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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) mast?

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Which Freeview channels does the Tunbridge Wells 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
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
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, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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 Tunbridge Wells (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 Tunbridge Wells transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 5km south-southwest (205°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 21km northeast (53°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
B E TB E TB E TB E TB E TB E TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37C5wavesC5wavesArqB
C39_local
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C42SDN+SDN+SDN
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_offD3+4D3+4D3+4
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves_local_local_local
C52tv_offBBCABBCABBCA

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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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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, 17 October 2011
Briantist
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8:34 PM

Martin: please provide a full (not partial) postcode, I can't really say without one.

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Tuesday, 18 October 2011
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4:53 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 yest [BBC]

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4:53 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 yest [BBC]

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7:41 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:07 yest [BBC]

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7:41 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:07 yest [BBC]

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9:42 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 yesterday to 01:35 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:07 yest [BBC]

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9:42 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 yesterday to 02:01 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 yesterday to 01:50 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 yesterday to 01:42 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 yesterday to 01:35 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air from 01:07 yest [BBC]

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KMJ,Derby
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10:21 AM

Martin: You say the aerial is pointing towards Pembury, is it mounted with the rods vertical for the Pembury/Tunbridge Wells relay or is it pointing NNE with the rods horizontal for reception of Bluebell Hill? The reason I ask is because you are not currently predicted to receive signals from Pembury with any chance of reliable reception, whereas Bluebell Hill is shown as giving variable reception on the same frequencies that it shares with Tunbrige W. As you mentioned there is a power increase at Pembury on 22nd February 2012 after which a chance of reception (albeit poor) on muxes 1,2 and D is predicted, but this also muddies the waters for Bluebell Hill by causing a deterioration on shared frequencies. You are also predicted to have good reception from Dover (aerial horizontal and pointing E) but only on muxes 1, A and B, with MuxC variable, MuxD poor and no prediction at all for Mux2. Poor analogue reception does suggest possible reduced power working that has not been announced or either a problem with cables or connectors, an obsruction in the signal path (trees in leaf?) or the TV is tuned to a different transmitter to that which the aerial is pointing to.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2011
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4:59 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 on 17 Oct to 02:01 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 on 17 Oct to 01:50 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 on 17 Oct to 01:42 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 on 1 [BBC]

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 05:01 on 16 Oct to 05:26 on 16 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 02:00 on 17 Oct to 02:01 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:48 on 17 Oct to 01:50 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:38 on 17 Oct to 01:42 on 17 Oct BBC TWO Off Air from 01:30 on 1 [BBC]

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