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The symbol shows the location of the Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 4,300 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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) mast?

Patcham transmitter - Patcham transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 15/04/2024 Screen may go black on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Patcham 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
C29 (538.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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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

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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
C37 (602.0MHz)141mDTG-14W
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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

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The Patcham (Brighton and Hove, 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 Patcham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 40km northeast (41°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 79km west (270°)
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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 69W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-6.9dB) 14W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Whitehawk Hill 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. Patcham 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, 27 July 2011

1:43 PM

Yes but I thought reading that thread maybe we may get other tv services also ??

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Dave's 126 posts GB flag
Mike Dimmick

2:48 PM

Dave, Briantist: C40 will now be retained for TV broadcasting, along with C39, replacing C61 and C62 which are to be released for 4G. This change happened after most of the plans were made, so they're being redone.

Because the retained channels are in a different aerial group from those being released, they're actually moving allocations of C61 to C49 and C62 to C50 (in general, though it depends on interference). To make this possible, some sites allocated C50 move to C40 and C49 to C39, if they would interfere. It does depend on the aerial groups for the transmitters as well.

It's possible that Patcham's allocations may change before switchover to accommodate changes at other sites, or that C40 gets used by one of the main transmitters, preventing its use here.

Other local TV services are likely to only be available from the main transmitter sites. Certainly the tentative plans published as part of Ofcom's consultation several years ago - based on unfinished plans for the main multiplexes - only included main sites.

For the postcode you provided previously, it looks like Whitehawk Hill would be a reasonable option after switchover, though Patcham is the best option.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag

3:38 PM

Mike Dimmick: Yes, I should have pointed that out, it is covered on the Digital
Dividend - changes to the 800MHz band | - independent free digital TV advice

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Thursday, 28 July 2011

2:14 AM

OK thanks for explaining...after March it will interesting to see how many point to Whitehawk from Patcham or even IOW perhaps to get all MUx's, but many houses I see don't even bother with an antenna now...

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Dave's 126 posts GB flag

9:07 AM

Dave: It is unlikely that people will use the Rowridge transmitter and it will be in the "wrong" region after switchover, as all Brighton and Hove transmitters will move to the "South East" service from Tunbridge Wells, rather than "news from two-hours distant Southampton".

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Sunday, 31 July 2011

5:22 PM

This is good then I guess but we still need another micro region covering at least Sussex only... if not just Brighton to Worthing this woulde be local !

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Dave's 126 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 August 2011

7:29 AM

Dave: The BBC Trust has said there will be no smaller BBC regions, ITV did have an "ITV Local" service that covered Brighton, but this was online back in 2005 - News Releases | ITV plc and closed a few years later.

There might be local TV in the future on Freeview - Local television | - independent free digital TV advice - there is a consultation - Framework for Local TV Consultation - on it at the moment as it one of Jeremy Hunt's priorities.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Richard Davis

3:59 PM

Hi, Brian -

I'm concerned to hear from you that all the Brighton TV transmitters will be changing region to what is effectively the "London and surrounds" region when switchover happens! To my mind this would be a retrograde step - the BBC local news from Southampton currently gives much better editorial cover of Brighton than does the London region. Are you sure about this change, and where did you get the information from?

Incidentally, I looked at your Twitter page to find out what your name actually is (I didn't want to address this to "Dear Briantist"!) and was interested to see that, like me, you're in Brighton.

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Richard Davis's 26 posts GB flag

4:49 PM

Richard Davis: I think I understand now.
South East Today is a programme designed for Kent and East Sussex and comes from Tunbridge Wells, and not the "London" service which comes from the capital.
This isn't the old "Newsroom Southeast" service which once covered London AND Kent/East Sussex AND Oxford. These are now three distinct different services.
It is, as I said, the service that everyone in Brighton already gets on cable and satellite.
Brighton is the most populated city in the NSE area and get much higher billing that it does on South Today.
Please compare "Newsroom Southeast" - BBC South East map | - independent free digital TV advice - with "London" region BBC London map | - independent free digital TV advice and also BBC South BBC South map | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

4:53 PM

Also see BBC - BBC One Programmes - South East Today to watch the latest programme.

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