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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 22/04/2024 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?

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
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 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
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), 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?

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

Tuesday, 16 November 2021
7:28 PM

Transmitter engineering: so sick of the poor service that freeview gives, especially the Dover transmitter. Almost weekly they do work but the reception never improves, which makes people think that the "work" is not to improve the signal for people in their homes, and more likely it's "work" that helps them. FYI freeview is not free, it is a money making entity, and people at home pay by viewing endless adverts that quite often are made to be deliberately annoying to ensure consumers remember them. I would prefer to go back to the old system as this system is totally unreliable. You can no longer be sure to sit down and watch your favourite tv show as it is now far more likely to be unwatchable due to a poor signal. BBC channels are of course suspiciously unaffected !!!!

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Jay's 1 post GB flag

10:50 PM


Unfortunately you can often get that impression. Dover, not unlike many other main transmitters this year, has had about 4 weeks of Planned Engineering. It's probably worth remembering that engineering didn't happen at normal levels last year because of covid.

The system is generally more reliable but the situation won't have been helped by what seems like more occurrences of "temperature inversion"or "tropospheric ducting" which can happen more readily with high pressure - this causes interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK which of course means TV sets can't successfully decode the signals!

If you provide a full postcode we can look at your predicted reception. It may be that reception of some multiplexes may be a bit marginal in your locale. The commercial (COM) multiplexes are transmitted at lower power than the PSBs.

Another possibility is problems with your aerial installation. How old is it?
Dover is one of several transmitters whose original UHF channels were in aerial group C/D. With the 700MHz Clearance programme these were all moved to lower UHF channels now requiring a Group K aerial (although Wideband/Group T would do in good signal areas). Freeview did provide free help with aerials during the clearance programme.

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Friday, 26 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

3:17 PM

Dover transmitter - Dover transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,832 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 November 2021
Transmitter engineering

3:13 PM

Dover transmitter - Dover transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 29/11/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,832 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 1 December 2021

4:59 PM


I saw the gist of your comment before the system automatically moderated it. The post before yours tells you the transmitter is on planned engineering so what you are experiencing is to be expected especially if you are in a weaker signals area (need a full postcode to comment on that) or your aerial system isn't upto the mark or developed a fault.

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 December 2021
Transmitter engineering

6:09 AM

Dover transmitter - Dover transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,832 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 29 March 2022
1:15 PM

Hello, I permanently receive the multiplex BBC A from Dover on channel 33 on Mount Cassel (north of France). 5047'57.9"N 229'14.6"E. Elevation about 160m.
Antenna "tri-nappe" with C21-48 38dB pramplifier.
For the other multiplexes, the frequencies are occupied in France.

Bye !

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Stephane's 1 post FR flag

4:34 PM


Hope you are enjoying the BBC programmes :)

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 August 2022

2:51 PM


Just a reminder -

In the multiplex order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6
The UHF channels you should be tuned to are C33, C35, C36, C39, C42, & C48
A Group K aerial is required (though Group T/Wideband should suffice depending on location, in strong signal areas some may get away with some Group B aerials, but not recommended).

Also note that Margate and Ashford operate as an SFN with Dover, and also there is NO Local multiplex.

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Chris.SE's 4,152 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 December 2022
6:14 PM

In the past 4 to 6 weeks I have completely lost PSB3 and BBCB in ME13 (Faversham) - no amount of automatic and manual retuning brings them back, I have also only been able to get BBC South East Today usually for no more than 48 hours before it goes again, usually get random BBC local broadcasts from around England - this is despite checking the Freeview settings and again, attempting manual tuning.

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