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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
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 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.

Sunday, 22 April 2018
Pete Forman
11:01 AM

Yesterday I retuned my Panasonic DMR-HWT130 to see if the Midhurst engineering work on 18 April had helped. There is no change. I still cannot record any of the channels from PSB3 (BBC B: most of the HD plus Film4+1).

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Pete Forman's 17 posts GB flag

12:43 PM

Pete Forman:

A number of people have complained that their Panasonic device will not record. I understand that Panasonic are aware of this problem but have not issued any solution as yet.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT flag
Monday, 23 April 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:07 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 on 21 Apr to 22:51 on 21 Apr. [BBC]

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Peter Simpson
8:53 AM

Pete Forman:

Hi Pete,

I had the response below from Panasonic last Friday, 26th April. I'm going to ask for a fix timeline but don't expect to hear anything specific!

Regards, Peter

Panasonic Response:

"In response, please note that due to the complexity of this case, the situation is still being investigated . Please rest assured that as soon as we have a solution, we will contact you back. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter."

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Pete Forman
11:21 AM

Peter Simpson:

If you have Panasonic's ear you might point them at a similar problem. In December last year a number of Panasonic owners reported that they could not record BBC4 HD. I do not know all of the transmitters were involved but they cannot have included Midhurst as we do not get COM 7 & 8. Fenham, Darvel and Fenton were cited. Bluebell Hill started having problems with BBC4 HD after its January retune..

Panasonic HDD Recorder DMR-HW100 - WILL NOT RECORD! | AVForums

The problem went away (I hesitate to say it was fixed) with a transmitter retune on 11th January.

Panasonic HDD Recorder DMR-HW100 - WILL NOT RECORD! | Page 2 | AVForums

Bluebell Hill started working late January, round about the 25th.

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Joe B
5:52 PM

Peter Simpson: Thank you for the update from Panasonic (I assume you mean Fri 20th Apr?!). I'm still chasing Freeview ( for progress and sent another e-mail today asking for an update.

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Peter Simpson
5:56 PM

Pete Forman:

Hi Pete,

Yes I saw that post and similar ones that seem to have popped up from time to time. My guess is that there is a hardware limitation or flaw in the Panasonic firmware that is triggered by revised data being received from Freeview.

I suspect that Panasonic don't have control of this data and need to lobby someone to have it made Panasonic friendly. I suspect that this is why the problem just goes away of its own accord when whoever it is fixes the data stream. I'd be surprised if the data change had to coincide with a channel frequency change to come into effect.

No reply to my chase mail so far, I'll post here if I get anything hopeful.

I think it would be very good for everyone affected to actively lobby Panasonic about this issue, it's been a month now and the official line is that they are still "analysing the problem" - not good enough in my view!

Regards, Peter

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Peter Simpson's 16 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 April 2018

1:47 PM

Adding to my earlier posts I am now getting better signal quality and strength for Mux channel 33 (ArqB) with only occasional blocking for the TV channels but it is observed that the signal quality strength does vary quite a lot. Mux channel 29 (SDN) remains solid without any dips in strength.

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Charles's 29 posts US flag
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Wednesday, 25 April 2018
12:42 PM

Just checked and my Panasonic DMR HWT250 must have auto updated firmware from 1.19 to V1.21,
to rectify "Network service compatibility" and from what i can see it hasn't made a blind bit of difference.
It cannot pause live tv the banner says "no signal for operation"
Instant record now shows a solid red light giving the impression it's recording but it doesn't,
timer recording on single and series link still put the recording on permanent pause so no change there.

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Michael's 16 posts GB flag
2:42 PM

just spoke to Panasonic customer services,and they state the v1.21 update wasn't supposed to resolve the recording issue,but was for a different problem.

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