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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

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, 26 March 2016
MikeP
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10:15 PM
Trowbridge

Chris:

You could consider obtaining a satellite receiver and having a dish installed. Then you would get True Crime and several other services.


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Monday, 28 March 2016
Transmitter engineering
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7:31 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

12:09 AM

DOVER transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Monday, 25 April 2016
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Janette
11:06 AM

Hello. I live in Ramsgate and up till about a month ago I used to receive several French tv channels using Freeview. Suddenly they disappeared. I don't know if it was after the storm but could anyone tell me how I could get them back please? I have tried to retune the tv but it doesn't work. My aerial looks like it's pointing in the same direction. Many thanks.

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MikeP
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11:15 AM
Trowbridge

Janette:

I don't follow how you were receiving French channels on Freeview as they are not transmitted in the UK!

What may have been happening is that you were receiving signals from across the Channel transmitted in France. If that is the case then they are going to be unreliable due to distance and the effects of the tidal water between you and France. It could be that the French concern responsible for the transmitter may have altered the aerial pattern so the signals do not reach the UK any longer. They have done that elsewhere to reduce the objectionable interference effects they were causing in some circumstances.


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KMJ,Derby
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9:23 PM

Janette: I recall reading that from 5th April 2016 the tv multiplexes in France would be reconfigured as part of the 700MHz clearance. From this date it would be necessary to use a receiver that supports MPEG4/ACC when wanting to view French DTT services. If you have a DVB-T2 enabled (Freeview HD) tv, it will be suitable, however old standard definition tuners will no longer work on French transmissions. The frequencies used by the French transmitters might also be different, I have not as yet located a list of frequencies currently in use. The plan in France is to transmit DTT from main stations only, with relay stations being closed and affected viewers needing to transfer to reception from satellites if they are unable to receive a main station at their location.

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Monday, 6 June 2016
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Janet Mytton
6:15 PM

Hi I have lived here for nearly two years and had a new digital aerial fitted when we moved in. The aerial company came back several times and eventually we got a passable signal, but they told us we should not have any problems now we are digital. When there is high pressure, like today, our signal is showing as 20% strength and 0% quality. Have been told we should get a satellite dish, but we have paid for freeview and mostly service is ok. Why do we lose signal when the warmer weather comes? No service at all today.

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Janet Mytton
6:17 PM
Margate

My postcode is CT9 4ES

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MikeB
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8:13 PM

Janet Mytton: If you put your postcode into Digital Uk's website, it shows that you fine for part of the muxes, but some others are more problematic. Thats normally. But if you have a high pressure system, then the transmissions can be 'bent', which means that everything gets knocked out of kilter, which seems to be hitting a lot oof people at the moment.

In the long term, Freesat would be a better option for you - you just in the wrong place to get the full range of channels, and certainly to get them perfectly.

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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
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Richard Cooper
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8:49 AM
Norwich

Janet Mytton: Hi Janet. Firstly, I should point out that there is no such thing as a 'digital aerial'. This is a term used by aerial contracting companies to sell aerial installations! Digital 'Freeview' television is using the same frequencies as analogue used to, apart from the highest frequencies which were sold off to mobile phone companies for their 4G services. You say that your service is mostly ok, but ask why you lose service when warmer weather comes. When the weather is warmer the atmospheric pressure is high. TV signals from the transmitter reflect from the lower layer of the atmosphere called the 'troposphere', and on reflecting back towards another transmitter using the same group of frequencies or channels, the former transmitter interferes with the latter. This is known as "co-channel interference" or "CCI". The result is tv picture pixelation, squeaks on the sound and even a complete freezing of the picture. The receiving equipment then tends to 'give up' and reports 'no signal' or 'no service' on the screen of Freeview receiving equipment. This is all a consequence of a temporary atmospheric effect which used to cause interference on analogue television before digital switchover. All one can do is to wait until there are lower pressure conditions again. I would advise studying weather forecasts so you know when you can expect things to return to normal. I hope this little lesson in "CCI" has given you the explanation that you needed. Richard, Norwich, Tuesday 7th June 2016 at 08:45.

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