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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C33 (570.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
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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
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)370mDTG-380,000W
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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)370mDTG-680,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C39 (618.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C48 (690.0MHz)370mDTG-840,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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 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
VHFC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TW T
C10ITVwaves
C33BBCA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C39SDN
C42ArqA
C48ArqBArqB
C50tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCA
C51tv_offD3+4
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCB
C55tv_offSDN
C56tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C57tv_off_local_local
C59tv_offArqA
C66ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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?

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Comments
Sunday, 25 August 2013
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:57 PM

PETER HUGHES: The Clacton PSB relay transmitter is horizontally polarised, so reception of it might be good enough with a Dover-facing aerial.

Combing feeds from Dover and Clacton with a diplexer will not be possible due to channel allocations. The same goes with Sudbury's PSBs and Dover's COMs as COM6 is on C48.

What I would suggest is to use Dover as the main transmitter whilst having the signal from the Clacton relay fed into a separate set-top box for when regional programmes are being broadcast. I appreciate that this might not be convenient for cases where signals are distributed to more than one room. That said the strength of the Clacton transmitter may be such that it can be split using an unpower splitter which would reduce the cost of a second distribution system for regional viewing. That said, it would require a separate set-top box at each TV.

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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nick
sentiment_satisfiedGold

11:01 PM

Dover comes in ok in Aldeburgh most of the time, except for mux on c48, Sudbury gets knocked out by Dutchmen.

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nick's 373 posts GB
Thursday, 5 September 2013
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Stuart
8:09 PM

No reception on Dover for the ITV mux at all tonight, also BBC1 mux went off for a while as well.

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Stuart's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 26 October 2013
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Mark
1:01 PM

Lost all TV channels just now, after several retunes got 40 channels back but lost all HD channels..

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Mark's 4 posts GB
Thursday, 12 December 2013
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Tony McCully
11:04 PM
Sandwich

During the last couple of days my ITV/Channel 4 stations have no signal. I have retuned and followed the reset procedure. When I have done the latter as this evening ( 12 December) it was okay for maybe half an hour then the channels were lost again, I live in Sandwich, Kent. I have not changed any of the equipment or aware of any interference or damage.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:18 PM

Tony McCully: It's the lift conditions which are causing distant transmissions to carry much further than they normally would. Don't retune unless you wish to loose these services completely or wish to see if you can pick up distant transmissions.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Friday, 13 December 2013
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Steve Welton
10:34 AM

Hi all, I run an antenna installation company in East Kent, covering Thanet, Canterbury, Sandwich, Deal, Dover, Folkestone, Whitstable, Herne, Herne Bay, Rochester and all areas in-between. Yesterday at work I had many problems with customers not receiving certain channels. There appears to be some interference on UHF channels 48 and 59. A colleague from another company working in Herne Bay yesterday had issues with Muxes on these channels. On my Spectrum analyser it showed unusually poor VBER readings on 59. Thought this might help someone with problems on these channels.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:22 PM

Steve Welton: It's the lift conditions. They have been causing havock on the east side of the country from Kent and Sussex in the south all the way up to Yorkshire.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 14 December 2013
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David
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:02 PM
Sandwich

i was looking on the digital uk website & it looks like Dover has Reception change put down for 2016. do you no what that is about.
also Margate has to put down for that year & Ramsgate has 3 three put down & put one down for the 23 of nov 13.


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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

2:58 PM

David: The output of the Digital UK Coverage Checker is based on lots of different factors. It is a statistical probability rather than a statement of what any individual will definitely experience.

Factors include the likelihood of signals from other transmitters which use the same frequency carrying further than normal and therefore degrading reception.

Unfortunately Digital UK Coverage Checker doesn't explain the reason why it "thinks" the way it does.

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