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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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 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, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 0 Freeview HD 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: .

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
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.

Monday, 26 March 2012
peter behrens
4:20 PM
Burgess Hill

dear sir/madam
we are in burgess hill rh15 8et area.
last night 25th and today 26th we seem not tobe able to get bbc2,itv1 and c4. we retune they stay for a while and then go ?
can you help with any reason for this ?

thank you for your help

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peter behrens's 1 post GB

5:49 PM

peter behrens: If you have BBC1 alright, but BBC2 comes and goes it suggests that you are receiving and storing channels from two or more transmitters. Is there a BBC2 in the 800s of the channel list that works correctly? If the aerial is pointing to Midhurst it is likely that Heathfield signals are being picked up from behind the aerial, as these channels are on a lower frequency they are stored by the receiver, the Midhurst channels being stored in the 800's or ignored completely. In the present weather conditions, when out of area signals are traveling further than normal it is also likely that you found signals from other transmitters. As is the nature of such reception, these signals tend to fade in and out, resulting in them being present when you happen to do a channel scan, but absent a short time later. The original loss of reception which prompted you to re-tune could have been caused by the powerful Mendip transmitter swamping the Midhurst signal for a time. Ideally you should not re-tune at such times as the reception will return to normal when the out of area signal fades out. Do a manual tune of the Midhurst frequencies, if the receiver permits this. Otherwise start the scan with the aerial unplugged, plug it back in before C50 to store the Midhurst channels.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
David Precious
9:43 AM

Midhurst Transmitter. 9th Feb all OK. 14th Mar all OK except I have lost most of the EPG on ALL channels. If I am lucky I might get the next two programs showing. Panasonic have tried an update and have now given up. They say it is a digital switchover problem as all the channels are working and it is only the EPG that is not working. I cannot now record or mark any programs. Almost useless.

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David Precious's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

10:27 AM

David Precious: The only thing I can think is to ensure that only signals from Midhurst are stored and that it doesn't store signals from other transmitters (if that is what it does).

I'm skeptical as to whether will cure the problem, but under the circumstances it would seem that only thing to do. Some systems' EPGs don't work well with signals from multiple transmitters.

If it has entries in the 800s, then this means that it has picked up signals from more than one transmitter. It puts duplicates (e.g. a second BBC One) in the 800s.

Some ideas for achieving the object of Midhurst only channels being stored:

Midhurst uses UHF channels 50 to 62 (frequencies). The automatic tuning scan runs 21 through to 69.

If you keep the aerial unplugged until about C48 (or 55%), then you should miss out any transmitters that use channels lower than this.

If there are transmitters that are interleaved within Midhurst's channels, then having completed this procedure you will still expect to have them in your 800s.

Examination of those channels and in particular what UHF channel(s) they are on by looking at the signal strength screen should allow you to work out which transmitter it is and therefore which channels you need to avoid.

The services are broadcast on multiplexes. Each multiplex carries a basket of services. For example, BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News and others are all carried on the same multiplex or signal.

For a list of services before and after switchover, see DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The Digital UK - Postcode checker will also give you an idea of what you're likely to receive, although not all will pose a problem for you. Tick the box to say that you're in the trade and it will give you transmitters and channel numbers.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

10:30 AM

David Precious: Carry out a factory reset before you start as a precaution (so as to wipe anything stored).

If you do this and still get some 800s, then it may be best to factory reset again before you try again to avoid the other signals.

If you have manual tuning, then this may be a way round it. This could enable you to tune in all Midhurst multiplexes (having factory reset) or if, having reset, you can only tune automatically, then aim to pick up at least one from Midhurst and manually tune the rest.

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Roger Haynes
1:02 PM

I live in Midhurst and have a panasonic television which uses DVB services with good reception. To get Sky one has to go to AV1 and this has worked perfectly well in the past except that there is a slight background sound from BBC2 which is only really noticeable when there is no sound on a Sky programme.
However just recently, probably coinciding with the change to digital, Sky programmes suddenly stop and one is transferred to BBC2 on DVB. How can I stop this?

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Roger Haynes's 1 post EU
4:03 PM

Freeview box. All channels are off. The screen says that the receiver is not receiving a signal or signal too weak

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White's 1 post GB
Transmitter engineering

6:28 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 today to 16:57 today [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

6:28 PM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 today to 16:57 today [BBC]

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ken leedale
9:09 PM

We are tuned to Midhurst.On Friday,23rd March, the TV screen started to shake continiously. From Sunday we have had no picture, but only the channel number. Will this be temporary or otherwise in Crawley consequent to the current changes at Midhurst. We have tried retuning the set
and still have 88 TV channels - previously there were 100. Our postcode is RH10 3TS

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