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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
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, 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, 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, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 Great! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Smithsonian Channel, 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, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 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)

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.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Over the next week Midhurst main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Over the next week Midhurst main transmitter: TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 144,052 posts xx flag
3:06 PM

Hi All
I am in GU33 Liss. Since Midhurst switchover we have been unable to receive Ch62 SDN. Good signal strength but no quality. I have noted an analogue signal still transmitting on a channel in the early 60s which I believe is Heathfield. I get a snowy picture and good sound on two analogue channels with East Sussex news.
When a manual scan of CH 62 did on one ocasion pick up programme numbers they were in the 800s.
Are there any reports of Heathfield or another analogue transmision interfering with CH62.
PS Ive checked all leads, other devices etc as recommended; no probs there - the digital signal is clearly being scrambled by something.


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Phil's 12 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 11 April 2012

7:47 PM

Phil: Heathfield has analogue signals on 64 & 67, which shouldn't be interfering with your SND on 62.
A more likely candidate for the interference would be the Oxford transmitter, which has SDN also on 62, with sufficient power to reach you albeit from the north (rather than the south-east for Midhurst).
I think the Oxford signal may be reflecting off the Maysleith / Maysleith Wood ridge, which your aerial would be looking towards.

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Friday, 13 April 2012
Andrew P
8:09 AM

I live in Haslemere and am tuned in successfully to the Haslemere transmitter. I've noticed that there is a wider rande of channels from Midhurst but possibly (distance) a weaker reception. I'm fortunate in having both a horizontal (Midhurst) and a vertical (Haslemere) arial. If I connect both of these would I be able to see both transmitters and if so would, say, BBC simply appear twice when I tune in?

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Dave Lindsay

10:30 AM

Andrew P: There are two categories of terrestrial television service in the UK:

- Public Service Broadcasters (PSBs) which BBC, ITV1, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and whose transmitters also carry ITV1+1, ITV2, E4, More 4 and HD variants.

- Commercial broadcasters (COMs), such as Film 4, Dave, ITV3, Pick TV and so on.

The PSBs broadcast from all transmitters that were in service prior to switchover (barring a tiny few) and at transmission powers that allow the signal to serve the same areas as the former analogue.

The COMs on the other hand broadcast from 80 of the largest transmitters (by viewer population). They cover 90% of the population this way. They were asked if they wished to transmit from more sites and declined. The cost of them transmitting from the 1000 or so small relays like Haslemere would roughly double their cost of transmission. As there objective is profit from advertising it is little wonder that they did what they did.

For a more in-depth explanation, see Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice

To come back to your original question, Haslemere relays Midhurst's PSBs, but not its COMs. Thus, if you can receive the PSBs from Midhurst you would be watching the same programmes.

What I suggest that you do is use the Midhurst aerial exclusively. It's an "aerial" by the way; "arial" is a computer typeface.

The COMs from Midhurst are lower power than the PSBs. So if you can get the weaker COMs, then you should be OK with the PSBs.

See here the "After switchover configuration":

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

The COMs are SDN, ArqA and ArqB. ArqB is on low low power until 25th April, so you may not receive it until then. If Yesterday and others don't appear in your receiver's listings by that date, then don't perform a full re-scan then, just use the manual tune function (if available) and tune to C50 to add those services.

The only possible thing is that the receiver might decide to receive PSBs from Haslemere and COMs from Midhurst even though you are only using a single aerial on Midhurst. To avoid this possibility, run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial lead unplugged up to 55%.

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Mike Dimmick

1:51 PM

Andrew P: Haslemere is a relay of Midhurst, rebroadcasting the signals it receives from Midhurst, so there is no advantage at all in having aerials pointing to both. The predicted coverage from Midhurst is excellent, with 99-100% of the locations in your grid square expected to get reliable results - this is actually better than Haslemere, which is expected to get worse next week after Crystal Palace goes full power on the same channels.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 16 April 2012
9:50 AM

Any one know when BBC HD will be available from Midhurst?

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Mark Fletcher

10:19 AM

Mike.BBC HD is already available from Midhurst since DSO2 from Wednesday 14 March 2012 onwards on BBCB (HD) multiplex on frequency 58 on programme channel number 50.

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5:37 PM
Burgess Hill

RH15 8AD Aerial on roof.
I have two hard drive recorders one is a HumaxHDR FOXT2,the otherisa L.G.RHT498H.The Humax is working fine since the re-tune,my problem is with the L.G. It has been re-tuned many times useing all methods,factory reset,aerial out etc.on some occasions the retune will last up to a week but then on switch on and find it stuck on one channel the EPG will not come on and no responce from a number of functions from the unit or remote control,if the aerial input is removed these functions will then operate for a limited time. the fault appears to be linked to the EPG transmission is this possiable.
Any advice you can offer would be appreciated

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