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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

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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),

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C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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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
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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
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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.

Tuesday, 1 May 2012
10:23 PM

Mark Fletcher, postcode is BN44 3TB, transmitter is Midhurst. SDN signal is weak, sometimes we get it, sometimes we don't. ArqA and ArqB we can't get at all. Assuming this is due to their lower power. Would like to know if there are plans to increase the power and when? Would very much like to receive all the channels.

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Andrew's 3 posts GB
Mark Fletcher

11:01 PM

Andrew,Steyning.Yes that is correct in what you have now specified relating to the lower signal strength DSO commecial multiplexes on Midhurst main transmitter you are currently experiencing with.
Currently SDN on 10kw,ArqA on 5kw and ArqB on 1kw,SDN multiplex is now already broadcasting on its final 10kw power output,while ArqA and ArqB ultimately will increase in power to 10kw apiece also their final power output around possibly Wednesday 27 June 2012 when the last three remaining South East England main transmitters,Heathfield (DSO1 Wednesday 30 May 2012,DSO2 completed Wednesday 13 June 2012),Bluebell Hill and Dover (DSO1 Wednesday 13 June 2012,DSO2 completed Wednesday 27 June 2012) complete both their analogue TV/lower powered pre-digital TV switch off/and their post higher powered digital TV switch on takes effect.
You may have to wait until around Wednesday 27 June 2012 for the commercial multiplexes to increase strength to 10kw altogether their final outputs to receive all the channels you are hopefully waiting for.

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:06 PM

Andrew: The power of the COMs from Midhurst will not increase in power.

I fear that your problem isn't so much low power signal from Midhurst, but the Steyning relay transmitter which is on King's Barn Lane adjacent to Broadfield Stables.

The transmitter doesn't broadcast its signal omnidirectionally. Whilst the powers that be won't release the radiation pattern under FOI, examination of photographs of the transmit antennas on the mast leads me to believe that it beams its signal in your general direction, as well as that of Steyning. (The radiation pattern is the plot of how much signal it throws out in each direction.) Whilst it is vertically polarised, at such close proximity it's probably not surprising that a horizontal aerial picks it up to a degree.

Steyning transmitter broadcasts only the Public Service (PSB) channels (i.e. it doesn't carry the COMs you're having difficulty with). But the three channels that it uses are the same as those used by Midhurst for its COMs. A similar situation exists in Horndean and in some other cases elsewhere that are near to low power relays like Steyning. This is obviously one of the reasons that Midhurst's COMs are restricted in power with respect to the PSBs.

In October of this year the three channels used by Steyning will change and one of Midhurst's COMs will do as well. At this time some of Midhurst's services will cease being co-channel with Steyning's.

I see that there are quite a few aerials on your road that appear to be on Crystal Palace. This may give you the Commercial channels.

I sympathise that you may have a decision to make; to do nothing now and wait until October or spend money making changes to your aerial(s) so as to receive the COMs from another transmitter until October.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
10:11 PM

Mark Fletcher, Dave Lindsay, thank you very much for your help.

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Andrew's 3 posts GB
Mark Fletcher

11:03 PM

Andrew,Steyning.Pleasure to assist you !

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Mark Fletcher's 673 posts GB
Saturday, 12 May 2012
10:57 AM
Burgess Hill


I am not recieving com6 channels such as Film4, ITV4 etc. I tried the reset procedure and still no help.
I use a community antenna and I have brand new TV and I know a friend of mine who has a similar tv and can view these channels. So it is not a problem with the TV.

Please advice.

Thank you,

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Deep's 8 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:11 AM

Deep: It might be worth noting that COM6 is on channel 50 from Midhurst. It is the lowest channel number that is used now.

Before switchover, the lowest one was 55 which is now the second lowest.

Perhaps your aerial system is filtered so as to only allow channels or a range of channels used by the designated transmitter. If this is the case, then it will need adjustment in order to let the COM6 signal through.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
1:10 PM
Burgess Hill

@Dave, Thank you ! Is there a way to find out if the aerial system is filtering and if so who should I contact to adjust this in the aerial?

Thanks again for your help.

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Deep's 8 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

6:45 PM

Deep: You need to think about how you might prove (with good certainty at least) whether the problem is the aerial system.

Some ideas:

- Do you have other receivers (TVs with in-built Freeview, PVRs etc) that won't pick up C50? Try manual tuning to C50 for those that allow. They may (it depends on design) give you an indication of signal strength when you do this. It may indicate a low signal, and not one that it high enough to produce a picture.

- Ask you neighbours if they have the same problem. Bear in mind that some may not use the terrestrial aerial system, if they use a satellite service. This will perhaps provide the most positive proof, although, they need to be certain that they are missing these services.

- If you have a set-top aerial, try it. The aim is to prove if you *can* receive C50; a negative result isn't necessarily helpful. If you have all other channels (except C50/COM6) tuned in correctly, then use manual tuning to add it; don't do a full retune. Once you have it stored, then don't retune as your problem is lack of signal and not incorrect tuning. Having tuned it in, connect it to the aerial system and see if it works.

You then need to contact the organisation responsible for the aerial system. In a block of flats, this is probably the landlord.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 14 May 2012
6:30 PM

I am an OAP (77 years)living in a block of flats in HORSHAM . I have a modern slimline SAMSUNG TV linked to the block aerial. Cannot obtain a picture on any Channel - 'NO SIGNAL' sign. Understand that this is due to engineering works on the Midhurst transmitter, although nobody has had the courtesy to notify me of this work in advance which I further understand could last throughout the week commencing Monday 14th May. Have you any constructive good news for me please?

Sincerely ROBERT WORLEY (Tel: 01403 264340).

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