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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?

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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-34,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)174mDTG-34,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)174mDTG-64,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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 (206°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 21km northeast (54°)
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
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:09 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:51 yesterday to 05:01 yesterday. [BBC]

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Linora Bennet
10:21 PM

Masses of pixellating followed by intermittent black screen, retuned, now can only get 5 channels: 007, 048, 050, 061 and 207. And now 048 is doing the same. This happens every summer and is infuriating - can you tell me why? Surely nowadays something can be done.

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StevensOnln1
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10:48 PM

Linora Bennet: Retuning is never a good idea if you suddenly loose signal as you've now deleted most of your channels which were previously correctly tuned. If it happens every summer then you are probably experiencing the effects of signal lift, where the hot weather causes signals to travel further than normal which causes signals from distant transmitters to interfere with the signals from the transmitter you are trying to receive. This is an entirely natural phenomenon which has been understood by scientists and broadcast engineers since UHF TV began in the 1960s.

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Friday, 28 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:51 on 26 Jun to 05:01 on 26 Jun. [BBC]

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Sunday, 30 June 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:51 on 26 Jun to 05:01 on 26 Jun. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 today. [BBC]

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8:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 04:51 on 26 Jun to 05:01 on 26 Jun. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 today to 06:30 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 1 July 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 yesterday to 06:30 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 2 July 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 on 30 Jun to 06:30 on 30 Jun. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 3 July 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 04:07 today to 04:12 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 on 30 Jun to 06:30 on 30 Jun. [BBC]

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11:08 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 09:57 today to 10:22 today, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 04:07 today to 04:12 today. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:32 on 30 Jun to 06:30 on 30 Jun. [BBC]

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