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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

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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

 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
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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?

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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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Thursday, 14 December 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 08:05 on 12 Dec to 08:23 on 12 Dec. [BBC]

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Sunday, 24 December 2017
Transmitter engineering

11:09 PM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 today to 20:49 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 25 December 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 yesterday to 20:49 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017
Transmitter engineering

5:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:48 on 24 Dec to 20:49 on 24 Dec. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 2 January 2018
Julian Hicks
8:37 PM

Isn't the 'Dover Frequency Change' misleading or incorrect? My understnanding from the is that only the 'SDN' mulitplex is moving in Mar 2018 and that will be to Channel 35. The other moves will trake place later.

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11:19 PM

Julian Hicks: According to Digital UK, SDN/COM4 will move to UHF 35 on 21st March 2018, with PSB1 moving to UHF 33 in Summer 2019, then finally PSB2/3 & COM5 moving to UHF 35/36 & 42 in late 2019. I suspect this website's database wasn't designed with multiple stepped changes such as this in mind.

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018
David Tyler
7:08 PM

StevensOnln1: when will freeview channels 94 and 96 be available from the Dover transmitter?

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7:50 PM

David Tyler: PBS America and Forces TV are both on the temporary COM8 multiplex which is broadcast (along with COM7) from 30 main transmitter sites covering around 75% of UK households. Coverage of COM7/8 will not be expanded to any further transmitters and both are expected to close some time between 2020 and 2022. So far the only channel to move from COM7/8 to a multiplex with wider coverage is Talking Pictures, which moved on 30th November 2017. No other broadcasters have made any announcements about what will happen to their channels on COM7/8 long term.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018
Robert August
12:47 PM

I am experiencing sporadic pixellation on all HD channels from the Dover transmitter (Channel 53). The TV set is under one year old and reception is shown as 100% signal, 100% quality. It was excellent until about late October/early November. Early this year I purchased a Freeview Play recorder and discovered that the HD pictures from this box are perfect, both live and recorded despite the aerial lead being longer and of lower quality to the one to the TV. The aerial is a loft mounted electronic device, the downlead is inside the building feeding through a surge protector, a VHF/UHF splitter, and a 4 way distribution amplifier.

Among other resets and trials I have fitted an attenuator to the TV lead in case signal is too high, I have tried fitting a G4 filter in the feed before the splitter, I have retuned several times and manually tuned the HD channel, I have swapped the feeds from the amplifier, and I have fitted a new spike/surge filter to the mains feed. All to no avail. The software on the TV is up-to-date.

In view of the fact that there are no problems with the Freeview Recorder it would seem that the TV is faulty. Is there anything else I can do to prove it?

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4:04 PM

Robert August: 100% signal strength is too high and is effectively deafening the tuner. Does your amplifier have a variable gain control? If it does, try turning it down a bit. Where are you fitting the 4G filter? It needs to be before the amplifier, otherwise any unwanted 4G signals will be amplified along with the wanted signals. Retuning will never fix a problem with signal strength being too high or too low as the TV is already correctly tuned and all you are doing is deleting all your channels and searching for them again. Your PVR may have a less sensitive tuner than your TV and may be better coping with the high signal strength.

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