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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.

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C41 (634.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
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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),

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C47 (682.0MHz)174mDTG-4,000W
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C29 (538.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C31 (554.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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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?

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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 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

Thursday, 12 May 2011
5:55 PM

I have just moved closer to the transmitter and have now lost 2 MUX's and all the other channels are breaking up.

I have tried 3 different aerials and has made no difference at all.

Old place was 5km from transmitter new place is 3km from transmitter.

Theses are my siganl info:

MUX 1 : RF CH55
Signal 81:83:88
Quality 100:100:100
MUX 2: RF CH61
Signal 87:89:94
Signal 72:72:73
Quality 0:2:12
lRF CH 42
Signal 74:74:76
Quality 0:0:0
Signal 94:94:95
Quality 0:0:0
Signal 82:85:90
Quality 59:95:100

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Craig's 6 posts GB flag
5:57 PM

Forgot to to say at old place I had all TV channels and not once did it break up.

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Craig's 6 posts GB flag

6:45 PM

Craig: Very hard to say without a full postcode.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Friday, 13 May 2011

7:06 AM

Craig : You are predicted to have excellent reception of all multiplexes - do you have a good line of sight to the transmitter from your rooftop (I presume) aerial?

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
9:02 AM

In the last 4 or 5 days the BBC1 and BBC2 channels have either been heavily pixelated or state No Signal. BBC 3 and BBC4 and all other channels are perfect.
The aerial is attached to a chimney, brand new fitted last year and since then all channels had been superb. We were pointed towards Crystal Palace, now Bluebell Hill I think. One TV has a Humax freeview, another is a one year old TV with Freeview inside and both have the same problem. I have just tried your reset procedure and I am now missing digital BBC1 and BBC2 completely so I am now worse off (Channel 59 is probably the problem as the signal on this one is very poor). The non digital BBC channels are dreadful. We did have perfect BBC1 digital reception this morning from 07.35 for 5 mins! That ITV Daybreak program is awful and not something one should have to suffer

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Pieter's 3 posts GB flag
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11:14 AM

Should have added that postcode is TN9 2YR.
Info ref Channel 59 off diagnostics
Transmitter: Can not receive NIT (on others it reads Kent. Some of the below were blank or showed as I have written). Beside Channel 59 I now have a triangle with an exclamation mark in it. All other channels are showing 100% on strength and quality
Signal Strength: this does up to 90%
Signal Quality:
ONID: 0x233a
TSID: 0x100c
Network ID: 0x0
Code Rate: 3/4
Interval: 1/32
Constellation: 16QAM
FFT Mode: 2K

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Pieter's 3 posts GB flag
Pieter's: mapP's Freeview map terrainP's terrain plot wavesP's frequency data P's Freeview Detailed Coverage
12:34 PM

The only thing in the way of a straight line is a transmitter from the fire station.

Could that be the cause of me missing some MUX's and my other channels breaking up?

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Craig's 6 posts GB flag

12:54 PM

Craig : It is possible, it it not unknown for the TETRA systems to interfere with Freeview reception.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
1:37 PM

So what's the best cause of action for me as the last thing I want to do is start spending money on virgin or sky.

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Craig's 6 posts GB flag
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