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The symbol shows the location of the Dover (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 190,000 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 Dover (Kent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Dover 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
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
Channel icons
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
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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 -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
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)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Dover (Kent, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 69km west (270°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 52km west-northwest (289°)
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 Dover (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1960-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1316 Oct 2019
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C10ITVwaves
C33BBCA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C39SDN
C42ArqA
C48ArqBArqB
C50tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCA
C51tv_offD3+4
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offSDN
C56tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C57tv_off_local_local
C59tv_offArqA
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

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 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1dB) 80kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-4dB) 40kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux 1*, Mux C*(-20dB) 1000W
Mux D*(-23dB) 500W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Dover transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern 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.

Comments
Saturday, 16 June 2012
G
Gordon Ormston
8:49 PM
Dover

Hi Dave
Sorry to bother you again but I have spent most part of today trying to resolve the reception problem without any success. To recap I had no problems at all receiving BBC broadcasts prior to switch over even without a booster, only used a booster because some of the commercial channels were sometimes a bit weak. Following change over and re-tuning BBC reception has been constantly poor with lots of pixellation and intermitant breaking up of sound signals to the extent the programmes are unwatchable. Have followed your advice by removing the booster and fitting a 12dB attenuator. This has resulted in nil signal strength and nil quality on ch50 and ch55 and very week signal and quality on ch42 with pixelation and intermitant loss of sound. Removing the attenuator makes no differance to ch50 or ch55 but much improves reception for ch42. Changing back to the booster resulted in variable signal strengths between 0% and 47% for ch50 and variable quality up to a max of 36% but mostly well below 20%. Similar variable signal strength and quality for ch55 but much more stable signal strength of 73% for ch42 with 100% quality. The loft aerial is not of the high gain type and I have made no changes other than re-tuning several times. I know from what you have said in other posts that attenuation should have worked and would be grateful for your further advice. Is it possible to make contact with whoever is responsible at the Dover transmitter to let them know people are experiencing problems.

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Dave Lindsay
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10:26 PM

Gordon Ormston: What sort of reception do you get on the three remaining analogue channels? (56, 66, 53)

Try with and without attenuation.

Some other things to try are:

- a 12 to 18 inch piece of wire inserted into the inner part of the aerial socket.

- a set-top aerial.

- connect the inner part of the aerial socket to the lead from your aerial leaving a gap unscreened so as to "loose" some signal.


The transmitter is only 3 miles away and you're not far of having line of sight.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012
D
Declan
12:00 AM
Canterbury

As luck would have it the the outside aerial pole broke in the high wind the other day. I have a HD TV and am considering installing a loft aerial. However, reading some of the information on the net it seems that an indoor loft aerial will not be sufficient for Freeview HD. Is this correct? Or can I get away with a loft aerial. Digital UK indicates that I need a C/D aerial for the Dover transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay
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12:28 AM

Declan: What is sufficient depends on the location. Loft aerials get less signal due to it having to pass through the roof. Some roof slate isn't particularly conducive to a loft aerial.

See this plot which would suggest that you may have good line of sight at 14.5 miles:


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


Obviously this doesn't take local obstructions into account, which is why I say "may have". If you're in a house, then that's obviously better because the aerial is higher up than a bungalow. If you're in a bungalow, then it might be best to mount it on a pole so that it's above the roof line.

You may be able to conduct some tests in your loft with your former roof aerial, if it is still in one piece.

See ATV Sheffield's website for lots of information and an online shop www.aerialsandtv.com

See:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

It does hinge on how much your roof will attenuate the signal, but it does look like a log might work in your location.

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Transmitter engineering
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4:29 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 23:57 on 12 Jun to 00:36 on 13 Jun BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:05 on 12 Jun to 00:23 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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4:29 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 23:57 on 12 Jun to 00:36 on 13 Jun BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 05:05 on 12 Jun to 00:23 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Monday, 18 June 2012
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Jim O'Shea
3:48 AM
Ramsgate

Hi

I have retuned but have lost the ITV channels and the Yesterday channel on Freeview can you advise.

Regards

Jim

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4:28 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:28 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Andrew Walter
7:29 AM
Dover

Since my last post the Dover transmitter has had some engineering carried out and the BBC channels are now sort of watchable ( sound break ups and small pixelation). I still believe that I need more signal as my problems are exactly the same as Gordon ormstom's. It does seem though that whatever happened at Dover on Friday has made some sort of improvement.

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