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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 problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter.

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-320,000W
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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bluebell Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 28km southwest (219°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 5km south-southeast (156°)
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 Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018
EEEW TW T
C21_local
C28_local
C32com7
C34com8
C39+ArqA
C40BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves+BBCBSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4ArqA
C45SDNBBCB
C46BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCAArqB
C54tv_offArqB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off
C65C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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 13 Jun 12 and 27 Jun 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 30kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1.8dB) 20kW
com8(-7.8dB) 5kW
com7(-8.1dB) 4.7kW
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

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Thames†
Jul 1968-Dec 1981London Weekend 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. Bluebell Hill 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.

Comments
Thursday, 23 August 2012
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Mark Allison
1:12 PM

Hi

If you were on the yesterday channel before you went into the guide though, then it would have populated it and all others on that MUX...at least that's what seems to be happening here.

I'll check again this weekend.

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jb38
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5:41 PM

Mark Allison: I think that the Humax engineer was possibly mixing up Freeview with Freesat regarding the population of the EPG, as although the full EPG data is from one transponder on satellite its not so on a Freeview device, as each mux only sends EPG data for the programmes contained on that particular mux and not any others.

You can prove this by wiping out everything stored in the boxes memory by removing the aerial and carrying out an auto-tune, once completed check that nothing is seen in the EPG guide then go into the boxes manual tuning menu and enter "one" of the mux channels used by the station that covers your area followed by pressing scan or search, saving the results once the scan is completed if not automatically done.

Next go into the programme guide or EPG listings and check what EPG channels are being indicated, because no matter how long you wait you will only see the programmes being listed that are transmitted by that particular mux, obviously these being added to when manually scanning other muxes on the station.



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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:47 PM

Mark Allison: Re:- "once completed check that nothing is seen in the EPG guide then go into the boxes manual tuning menu" - this obviously after having reconnected the aerial again on completion of the auto-tune without it.(accidentally missed out)

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 26 September 2012
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mark
7:09 PM

Hi
Please help, I keep losing stations since the switch over, after i conduct a first time install. all stations are there but when turn tv off and back on i have lost stations such as Viva,film 4, itv4 etc. When doing first time install it picks up stations from south east, london and east anglia is this causing the problem.

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mark's 1 post GB
Monday, 1 October 2012
K
Ken Collyer
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:09 PM
Gillingham

Mark; Try doing a manual re-tune. If you're preferred transmitter is Bluebell Hill the channels you need to manually tune to are 46, 43, 45, 39 and 54, and if you have an HD box or TV then Channel 40 as well. Don't forget to save the stations found on each channel before moving on to the next channel.

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Ken Collyer's 24 posts GB
Tuesday, 2 October 2012
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Dave
3:11 PM

My Mother is having the same problem on the same channels. Have retuned each channel but the same channels are still breaking up. She lives in SS4 post code area.

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Dave's 7 posts GB
Wednesday, 3 October 2012
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Ken Collyer
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

12:18 PM
Gillingham

Dave; As the post code you gave is for southeast Essex, are you sure your mothers aerial is pointing to Bluebell Hill. If not, the problem is probably due to a weak signal and you need to find which transmitter the aerial is pointing to. Once you've established that you can find the transmitter on this web site (ukfreetv) and establish what channels are used and tune your mothers TV into those. For the aerial to aligned with Bluebell Hill from your post code it should be pointing roughly South West.

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Dave
9:04 PM

Cheers Ken. My Mothers Ariel was professionally installed to Blue Bell Hill in November last year. It is only in the last month or so that she has encountered problem of breaking up pictures on ArqB. She is also able to receive PSB channels on the back of the Ariel from Rouncefall about three miles to the North. I wonder if this could be the problem.

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Dave's 7 posts GB
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Dave
9:08 PM
Leigh-on-sea

The Post Code should have been SS9.

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Dave's 7 posts GB
Friday, 5 October 2012
K
Ken Collyer
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

4:26 PM
Gillingham

Dave. If your mother is only getting trouble on ArqB I doubt the problem is the Rouncefall transmitter as that only transmits PSB1, 2 and 3. On the other hand I have had trouble with ArqB. After the September 19th re-tune all at first appeared OK so I set my PVR up to record an early morning radio program, as I had before. When I came to listen to it there was nothing there so I went the station live and low and behold, nothing. So I tried one of the TV stations on ArqB and both sound and picture were breaking up. I decided that I'd do re-tune and see what happened, and it's been fine since. I don't know why that should be but it worked so I'm happy just to have an unanswered question rather than a problem.

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