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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.

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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;
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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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Friday, 15 July 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:32 AM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:43 yesterday to 11:14 yesterday. [BBC]

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Saturday, 16 July 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:31 AM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:43 on 14 Jul to 11:14 on 14 Jul. [BBC]

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Thursday, 28 July 2016
9:36 AM

BBC 4 hd now seems to be available from the Dover transmitter I have not seen any announcement about this. Chris

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chris's 16 posts GB flag

12:41 PM

chris : as part of the coverage of events at the Olympics the broadcasting hours of BBC4/BBC4HD have been temporarily extended. During this time BBC4HD is borrowing the capacity on PSB3 normally used by CBBCHD. The capacity on COM7 normally shared by CBEEBIESHD and BBC4HD will be used by CBBCHD and the displaced CBeebiesHD is temporarily housed on COM8. It is expected that these services will revert to their original multiplexes following the completion of the Olympics - 23rd August 2016 has been mentioned for this event.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
12:59 PM

KMJ,Derby: Pity it's only temporary bbc4 is a channel I would like to see in hd

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chris's 16 posts GB flag
Monday, 15 August 2016
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 23 August 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 9 September 2016
1:13 PM

BBC4 is no longer available from the Dover transmitter. Tis is a copy of the complaint I sent to the BBC.

I am served by the Dover transmitter and BBC4 HD is not available here. Given the content of BBC4, drama, films, arts etc. programmes you sit and watch it is ideally suite to HD. It seemed you considered the Olympics important enough to re configure things to make HD available then and I would like to know why you now consider BBC4 not a priority for HD transmission. We are always prompted "also in HD" Not Here. It is unfair to pay the same license fee but not get the full BBC services in this area. I have contacted Ofcom and Digital U.K. who both say the decision is yours. I would be interested to hear your justification


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Chris's 16 posts GB flag

2:34 PM


BBC4 HD was provided on more transmitters than usual for the duration of the Rio Olympics only. It may no longer be available on many of the smaller transmitters. It was a decision by the BBC to allow extended coverage of the Olympics and as that has now finished they do not wish to pay the extra operating costs to keep it available on so many transmitters.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag

2:58 PM

Chris: In addition to MikeP's comments, there is no spare capacity for BBC 4 HD to be broadcast from Dover (or any other transmitter which does not already carry it). The capacity used during the Olympics was created by moving CBBC HD to the commercial capacity which BBC 4 HD normally uses and was subsequently reversed after the Olympics ended. CBBC HD broadcasts until 9pm each evening whilst BBC 4 HD starts at 7pm so it is not possible for both channels to share capacity in the way that CBBC HD and BBC 3 HD used to when CBBC HD used to end just before 7pm with BBC 3 HD starting immediately after.

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