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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-680,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Dover (Kent, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C10ITVwaves
C33BBCA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C39SDN
C42ArqA
C48ArqBArqB
C50tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCA
C51tv_offD3+4
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offSDN
C56tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C57tv_off_local_local
C59tv_offArqA
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

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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.

Comments
Friday, 6 May 2011
Nick Lloyd
10:21 AM
Margate

OK, OK I know all about the inversion effect etc. but the reception in Broadstairs/Pam Bay Area has now got silly on freeview (or in my case NOview) just done a rescan and found 36 Channels as far as I can tell all DUTCH! I know our local MP is meant to be helping but it has now got silly, completely beyond belief, what do we pay our TV licence for, can we get a refund for the days we have no coverage! Can we push for the "Go Live" date to be brought forward, I think not but if the powers that be DO look at this Blog/Site can they think of, as a temporary measure at least, putting a digital relay on the Margate mast and letting us have at least the main Channels (BBC, ITV, CH4 (and 4 offshoots) and Five with 5* and 5USA as there are more OFF days that working days now!

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Stuart
1:12 PM
Broadstairs

Nick I have no answer for you save to suggest you bend the ear of our local MPs to see if we can get something done to improve it. It is unacceptable to say as Malcolm has done that even after switchover we are unlikely to see significantly improved reception. The analogue service here has been good and in my view the digital one should be made to be the same. Why on earth should I have to invest in one of those ugly satellite dishes just because the powers that be cant get it right.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB
Briantist
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4:44 PM

Stuart: Please don't waste your MPs time. The Dover transmitter will have a full power digital service in 2012, as part of the digital switchover. Your MP can do nothing to change this.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:02 PM

Nick Lloyd, Stuart: Fundamentally, you're out of coverage and as far as the broadcasters are concerned, always have been. You will be covered by the Margate relay after switchover.

The terrain blocks clear line-of-sight to the Dover transmitter and always has done - this is why the Margate transmitter exists at all. You're relying on fringe reception which is more likely to be affected by the ongoing switchover programme.

Until switchover, digital takes a major back seat to analogue performance. Some changes to interference levels were inevitable as the switchover programme proceeds, both here and abroad.

The broadcasters are only trying to match the predicted digital coverage to predicted analogue coverage. If the analogue coverage was below the threshold, they are not required to provide a digital service from that transmitter at that location. The commercial muxes are not even required to match that level of coverage.

Margate is fed off-air from Dover for analogue signals and cannot currently transmit digital services, because they just don't reach from Dover to Margate, at least not reliably enough to rebroadcast. Feeding relay transmitters from a leased digital communications line is much more expensive and only done where off-air relay is not possible. It's also very unlikely that there are any spare frequencies that could be used for any interim service.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Monday, 13 June 2011
Transmitter engineering
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10:34 AM

DOVER transmitter - Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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10:34 AM

DOVER transmitter - Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Thursday, 30 June 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:26 PM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 15:03 today [BBC]

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5:26 PM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 15:03 today [BBC]

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7:31 PM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 15:03 today to 16:03 today [BBC]

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7:31 PM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Weak Signal from 15:03 today to 16:03 today [BBC]

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