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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 - DAB: Off the air due to a fault from 10 Dec 16:01 until 10 Dec 16:04. Off the air due to a fault from 10 Dec 14:14 until 10 Dec 17:15. Off the air due to a fault from 10 Dec 13:43 until 10 Dec 14:14. . BBC

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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, 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
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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 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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
 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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, 21 March 2018
Geoffrey Petto
8:17 AM

Post 21/3/18 will Midhurst still transmit channels 50, 54, 55, 56, 58 and 59.
Thank you

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10:47 AM

Geoffrey Petto: From today Midhurst uses UHF channels 48/54/58/29/59/33 (info from Digital UK). There will be further frequency changes taking place in late 2019. Some viewers may need a new aerial (see link below for details of the Freeview Advice Line who can arrange a free replacement wideband aerial for viewers who don't have satellite or cable).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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Peter Simpson
2:57 PM


Post this morning's Midhurst changes my old Pioneer DVR-LX61D now only sees 25 channels (was 140+) whereas my Panasonic DMR-BWT720 and TV (connected to the same aerial) see 140+ each.

I've cleared the Pioneer channel memory and the stations just seem to be from PSB1. I'm also not sure that this PSB1 is from Midhurst because we are getting occasional video corruption, which was never the case before.

Any thoughts?

Thanks, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB flag
Thursday, 22 March 2018
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 yesterday to 02:22 yesterday, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 yesterday to 02:24 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 146,845 posts xx flag
6:57 PM

Please can you help, after abiding by on screen advice to re-tune my TV, i find i can no longer receive the likes of ch 10 ITV3, ch37 quest, ch61 true entertainment, ch 66 cbs to name a few, these i watched a lot and i followed your advice to unplug aerial etc to clear my programme listings, but alas still after re-tuning unable to pick these up, in fact can only get 100 channels of sorts, when i used to get nearly 150/70 channels, i am using the 4g filter that was sent to me, and as a disabled pensioner i do like to watch these channels, so please can you tell me how i can get these and other channels back.

I thank you for your time

Garry Smith

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GARRY SMITH's 3 posts GB flag

7:04 PM

GARRY SMITH: Chances are you probably have a Group C/D aerial which is not suited for the lower frequencies now being used for some multiplexes at Midhurst. If you don't have satellite or cable you should be eligible for a free replacement wideband aerial which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 March 2018
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 on 21 Mar to 02:22 on 21 Mar, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:11 on 21 Mar to 02:24 on 21 Mar. [BBC]

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Peter Simpson
3:51 PM


Well some pluses and minuses. I eventually got the DVR-LX61D working with a retune the following morning and that seems to be back to normal now.

Unfortunately my Panasonic DMR-BWT720 now has a Guide recording issue. Guide recording works fine for all multiplexes except PSB3 / BBCB where the HD channels live.

I can receive the programs fine and their entries appear fine in the EPG.However, when it comes to record time the recorder gets stuck with a "Pause" status and never starts recording. The machine isn't locked up it just won't record the programme.

This also applies to Channel 45 Film 4+1 which isn't HD but is on the BBCB multiplex.

I've reset the recorder to factory defaults and also tried just tuning in the channels transmitted on channel 58 so that the Guide information must have come from this channel but the problem persists.

Is anyone else seeing this problem or can anyone suggest a way forward?

Many Thanks, Peter

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Peter Simpson
5:00 PM

Peter Simpson: I've just found that I can't even do an instant recording on the BBCB multiplex channels. The recording simply never starts and sits in the paused state until the specified end time at which it "stops" recording.

Do I now have to buy another recorder?

Regards, Peter

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Sunday, 25 March 2018
Joe B
4:38 PM

Peter Simpson: I have exactly the same problem with a Panasonic DMR-PWT530. I can view all the channels on the PSB3 / BBCB Mux but can't record any of them. I've just sent a question to Panasonic asking for their advice. It's got to be something to do with the retune but whether it's at the transmitter end (something like a digital rights protection that's be switched on by accident) or on the Panasonic HDD recorders is anyone's guess. I'll post here if I hear back from Panasonic but at least you know one other person is in the same boat.

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