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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Dover (Kent, England) mast?

Dover transmitter - Dover transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Dover transmitter broadcast?

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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-380,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 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-380,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-680,000W
Channel icons
72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C42 (642.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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)

Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 - 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
Wednesday, 21 August 2019
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DAVID AYLING
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11:21 AM

hello everyone margate Relay has had is BBC A Frequency changed today from CH 50 to CH 33
plus a new site is also being turned on this week in Ashford & is a Relay for Dover but only BBC A is being turned on & will be on CH 33. the rest of freeview will come on in oct 16. got this info from Digital uk's website http://www.digitaluk.co.u….pdf

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Friday, 23 August 2019
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Bill
6:02 PM

Small 18 yr old loft aerial installed by the housebuilders pointing towards Dover from Ashford. All but one TV retuned and picked up BBC A on ch.33. New signal may be weaker than prior to retune, probably because the aerial is not wideband, after googling how to identify wideband aerial. We've also had occasional problems with TV channels on ch.35 come to think of it.

I have another disused 'wide band' loft aerial which I aimed at new Ashford relay using compass bearings provided by digitaluk, and can confirm it is working with just BBC A channels with the TV that could no longer get same channels from Dover.

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Sunday, 25 August 2019
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DAVID AYLING
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1:10 PM

Bill you will get those channels that Dover has on Oct16 on the Ashford relay. same is happing on the Margate site also digital uk now call margate a main site. both those sites are SFN so all Frequency's are the same as Dover. BBC ch50 is still going out from Dover so that could be why signal is not as good as it should be on ch 33. as the signal bar shows 100% but the other bar go up to 100% but go's down to 69% so wont stay hight this on my tv in my room but the other tv stays hight all the time. the only thing i can think of is ch33 is not using 80,000W jest yet & ch50 still is.

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DAVID AYLING's 36 posts GB
Monday, 26 August 2019
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Michael Jukes
7:11 AM
Hastings

At TN35 4QR.
No BBC 1 BBC 2 or BBC News or BBC Parliament yesterday pm (25th August) or now 08:07 26/08/2019.
Usually no problem with signal.
All other channels receiving as usual.
Your website indicates no engineering work but there seems to be a problem.
Yes, I have rebooted my TV (Yesterday) but problem persists.
I leave it your capable hands,
Michael Jukes.

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:49 AM

Michael Jukes:

There are planned engineering works at the Dover transmitter, see http://www.digitaluk.co.u…rks. That means there could erll be various service interuptions, so DO NOT RETUNE.

This website has no connection with any broadcaster nor transmitter operator (mainly Arqiva) so we cannot do anything to abate the problem.



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DAVID AYLING
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

9:30 AM

MikeP I looking on that site all sites listed are relays with blue bell hill. but that Dover listed is one of its relays not Dover its self. Michael Jukes your Transmitter mite not be Dover but a other one.
put your post code & house number here Digital UK - Coverage checker

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MikeP
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9:14 PM

Michael Jukes:

Ypu wpuld do better to use Digital UK - Coverage checker instead of that mentioned by David Ayling. Then you can set it with your full post code, select the detailed view and give a house number. Then press Go. Scroll down and examine the transmitters mentioned and look at the expected reception for your location. That is what I did initially.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 August 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:31 AM

DAVID AYLING:

Despite what the website shows, there is no relay transmitter in the Dover Area, only the main transmitter which did have some engineering works carried out.

Michael Jukes would be better off using the Heathfield transmitter instead. See Coverage Checker - Detailed View Bluebell Hill is not at all suitable at his location.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Friday, 30 August 2019
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Chris.SE
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6:16 AM

All:

A reminder that there was a retune event at Dover on the 22nd August when the BBCA multiplex moved to UHF Ch.33. If you are mising the main BBC channels and have retuned it is possile that your aerial is an old C/D group that is not able to receive the new channel and it may need replacing. You can get free help if you do not have Satellite or Cable by contacting Freeview on 0808-100-0288 see Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview also see the FAQs on that page in case they may help.

The new UHF ch.33 should be broadcasting on the full power of 80KW and if you are having trouble getting it, you may be in a marginal area and you should put your postcode and house number into Digital UK - Coverage checker rather than previous links to check predicted reception from available transmitters at your location.

If your lack of reception is an old aerial issue you might get temporary reception on LCN 751 and channels above in your programme list as mentioned inthe Freeview FAQs. There is a further retune event at Dover on the 16th October and if you haven't had your aerial replaced by then you may lose more/all channels.

Bill:

Use the coverage checker Digital UK - Coverage checker to see which transmitter will be best for your location - not all transmitters are suitable for every location due to hills, buildings etc. The full range of channels from Ashford start on 16th October.

DAVID AYLING:

As mentioned already you should use the coverage checker to see which transmitters is best for you. There are relay transmitters all round Kent and not all are suitable for everyone even when they think they are near enough and most do not transmit all 6 multiplexes (including a small relay in Dover town).
If you are still having problems with UHF ch.33 then it's probably due to inadequate aerial as the transmitter will be using the full 80kW, so you should contact the Freeview advice line 0808-100-0288.


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Chris.SE
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6:30 AM

Michael Jukes:

'm not sure exactly what MikeP looked at but according to Coverage Checker - Detailed View you are better off staying with the Dover transmitter, especially for the COM4/5/6 multiplexes.

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