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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?

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
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 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 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 76 Quest +1, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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 18 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, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel 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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-133 Oct 122013-1716 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+1 D3+4D3+4
C58tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_off+BArqAArqAArqA
C60tv_off+D
C61BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C62+ASDN
C64-C
C65+2
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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
Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

2:11 AM

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

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Thursday, 26 December 2019
Transmitter engineering
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2:09 AM

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

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020
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Mrs Diana Amory
6:20 PM

I was very upset on Sunday to tuesday night that there was no TV Freeview signal. I understand that it was due to a freak weather condition, which I presume you had no control over. I was upset because I live alone and am elderly, and television is a vital commodity to prevent me feeling lonely and getting sad, so I was really very unhappy these last three days.
I was so pleased today to discover it is apparently alright now. Therefore I would like to know what is the possibility of this happening again, or is there anything you can do to prevent it? I would also like to know if there is any way you can prewarn me/us?
I would be most grateful for a response, because it was extremely frustrating not to have been able to make contact with anyone to find out what was happening.

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MikeP
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8:08 PM

Mrs Diana Amory:

The problems cause by temperature inversions is a well known natural phenomenon and has occured every year, sometimes several times a year for many many years, since broadcasts in the UHF bands started. There is nothing anyone can do about it and it will certainly occur again in the future.

All you can do, as a viewer, is to watch the weather forecasts for high pressure over your area. That does not guarantee there will be temperature inversions, but is also does not guarantee that there won't be.

Please DO NOT RETUNE when it does happen.



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Chris.SE
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8:13 PM

Mrs Diana Amory:

First let me wish you a happy new year and I'm sorry to hear it upset you, I know that others who live alone had similar feelings.

Yes it was adverse conditions called "Tropospheric propagation" or "Ducting" and is something that's more common in the summer, but the recent conditions have been unusually strong for the time of year, even in summer we rarely see it as strong as this.

Let me also say at this point, this is an independent help site, it's not the broadcasters, nor are we responsible for them, but I will say the abysmal lack of information they put out is unacceptable.

I'm afraid there's always a chance this could occur again due to unusual conditions, just like the weather in general has become more unusual at times, but it's not that common.
Do you not have a radio set you could use if this sort of thing happened again?

Whilst there are predictors out there that try to predict these conditions, they aren't 100% accurate, just like weather forecasts which can be inaccurate or suddenly change.
I hope your Freeview reception is normally OK.

Do post back if you have any more concerns or want any more help.

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020
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mike phillips
10:31 AM
Pulborough

RH20 2NJ Newish roof aerial. Midhurst TX

I have been through all the hoops on problem solving, and am still puzzled why I get poor reception on PBS1 but not on the other Muxes. Even after the 'pressure pattern' issues I am still getting occasional pixellation ONLY on PBS1. Any suggestions? Is it likely to be a 700hz issue on that Mux?

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Transmitter engineering
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10:47 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to a fault from 14 Jan 20:43 until 14 Jan 20:48. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 15 January 2020
Transmitter engineering
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5:01 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: Off the air due to a fault from 14 Jan 22:49 until 14 Jan 22:51. Off the air due to a fault from 14 Jan 20:43 until 14 Jan 20:48. . [BBC]

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Chris.SE
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9:55 AM

mike phillips:

According to the BBC, PSB1 had slightly reduced power due to a fault on the14th. See also reports above.
For Midhurst your aerial should be pointing ~WNW and tuned to UHF channels C48, C35, C36, C29, C34, C33 for PSBs1-3, COMs4-6. Your "newish aerial" should be a Group K or T (or wideband).
If you are tuned to C24, C27, C21 you are picking up Rowridge (~WSW).

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