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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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 14 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

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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 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
Friday, 10 August 2012
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Alan M
2:31 PM
Tenterden

Irritating? Never had Freeview problems pre switchover. No probs 1st retune. Now after 2nd retune BBCA keeps dropping out on me. Several times in the first few days, now weeks apart, but BBC is my main view! I can delete channels, manually retune to another transmitter, and get the channels back, or wait and eventually the "no or bad signal" disappears and the channels return. I'm pointing at Dover, but I can pick up channels on Heathfield no problem.

What causes these intermittent break ups? Clear line of sight as far as I know. Could there be (very) local interference?

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jb38
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4:00 PM

Alan M: Its not so much local interference thats liable to be the cause of the problem, but more from some distant station that's being received purely through atmospheric conditions applying at the time, and it clashing with the BBCA mux.

Its unlikely that you can do much about this, but though when the reception is good carry out a signal strength / quality check and make a note of the results, then when the signal drops out carry out another test, as although the screen might be blank the signal will still be there but at a lower level, and if the lower level is "reasonably constant" then a variable gain booster could be the answer, as when the signal drops out you could lift the level back up again.

Argos item number: 534/4235 (SLX brand variable booster)

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jb38
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4:09 PM

Alan M: This is a link for the item referred to, although it may not automatically respond to being clicked on hence why I gave the item number.

Buy Plug-In 1 Way TV Aerial Signal Booster at Argos.co.uk - Your Online Shop for Television aerials and boosters, TV aerials, boosters and accessories, TV aerials, boosters and accessories, Television aerials and boosters.


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Alan M
4:15 PM
Tenterden

JB,

Many thanks, I will do that. I may be wrong but I seem to recall signal strength at the time popping around from 0 to 40/50 back again etc. What is the likely outcome in that scenario?

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jb38
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4:29 PM

Alan M: Well in that case I regret to say that unfortunately nothing really can be done, as symptoms like that are usually always the result of interference from afar or alternatively signal path obstructions caused by trees, although if it only really affects one particular channel then its more inclined to indicate interference from afar.

I would though still be interested in the results of a double signal check of the type mentioned.

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Monday, 13 August 2012
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Alan M
9:29 AM

JB,

Reared its head again last night. It wobbled from 40-50, flashing very briefly to 80, then fell to 0 and stayed 0-10 for quite some time. When I tried BBCA again later, the quality was staying at 70-80. So, when it interference starts it is all over the place, but then stays static until the interference ends.

So a signal booster thingy is worth trying.

What I don't understand is that the in-laws next door have an indoor aerial pointing in the same direction and they never have a problem. We never had a problem until the final switchover date. And Dover is now massively more powerful!!!

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012
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Nick
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10:00 PM
Farnham

All fine from Dover here in Suffolk, unlike our own transmitters.

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jb38
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11:27 PM

Nick: If Suffolk, then why is the GU post code being specifically mentioned in brackets? (not seen on your actual posting).

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
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Nick
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9:36 AM
Farnham

Don't know about that, JB. I am in Aldeburgh and Hollesley, both get full Dover service, but lately lost Sudbury muxes on ch 56, 58 and 60.
Good reception from France on Dover aerial.
I have concluded that it is continental doings that are destroying reception on the coast from Sudbury, but Dover is unaffected. Also note Sudbury are playing with tx again.

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Dave Lindsay
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10:12 AM

Nick: Based on what you say, I believe that C60 from Sudbury is the worst for you. When it is at its worst, can you receive anything from the Continent on that channel with the aerial facing the Continent?

I understand that the Netherlands and a lot of Belgium use vertical polarised signals, so it might be worth seeing if reception is better that way.

A list of French transmitters with UHF channels is here:

http://tvignaud.pagespers….pdf

Does anyone know of similar lists for other countries?

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