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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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;
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 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
Friday, 2 December 2011
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Adam B
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3:43 PM
Dunstable

John McCann:

After switchover, Tunbridge Wells will be your best option, and an exisiting group B aerial will be perfect, howver it will need to be mounted for vertical rather than horizontal polarisation.

Hope this helps,
Adam.

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Dave Lindsay
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4:08 PM

John McCann: I found your previous postings (click on the "3 posts" to the left of the Union Flag).

In answer to your question, no you will not simply be able to switch to TW post-switchover. The main reason (which is a definite) is because Heathfield's signal is horizontally polarised and TW's is vertical. So your aerial will need to be changed to vertical (assuming that it's the right type for TW; I'll come on to this). For a picture of vertical and horizontal aerials, see here:
Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

The angle between the two transmitters is 40 degrees.

The other thing is that the aerial *might* be one which is designed to work (optimally) with the frequencies used by Heathfield. Do you know what aerial group your aerial is? Is it wideband? See here:

Aerial groups - new feature | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice


I used a website to plot the path of the signal from Heathfield to your location and from TW to your location.

This shows that the terrain acts to block your direct sight of Heathfield:


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location


Whereas TW can apparently be seen:


Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location



Personally I would wait until switchover and see how reception from Heathfield fairs. If the current aerial works OK then, then any work to change it will only be of direct benefit for the period up to switchover.

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Dave Lindsay
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4:13 PM

John McCann: Adam B put it more succinctly!

I see that Heathfield and TW will act as a signal frequency network (so will use the same frequencies). The only difference is different polarisations (one is horizontal and one vertical).

I repeat what I said above, I would see how you go post-switchover, particularly if you're going to have to pay someone to do it. If it works fine, then leave it as it is. If you can do it yourself (or get a friend to do it), then re-orientate your aerial to TW.

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Adam B
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4:20 PM

Dave Lindsay:

Hve you seen this site also?

Mounting A Terrestrial TV Aerial In The UK - 3 Aerial Alignment Calculator (with internet mapping)

I use this as well as the excellent Meaglithia website.

Cheers,
Adam. (LU61RG)

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Tuesday, 6 December 2011
Transmitter engineering
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10:48 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 07:03 on 02 Dec to 08:53 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:59 on 02 Dec to 07:03 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:45 on 02 Dec to 06:56 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 04:47 on 02 Dec to 04:59 on 02 Dec [BBC]

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 07:03 on 02 Dec to 08:53 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:59 on 02 Dec to 07:03 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:45 on 02 Dec to 06:56 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 04:47 on 02 Dec to 04:59 on 02 Dec [BBC]

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6:30 PM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 04:47 on 02 Dec to 04:59 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Weak Signal from 07:03 on 02 Dec to 08:53 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:59 on 02 Dec to 07:03 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:45 on 02 Dec to 06:56 on 02 Dec [BBC]

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Off Air from 04:47 on 02 Dec to 04:59 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Weak Signal from 07:03 on 02 Dec to 08:53 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:59 on 02 Dec to 07:03 on 02 Dec BBC TWO Off Air from 06:45 on 02 Dec to 06:56 on 02 Dec [BBC]

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Thursday, 8 December 2011
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5:30 PM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 15:03 today to 15:10 today [BBC]

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TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 15:03 today to 15:10 today [BBC]

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