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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

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C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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),

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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance mix, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 66km north-northeast (31°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1970-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Sunday, 7 May 2023
Michael Murphy
12:56 PM

I am having problems picking up C30 HD from Newhaven on both my TV and my recorder in the last few days. C23 and C26 are working perfectly, but C30 produces no results at all. Having checked signal strength and signal quality, both are reported on the TV and recorder as good. There are no reported faults from the Newhaven Transmitter. Help.

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2:30 PM

Michael Murphy:

Recent weather conditions have caused some Tropospheric ducting/temperature inversion which can result in interfering signals from distant transmitters being received, which is what you may have experienced and in your case most likely from across the channel.

Such conditions have affected different parts of the UK at different times but may not be currently affecting your area. Such conditions are frequency dependent so not all multiplexes are affected, nor necessarily will all viewers in a particular location.

If you retuned when your signals were disrupted (never advised) this can just result in clearing the correct tuning and some times you end up tuned to an unstable distant signal that promptly disappears.
Try a MANUAL retune of your UHF channel C30 rather than a full retune which might affect the other multiplexes if there are still similar conditions present. You may have to try several times as you won't necessarily know when the signals on C30 are normal.

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Michael Murphy
2:33 PM

Further to my problem with C30, I have now managed to sort it. I had previously tried to retune both machines without any success, even after doing a complete wipe of the tuning list and starting from scratch.
However, after doing a complete wipe, turning the TV and recorder off to clear any static, and then retuning each one, I finally managed to get C30 working properly on both machines.
What I still don't understand is how I managed to get the same problem at the same time with two separate machines.

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Michael Murphy
2:48 PM

Hi Chris
thanks for your reply.
As you can see, with persistence, I have solved the problem that I had. It must have been static all along.

I aways do a manual tune of C23, C26, C30, C32, C33, C34 in order to pick up Newhaven and the transmissions I want from Whitehawk. I don't usually have any problems with Newhaven but the Whitehawk transmissions can get atmospheric interference sometimes, more often in the summer.

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Michael Murphy's 7 posts GB flag

5:36 PM

Michael Murphy:

The "trick" is not to retune when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures, it'll clear the correct tuning and sometimes "mis-tune" you to signals that are only briefly there.
The only time a retune is needed these days is when broadcasters (on the COM muxes normally) go swapping/changing their channels and you usually get a pop-up to tell you.
The only recent exception was the BBCB HD mux recently when they finally got Regional News on BBC ONE HD. Similar may be needed when ITV get theirs sorted.

You are only predicted to get variable reception from Whitehawk Hill which is why it's more vulnerable to co-channel interference when weather conditions are such, as you say, more common in summer, but we are seeing more of it at various times of year!

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