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Full Freeview on the Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 53,000 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 Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tunbridge Wells 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C52 (722.0MHz)174mDTG-34,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C49 (698.0MHz)174mDTG-34,000W
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, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)174mDTG-64,000W
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, 123 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 V max
C42 (642.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 122 CITV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 132 Sky News, plus 12 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
 BT Showcase (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 64 CBS Action, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 90 Quest Red +1, plus 21 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 Tunbridge Wells (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 Tunbridge Wells transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 5km south-southwest
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 21km northeast
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 Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupB EB EEB EB EB EA B C/D E K VHF
600C37C5C5
C39C
C41ITVITVITVArqBArqBArqB
C42+ASDN+SDN+SDN
C44BBC2BBC2BBC2ArqAArqAArqA
C45+B
C47C4C4C4BBCBBBCBBBCB
700C49D3+4D3+4D3+4
C51BBC1BBC1BBC1_local_local_local
C52BBCABBCABBCA
C551
C59D
800C612

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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 30th May and 13th June 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Tunbridge Wells 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. Tunbridge Wells 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Monday, 12 June 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 03:50 yesterday to 04:04 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:31 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Reduced Quality from 03:50 on 11 Jun to 04:04 on 11 Jun. [BBC]

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Saturday, 17 June 2017
M
Mark Chapman
11:25 AM Tunbridge Wells

Hi, visiting my Mother today and found that her Freeview reception has changed. She is in Tunbridge Wells (TN4 9EN number 12) and has no BBC channels. On further investigation it appears that 2 muliplexes are missing...BBCA and SDN (only getting 71 channels on an automatic scan). I have tried the Freeview Reset Procedure and a factory reset of the box (TVOnics DTR HV-250), but to no avail. When I try a manual tune of channel 52 (Tunbridge Wells channel for BBCA), there is a very weak or no signal and no channels are found, the other channels on the other 4 multiplexes are working fine.

I have no TV/aerial experience, but it sounds like an aerial problem to me, hoever this problem only started happening in the last few days. We don't know how old the aerial is, but my Mum reports it last being checked about 14 years ago. All connections at the back of the equipment seem fine and I can see nothing visible with the roof-top aerial or cabling. Could these symtoms be a fault with the digibox, or is it more likely to be a new fault with the aerial...

Any ideas?

Thanks, Mark.

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Sunday, 18 June 2017
MikeP
10:43 AM

Mark Chapman:

You are right in thinking it is a problem with your mother's aerial system. If you can, check all the connections that are accessible. Make sure that the coaxial cable is fitted correctly and that the inner core and out braiding are entirely separate. Unplug each coaxial plug and re-insert it into the socket - light corrosion of the contact is a known cause of your problems.

If that fails, then you need the services of an aerial installer - but don't let them fob you off with a new 'digital' aerial as there is no such thing. If the aerial has to be changed, then have a log-periodic fitted as that will cover all current and future transmissions as fas a can be foreseen.



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Sunday, 25 June 2017
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Mark Chapman
8:51 PM

Thanks for your reply Mike...not used to these forums so apologies if I'm responding inappropriately. I had to leave my mum to it in the end since I was returning to North Wales - but put her in touch with an aerial engineer who apparently has since been round and identified and fixed the problem (something to do with the aerial cabling I believe)...so all sorted, thanks for taking the trouble to rely though. Regards, Mark.

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