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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-4,000W
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-4,000W
Channel icons
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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 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
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

LBN
 V -10dB
C40 (626.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

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
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
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Heavenscentrose
10:32 PM
Brighton

Yesterday, like everyone in Brighton, I found it difficult to view any channels. I managed to re-tune the TV, rearranged the order to what I wanted, which took an hour and then today I turned on the television to find that we had to re-tune again. I have done this but haven't re-numbered the channels to a logical order as it takes so much time.

It would be nice to have a definitive answer as to when the engineering work on the Whitehawk Hill transmitter will be completed so that we know when we can expect a proper service again.

Is there any guarantee that we will be able to receive all the channels we get now when the digital switchover takes place and how long can we expect disruption then?

I know that it's a very large operation, but it is very inconvenient when the service is so badly interrupted for so long.

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Briantist
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10:33 PM

Mikescki: The ones all over Brighton say "IN SIX MONTHS TIME" on them...

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Briantist
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10:37 PM

Heavenscentrose: The work will be done when it's done. It is difficult, heavy and complex work which is being done at the top of a mast 172m above sea level.

It's not like replacing a domestic aerial, not even slightly.

The power of the transmitter after switchover will be much higher than for most other main transmitters (-4dB compared to -7dB) so the coverage will be much better than the analogue coverage.

At switchover the transmitter will be off air for about six hours from midnight.

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Heavenscentrose
10:43 PM
Brighton

Thanks for the info, Brian. I can understand the difficulties of working on such a high mast in an exposed site! I, along with everyone else, will have to be patient and won't rearrange the channels until all is up and running properly again.

It's very reassuring that reception will be better after the digital switchover. I wonder whether we'll be able to receive some of the French digital stations which are at present sometimes available when the weather conditions are right? It will be interesting to see - we may be able to access lots more channels - something to which to look forward.

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Briantist
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11:15 PM

Heavenscentrose: You should only see French channels when there is a temperature inversion...

It would be best to wait for the work to be completed before doing any rescanning.

Arqiva, the mast owners, will be keen to get the work done with as little disruption to viewers are they possibly can.

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Heavenscentrose
11:45 PM
Brighton

Hi Brian

Unfortunately, when there is a problem, we have to rescan as we cannot access any channels without doing this. (a message keeps appearing on the screen telling us to rescan). So we have to rescan to be able to view any TV at all. However, as the numbers assigned to the channels are illogical and out of sequence we have to renumber them. Until the problems are sorted, we won't be renumbering! Our TV is very difficult to set up after rescanning so we'll just have to use the EPG to find the channels we want! However, this is a small price to pay to get a better service.

Thanks again.

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Thursday, 22 September 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:05 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 20 Sep to 16:57 on 20 Sep 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 on 20 Sep to 16:59 on 20 Sep 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 on 20 Se [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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Transmitter engineering
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WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air; DSO related from 13:45 on 20 Sep to 16:57 on 20 Sep 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 on 20 Sep to 16:59 on 20 Sep 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 on 20 Se [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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clare McNeil
12:52 PM

Hi Brian
Thanks for the engineering work updates and changing the engineering banner info too. I appreciate you are unable to name a date when the engineering work is complete. Can I ask 2 questions: 1) Will there be a message update on here telling us all engineering work we are experiencing now is completed & if there will be anymore engineering works in the future.
2)While this engineering work is going should I not re-scan the TV for channels but instead leave the TV alone & wait for the channels to come back on. I was just wondering because I am not sure if you have to do a re-scan in order to get all channels again. Sorry for the dumb questions but I am not IT minded at all. Thank you.

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