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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. Click to recheck [+] 

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

Other mapstxdabBluebell Hill DABtxradioBluebell Hill AM/FMtxregionBluebell Hill TV regiontx1BBC South East
tx3Meridian (East micro region)txdabxxDAB in MedwaytxradioxxAM/FM in Medway

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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?

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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
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, 70 CBBC, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
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
 horizontal max
C40+ (626.2MHz)242m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 horizontal max
C45 (666.0MHz)242m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 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, 66 CBS Reality, 72 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, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 82 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 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, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , 90 CBS Action, plus 20 others

com7
 horizontal -11.5dB
C32 (562.0MHz)242m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
1,400W
Channel icons
from 8th April 2014: 74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 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

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
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
Mux 1*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-10dB) 3kW
Mux 2*, Mux A*(-11.8dB) 2kW
com7, 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
Friday 25 July 2014 1:33PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 today, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Friday 25 July 2014 4:31PM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 today to 14:15 today, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 today to 14:12 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Saturday 26 July 2014 4:32AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 yesterday to 14:15 yesterday, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 yesterday to 14:12 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Sunday 27 July 2014 4:33AM

BLUEBELL HILL transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 on 25 Jul to 14:15 on 25 Jul, HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:42 on 25 Jul to 14:12 on 25 Jul. [BBC]

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