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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast?

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 14 May 11:10 until 14 May 11:17. . BBC

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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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 17 others

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? 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
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Thursday, 8 October 2020
Transmitter engineering

7:27 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to essential engineering from 8 Oct 11:43 until 8 Oct 13:23. . [BBC]

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Friday, 6 November 2020
Andrew Mallpress
2:26 PM

I have just retuned (Midhurst transmitter), following advice that ITV4 is moving from Ch24 to Ch25.
Have now lost your Channel54 (ITV, Ch4, Ch5, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, Film4 etc.)
Have repeated the retune several times with no joy. Any thoughts?

My postcode is RH12 3EL.

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Saturday, 7 November 2020

1:41 AM

Andrew Mallpress:

Unfortunately the UHF channel numbers listed at the very top of the page have not been correctly updated by the site owner of this independent help-site. There are over 1100 transmitters in the UK and quite a few changes were made as part of the 700MHz clearance programme.

The recent retune was as a result of all the programme Logical Channel Numbers (LCNs) from 24 to54 inclusive being moved up one location ie. to 25 to 55.

For the Midhurst transmitter the correct UHF channels are those listed in the table slightly lower down the page under the column 16 Oct 2019
For clarity, these are C48, C35, C36, C29, C34, C33 in the order PSB1/BBC A, PSB2/D3&4, PSB3/BBC B HD, COM4/SDN, COM5/ARQ A, COM6/ARQ B

The programmes & LCNs on each multiplex can be seen at Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview
There is no COM7 or Local multiplexes at Midhurst.

Depending on how you retuned, some programmes may have been place in the 800s range of LCNs.
The best way to deal with restoring everything correctly would be to retune as follows -
Unplug the aerial and do an automatic retune, which should clear all previous tuning as nothing will be found.
(This method doesn't work on all devices and for those a reset ma be required).
Then plug the aerial back in and ideally do a manual retune for the UHF channels just mentioned. If manual tuning isn't possible just to an automatic retune.

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Friday, 8 January 2021
Transmitter engineering

7:54 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 8 Jan 03:21 until 8 Jan 03:28. . [BBC]

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Saturday, 9 January 2021
David Meager
12:23 PM

I live in GU31 4LR Petersfield No,255

I can not receive Freeview Channels 50 &51

Do you transmit these?

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5:43 PM

David Meager:

Hi David, we do not transmit anything, this is an independent helpsite. If you are talking about the LCN channel numbers in your EPG, then see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex.

The two that you mention are on different multiplexes, are you missing others listed on the same multiplexes?
Depending on when you retuned last, channels LCN numbers between 24 & 54 changed in November (much to the anger of a lot of viewers) (see Updates and alerts | Freeview for details).

There is no "Local" multiplex transmitted from Midhurst, and the NI mux is only in Northern Ireland. If any channels on the SDN multiplex are missing then there could be another issue. You shouldn't have any problems receiving the six main multiplexes at your locale if your aerial system is ok.
If you are missing other channels not on the Local or NI muxes, post back with some more detail so we can provide further advice.
PS. Not the best of ideas to post house numbers on a public forum ;)

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Chris.SE's 4,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 12 January 2021
10:53 PM

Finally my signal from Midhurst has returned I discovered today 12 Jan after disappearing on or around 26 Dec (roughly coincident with storm Bella but I cannot be certain of the precise correlation.
Some intermittent reception for first few days.
I assumed my aerial had lost alignment or other failure in the masthead amp (remains possible) but today everything back, high signal strength & quality incl. HD.
2 TVs fed separately from the same aerial, same symptoms on both.
Roof aerial, GU34 2EB.
I have struggled to find out if there was any relevant outage for at least 14 days?

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11:46 PM

Chris: There definitely hasn't been a transmitter outage lasting for 2 weeks, thousands of people would be complaining and it would be all over the local press if there had been. Perhaps something got damaged in the storm which allowed water to get into your aerial system, which has now dried out, causing reception to return?

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StevensOnln1's 3,636 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 January 2021

4:08 AM


I certainly wouldn't rule out what StevensOnln1 says, especially as you suspected it as a possibility, keep an eye on things and see if they get worse when the weather is bad - plenty of rain etc.

However, there is another possibility, are you sure you were tuned to Midhurst during this period? You can pick up several transmitters at your location and predicted reception from Midhurst is not that good except for the BBCA/PASB1 multiplex, although the Freeview predictor and BBC one don't quite agree as the BBC one suggests it's just the D3&4/PSB2 & ArqB/COM6 multiplexes where you might have variable reception!

That said there is an Alton very low power relay transmitter very close to you. Even with the aerial pointing at Midhurst you may well get signals from Alton on a retune if Midhurst signals are down (or even a mix from a variety of transmitters in the wrong (weather) conditions.
Now, Alton is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible service interruptions", what's more it is a relay of Hannington which is also listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal", so if the relay relies on an off-air signal then it may not receive one if Hannington's signal is that low!
You might also get signals from Crystal Palace, Reigate, Guildford and Rowridge! All less likely as they are in different directions.

Check your aerial is correctly pointing at Midhurst - bearing 127 degrees, slightly E of SE. It's rods should be horizontal. Alton is at a bearing of 155 degrees, almost SSE (but would have rods vertical).

Check in your TV's tuning section which UHF channels it's tuned to for each multiplex.
For Midhurst they are C48, C35, C36, C29, C34, C33 in the order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5 and ArqB/COM6.
For the Alton relay C41, C44, C47 for PSBs1-3 only.

If you want to check which programmes are on which multiplexes see Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview and note there is no Local or COM7 multiplexes (nor NI & G-MAN) from Midhurst.

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Sunday, 24 January 2021
Transmitter engineering

1:56 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 24 Jan 10:11 until 24 Jan 10:22. . [BBC]

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