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Freeview Light on the Folkestone (Kent, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Folkestone (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 7,000 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 Folkestone (Kent, England) transmitter.

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

Which Freeview channels does the Folkestone 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
C26 (514.0MHz)75mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 V max
C23 (490.0MHz)75mDTG-3100W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 V max
C30- (545.8MHz)75mDTG-6100W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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, 204 CBBC HD,

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

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview channels?

The Folkestone (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 Folkestone transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 64km west
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 49km west-northwest
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 Folkestone (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KA KA KA KA KA KA B C/D E K VHF

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 13th June and 27th June 2012.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 200W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-3dB) 100W

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. Folkestone 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.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016
3:10 PM

David dodds: Put your postcode into DigitalUK's website. You are just TWO KM away from the Folkstone transmitter, and even though its a very low power transmitter, its highly likely your tuner is being overloaded, especially if you have a booster (why?). Hence the problem.

But check that you are tuned to Folkstone - its not impossible you picked up another transmitter.

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MikeB's 2,415 posts Platinum Platinum GB
Sunday, 4 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
8:31 PM

FOLKESTONE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 95,430 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
11:32 AM

FOLKESTONE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:37 yesterday to 10:40 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:22 yesterday to 10:27 yesterday. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 95,430 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 9 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

FOLKESTONE transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:37 on 07 Sep to 10:40 on 07 Sep, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:22 on 07 Sep to 10:27 on 07 Sep. [BBC] Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 95,430 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 16 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
7:32 AM

FOLKESTONE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 95,430 posts Owner Owner xx
Saturday, 24 September 2016
Transmitter engineering
12:09 AM

FOLKESTONE transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 95,430 posts Owner Owner xx
Monday, 2 January 2017
Linda Burnell
4:54 PM

We have poor HD ongoing for 3 weeks now.

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Linda Burnell's 1 post GB
5:18 PM

Linda Burnell: Please provide a postcode so we can see where you are in relation to the transmitter. Also, have you checked the cables and connections behind your TV? A loose or damaged cable is the cause of many problems and is often easily fixed.

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StevensOnln1's 1,254 posts Gold Gold GB
Thursday, 29 June 2017
D Warman
9:10 AM

CT215SZ number of stations11 is this going to be increased this year?

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D Warman's 1 post GB
12:22 PM

D Warman: The coverage prediction for your postcode shows that you are served by the lite transmitter at Horn Street although it may be possible to get reception from Dover which does broadcast more channels, however this will be with a weaker signal and you would probably need a new aerial. There are no plans to broadcast any further services from any lite transmitters as most of them cover a relatively small number of homes so it would not provide a good return on investment for any commercial broadcasters.

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