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Switchover starts in Hampshire, West Sussex coast plus Brighton and Hove

If you live in the Rowridge (Southampton, Portsmouth, Poole, Worthing) and Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove) transmitter areas your digital switchover starts this week

If you live in the Rowridge (Southampton, Portsmouth, Poole, Wo
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This week sees the first stage of the digital television switchover for 721,393 homes in Hampshire and West Sussex plus the 118,500 homes in the city of Brighton and Hove.

From 6am Wednesday 7th March 2012, you must perform a "first time installation" retune (sometimes "Factory Reset" or "Shipping Condition") on your Freeview box or television set if you use the Rowridge, Salisbury or Whitehawk Hill full service Freeview transmitter.

This is because the old low power "multiplex 1" BBC service will be replaced by the high power BBCA multiplex on the old analogue BBC TWO frequency:

  • Rowridge (starts midnight, ends by 6am) - BBC TWO analogue closes on C24, Mux 1 closes on C34, BBCA starts on C24.
  • Salisbury (starts midnight, ends by 6am) - BBC TWO analogue closes on C63, ITV 1 analogue moves to C60 from C53, Mux 1 closes on C55, BBCA starts on C57.
  • Whitehawk Hill (starts midnight, ends by 6am) - BBC TWO analogue C60 closes. ITV 1 analogue swaps to C63 from C60. Multiplex BBCA starts on C60. Multiplex 1 C66 closes. Mux A moves from C55 to C66.

On Wednesday 7th March 2012 if you use the Bevendean (noon), Bovington (noon), Brading (noon), Brighstone (noon), Brighton (Central) (noon), Canford Heath (2pm), Cheselbourne (noon), Coldean (3pm), Corfe Castle (9am), Donhead (6am), Findon (9am), Hangleton (noon), Horndean (9am), Luccombe (9am), Lulworth (noon), Luscombe Valley (9am), Millbrook (noon), Ovingdean (3pm), Patcham (9am), Piddletrenthide (3pm), Poole (6am), Portslade (9am), Poulner (11am), Saltdean (9am), Shrewton (9am), Singleton (6am), Sutton Row (9am), Till Valley (noon), Ventnor (9am), Westbourne (noon), Winterbourne Steepleton (9am), Winterbourne Stickland (9am) relay transmitters you will be able to receive the BBC Freeview services (with the exception of HD) for the first time, and you will no longer be able to view BBC TWO on analogue.

Remember, this is the last two weeks viewers in Brighton and Hove will be part of the BBC "South Today" region, as the transmitter will now move to the BBC "South East Today" region (as they are already on Sky and Freesat) - see Brighton transmitters will be in BBC South East from March 2012.

You MAY find that old equipment will no longer work - see TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode

Another common problem at switchover is the increase in signal will overload amplifiers and over-the-top aerial installations. If this is the case you will have to remove the booster or amplifier from the system, or perhaps fit an attenuator if you have no amplification. - see Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Brighton Pavilion picture by Brian Butterworth

On Wednesday 21th March 2012 will see the second stage of switchover, which provides the final Freeview configuration, including Freeview HD for all transmitters in this region.

On this date, you will need, once again, to do a "first time installation" as indicated above.

If you are over 75, you should already have been supplied new equipment by the Switchover Help Scheme.

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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

5:56 PM

John: Whitehawk Hill should be the first option for the postcode given, as this will transmit all six muxes after switchover. As Dave rightly suggests, Findon is an option, but only for the PSB muxes as this is a Freeview Light relay.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
8:10 PM

have you got the mux changes right for Whitehawk? the digital uk site says Mux 1 will change from 66 to 60 NOT 55 to 57, you say...

Whitehawk Hill (at 6am) - BBC TWO analogue closes on C63, BBC One analogue moves to C63 from C57, Mux 1 closes on C55-, BBCA starts on C57.


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jonny's 6 posts GB flag
8:12 PM

I think you have mixed Whitehawk up with Salisbury tx

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jonny's 6 posts GB flag

11:07 PM

Sorry folks, finger trouble with the Whitehawk Hill and Salisbury lines. Now corrected.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Paul Simpson
11:39 PM

I've noticed over the last few days that my DAB radio reception in my car has really dropped off for D1 National stations in the BN12 6QQ area. Is this/could this be related to and Whitehawk Hill tx issues associated with switchover?

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Paul Simpson's 2 posts GB flag
Paul's: mapP's Freeview map terrainP's terrain plot wavesP's frequency data P's Freeview Detailed Coverage

11:55 PM

Paul Simpson: Hi. No, the DAB system is totally separate from the digital TV. It's on different frequencies and uses a different transmission system.

You can see the local DAB transmitters for D1 here - Details of 11D/D1 National DAB multiplex | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 March 2012

12:17 AM

Here is the BBC TWO analogue going off...

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
12:48 AM

How Do Youh Get Your Freeview Working Again??

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Kay's 1 post GB flag

1:07 AM

Hmm video is private with me, 12 sec delay wih me betweeen my relay and Rowridge, did'nt expect that...

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