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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.

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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

 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)

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?

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

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.

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

11:45 AM

Pogle: There is a transmitter on the Isle of Wight at Rowridge. Sometimes you can't use the "nearest" transmitter because there is, as there is in Kemptown, a massive hill in the way.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
12:03 PM

Seem to have lost all the BBC channels on the Whitehawk Transmitter. Noticed this on the 3rd October 2011

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Garth's 1 post EU flag
12:47 PM

OK, I've answered my own question: yes, Stupid, it points the way you'd expect. Not just an assumption. And yes I'm picking up IoW which is 100x more powerful than Whitehawk.

The problem I'd been having was that my Humax was automatically tuning certain channels to Whitehawk and they were very unreliable. I found a way to manually tune everything to IoW.

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Pogle's 3 posts GB flag
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1:53 PM

Pogle: I'm glad you have found how to do that.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
1:39 AM

Further to Steve's comments of 27 Sept and Pogle's last week, I live on Kemp Town seafront BN2 and have noticed significant deterioration in terrestrial Freeview signal since the engineering works were carried out on Whitehawk transmitter last month. Everything had been fine in the 7 years I've lived here. BBC 1 and 2 are now often unwatchable because of freezing or pixellation, or off completely. My Humax PVR says we are receiving Mux 1 (Ch66) with 28% signal strength at 40% quality; Mux 2 (Ch50) at 60%/100%; Mux A (Ch 55) at $0%/100%; Mux B (Ch 48) at 60%/100%; Mux C (Ch58) at 40%/100% and Mux D (Ch61) at 41%/100%. Are these the kind of figures other people in our area are now getting?
I don't know what signal strength we had before because all was well and I didn't need to check! Have retuned PVR several times and checked all indoor cables. I have not yet asked neighbours who share our communal aerial if they are also having problems, but i will, as I suppose it could be aerial-related. But it just seems weird that loads of other people posting here are having similar trouble. Any thoughts

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Richie's 1 post GB flag
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Friday, 14 October 2011

2:01 PM

Garth: There was engineering work, I can confirm the services are working now.

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
Saturday, 22 October 2011
5:59 PM

BBC channels are operating at reduced power (less than ITV mux which was low enough to be affected by any weather condition change) since this engineering work.

Upshot being I now receive so little as to render Freeview pointless. Analogue is also experiencing major interference.

This situation is likely to continue until switchover next March. I've more than half a mind not to pay the licence...

Update: analogue just switched off. No engineering work planned or listed. Words fail me at this point.

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MrBester's 2 posts GB flag

7:40 PM

MrBester: I can confirm that I have perfect reception from Whitehawk Hill at this very moment. If you have problems, they will most likely be something to fix "at your end". Please see Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice

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Briantist's 38,910 posts GB flag
11:10 PM

Analogue briefly returned and then disappeared before your post, at which point I gave up and watched downloaded content Presumably transmission had been restored when you checked. Currently (23:04) there is no analogue or digital broadcast whatsoever - at time of last post I could receive channels on the mux serving. BBC4 / Radio 1 etc.

There is nothing wrong with my multiple tuners, cabling or aerial. Digital UK tried to claim I shouldn't be able to receive anything from Whitehawk earlier today but gave no explanation as to my ability to have done so for years...

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MrBester's 2 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 October 2011

8:37 AM

MrBester: You are mixing up the broadcast of a signal with your reception of it. The transmitter is working normally, if you can't get a signal, that doesn't mean the transmitter is not sending you one.

100,000 homes in Brighton and Hove use the transmitter, and only one can't receive a signal from it - the most logical line of reasoning is you have a reception problem.

If you can't figure it out from the help here, there are plenty of companies you can call upon.

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