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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?

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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
 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
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, 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
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 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, 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
Wednesday, 16 March 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Analogue Ceefax BBC2 Off Air from 13:35 yesterday to 19:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:32 AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Analogue Ceefax BBC2 Off Air from 13:35 yesterday to 19:20 yesterday [BBC]

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Thursday, 14 April 2011
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W Archer
10:16 AM
Gravesend

For 24 hrs we have had no reception for ITV channels ddspite retuning our Automatic built in Freeview TV set Our post code is DA13 0SJ. Just how doe we tell anyone
ATV Reception is very poor . Theiretically we can draw from both Bluebell Hill & Crystal Palace, Both sites are registered as having no transmission problems. When willl service be resyored

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

3:35 PM

W Archer: It looks like your prediction for both Crystal Palace and Bluebell Hill is, at best, variable.

Bluebell Hill uses the same frequency for the ITV channels (i.e. multiplex 2) as Sandy Heath now does for the D3&4 multiplex. BH uses the same frequency for Multiplex A as Sandy Heath does for BBC A (since 30 March). This probably explains why the prediction has dropped from variable to no prediction at all.

If analogue reception is poor, it's likely there is a fault with your aerial and/or cabling. I would see Freeview Intermittent Interference for some thoughts.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
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sue
4:21 PM
Chatham

i have problems with all channels breaking up
i have retuned but still breaking up
sue

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sue's 1 post GB
Friday, 15 April 2011
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brian
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:26 PM

In addition to the problem with Sandy Heath,
I think anyone west of BBH with an aerial looking south east (so Dartford, Gravesend, Basildon etc) will have ongoing problems this summer on D24 (itv1, ch4 etc) and D27 (ITV3 etc).
There is a high power mast in Lille that has just gone digital using these channels. I am on Bluebell Hill and picked up French TV on D21 all evening last Saturday and I live in Greater London!
I do not see a solution till switchover next year. Sorry folks !

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brian's 32 posts GB
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
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Phillip Goldsmith
9:39 AM
Longfield

I am currently having problems with freeview. I get good reception from about midday til about 6pm but outside of these times I lose all the channels on MUX 2 & 3 of bluebell hill. I have done alot of research and know it is down to the atmospherics. How can I get around this problem? or do you have any contact details for bluebell hill transmitter to get advice?

I have tried realigning to Crystal Palace but I also lose certain channels. I am extremely frustated.

Please help.

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Phillip Goldsmith's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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Barry
7:56 AM

I can see the bluebell hill transmitter, I have a DTV broadband aerial, with clear line of sight. Yet all the ITV programs eother breakup or are not there at all. This started about Novemeber last year. When on ITV grouped channels, My Humax Fview box reports Signal Strength 68% with a varying Quality of nothing to a max of 60% Yet when on all others it reports the same 68% signal and 100% quality. WHY????? and what can be done?????

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