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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.

 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

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-80,000W
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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),

 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

 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

 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

 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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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•
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Monday, 18 April 2011
9:47 AM

Having read through that page I think I now understand why I pick up mux 1 on ch 45. This is transmitted by Dover but should not according to the coverage map get anywhere near my location. The problem is that probably because of my location on the N side of Broadstairs at about 130 feet elevation I am high enough that ch 45 gives a better signal than ch 68 most of the time, and my IDTVs all select the strongest signal and will not allow me to save duplicate channels.

The problem is one of coverage, according to all the places I have checked this small part of Broadstairs should not get any Freeview until switchover next year, this is in my view grossly unfair, after all it is not an area of low population numbers. I feel that they should boost the power now in order to provide an adequate Freeview service to this area and not wait for switchover - its not good enough to rely on the chance reception.

All this said t still does not answer my original question about why the signal disappears completely and suddenly. As I said I can understand why the signal might degenerate but this is not what happens, it simply goes to nothing just as if someone switches it off.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB

2:27 PM

Stuart: Digital signals do not deteriorate, they are on or off. See How digital television works | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
2:56 PM

My point is that the channel disappears completely, I fully understand how the digital signal is transmitted, my point is that the IDTV sees no signal at all on ch 45. In order to find a digital signal it first has to find a signal on ch45 and then tests the signal quality and gives bar graph readings for both. When this happens it cannot find anything on ch45 to test!

I know our local MP is getting involved to try and address the freeview issue locally which is unacceptable. We are completely without support because the powers that control this have decreed we do not have a service so anyone living in the central Broadstairs area cannot get anywhere complaining. This whole thing is just a mess and is being handled very badly.

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Stuart's 7 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

3:29 PM

Stuart: The low-power digital transmissions had to be squeezed in, however it could be done, but in a way that minimized interference to anyone else's analogue TV transmissions. Digital was considered an add-on service initially. The south coast was particularly difficult due to international co-ordination. It meant restricted radiation patterns, odd frequency selections, and limited power levels. Some transmitters had to have more than one set of aerials pointing in different directions, using different frequencies, and Dover is one of those.

The switch-over is more a switch-off - a switch off of the old analogue signals so that high-power digital signals can replace them. Even then, they are not designed to cover the whole country or even the whole population - the estimate for acceptable analogue reception was 98.5%. The public service broadcasters have to match that level for digital service, the commercial multiplex operators don't.

The predictor currently shows no prediction for Mux 1, 2 and A. After switchover it shows a relatively low probability of getting reliable results, indicating variable reception.

I'd look into Freesat.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB

5:00 PM

Stuart D45 is interfered with by high power French digital from Dunkirk. Any hot or settled weather and you are in trouble. Nothing can be done till power up next year , sorry !

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brian's 32 posts GB
Thursday, 21 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 22:27 yesterday to 00:12 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 22:27 yesterday to 00:12 today [BBC]

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Friday, 22 April 2011
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 22:27 on 20 Apr to 00:12 yesterday [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

DOVER transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Reduced Quality from 22:27 on 20 Apr to 00:12 yesterday [BBC]

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