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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Patcham 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.

 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)141mDTG-314W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)141mDTG-314W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)141mDTG-614W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 58 Freeview channels?

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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: 4Music, 4seven, 4seven HD, 5SELECT, 5STAR, 5STAR +1, 5USA, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBeebies HD, CBS Drama, CBS Justice +1, CBS Reality, CBS Reality +1, Challenge, Channel 4+1 HD, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama, E4 +1, Film4 +1, Food Network, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, HGTV, Horror Channel, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Together TV +1, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Now 90s, Paramount Network +1, PBS America +1, pick, Pick +1, Quest +1, Quest Red, Quest Red +1, Really, RT HD, Shopping Quarter , Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Movies Action, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, Together, Yesterday.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 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.

Tuesday, 27 March 2012
Dave Lindsay

10:15 PM

Dave: No. Your best option would be to look with a view to receiving from Whitehawk if you can.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

10:34 PM

Dave: In Germany the COM muxes are normally only available in urban areas. Belgium only transmits PSB channels on DTT. The commercial services are all on cable.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB

11:09 PM

Dave: The best option for anyone to take should they be able to accommodate a dish, is to go for Freesat, as not only does the Freeview light issue never crop up but reception is virtually guaranteed to be glitch free for 99.9% of the time year in year out, and anytime its not only being for about 5 minutes or so max during a very heavy thundery type downpour.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Wednesday, 28 March 2012

9:42 AM

Dave Lindsay yes or Rowridge with me, just waiting until Apil 18th to see how good the final siganls are here

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Dave's 125 posts GB

9:44 AM

b38 Yes I have freesat but there are at least 6 channels on Freeview which do not show on freesat, I want it all :)

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Dave's 125 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 June 2012

3:01 PM

Is anyone watching from Patcham I wonder ? I can't imagine many if any really being just a basic 'lite' service

Not a very punchy signal either compared to analogue :(

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Dave's 125 posts GB
Wednesday, 25 July 2012

1:45 PM

Dave: As per the above, "Patcham transmitter covers 4,300 homes".

There are homes in the valley areas that cannot receive signals direct from Whitehawk Hill.

And yes, the power levels are very low.

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Briantist's 38,846 posts GB
Saturday, 28 July 2012

1:46 AM

Thanks for reply...I personally use IOW all the time now, all 6 mux's boom in with just an antenna in the loft

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Dave's 125 posts GB
Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:22 PM

PATCHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 21:25 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 30 January 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:23 AM

PATCHAM transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 02:41 today, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 21:25 yesterday to 23:45 yesterday. [BBC]

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