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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
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (West 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, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
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72 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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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 11 Freeview HD 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, 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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest (256°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest (248°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TK T
C29SDN
C33ArqB
C34ArqA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C48BBCA
C50tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4
C58tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C61BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C62SDN
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 29 Feb 12 and 14 Mar 12.

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
Saturday, 23 November 2019
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John
9:43 PM

Horsham (Roffey), tuned ?o Midhurst. Channel 5 and 4 have both been repeatedly dropping out for several days. Cant see any transmitter issues. I know theres a bit of steelwork going up in Horsham town centre, which could be betwen Roffey and Midhurat. Anyone know anything?

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11:03 PM

John:

I can't find any reports of transmitter problems either, nor any Planned Engineering.

It will depend of how big this steel work is as to whether it's likely to cause a problem. Goto http://www.radioandtvhelp….uk/ and select "Freeview", then put your postcode and house number in the boxes and click "Check transmitters". You can zoom in and out on the map(s) and see if it's location is likely to cause a problem.

Have you made any changes to your installation recently? It might be worth checking all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section which may indicate problems with your aerial or downlead. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

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Sunday, 24 November 2019
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2:08 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 19:35 yesterday to 19:38 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 2 December 2019
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2:13 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 19:35 yesterday to 19:38 yesterday. [BBC]

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2:13 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 19:35 yesterday to 19:38 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 10 December 2019
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2:15 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 19:35 yesterday to 19:38 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 12 December 2019
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Mike Husband
6:50 PM

Bbc1hd + bbc2hd itv. Hd dropping signal has been getting over the last few weeks, now really bad. Returned channels and all he channels have disappeared. Non hd ones work fine. Central horsham, midhurst transmitter. No probs before has he signal got weaker due to making space for phones?

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8:19 PM

Mike Husband:

There have been no changes to the transmitted power of any multiplexes at Midhurst, PSB3/BBCB HD is transmitted at the same power as PSBs 1&2 - 20kW. The COM multiplexes (4-6) are transmitted at less power - 10kW. Are you having any problems receiving these?
For a list of which channels are on which multiplexes see Channel listings | Freeview

Neither Freeview nor the BBC are reporting any transmitters issues and there is no Planned Engineering listed.
Have your problems been since the Retune event on the 16th October? This is when the remaining multiplexes moved from Aerial Group C/D to Group K, so if you have an old aerial you may have difficulty getting some multiplexes. If you already have a wideband aerial, there shouldn't be a problem.

Otherwise, check all you coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads can be a common problem, try swapping them. See what signal strengths (if any) and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section, this might indicate potential issues with your aerial or downlead. Also check that your downlead looks undamaged and that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.

If you have an old aerial, providing you don't have Satellite or Cable TV you can get free help by contacting the Freeview Advice line on 0808-100-0288 where they should be offering to send an engineer to replace your aerial with a Group T / Wideband or Group K which is what you'll need to have satisfactory reception of all multiplexes.

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Friday, 13 December 2019
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Mike Husband
10:56 AM
Horsham

Chris.SE, not sure if this reply is seen. As previous post - all HD terrestrial channels on BBCB /PSB3 have disappeared on channel retune. They have been getting worse ever since the october retune. Flickering for a time & then setting down & working. Not now & recordings spoilt. Tried retune & they're gone. Why would these go while other channels are working?

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11:58 PM

Mike Husband:

I'm not sure you've fully understood many of the points that I've made. and so rather than just repeat what I said, I'll ask some questions and you can answer in the context of what I said previously, but first I'll add that as you haven't supplied a full postcode, we can't look at the predicted reception at you location which for a variety of reasons COULD be marginal/variable for some multiplexes. Many locations in Horsham do not get good reception from Midhurst- but if you want the Meridian region, it's often the only potentially viable option.

1) Do you have a wideband aerial?
2) Have you checked all coax plugs. flyleads etc.? Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.
3) What are the signal strengths (if any) and quality you are getting for the multiplexes shown in your TV's tuning section?

Digital signals do not work like analogue. It's no good saying that other channels are working. Digital signals can be quite weak and the channels are working, but then if they get slightly weaker (or suffer interference) they go over a "cliff-edge" as it's been called, and break up and/or stop. If you carry out a retune when the signals are too weak (or missing) you lose the correctly tuned channels, when if you hadn't retuned then you may have kept them.

In fact that principal is used sometimes when a set's memory is fragmented for want of a better way of describing it, you unplug the aerial, retune and that clears memory as no channels are found. A retune with the aerial reconnected should then restore all received channels to their correct LCNs.

I mentioned interference in passing, so I'll add one thing that I omitted from my previous post -
Do you have any Sky boxes (or other set-top boxes), Games boxes or other devices that have an RF output which may be set to C36 or even C31, C27 or any frequency very very close to them?


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