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The symbol shows the location of the Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmitter which serves 53,000 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 Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Tunbridge Wells 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
 V max
C41 (634.0MHz)174mDTG-34,000W
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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
 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)174mDTG-34,000W
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)174mDTG-64,000W
Channel icons
73 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
 V max
C29 (538.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C31 (554.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C37 (602.0MHz)174mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 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 Tunbridge Wells (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, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , 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 Tunbridge Wells transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 5km south-southwest (206°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 21km northeast (54°)
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 Tunbridge Wells (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
B E TB E TB E TB E TB E TB E TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C37C5wavesC5wavesArqB
C39_local
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C42SDN+SDN+SDN
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_offD3+4D3+4D3+4
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves_local_local_local
C52tv_offBBCABBCABBCA

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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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Tunbridge Wells 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. Tunbridge Wells was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 29 October 2011
Transmitter engineering
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7:44 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 09:11 on 27 Oct to 09:18 on 27 Oct [BBC]

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Sunday, 13 November 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:37 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:27 today BBC TWO Off Air from 03:23 today to 03:26 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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4:37 AM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:27 today BBC TWO Off Air from 03:23 today to 03:26 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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1:35 PM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:27 today to 11:07 today BBC TWO Off Air from 03:23 today to 03:26 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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1:35 PM

TUNBRIDGE WELLS transmitter - Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 03:27 today to 11:07 today BBC TWO Off Air from 03:23 today to 03:26 today [BBC]

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kevin
6:49 PM

My mum has been experiencing some freeview problems where she lives in Bexhill-on-sea. She has tried to tape something this afternoon but it won't allow her to do it, this has happened before and what will happen is that everything that she has on tape will be lost by tomorrow morning. They will just dissapear from the hard drive menu. Is this a problem with the transmitter or her freeview box. This has been happening for a couple of months, all her programmes keep getting deleted off without warning. The box seems to be fine, a prompt does come up telling her that they are working on the transmitter, but we don't understand how the progs get deleted she must need a new freeview box doesn't she? We would appreciated some help/advice on this! Thank you!

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jb38
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8:30 PM

kevin: For anyone to be able to assist you really have to provide info on the model of the Freeview box that's being used as well as the recorder in question, plus of course the post code so that the expected signal strength being received at the location can be evaluated.

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anne
9:01 PM
Sheffield

freeview tv very poor reception and itv channels keep going off especially tonight new digital ariel early this year and is on roof any advice anyone

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Dave Lindsay
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9:20 PM

anne: What do you have connected to your aerial? A TV maybe? A digital box (recorder/PVR).

What are the makes and models of these devices?

I am thinking that the reason could be that your device is tuned to the wrong transmitter. An explanation of this is here:
Digital Region Overlap | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice

If you say what models you have, I might be able to pull up the instructions for them and guide you as to how to check they are tuned correctly.

Also, what transmitter is your aerial pointing at? A quick look of your road on Google Streetview shows most on Emley Moor. (DN31NJ)

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Janice
9:27 PM

Anne, I am in sheffield and my TV keeps going off tonight. It started with all the BBC channels during Strictly and spread to most of the other channels, keeps going off and says "No signal" then comes back on later

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