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Full Freeview on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter

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This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter.


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The symbol shows the location of the Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmitter which serves 200,000 homes.

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tx1BBC South Easttx3Meridian (East micro region)txdabxxDAB in MedwaytxradioxxAM/FM in Medway

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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Which Freeview channels does the Bluebell Hill 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
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C46 (674.0MHz)242m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
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C43 (650.0MHz)242m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
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C40+ (626.2MHz)242m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
Channel icons
45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
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C45 (666.0MHz)242m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal max
C39+ (618.2MHz)245m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal max
C54 (738.0MHz)245m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

com7
 horizontal -7dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
4,000W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014: 71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -11.5dB
C34 (578.0MHz)242m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
1,400W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Bluebell Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 28km southwest
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 5km south-southeast
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 Bluebell Hill (Medway, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-18
aerial groupEEWWWW
C242
C27A
C28_local_local_local
600C32com7
C34com8
C39D+ArqA+ArqA+ArqA
C40BBC1BBC1BBC1+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C42-C
C43ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C45-BSDNSDNSDN
C46BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
700C54ArqBArqBArqB
C591
800C65C4C4C4

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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 13th June and 27th June 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 30kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-1.8dB) 20kW
com7(-8.8dB) 4kW
Mux 1*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 3kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-11.8dB) 2kW
com8(-13.3dB) 1.4kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Bluebell Hill transmitter area

Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated-Rediffusion†
Sep 1955-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Thames†
Jul 1968-Dec 1981London Weekend 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. Bluebell Hill 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.



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Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 29 October 2014 4:32AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 00:15 on 27 Oct to 02:33 on 27 Oct. [BBC]

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Mike Johnson
Sunday 2 November 2014 7:13PM

Hello,
I live in Upchurch quite close to Bluebell Hill yet my new television insists on tuning itself to Chrystal Palace. How can I manually tune the thing to Bluebell Hill so as to get the local news?

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Dave Lindsay
Sunday 2 November 2014 7:18PM

Mike Johnson: Pull the aerial out for the first 30% of the automatic tuning scan (or until it gets to UHF channel 30. This will miss out Crystal Palace and get Bluebell Hill.

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Mike Johnson
Sunday 2 November 2014 7:28PM

Dave Lindsay:
Thanks Dave.
I will try it in the Morning - Wife engrossed in something at the moment.

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Dave Lindsay
Sunday 2 November 2014 8:59PM

Mike Johnson: Or the alternative may be to use manual tuning, if available on the set concerned. UHF channel numbers and frequencies in MHz are near the top of this page.

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KMJ,Derby
Sunday 2 November 2014 9:25PM

Mike Johnson: Have you looked if there are any channels listed in the 800s at the end of the channel list? If you have signals from both Crystal Palace and Bluebell Hill available it would be usual to find alternative versions for BBC1 and ITV stored as well as those occupying the normal channel positions.

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will
Saturday 8 November 2014 12:16AM

Hi I live in Gillingham close to bluebell hill and the local bbc channels are jumping,pixelated and blacking out, yet London bbc tv signal is a ok! I have tried a booster but no change and help please. Thanks

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MikeB
Saturday 8 November 2014 12:28AM

will: Its because your so close to the transmitter, and your signal is too powerful - see here: <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt="www.ukfree.tv link icon" link iconFreeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you

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will
Saturday 8 November 2014 9:12PM

Thanks mike
Thought that might be the case!

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