Full Freeview on the Dover (Kent, England) transmitter
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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.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Kent (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Sussex (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Surrey (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Essex (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 Ideal World, 50 TJC, 95 Create and Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 45 Gems TV, 85 Craft Store TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 72 Shopping Quarter, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
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 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, 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 Dover transmitter?
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 69km west (270°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
How will the Dover (Kent, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - more
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 13 Jun 12 and 27 Jun 12.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|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
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: Digital signals do not deteriorate, they are on or off. See How digital television works | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .
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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: 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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