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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 17/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

 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

 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, 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
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

 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?

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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, 23 October 2012
debbie edwards
9:22 PM

Hi - this evening I was having problem with ITV3 - it kept breaking up or disappearing altogether. I re-tuned, and now ITv3 on Channel 10 has completely disappeared - how do I get it back?! Debbie

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debbie edwards's 2 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 October 2012

12:07 PM

HI debbie edwards looks like you have SDN missing. try to do a rescan today. & see if it comes back. the next time you lose channels from SDN dont recan as this mite have have been down to the fog we have been have here.i say this as i lost channels to but got them back.

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Friday, 18 January 2013
6:53 AM

Hi just been installed with talktalk freeview box. Ariel is on (roof)chimney its a small basic ariel & is connected to a signal booster in house & splits into 4 wired ariel cables supplying 4 freeview tvs.
Can I split the ariel again using a y connection to run FM & Dab radio & my talktalk freeview box.
will this effect quality of signal
do I need a Gain ariel replacement for quality
could you suggest any thing?

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Saturday, 2 February 2013
4:33 PM

I've noticed breakup on all hd channels since early January, all other channels appear to be fine. I renewed all cabling and the aerial during the summer and apart from the high pressure problems we all had, the reception has been excellent. I'm in the Palm Bay Area of Margate. Has anyone else noticed anything similar?

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Dave Lindsay

6:24 PM

Jon: The Margate relay on the top of Invicta House is a Single Frequency Network with Dover's PSBs, although it is vertically polarised. Perhaps it is this which is driving your signal strength up too high.

If you are not able to receive COM channels from Dover then you might as well use Margate, although the COM channel allocations of Sudbury preclude combining it with Margate using a diplexer.

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Sunday, 17 February 2013
Dr. John Pritchard
9:04 AM

We have three digiboxes, each of a different make and generation. The most primitive, on a basic aeriel, serves a small 20-year old tv and is prone to shifting back and forth from colour to B&W. The other two, less than a year old, worked fine before and after digital switchover but have BOTH become unusuable. All BBC channels, most ITV channels and all news channels apart from Sky News suddenly switched off and on the one digibox that supports HDTV, all HD channels are gone. Some other channels are listed but report no signal. Dover transmitter reports no problems and is 28 miles away but still in line of sight. Maps suggest there are G4 but the maps may be out-of-date. Resets aren't working. Others but not everyone in Thanet are experiencing the same problems. What are our remedies to restore all of our services: do we need to contact trading standards?

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Dr. John Pritchard
9:07 AM

Correction to my last posting: Maps suggest there are No G4 transmission services in this area (Thanet) but the maps may be out of date.

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Dave Lindsay

10:03 AM

Dr. John Pritchard: The symptom of changing from colour to black and white is not one of the digital system; this is only a possibility with analogue. Therefore, the issue must be somewhere from your box to the TV and not the aerial. How have you got the 20 year old TV connected to the box?

Have you confirmed that the TV is tuned to Dover transmitter for affected services, and not another transmitter? This is generally the first thing to check for in these circumstances.

There should be no 4G transmitters operating at 800MHz as the licences have not been auctioned off yet. Trading Standards aren't likely to be interested in complaints about TV reception. The propagation of RF signals are governed by the laws of physics, much as politicians may wish to rewrite them in order to cram more services in.

I have made two observations which could potentially affect reception of RF signals:

1. See this terrain plot between you and the transmitter:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

For around a mile, the signal path (the line between the transmitter and you) runs close to the ground. The higher ground approximately half a mile from you corresponds to the Westwood and Northwood areas. Looking at satellite images there are large industrial buildings in Westwood. Are these new and might their appearance coincide with the poor TV reception?

2. The airport runway is perpendicular to the path of your TV signal. Therefore, presumably, airplanes fly across it. They can act to cause issues with reception as they act to reflect the signal back down to earth. If the reflection happens to shine on your location then it could cause difficulties with reception.

Do any of these sound plausible explanations?

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Dave Lindsay

10:16 AM

Dr. John Pritchard: I will go out and come in again. I now see that you are in Northwood and therefore that the Westwood industrial buildings are not between you and the transmitter.

However, I do note that on satellite images, there are a number of 'stub' of roads off New Haine Road which makes me think that the industrial estate will spread into the fields behind you, which are obviously likely to be in the way as far as reception from Dover is concerned. Or more to the point, perhaps it already has done and the photos are out-of-date.

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Dave Lindsay

10:23 AM

Dr. John Pritchard: Of course, what I said about the signal path being low to the ground for about a mile still applies. It is just that I hadn't corresponded the terrain to the right location.

So have there been other developments in the area that may be the cause?

Below the terrain plot there is a link to see a line between the two points. Whilst it isn't exact, it should give you a rough idea.

For example, Streetview photos taken in April 2009 show the early development of buildings on Manston Road, with new roads being shown on maps.

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