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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 - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 10:55 until 7 Dec 11:08. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 11:06 until 7 Dec 11:08. . BBC

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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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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;
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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 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, 1 January 2012

2:04 AM

Elliott I don't know about the feed from Astra, I will check that but don't forget the HQ feed online of course ! :-….m3u

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Dave's 126 posts GB flag

2:06 AM

Apologies I did not read the end part of your message. What size satellite dish do you have ?

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Elliott Manley
9:59 AM

Hi Dave, thanks for the response. I have a bog standard Sky dish.

I did some experiments yesterday with Lyric FM (the Irish classical radio channel). I compared the satellite feed, decoded by my Toshiba TV, with the Internet feed sent from my laptop by the virtual soundcard facility of Jamcast via wifi to my Sony bluray player. I was surprised that the Internet -> wifi -> laptop > -Jamcast -> wifi (again) -> bluray version sounded significantly better (fuller, richer) than the satellite -> TV version. Whether this reflects more on the compression of the satellite signal or on the relative processing abilities of the TV vs the bluray player, I cannot say - though I suspect the former. Comments welcome.

This limited experiment with an unrelated signal (!) does encourage me to stick with the Internet and not put too much effort into finding a weak satellite signal. To this end I have ordered an Internet radio.

This also has the potential to remove two sources of irritation with the Toshiba TV, which has no straightforward way of selecting radio channels and the screen cannot be turned off when listening to the radio. I am anticipating using the Internet radio instead of the TV as my standard method of reception. We'll see...

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8:41 PM

Elliot.. ok quite an involved setup you have ! Good idea to buy an internet radio, I have 6 of them plus the tunein app on the iphone

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Tuesday, 3 January 2012
8:23 PM

Hi I have a samsung freeview + hd box but can't seem to get the freeview HD channels (BBCHD + ITVHD) . And live right next to the whitehawk hill transmitter. Anyone help or can we not get freeview hd here yet.?

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Dave Lindsay

8:35 PM

Oliver: HD services will be switched on from Whitehawk at the second stage of switchover on 21st March.

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Friday, 13 January 2012
Dave Rogers
12:18 PM

I live near the top of the valley in Denton (BN9). I am aware of the switchover due in March onwards, and I have a couple of comments and questions.

I receive Freeview (and DAB - proper aerial)from Whitehawk and have for years lost ITV, & 4 etc in wet weather. I realised on New Years Day that I was watching Ch4 and it was raining, so yes, well pleased with improved performance!

After Newhaven comes on stream will it still be sensible to pick up Freeview from Brighton (ie do nothing other than retune) or should I realign my aerial (or even need a new aerial, get rid of the amplifier etc)?

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Dave Lindsay

12:29 PM

Dave Rogers: Newhaven will only carry the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) Freeview channels but Whitehawk will carry them all, so you would probably be best advised to stick with it if you can. The signal strength will be increased at switchover, so hopefully it will make it more reliable for you.

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Dave Rogers
12:47 PM

Many thanks, Dave.

As I said, I seem to have improved Freeview performance as of New Year's.

Pleased to hear Whitehawk, as well as Newhaven, will soon carry BBC South East News etc - the only reason I still have C39 analogue from Newhaven tuned.

Working out nicely, it would seem.......?

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Dave Lindsay

1:13 PM

Dave Rogers: You will also get Radio 4 on Freeview, so you might be able to connect it up to your hi-fi to listen that way.

BTW, the full list of BBC national FM transmitters is here:

BBC - Help receiving TV and radio - Transmitters

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