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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?

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-380,000W
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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

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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, 30 August 2019
MikeP
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11:52 AM

Chris.SE:

Both Dover and Heathfield are shown as giving good reception according to the listing given on the Digital UK Coverage Checker and I used exactly the same as you did. It's just that we are interpreting the data differently.



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Wednesday, 4 September 2019
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Chris.SE
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5:32 AM

MikeP:

The figures for Dover are better and as I said especially for the COM 4/5/6 muxes. You don't seem to think that significant!

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Sunday, 8 September 2019
MikeP
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9:47 AM

Chris.SE:

Those figures are only for guidance as they are projections based upon incomplete measurements and not taken at the locality under consideration. As you must be aware there are many variables affecting the signal conditions at the precise locality, they even vary from one house to the neighbouring one. As those figures are only calculated predictions that takes no account of the local variables, such as hills or houses or even trees, I find them only a rough guide and not absolutes. I know of many areas and individual locations where the signal conditions vary very considerably along a road. I know of one road in NW Kent where one neighbour has to use a very tall mast to get anything from Crystal Palace and yet the neighbour can use a conventional Yagi on a short roof-mounted pole! It's not that unusual in my 50 years experience.



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Monday, 9 September 2019
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Chris.SE
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1:52 AM

MikeP:

Quote "Those figures are only for guidance"
Precisely. So why, when the guidance for another transmitter is not as good as the one they are currently using, would anyone want to suggest or recommend that someone go the the trouble, inconvenience and probable expensive of making a change that is unlikely to result in any improvement! I find your remarks bizarre to say the least.

And of course I know that they don't take account of very local variables, and unless you know the precise location and maybe have done measurements, you certainly won't know if another transmitter will produce a better result when predictions indicate otherwise. You seem to think that you are the only one with more than 50 years experience as an engineer, and I'm getting a little fed up of some of your lectures as if I know nothing. If I make an error, fine, correct me, but stop trying to make out I'm ignorant.

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MikeP
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9:53 AM

Chris.SE:

I never said they were more reliable for one transmitter over another. I said that they were ALL unreliable. So I take very little notice of them because they can be misleading. QED.

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Sunday, 15 September 2019
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11:08 AM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:37 today to 09:24 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 16 September 2019
Transmitter engineering
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5:08 AM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:37 yesterday to 09:24 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 17 September 2019
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5:08 AM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:37 on 15 Sep to 09:24 on 15 Sep. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 18 September 2019
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5:08 AM

DOVER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:16 today to 00:41 today, BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:37 on 15 Sep to 09:24 on 15 Sep. [BBC]

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DOVER transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:16 yesterday to 00:41 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Off Air from 06:37 on 15 Sep to 09:24 on 15 Sep. [BBC]

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