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Full Freeview on the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 94,000 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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Midhurst 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C55 (746.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Three, 1 BBC One South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C56 (754.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C58 (770.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
 BBC Three HD, 45 Film4 +1, 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, 123 CBBC HD, 602 BBC Red Button 2, 603 BBC Red Button 3, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C54 (738.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 58 ITV Be +1, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 23 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C59 (778.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C50 (706.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Al Jazeera English,  BT Sport 1 (not free), 18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 38 Quest +1, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 73 YourTV +1, 84 Dave ja vu, plus 21 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 14 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5USA +1, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera Eng HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Community Channel, RT HD, Talking Pictures TV, VIVA.

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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest
to ITV Meridian (South Coast) region - 39 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-133/10/12-2013-18
aerial groupC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E
700C50ArqBArqBArqB
C54 SDNSDN
C55BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C56+1 D3+4D3+4
C58ITVITVITVBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59+BArqAArqAArqA
C60+D
800C61BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4
C62+ASDN
C64-C
C65+2
C68C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz 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 29th February and 14th March 2012.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Midhurst 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. Midhurst 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.

Comments
Tuesday, 29 March 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:01 yesterday to 06:08 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 20:25 on 27 Mar to 20:33 on 27 Mar, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:07 yesterday to 01:22 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 00:5 [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
7:31 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:01 yesterday to 06:08 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:07 yesterday to 01:22 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 00:53 yesterday to 00:58 yesterday, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 20:2 [BBC]

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Wednesday, 30 March 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:01 on 28 Mar to 06:08 on 28 Mar, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 20:25 on 27 Mar to 20:33 on 27 Mar, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:07 on 28 Mar to 01:22 on 28 Mar, BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 00:5 [BBC]

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Friday, 1 April 2016
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 01:07 on 28 Mar to 01:22 on 28 Mar, BBC Digital TV Very Weak Signal from 00:53 on 28 Mar to 00:58 on 28 Mar, BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:01 on 28 Mar to 06:08 on 28 Mar. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 6 April 2016
S
Stuart Ponsford
5:53 PM

Re: Digital TV reception from the Midhurst Transmitter

By the way I am a retired electronics engineer so I am familiar with technical terms.
I have two Technosonic PVR 101 Freeview hard disc recorders and at my location in Haslemere receive a signal from the Midhurst transmitter that is nearly 100% in strength and Very Good in quality.
I realise that these were cheap and sometimes infuriating machines, but up until recently have behaved adequately. However over the last month or two some strange things have been happening.
Most days some channels are missing, usually 1 to 9 on Multiplexes 55 and 56. Other days just channels 3 and 4, (ITV1 and Channel 4 and possibly others) on Multiplex 56 are missing. Sometimes Multiplex 59 suffers the same problem. They can be recovered by performing a manual retune of Multiplexes 55, 56, 59 and the pictures can be received OK but bizarrely often the ITV1 and Channel 4 programmes cannot be recorded either manually or by the timer. Other programmes like BBC1, BBC2, and Quest etc. can be recorded without a problem. Very weird.
I have tried the following:
o First Time Installation set-up without an aerial connected then with the aerial connected
o Auto Tune without an aerial connected then with the aerial connected
o Cleared all channels and carried out manual tuning
Unfortunately none of the operations have cured the problem and I have to manually tune once or even twice a day!
I am wondering if additional new information (e.g. some form of Meta Data) is being transmitted these days which my old receiver is unable to process and causing confusion. Before I consign them to the spares pile I would be grateful if you could throw some light on this matter.
Regards,
Mr Stuart Ponsford

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