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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

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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, 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),

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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?

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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?

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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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Saturday, 26 March 2011
10:29 AM

We appear to have lost access to ITV3, Channel 4 and Channel 5 again. We had a new digital aerial fitted to the roof a couple of weeks ago and everything has worked perfectly then Monday we seemed to lose signal on those channels and it has not come back yet. I have just done a complete rescan and it did not find them at all so they are no longer on my channel list. Any ideas what to do to get them back?

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Jackie's 1 post GB flag
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7:23 PM

Olivier; I managed to open your link and view the video!
The reason I mentioned Bouvigny as a possible digital dx source was because the analogue signal from there was quite a frequent summer visiter to where I live as were the FM networks. i have never received Abbeville.
I was in Broadstairs by the coast last weekend and did a retune for a friend. His set locked on D29, D34 and D37 from Boulogne and the signal was fine (the other 3 channels were blocked by sudbury).
Thanks for the link to your friends site, i had already found it last week, that's how i knew about the french digital switch over ! Brian

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brian's 32 posts GB flag

7:29 PM

Thank you for the explanation. I guess I was confused as I can see digital 'honeycombe' aerials under the main aerial at Crystal Palace but the explanation about these temporary aerials not being able to handle the digital 'power-up' now makes perfect sense.

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brian's 32 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 30 March 2011

8:38 AM

JAMES: The upgrade work is not expected to be complete until mid 2012.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 April 2011
8:11 AM

Over the past couple of weeks mux 1 has disappeared from all our TVs for periods of time. I have checked where I can for planned engineering work but found nothing. Saturday evening (16th April) we lost mux 1 at peak time for some time, dont know how long as we gave up and watched something else.

My aerial is on the roof and normally Freeview reception is good at my postcode even though the coverage map does not include us. When mux 1 disappears all other channels are working fine. All TVs are IDTVs of various makes and I have a 6-way amplifier to distribute the signal. I just dont see how losing mux 1 can be a fault of my equipment.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB flag
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8:42 AM

I have checked out all this and I am convinced its not a problem. When we lose the mux it is a total loss on all IDTVs, they all show no signal level at all just as if the mux had stopped transmitting. We dont get a low signal level or picture/sound breakup, it is a total loss with zero signal. If I had a problem with interference from another device in the house or even close by I would expect it to affect several channels not just mux 1 which is the only one which disappears.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB flag
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10:36 AM

I've been doing some more checking and found that I am picking up mux 1 on channel 45 and not 68 as described here on the website. Can someone explain this please? If I manually search 68 I find the mux OK but a retune of the set will find it on 45.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB flag
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8:22 PM

Stuart, try connecting your set directly to your aerial, do a retune and see if it then tunes to the correct mux. Once having done this you may find the correct channel has been selected, you should then be able to reconnect to your splitter. If it works you will then have to do the same thing with each connected device that has the problem.

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Hawke's 25 posts GB flag
10:44 PM

The strange thing is that mux 1 on channel 45 give a much better signal level and quality than the correct one on channel 68, assuming the correct data is given for this transmitter on here. Channel 45 is not scheduled to be used at all on Dover according to here, so I dont know where it is coming from. Plugging the set directly into the aerial is problematic as the amplifier is in the loft space! I could try one small TV and see what happens, unfortunately though that set does not indicate which channel is being used!

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