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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
Monday, 18 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
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11:28 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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11:28 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Dave Lindsay
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11:55 AM

Jim O'Shea: There is the possibility that your receiver could have tuned to the Ramsgate relay instead of Dover. At the first stage, BBC comes on air on C26 and next week ITV1, C4 etc will be switched on on C23 and HD services C30. There are now Commercial services such as ITV3, Film 4 and Dave from this transmitter, so you are probably best advised to continue using Dover.

If you find that BBC is tuned to Ramsgate by looking on the signal strength screen, then you can avoid this by unplugging the aerial for the first 30% of the scan. This is probably good practice so as to avoid this as a possibility.

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Gordon Ormston
1:17 PM
Dover

Hi Dave

I can only pick up a signal on the three remaining analogue channels by using a booster and then the image is very snowy, nothing with or without an attenuator. A set top aerial does not work at all on any channels. Not sure what you meant about your last option 'loosing some signal by leaving a gap on the aerial unscreened' ? As with Andrew Walker there has been some improvement with the BBC channels over the weekend but still well below an acceptable standard and still need the booster to pick up the signal. Where do you go from here surely somebody has to be accountable?

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

3:28 PM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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3:28 PM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 00:37 on 13 Jun [BBC] Over the next week Dover main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012
Dave Lindsay
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10:37 AM

Gordon Ormston: The fact that analogue is very poor and snowy suggest that the problem isn't too high a signal level.

The bit about connecting loosing some signal was intended to be a crude attentuator to reduce the signal level.

Based on poor analogue reception, this would tend to suggest that you are in a poor reception area and not one where your receiver could be suffering from the effects of too much signal.

I used Megalithia to plot the terrain from the transmitter to your location:


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


This suggests that you may (just) have line of sight, although bear in mind that ground levels for the plot are sampled at intervals and it may go higher within these samples. This also does not take into account any obstructions such as trees and buildings.

It could be that you have poor reception because of the umbrella effect. You will note that you are 100m below the ground that the transmitter is sat on.

Transmitters put their main beam out towards the horizon. Its strength helps carry it. Thus, the closer to the transmitter you are, the more likely it is that you will be under the main beam, as it were. But there should still be sufficient signal. But the issue you "may" have is due to being so low down.

Could you (can you) receive (the lower power) Freeview signals before switchover?

I'm not an aerial installer, so I'm not sure what else you could try.

Having read your comments, perhaps the only thing that you can do in an effort to receive terrestrial television is to get an aerial installer in. Or go with Freesat.

There are some channels that are on Freeview, but not on Freesat, e.g. Yesterday and Dave. However, these are carried on the (Freeview) Commercial multiplexes and these are on lower power than the Public Service ones from Dover. So you "may" find that you can only receive the Public Service channels from Dover, all of which are available on Freesat.

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Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Gordon Ormston
5:13 PM
Dover

Hi Dave

Many thanks for your detailed explanation. Prior to switch over we were able to receive the majority of the Freeview signals without any problems but a couple of the commercial channels were not always 100% reliable hence the booster. I am still able to view the mainstream commercial channels OK but suspect that may change after the 27th. Having carried out the tests you suggested I became less convinced our problem was due to higher BBC signal strength and your conclusions make a lot of sense. I will wait until after the 27th to see what happens before I decide what to do. I am in the meantime most grateful for your time and trouble in helping resolve the issue.

Regards
Gordon Ormston

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Dave Lindsay
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6:03 PM

Gordon Ormston: The analogue signals will be radiated from the antenna system at the top of the mast. Because of their high power, I assume that the main beam is higher (to the horizon) whereas the lower power signals are radiated from antennas lower down and because they are lower power, I "wonder" if the beam is aimed a little lower, which makes it better for you.

Obviously the post switchover signals are on a par with the old analogue ones, which is why I wonder if you're always going to have difficulty.

As I say, I'm not an installer and I'm not an expert on TV transmitters, but as a technically-minded person, I wonder if the above is your problem.

Maybe have a look around and see what your neighbours have with regards aerials, although obviously some may have been put up to receive pre-switchover signals (not that they won't work after, of course).

The only other thing is are there trees in the way of your aerial, because they could be shadowing the signal, a signal which may not be great in the first place (as suggested above). If so, could the aerial be moved to get a better view?

Or will a taller mast allow sight above the trees? I appreciate that the answer to this question may well be no, or may be "yes, until they grow a bit more".

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Dave Lindsay
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6:18 PM

Gordon Ormston: I have looked at Riverside on Streetview and I can see the trees in the direction of the Dover transmitter. I can also see that the aerials on the two houses at the end of the road are pointing in roughly the opposite direction at Crystal Palace or Bluebell Hill (these being only a couple of degrees apart). Presumably they have given up on reception from Dover, although the tall large aerials show that their reception is very difficult.

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