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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast?

Whitehawk Hill transmitter - Whitehawk Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 04/03/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Whitehawk Hill 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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C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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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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C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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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),

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C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
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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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C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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C40 (626.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
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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)

The Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Whitehawk Hill transmitter?

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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

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
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.

Sunday, 25 September 2011
Richard Davis

6:04 PM

I've had a chance to have a closer look, and it appears that what I thought I saw from a distance and posted here on the 20th was wrong - I can see no evidence of the new aerial that I thought I could see, so sorry to mislead!

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Richard Davis's 26 posts GB flag
Monday, 26 September 2011
9:37 PM

I wonder if anyone can let me know when Brighton is due to recive Freeview H.D.?

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Chris's 3 posts GB flag
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11:19 PM

Chris: As above, Wednesday 21st March 2012.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
3:52 PM

I understand the Whitehawk transmitter in Brighton has had engineering works, which may explain why reception in the last week has been poor. In an attempt to improve reception I rescanned my PVR and lost Mux D channels - including Film4 and ITV4. My TV's built-in digital reception matches this loss. The channels had been there in all the years I've lived here yet disappeared overnight, so it can't be the aerial. I've rescanned using this website's guidance but nothing has changed. Is there any hope of these returning? Thanks.

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steve's 2 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 29 September 2011

10:46 PM

steve: Everything should be back to normal operation now.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Friday, 30 September 2011
4:03 PM

Many thanks for replying, but nothing has changed. Mux D is still unavailable and has been for a week. I find this bizarre, if not also Kafkesque. How can these channels disappear overnight and not return? All the other channels are there (rescanning produced 42 TV and 12 radio channels). Why would engineering works make things worse?

Looking closely at the Whitehawk transmitter's coverage, I notice the yellow area does not actually cover my street (and a large section of the seafront). Could this be due to the tower blocks between it and the transmitter? If so, why was it fine before the last week?

Would really appreciate some guidance as to what to do.

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Monday, 3 October 2011
Jim Davies

10:26 AM

Anyone else having trouble with Witehawk Hill / Mux2 (e.g. ITV1, C4, C5) since yesterday?

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J N Collis
10:50 AM
Chipping Campden

Why was I able to get ITV3 before they messed about with the Lark Stoke transmitter on Wednesday, now I have lost a number of digital channels including ITV3 and no amount of re-turning gets them back.

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Mike Dimmick

12:36 PM

J N Collis: Firstly, make sure you do a full retune from scratch. The option might be called full reset, First Time Installation, Default Setting, 'Virgin Mode', Factory Reset, or something similar depending on the box or TV. You may find instructions at TV Re-tune . Newer equipment (since 2009) should have included a leaflet specifically telling you how to retune at switchover - do the same now.

If that still doesn't help, and it's only the channels on the SDN multiplex that are affected (see the Lark Stoke transmitter page), look for any piece of equipment with an RF output, such as a Sky box or an old VCR, or even the Freeview box itself, and make sure that is set to a channel well away from any multiplex. Above C50 is probably sensible. The RF output can cause problems on the tuned channel, on adjacent channels, and on channels 5 and 9 higher than the selected channel.

Lark Stoke never carried analogue Channel 5, so even very old equipment could still be set to output on C36, which is very likely to cause problems with C41.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 5 October 2011
11:07 AM

Very, very , very basic question to which I've been unable to find an answer anywhere:
when you 'point' an aerial, which way is forward? I've always assumed it's along the length of the aerial and that the bigger part at one end of the aerial is the back - as if the other (small) end is the arrowhead pointing at the transmitter.

But if that's the case why are all my neighbours' aerials in Kemptown, south of the hospital, pointing roughly WSW towards the sea? I would've thought Whitehawk would be my nearest transmitter, but even if I'm wrong about the pointing direction, and the aerial points side on, the orientation would not fit.

Are we picking up Isle of Wight or something? I can't make sense of it. Thanks for any insight.

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