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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.

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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

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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),

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C45+ (666.2MHz)242mDTG-620,000W
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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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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

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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 8 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)245mDTG-820,000W
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 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?

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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

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.

Tuesday, 25 June 2013
Clive g
11:45 PM

Simon27 thanks for that, I use virgin for general viewing so I'm not worried about weaker signals as long it works. I also haven't got a echostar box so that's not a problem. Ive actually found SE by manual tuning the signal strength bar is in the red and the signal quality is 30 and traffic causes break up, hopefully when i make the adjustments it will be ok

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Clive g's 3 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
lynne leung
11:19 PM

why pay tv licence when we get no or little signal to the tv its really gets me down that when i want to relax and watch a bit of tele the signal is rubbish why is this herne bay has been like this for years yet now we are 7 years later and stil having the same problems

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lynne leung's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 July 2013
10:25 PM

Very odd behaviour here in Faversham, I can pick up the Crystal Palace transmitter no trouble at all with perfect signal but no matter what I try I can't get bluebell hill to work properly at all, constantly getting drop out on channels etc, would be nice to get local channels/news etc

Any ideas?

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Liam's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

11:27 PM

Liam: Use the Faversham relay transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 11 July 2013
12:54 PM

Please could someone help me. I have lost all reception to freeview and when trying to retune no channels pick up. I have rang freeview and they advised that nothing is wrong. I live in a block of flats where two other neighbours who use freeview have also lost reception. Please could someone help. I live in Rochester, post code ME1 1HX

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Roger's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

1:26 PM

Roger: If this is a communal aerial system you and your neighbours are using then it is down to the party responsible to sort it out, and therefore it is that party you need to speak to.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 18 July 2013
7:03 PM

Transmitter: Bluebell Hill
Loft mounted Aerial - 3.5 years old installed in new build property.
Location: Strood.
We have been experiencing loss of all signal intermittently over the last 3 days - it seems to be ok in the mornings, but afternoon / evening some, later all, channels report 'No Signal' I had a look at the BBC transmitter page, and it said there were problems reported on Monday, but I can't work out why it's ok earlier in the day. Tested 3 different freeview boxes and one tv with freeview built in running in different rooms: got the same result with all of them.

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Glenn's 4 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

7:08 PM

Glenn: I responded to an identical query here:

My Freeview | - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
7:14 PM

Thanks, Dave (user error, posting twice)

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Glenn's 4 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 July 2013
2:17 PM

Hello all,

I am going to be installing an aerial this week and despite some significant googling I am unclear as to what aerial I should get for Blue bell Hill. I live in Wainscott (ME3) and depending on the site I go to am seeing recommendation for group B, E and W aerials. I have an existing aerial but I do not think it is that great and I have no idea what group it is either.

I am also wondering as to whether Crystal Palace may be the better option even though it is further away, the reason being that I have to loft mount and my loft is at the back of my house so to point it to BBH means the signal will have to go through the loft and an adjoining bedroom and outer wall whereas for CP it would just need to point straight through the roof in the other direction.



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