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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 15/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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

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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),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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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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•
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Sunday, 25 August 2013
Dave Lindsay

7:57 PM

PETER HUGHES: The Clacton PSB relay transmitter is horizontally polarised, so reception of it might be good enough with a Dover-facing aerial.

Combing feeds from Dover and Clacton with a diplexer will not be possible due to channel allocations. The same goes with Sudbury's PSBs and Dover's COMs as COM6 is on C48.

What I would suggest is to use Dover as the main transmitter whilst having the signal from the Clacton relay fed into a separate set-top box for when regional programmes are being broadcast. I appreciate that this might not be convenient for cases where signals are distributed to more than one room. That said the strength of the Clacton transmitter may be such that it can be split using an unpower splitter which would reduce the cost of a second distribution system for regional viewing. That said, it would require a separate set-top box at each TV.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 August 2013

11:01 PM

Dover comes in ok in Aldeburgh most of the time, except for mux on c48, Sudbury gets knocked out by Dutchmen.

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nick's 431 posts GB flag
Thursday, 5 September 2013
8:09 PM

No reception on Dover for the ITV mux at all tonight, also BBC1 mux went off for a while as well.

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Stuart's 2 posts GB flag
Saturday, 26 October 2013
1:01 PM

Lost all TV channels just now, after several retunes got 40 channels back but lost all HD channels..

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Thursday, 12 December 2013
Tony McCully
11:04 PM

During the last couple of days my ITV/Channel 4 stations have no signal. I have retuned and followed the reset procedure. When I have done the latter as this evening ( 12 December) it was okay for maybe half an hour then the channels were lost again, I live in Sandwich, Kent. I have not changed any of the equipment or aware of any interference or damage.

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Dave Lindsay

11:18 PM

Tony McCully: It's the lift conditions which are causing distant transmissions to carry much further than they normally would. Don't retune unless you wish to loose these services completely or wish to see if you can pick up distant transmissions.

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Friday, 13 December 2013
Steve Welton
10:34 AM

Hi all, I run an antenna installation company in East Kent, covering Thanet, Canterbury, Sandwich, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Whitstable, Herne, Herne Bay, Rochester and all areas in-between. Yesterday at work I had many problems with customers not receiving certain channels. There appears to be some interference on UHF channels 48 and 59. A colleague from another company working in Herne Bay yesterday had issues with Muxes on these channels. On my Spectrum analyser it showed unusually poor VBER readings on 59. Thought this might help someone with problems on these channels.

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Dave Lindsay

12:22 PM

Steve Welton: It's the lift conditions. They have been causing havock on the east side of the country from Kent and Sussex in the south all the way up to Yorkshire.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 14 December 2013

2:02 PM

i was looking on the digital uk website & it looks like Dover has Reception change put down for 2016. do you no what that is about.
also Margate has to put down for that year & Ramsgate has 3 three put down & put one down for the 23 of nov 13.

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Dave Lindsay

2:58 PM

David: The output of the Digital UK Coverage Checker is based on lots of different factors. It is a statistical probability rather than a statement of what any individual will definitely experience.

Factors include the likelihood of signals from other transmitters which use the same frequency carrying further than normal and therefore degrading reception.

Unfortunately Digital UK Coverage Checker doesn't explain the reason why it "thinks" the way it does.

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