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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.

 H max
C32 (562.0MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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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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C34 (578.0MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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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),

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C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-20,000W
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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

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C40 (626.0MHz)242mDTG-820,000W
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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

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C43+ (650.2MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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

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C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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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

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

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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?

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.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

6:22 PM

ME10 1DB, using Bluebell hill
Do you have any idea why our HD signal on C40 keeps going to "No Signal" on the TV screen on all the HD channels, All the SD channels are OK. We have a Panasonic DMR PWT420 recorder & within its set up you can see the signal strength & the signal quality levels moving around quite a bit & they will fall away completely for a second or so then recover. Our aerial man is a bit baffled. Our aerial is a wide band high gain & about 20 years old, it is already fitted with an amp.
Why is it only affecting the HD. Annoying, before the switchover last year it was OK. The aerial man has tried various filters & attenuaters

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Bert's 30 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:00 PM

Bert: I wonder if it could be traffic on the M2 and the A249 which both cross the signal path. Or indeed it could be something else in the signal path, such as vegetation.

You don't have line-of-sight to the transmitter:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Perhaps this is something that is out of your control which is why the various attempted fixes have not worked.

Different frequencies are affected by objects along the signal path in different ways which can result in not all channels being received at the same strength at a single location.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 5 June 2013
3:55 PM

Thanks for replying kmj

My postcode is SS0 7SN

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Adrian's 5 posts GB

5:02 PM

Dave Lindsey
I did wonder about the line of sight problem, I can't view the terrain plot as i'm using IE8 on XP,
Aerial man is returning on Friday with an E group aerial & I will tell him to put it up on the chimney using the existing pole

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Bert's 30 posts GB

7:24 PM

Dave Lindsey
I clicked through to the megalith pages & fiddled about with my location to get it closer to the home. I still had two hills in the way but pushed the aerial up to 15 metres & it just clipped one up by the M2. So I'm out with the measuring tape tomorrow to get an idea of the height of the chimney, plus pole. I will tell the young aerial chap of the findings.

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Bert's 30 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:34 PM

Bert: It doesn't work on a thin laser-like point! Anything within the first Fresnel Zone may affect reception:

Fresnel zone - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Also, there are objects on the ground and terrain plots only sample the ground height at intervals, so it may not be totally accurate.

Megalithia shows the first Fresnel zone by a pink line:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 8 June 2013

8:25 AM

Adrian: The DUK prediction is for good reception on all muxes from Bluebell Hill and Crystal Palace using a suitable aerial. Firstly is your aerial on Bluebell Hill intended to receive C54? A group "E" or wideband would normally have been fitted for analogue reception, however if your aerial is a group "B", identified by a yellow stopper at the end of the boom, it would be somewhat less efficient at picking up C54. Trees or a tall building obstructing the signal path could also result in C54 being received at lower strength. If the aerial happens to be positioned in a null for C54, slight repositioning (raising, lowering or a short distance either side) might be needed to improve reception. Interference blocking the signal is another possibility, either an analogue signal from the RF modulator of a Sky box or VCR set on or near to C54, or interaction with an HDMI cable, which would need repositioning relative to the tuner or aerial fly lead to overcome such a problem. Check that all connectors are in order. One other thought, if a communal aerial is in use there might be channel filters which require adjustment to let C54 through. In that case the landlord or building management company would need to be contacted after getting confirmation that neighbours in the same block were having a similar problem.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Tuesday, 11 June 2013

4:11 PM

Dave Lindsay
My existing aerial & 3 metre pole have been refixed to the chimney gaining about 5 metres in height from its previous position. Since then we have not experienced any temporary loss of signal on the HD channels. The aerial man then said that we had 75db of signal with our existing masthead amp, he tried again but without the amp but the db's were too low. The chap said that the existing signal could be too high under certain conditions, so we now have a variable amp mounted in the loft set to give us 60+/-db. 3 TVs are off this one aerial, the bedroom & kitchen tvs are on one cable via a splitter instead of a small booster, this booster was not necessary with the good signal now from the repositioned aerial.
So, height matters in our post code.
Thanks for the advice

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Bert's 30 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

4:22 PM

Bert: Excellent. And you didn't require a replacement aerial.

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