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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.

 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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 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), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 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, 27 October 2022

8:27 PM


Did you not read the post immediately before yours?
The highest channel used by Midhurst is C48, 690MHz.
Since COM7 was closed at all of the 25 main transmitters that broadcast it, there isn't a single Freeview transmitter in the country broadcasting above C48.

If you need a new aerial for Midhurst, you need a Group K aerial.
Group T or Wideband, even Group B, could leave you vulnerable in the future to Mobile transmissions in the 700MHz band (4G or 5G) especially if you have any masts near you. You would then need a filter and that could still be insufficient if the mobile mast is very very close.

How good is your current reception? How far are you from Midhurst? If you provide a Full postcode we might be able to offer some further advice.

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag

10:32 PM

Dave: The 700MHz band clearance was completed in August 2020 and the temporary COM7 multiplex on UHF channel 56 (which was never broadcast from Midhurst) closed at the end of June this year. There are no transmitters broadcasting on any frequency above 694MHz, the 700MHz band is now used by the mobile networks for 4G and 5G and the 800MHz band has been used for 4G since 2013. A group K aerial will be suitable for receiving Midhurst (or any other transmitter) in the vast majority of locations.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 31 January 2023
Transmitter engineering

11:09 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 30 Jan 10:19. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

2:20 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 30 Jan 10:19 until 31 Jan 11:45. . [BBC]

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Thursday, 2 February 2023
Transmitter engineering

2:09 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 2 Feb 11:34 until 2 Feb 11:51. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 30 Jan 10:19 until 31 Jan 11:45. . [BBC]

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Sunday, 5 February 2023
Transmitter engineering

2:20 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 2 Feb 11:34 until 2 Feb 11:51. . [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,786 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 February 2023
12:42 PM

From location RH149QS

Intermittent 'no signal' message on screen.

Tuned into Midhurst transmitter.

All channels appear to show good signal strength. But signal quality mostly zero. Though sometimes channel 34 shows reasonable quality and shows picture and sound ok.

Please can you cure this problem from Midhurst transmitter?


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Robert's 1 post GB flag

2:13 PM


There are currently no reported problems with the transmitter and it's not been listed for Planned Engineering recently. This is an independent technical help-site so we couldn't cure a problem if there was one and for Planned Engineering you'd have to wait until work was complete.

What you are probably seeing is down to current weather conditions, there is some tropospheric ducting/temperature inversion which sometimes occurs with high pressure, more common in the summer but can occur at other times.
This produces interference as signals from other transmitter in Europe or the UK travel further than normal. The set will often initially see this as a reduction in signal quality until the point it cannot decode the signals and the signal can go to zero as it looks just like noise.
Current conditions are quite strong and are periodically affecting large parts of the UK.

Not all multiplexes will be affected at the same time, it'll depend on where the interference is coming from. Do NOT retune, retuning when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures often just clears the correct tuning or you get tuned to an interfering signal which will disappear as conditions change.

The BBC have issued warnings.
For a simplistic explanation, see…ure.

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 March 2023
Transmitter engineering

11:08 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 8 Mar 09:25 until 8 Mar 10:01. . [BBC]

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Monday, 5 June 2023
Sylvia Knowles
8:24 AM
Burgess Hill

RH15 9QH
Since the fine weather started, I have been unable to watch ITV or BBC channels without constant interference. ITV is the worst, with both sound & vision badly affected. I have taken advice from a local aerial co., who say it is 'just the weather'. I am a lone pensioner who watches a lot of TV so this is very annoying. I am reduced to viewing on my laptop!
Please help.

Thank you.

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