Full Freeview on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter which serves 200,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter.
Which Freeview channels does the Bluebell Hill 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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Kent (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Sussex (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Surrey (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Essex (BBC local radio),
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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 66 TBN UK,
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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bluebell Hill transmitter?
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 28km southwest (219°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
How will the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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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 13 Jun 12 and 27 Jun 12.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-1.8dB) 20kW|
|Mux 1*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*||(-10dB) 3kW|
|Mux 2*, Mux A*||(-11.8dB) 2kW|
Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bluebell Hill transmitter area
For Bluebell Hill the correct UHF channels are C32, C34, C45, C40, C43, C46, C55, C21 for the multiplexes in the order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, COM7 & the Local multiplex.
Reception of particular multiplexes, especially the temporary COM7 and Local will depend very much on location.
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are carried on which multiplex.
If you hover over each of those channel numbers, it will give you the frequency.
Unfortunately the entries towards the top of the page haven't been fully updated by the site owner since 700MHz clearance.
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Ah, now there's an additional problem, C21 used used by a Freeview Light Relay for Faversham!! Although it's vertically polarised and Bluebell Hill horizontal, it'll still most likely be a problem.
The transmitter is located in the Ospringe area and beamed towards Faversham, so it'll very much depend on your location and possibly whether your aerial is screened from the Faversham transmitter.
If you care to provide a full postcode, we can look at predicted reception as many parts of Faversham are not predicted to get good reception from ANY of the main transmitters whose signals may reach the area.
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The problem is you are right in the middle of the coverage area of the Faversham relay. So it's transmissions on C21 just cause interference to any signal from the Bluebell Hill Local mux, hence all your set can see is a load of "noise" so it sees that as no signal.
Having looked at this in more detail, you only need to go slightly NW outside of the Faversham coverage and you'll find a signal from Bluebell Hill, even as close as the NW edges of Bysing Wood. It's predicted to be poor (as is the Faversham Relay signal) but it's there.
Basically, if you were using an aerial with good cross-polar rejection and screened from the Faversham Relay at Ospringe by say a nice thick stone building wall, you might be in with a chance. However, there's a conflict there, as to get that screening the aerial may need to be too low down to get an adequate signal fro Bluebell Hill. But here is another interesting thing.
There are some Bluebell Hill relays, most significantly one at Sittingbourne Stockers Hill which appear to be operating as a Single Frequency Network (SFN) ie. syncronised and using the same channels as Bluebell Hill (except COM7).
So it's possible that you may be getting some of your signals from that.
Question - do your get COM7 on UHF C55?
Your particular location seems to have Bluebell Hill, Sittingbourne Stockers Hill and Crystal Palace well within the beamwidth of virtually all aerials. In that order, compass bearing 268 degrees, 267 degrees & 278 degrees. so that's why you can get them without any real problem.
As far as the London Local mux is concerned, no chance. That one is beamed (as are most local muxes) from Crystal Palace towards London (unlike the Bluebell Hill one it seems).
So apart from there being no signal in any southerly direction, as London uses C35 you get quite a good signal from Dover for PSB2 which uses C35, it would wipeout anything else.
In summary, unless you are someone with a bit of tech knowledge and want to play with aerials, you might as well forget these Local muxes. If you have a good enough Broadband signal, you could watch KMTV online - (on your TV if it has a browser) at KMTV - Delivering news, sport and entertainment across Kent
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Well bearing in mind that COM7 operates as a Single Frequency Network (SFN) and your location and aerial direction, that signal could be coming from Bluebell Hill or Crystal Palace or a combination of both.
None of which unfortunately changes the problem of interference to The Bluebell Hill Local mux on C21 from PSB1 on the Faversham Relay at Ospringe.
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