 Kw

I receive sometimes Sudbury transmitter (BBC Digital, BBC1, BBC2, BBC Red Buton, BBC3, CBBC on C 49 with 7Kw).

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Olivier's 7 posts FR flag
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

7:09 AM

Olivier: Yes. The UK transmitter network has to take into account these transmitters to prevent both inbound and outbound interference.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

9:13 AM

This is because the back-up mast was being used. The main S1 mast was re-installed yesterday (by helicopter - how cool?), so analogue signal should be back to normal.

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AlexG's 27 posts EU flag
12:25 PM

I live in River and I am 3 miles away from the Dover Transmitter, I have just brought a new Freeview set and tuned it in, it has found over 100 channels, but BBC1 & BBC 2 come and go & freeze etc most other programmes are great
The signal strength shoes in excess of 50% to 57% on the screen meter.
I have asked my neighbours who have the same aerials and they say they are receiving freeeview ok.
Can you suggest anything.
PS the house is 7 years old and it has a loft aerial which is aligned to 216 degrees for the Dover transmitter.

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malcolm's 4 posts GB flag

12:25 PM

Sorry, I've just been told that the helicopter due to drop this mast in place was unable to take off yesterday due to fog. Not sure when this will be rescheduled - but I'll see if I can find out :)

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AlexG's 27 posts EU flag
12:37 PM


Would this be the reason why I am experiencing the concerns with my BBC1 & 2 reception on Freeview?

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malcolm's 4 posts GB flag
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Mike Dimmick

6:33 PM

AlexG: it takes a while for the new aerial to be commissioned. At Oxford it took three months (and then caught fire in the last stage of commissioning, destroying the aerial - hopefully lessons have been learned from this). Analogue signals from Dover will continue to come from the reserve aerial for a while yet.

Malcolm: power may need to be reduced from time to time while men are working on the mast. However, it's unlikely to be the cause of your problem.

You might find that you have another copy of the channels in the 800 range, because Dover transmits most of them on two different frequencies - the others are sometimes called 'Dover B'. If you have an old 'grouped' aerial, the higher frequencies may work better for you. Many TVs simply store the first signals they find, even if they're weaker/poorer quality than signals further up the dial.

Loft aerials don't work as well as roof aerials.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 24 February 2011

9:52 AM

As a general rule, the power will only be reduced if people are working on the mast. It stops them from being cooked. DSO preparation work will occur sporadically (weather dependant) either at the base or on the mast until April 6th.

If you're having problems only with BBC 1 and 2 (and not other channels on that Mux) on Freeview this would suggest you need to reset your box (unplug/replug at the wall) - or as Mike points out, you could try a manual retune.

The mux on Ch68 is going out at 1000 watts, the same mux on the second beam is on ch45 and is 2000 watts. The higher power beam is 29 metres lower on the mast, however...

Mike, I presume you know the whole story about Oxford, i.e. including the part about the rocket?

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