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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 20/05/2024 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
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?

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•
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Saturday, 26 March 2016

10:15 PM


You could consider obtaining a satellite receiver and having a dish installed. Then you would get True Crime and several other services.

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Monday, 28 March 2016
Transmitter engineering

7:31 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 25 April 2016
11:06 AM

Hello. I live in Ramsgate and up till about a month ago I used to receive several French tv channels using Freeview. Suddenly they disappeared. I don't know if it was after the storm but could anyone tell me how I could get them back please? I have tried to retune the tv but it doesn't work. My aerial looks like it's pointing in the same direction. Many thanks.

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Janette's 1 post GB flag

11:15 AM


I don't follow how you were receiving French channels on Freeview as they are not transmitted in the UK!

What may have been happening is that you were receiving signals from across the Channel transmitted in France. If that is the case then they are going to be unreliable due to distance and the effects of the tidal water between you and France. It could be that the French concern responsible for the transmitter may have altered the aerial pattern so the signals do not reach the UK any longer. They have done that elsewhere to reduce the objectionable interference effects they were causing in some circumstances.

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9:23 PM

Janette: I recall reading that from 5th April 2016 the tv multiplexes in France would be reconfigured as part of the 700MHz clearance. From this date it would be necessary to use a receiver that supports MPEG4/ACC when wanting to view French DTT services. If you have a DVB-T2 enabled (Freeview HD) tv, it will be suitable, however old standard definition tuners will no longer work on French transmissions. The frequencies used by the French transmitters might also be different, I have not as yet located a list of frequencies currently in use. The plan in France is to transmit DTT from main stations only, with relay stations being closed and affected viewers needing to transfer to reception from satellites if they are unable to receive a main station at their location.

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Monday, 6 June 2016
Janet Mytton
6:15 PM

Hi I have lived here for nearly two years and had a new digital aerial fitted when we moved in. The aerial company came back several times and eventually we got a passable signal, but they told us we should not have any problems now we are digital. When there is high pressure, like today, our signal is showing as 20% strength and 0% quality. Have been told we should get a satellite dish, but we have paid for freeview and mostly service is ok. Why do we lose signal when the warmer weather comes? No service at all today.

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8:13 PM

Janet Mytton: If you put your postcode into Digital Uk's website, it shows that you fine for part of the muxes, but some others are more problematic. Thats normally. But if you have a high pressure system, then the transmissions can be 'bent', which means that everything gets knocked out of kilter, which seems to be hitting a lot oof people at the moment.

In the long term, Freesat would be a better option for you - you just in the wrong place to get the full range of channels, and certainly to get them perfectly.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Richard Cooper

8:49 AM

Janet Mytton: Hi Janet. Firstly, I should point out that there is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. This is a term used by aerial contracting companies to sell aerial installations! Digital 'Freeview' television is using the same frequencies as analogue used to, apart from the highest frequencies which were sold off to mobile phone companies for their 4G services. You say that your service is mostly ok, but ask why you lose service when warmer weather comes. When the weather is warmer the atmospheric pressure is high. TV signals from the transmitter reflect from the lower layer of the atmosphere called the 'troposphere', and on reflecting back towards another transmitter using the same group of frequencies or channels, the former transmitter interferes with the latter. This is known as "co-channel interference" or "CCI". The result is tv picture pixelation, squeaks on the sound and even a complete freezing of the picture. The receiving equipment then tends to 'give up' and reports 'no signal' or 'no service' on the screen of Freeview receiving equipment. This is all a consequence of a temporary atmospheric effect which used to cause interference on analogue television before digital switchover. All one can do is to wait until there are lower pressure conditions again. I would advise studying weather forecasts so you know when you can expect things to return to normal. I hope this little lesson in "CCI" has given you the explanation that you needed. Richard, Norwich, Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 08:45.

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