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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 - Midhurst transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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
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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.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012
Dave Lindsay

4:32 PM

Ann: Have a look in the 800s; you may find Midhurst's ArqB services in there.

Depending on the design of the receiver, it may be that C50 has been picked up in the past and put in the 800s. When you manually tune to C50, it may do nothing because as far as the receiver is concerned, it has that channel stored in its memory.

A rescan may be in order to rectify the problem.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

5:20 PM

Dave - I did do a re-scan first and only picked up C28, so I tried a manual tune of C50. No, it isn't in the 800s. I do wonder if I should try a complete scan from scratch, as in unplugging the aerial. I can't see why that would make the difference but it is worth a try.

Incidentally, I rang Arqiva and was told that the work was carried out overnight and that ArqB is now on 10kw. Assuming ArqA is still on 5kw, which we can pick up fine, it does seem very strange.

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Ann's 66 posts GB flag

6:24 PM

I have just discovered that the D3+4 Mux on the Horndean transmitter is also on C50. Could this be the problem? I am in Horndean but get my signal from Midhurst. Mind you, it is only 5w and vertical polarisation, whereas our aerial is horizontal (for Midhurst). Either way, I am not getting any signal on C50. I shall try a complete rescan tonight.

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Dave Lindsay

6:47 PM

Ann: I found your post code on a previous posting of yours and the Digital UK Tradeview predictor doesn't even make mention of Midhurst at your location. Hordean transmitter is predicted as being excellent for you so I expect that it will wipe out any chance of reception of C50 from Midhurst, even though they are different polarisations.

Why does your aerial not point to Rowridge? According to the pages for Midhurst and Rowridge on this website, the BBC and ITV regions are the same for both, so changing wouldn't affect the regional programmes that you get.

The thing with Rowridge is that it now transmits horizontally and vertically. The Commercial channels are stronger vertically than horizontally (200kW vs 50kW); the Public Service channels are the same in both planes (200kW). So if you have an aerial installed for Rowridge, then it should be vertical.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

8:47 PM

We can't get decent reception from Rowridge because there is a hill behind our house. We have no choice but to use Midhurst - and every other Mux is absolutely fine.

If C50 from Horndean is so good, why are we not picking up anything from it - or the other Horndean Muxes (C50 and C56)? Our D3+4 Mux (C61) is coming from Midhurst - presumably, the stronger signal.

When I say, I can't get any signal on C50, I mean that the signal strength is ok but the signal quality is non-existent.

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Dave Lindsay

9:22 PM

Ann: If you can pick up one of the muxes from Rowridge off the back of your aerial, then perhaps it isn't so bad. As I said, Rowridge's COMs are weaker horizontally than vertically

As for not getting anything on C50, your aerial is most sensitive in the direction that it is facing and the polarisation it is set for. Clearly it is picking up too much signal from Horndean and this is trashing the Midhurst signal. The interfering signal does not have to be at such a level as to be useable if the Midhurst one wasn't there, which is what I think you may have been expecting by attempting to tune in C56 from Horndean.

If your aerial were to face Horndean, and it was vertical, it would get more signal from it and the level of rejection of Midhurst's C50 would be much greater than it is now which means that you may well be able to receive C50 from Horndean.

One of the problems you've got is that to get a good signal from Midhurst, I guess that the aerial needs to be high. But that's exactly where the stronger interfering signal from Horndean is likely to be!

I can see the tree-covered hill on Streetview from Hawthorn Road where there are quite a few large aerials on Rowridge. Clearly you are closer to the foot of that slope than they are, which is why your chances of reception are lower.

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Dave Hardy
11:12 PM

My postcode is RH12 3TH,my problem with Freeview is that Quest is scrambled, was OK last week. Does anyone else have the same problem? Regards Dave Hardy.

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11:52 PM

We can pick up BBCA on C55 Midhurst and C56 Horndean - but nothing on C50 from either transmitter.

Unfortunately, Horndean only has 3 Muxes, one of which is HD, so I cannot see why they have bothered keeping it, to be honest, especially if it is interfering with other signals.

The irritating thing is that we could receive the missing channels perfectly before switch-over - although the BBC channels were rubbish. I suppose we can't have everything!

I wonder if it is worth complaining - but to whom?

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Thursday, 26 April 2012

9:57 AM

Ann: A bit of information that you probably won't want to hear- Midhurst is planned to use C56 instead of C61 later this year as part of the clearance for 4G. With regard to Rowridge, the transmitter now transmits all muxes at 200kW with vertical polarisation, this is double the power normally used to cover the former analogue service area, so together with the polarisation difference you might now have a usable signal. It is important to use a group "A" aerial for Rowridge in difficult reception areas.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag

11:21 AM

So, we will lose even more channels. Great! I can't understand why they are using the same channels for adjacent transmitters.

We have a wide-band aerial, btw. Would that be ok for Rowridge?

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