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The symbol shows the location of the Faversham (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 6,000 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 Faversham (Kent, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Faversham 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.

 V max
C21 (474.0MHz)64mDTG-20W
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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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C24 (498.0MHz)64mDTG-20W
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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),

 V max
C27 (522.0MHz)64mDTG-20W
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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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the effected channels
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The Faversham (Kent, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: U&Yesterday, 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, DMAX, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, U&Dave, U&Dave ja vu, U&Drama +1, U&W.

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 Faversham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 47km west-southwest (244°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 23km west (261°)
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 Faversham (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1331 Mar 2018-

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?

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 20W
Analogue 1-4(-1.9dB) 13W

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. Faversham was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013
8:36 PM

Sorry, youve lost me there, the aerial is facing the faversham transmitter.

Ive just checked now and Im getting all the channels that its tuned into perfectly. But by about 10ish, theyll start breaking up, when its humid and muggy I seem to lose most channels. It only happens in the summer, the rest of the year its fine.

Its a dual tuner digitalstream HD box. And so can record one channel and watch another, or record 2 different channels.
But I can have it set to record a program and be watching another, and notice that it hasnt started recording, but sometimes if I go onto the channel its supposed to be recording, it will start recording it straight away, other times I have to record it manually.

Surely if its picking up the channels perfectly for the rest of the year, then it should do during the summer???

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Lee's 7 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

8:46 PM

Lee: If your aerial is facing the Faversham transmitter then it only broadcasts the Public Service (PSB) channels. The Commercial (COM) channels are only available from the largest transmitters. Therefore there is a small proportion of the population who can only receive the PSB channels.

If you are picking up the COM channels (ITV3, Pick TV, Film4 etc) with your aerial vertical and pointing to the Faversham transmitter then you are receiving them off-beam of your aerial and therefore that explains why reception may be hit and miss - that is because the aerial is only designed to receive from the direction to which it faces.

The full list of Freeview services is here:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
9:01 PM

Ive just done a full rescan, and when it comes to saving, I get 3 options

London 19 services
East Anglia 8 services
South east 6 services

I think Ive had it on south east in the past? Should I select London instead?

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lee's 7 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:35 PM

lee: The "region" you select affects the transmitter you are receiving from.

"London" will be the Crystal Palace transmitter.

"East Anglia" will be Sudbury/Rouncefall.

If you select either of the above your aerial is pointing the wrong way for them.

"South East" is, presumably, the one you want.

Having done that, see which channels you have. If your aerial is pointing at the Faversham transmitter then it will be vertical (elements up/down) and you will only receive PSB channels. In which case you may wish to have your aerial changed to face Bluebell Hill (to give you all channels).

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Dave Lindsay

10:51 PM

lee: Having selected "South East", go to the following services and bring up the signal strength screen. Read off the UHF channel number for each (or frequency in MHz if the channel number isn't shown):

1 BBC One
101 BBC One HD (if applicable)
10 ITV3
11 Pick TV
15 Film4

This will tell us which transmitter each is being received from.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 July 2013
5:47 PM

Well I retuned it how you said. And Im having problems now. Im watching ITV2 + 1 and the signal keeps going

It says its tuned to channel 45

Think this is the first day the weather has been hot or humid since I posted

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Lee's 7 posts GB flag

7:30 PM

Lee: If all you have done is to carry out the mux channel check then reception of ITV2+1 will be erratic from the Bluebell Hill transmitter "if" your aerial is still facing the Faversham vertically polarised transmitter located on a bearing of 255 degrees, the Bluebell Hill transmitter being on a bearing of 271 degrees radiating on horizontal polarity.

That said though, the reception predictor does indicate Ch45 as providing a variable level of reception, likewise Ch39 and Ch43.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 7 July 2013
9:21 PM

Well its the same problem again tonight. Seems all stations on 39 and 45 are affected. Keep losing reception all the time.

So are we going to have to get someone out to reposition the aerial?

Reception is perfect through the winter, its only when it gets to summer and the muggy hot evenings that there is a problem (from about 15:00 to 01:00. And its always the same stations that go, Im guessing these are on the same channel? If its ok during the day during the summer, surely it should be ok in the evenings?

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Lee's 7 posts GB flag
Friday, 3 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:25 AM

FAVERSHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 02:04 on 24 Dec to 02:07 on 24 Dec, HD Digital TV Off Air from 02:04 on 24 Dec to 02:07 on 24 Dec. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 152,906 posts xx flag
Saturday, 16 August 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:31 AM

FAVERSHAM transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 07:43 today to 07:46 today, HD Digital TV Off Air from 07:43 today to 07:46 today. [BBC]

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