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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 96,000 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 Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehawk Hill 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
Channel icons
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LBN
 V -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?


The Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Whitehawk Hill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 43km northeast (36°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 80km west (274°)
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 Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1316 Oct 2019
VHFC/D EEEC/D E TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C34ArqA
C35C5wavesC5wavesD3+4
C36BBCB
C40_local
C48ArqBArqB
C51tv_offBBCB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4
C54tv_offLBN
C56tv_offArqA
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesSDNSDN
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCABBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5(-3dB) 5kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 4kW
Mux B*(-10dB) 1000W
Mux 2*, Mux C*, Mux D*, LBN(-14dB) 400W
Mux 1*, Mux A*(-17dB) 200W

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. Whitehawk Hill 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.

Comments
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
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JK
5:08 PM
Brighton

Do I have to do anyhting like retuning my freeview box or is it just a problem with the transmitter in this area ? Is there a number or website to look at for up to date info ?

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JK's 2 posts GB
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JK
5:26 PM
Brighton

Thanks .Do i Just have to be patient and wait for signal to return ? I cant see any time scale shown on that link you just sent me.

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Mike Dimmick
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:39 PM

Richard James: You can't broadcast a message if you're not broadcasting the picture. The thing has to be OFF to change connections. The cables carry pretty high power levels.

Digital UK announced the works at
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works
, which is the extent to which anything is announced nowadays. Digital UK is primarily the broadcasters working together, so the news services essentially *had* the information, they just didn't bother to tell you.

The information suffixed by [BBC] comes from that BBC Reception Test page, and it reports *faults*. If the fault was caused by DSO work it says (DSO related) after the description of the fault. Any advance notices scraped from Digital UK's website are marked [DUK]. Both may be posted in the same message. 'Transmitter Engineering' is a completely automated service that scrapes these two websites and posts the results here for posterity.

It could be a bit smarter about detecting the words 'today', 'yesterday' and a date, and figuring out that nothing has actually changed.

The BBC fault system is based on both monitoring and on reports from viewers; at smaller sites, there is no direct monitoring.

JK: You don't need to retune - no configuration is being changed, I believe they are simply installing and testing the new transmitter equipment at ground level.

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Richard Davis
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

6:25 PM

I drove into Brighton this morning, and it looked as if there was a crane on site (I couldn't get very close due to other comittments). This evening there seems to be a new aerial on the platform at the top of the mast - slightly longer than the Ch 5 ae, alongside and it a bit to the south. Again couldn't get close due to time committments. Possibly a temporary ae for the analogue services so they can replace the (old) main aerial?

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Richard Davis's 26 posts GB
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:03 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 today to 16:57 today BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 12:53 yesterday to 13:25 yesterday BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 yesterday to 13:26 yesterday BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 today to 16:59 today BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 yesterday to 13:22 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 today to 16:59 t [BBC] Over the next week Whitehawk Hill main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) Possible weak signal. [DUK]

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:55 PM

Richard Davis: I will have to pop over there tomorrow and take some pictures.

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Mikescki
9:47 PM
Worthing

The BBC Channels were off air this morning and again when we came home this evening.
The Website says nothing wrong.
Come on someone take responsibility !!

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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:56 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 yesterday to 16:57 yesterday BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 12:53 on 19 Sep to 13:25 on 19 Sep BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CB Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 on 19 Sep to 13:26 on 19 Sep BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 yesterday to 16:59 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 on 19 Sep to 13:22 on 19 Sep BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 yesterda [BBC] Over the next week Whitehawk Hill main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) Possible weak signal. [DUK]

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5:56 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 yesterday to 16:57 yesterday BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 12:53 on 19 Sep to 13:25 on 19 Sep BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CB Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 on 19 Sep to 13:26 on 19 Sep BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 yesterday to 16:59 yesterday BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 12:52 on 19 Sep to 13:22 on 19 Sep BBC TWO Off Air; DSO related from 13:46 yesterda [BBC] Over the next week Whitehawk Hill main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) Possible weak signal. [DUK]

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