Bluebell Hill is 3 miles North of Maidstone and was opened in 1974. Being a main transmitter it is horizontally polarised. Originally (pre switchover) Bluebell Hill was an E group. but it`s now a B group. OK, technically it isn`t a B group (the B group only goes up to CH53) but since every decent B group aerial will still be working fine on CH54 it is really (see Bluebell Hill`s Graph). Note that all E group (or wideband) aerials which worked before the switchover should continue to work fine afterwards.
Ofcom quote Bluebell Hill`s maximum population coverage as being about 1.5 million, but that includes households which may well be on another transmitter with overlapping coverage, it`ll actually be significantly less than that.
The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.
Also see other relevant B group curves.
For Bluebell Hill`s frequencies see its channel allocation guide below.
Question. Why is Bluebell Hill so called ? I couldn`t possibly guess, how about you ?
Just like Sandy Heath ?
Now then, not so fast young man.
George Wise contacted us to say that Bluebell Hill isn`t Bluebell Hill at all, it`s actually Blue Bell Hill. Furthermore the moniker has nothing to do with flowers, it refers to a Blue Bell which used to summon the horses to draw the vehicles up the hill between Maidstone and Chatham.
Consultation of a map of the area proves George to be right.
However the transmitter is called Bluebell Hill by the BBC so I must (somewhat regretfully....) stick with the “incorrect” name.
Incidentally the BBC has got a few of the other transmitter names wrong as well, though, as usual, I can`t actually remember which ones they are at the moment !
The nearest railway to Bluebell Hill is, very unusually, one which only opened in 2003, namely the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. In fact the line actually goes under Bluebell Hill in a tunnel which is only about half a mile to the SW of the transmitter.
Bluebell Hill Transmitter OS Grid Ref TQ 757 613
Also see basic digital fault finding.
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For Bluebell Hill we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi18K for outdoor installs in poor signal areas, the XB10K for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16K for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs (over an XB16) due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.
For Bluebell Hill`s frequencies see its channel allocation guide. This also includes
the same data for some of the other major transmitters also receivable within Bluebell
Hill`s coverage area, namely Crystal Palace, Sandy, Sudbury, Dover, Hastings, Heathfield,
Tunbridge Wells, Whitehawk Hill (Brighton), Midhurst and Reigate. The Channel Allocation
Guides can be very useful in the diagnosis of co-
Note the large power increase after digital switchover, and the fact that Bluebell Hill was an E group but is now a B group.
There is one ”Local” channel allocated to Bluebell Hill, CH27, to be (mainly) used for a Maidstone TV station. In addition, there are lower power HD MUXES on CHs 32 and 34, but all of these can be picked up by (decent) B group aerials.
The dotted lines are MUXES 7 & 8
(Both together only have a small audience and they`e due to be switched of by about 2020)