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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.

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
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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

 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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Saturday, 30 March 2013
12:58 PM

jb38.I have corresponded with you during the last 6 months regarding interference to our TVs due to the new Earls Hall Wind Farm which has become operational in Clacton on Sea between us at CO16 7PD and the Sudbury Transmitter. Renco the owners sent GTechSurveys to monitor our signal, and consequently we have had a larger Wideband Aerial/Splitter Amp/Fixings etc, fitted by Sound & Vision of Frinton on Sea who done an excellent job for us. Our new Aerial has been tuned into the Dover Transmitter. (The opposite direction to the wind farm and the Sudbury Transmitter) We now have perfect pictures, including Freeview and the HD channels, but have lost Anglia news, receiving Meridian instead. They were willing to fit a dish up to enable us to receive Anglia, but we declined this. We are even picking up some French channels as well. I know they have been doing quite a few other homes in our area which have also been affected. Thanks for your help and advice in the past.

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LandlubberDave's 10 posts GB flag
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1:31 PM

LandlubberDave: Many thanks for taking the time to provided an update regarding the outcome of the problem, the info provided by yourself being filed away for reference purposes as it could well come in useful to anyone else in the unfortunate position of having just found out that they also are going to have a wind farm imposed on them.

Maybe you could so good as to try a small test for me based on what you have said regarding your Freeview transmitter now being Dover, as two of Dovers muxes are only predicted as providing variable reception in your location, and so I wondered what like your reception is on ITV3 and also Film4, these corresponding to mux Ch55 and mux Ch48 respectively? both being 40KW transmitters whereas the PSB muxes are radiating on 80Kw, all of Sudbury's six muxes being 100Kw.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 8 April 2013
12:55 PM

jb38. In reply to your post on Saturday 30th March I have checked the reception of ITV3 and Film 4 over a couple of days on our three sets, I have also recorded some films, and so far we have had no problems at all. We have been tuned into the Dover transmitter for five weeks now, and have experienced no problems with Freeview or HD.

I dont know the make of the aerial, but it looks similar to a Directional Freeview High Gain Y-1016F aerial that's sold on Amazons site.

I have just received a letter from BayWa r.e. renewable energy (the owners of the wind farm) dated 4th April 2013 stating that they "were not able to conclude that our loss of HD was directly caused by their turbines as the signal quality in our area is not ideal, plus the fact that our aerial does not meet the 10mtr standard height (we live in a bungalow) and they have upgraded our aerial etc "as a gesture of good will" This has really annoyed me as our reception had been really good and we were getting excellent HD untill their turbines became operational!!!

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LandlubberDave's 10 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
9:11 AM

Summer has started on freeview 06:00 7/5/2003 lost bbc1/2 !!

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Trevor's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 20 May 2013

8:53 PM

Trevor: The usual reason for such problems is that something has come into leaf (some trees perhaps).

Check where your aerial points, and if there is foliage in the way, you may need to raise your aerial up to avoid it.

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Briantist's 38,907 posts GB flag
Sunday, 14 July 2013
10:16 AM

hello can you help i have tried the digital helpline to no avail me and my neighbours with TV oriels not dishs have problems with TV reception .we live in broadstairs ct10 3js some days we only receive ITV channels 3 4 5 .the digital helpline recommend a free sat dish my Ariel is quite new 2years if that. it is now hit and miss what to watch any time of the day .so can you help with our problem here at whiteness green broadstairs thanks

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keith's 3 posts GB flag
keith's: ...
Dave Lindsay

10:41 AM

keith: Maybe the greenhouses of Kingsgate & Kenver Nurseries are the cause of your difficulty.

I comment as someone who isn't an aerial installer, but it would seem likely that they have metal structures. I'm not sure whether so much glass might potentially be an issue.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:05 AM

keith: You may be better off using the Margate relay transmitter which is on the roof of Invicta House. It only carries Public Service (PSB) channels, but if that's all you get from Dover then you will be no worse off.

For a full list of Freeview services by multiplex, see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

You mention good reception of PSB2 (ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 etc) only.

Ensure that you are tuned to Dover for all channels by observing the UHF channel tuned on the signal strength screen of the following:

PSB1 | BBC One = C50
PSB2 | ITV = C51
PSB3 | BBC One HD = C53
COM4 | ITV3 = C55
COM5 | Pick TV = C59
COM6 | Film4 = C48

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 4 August 2013
10:16 PM

Pleased to say signal reception in Cliftonville has finally returned to normal, no longer watching Anglia TV and able to receive all channels on all televisions from Dover. Won't event consider switching to Margate relay unless the full range of free channels are offered, I don't want to spend money on repositioning the aerial for a partial second rate service.

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Ian's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 12 August 2013
Jon Shaw
10:26 AM

HD channels on C53 have been non existent for over a week now for me in palm bay. No signal from c53 at all from Dover. It's very frustrating.

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