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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 20/05/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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, plus 16 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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

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, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 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)

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
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

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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
Thursday, 9 February 2012
Clare McNeil
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1:39 PM

Sorry meant to say thanks to Brian, Jay & Jim for your replies. Typing too fast for my own good there. As I say they are appreciated as I'm not expert on these things.

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Mike Dimmick
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6:06 PM

jay: Briantist's links are a bit out-of-date.

Basically, three of the four multiplexes that were changed to a more robust, but lower-capacity, mode in 2002, will return to a higher-capacity mode. Indeed two of them, along with one that didn't change in 2002, will now go to an even higher-capacity mode.

The pattern currently is:

Mux 1, B, C and D: 18 Mbit/s
Mux 2 and A: 24 Mbit/s
Total: 120 Mbit/s

After switchover:

BBC A (Mux 1) and D3&4 (Mux 2): 24 Mbit/s
BBC B (Mux B): DVB-T2, HD, 40 Mbit/s
SDN, ArqA and ArqB (A, C and D): DVB-T 27 Mbit/s
Total (SD): 129 Mbit/s
Total: 169 Mbit/s

The BBC have already cleared nearly everything off Mux B, by closing some services, compressing what was previously on Mux 1 slightly more heavily (though not as much as the other multiplexes), and moving some streams across. What now remains, of the BBC channels, will easily fit in the additional 6 Mbps of space on BBC A after the mode change. BBC Four and CBeebies time-share a slot, BBC Parliament uses a smaller slot (it runs at a lower resolution, if I recall), and each radio station uses about 256 kbps.

Clearing that space gave the BBC the opportunity to sublet some capacity, to allow services that would use the extra space on ArqA or ArqB after switchover to launch early. BT have leased some of the space to carry Sky Sports 1 and 2. These will move to ArqB at switchover.

Channel 5 and S4C have already made their moves from Mux A to Mux 2, that happened in September 2009. No BBC services will now be going to Mux 2.

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Tuesday, 14 February 2012
Chris Panayi
11:59 AM
Brighton

Hi All, I was wondering if anyone has the date Whitehawk Hill starts transmitting H.D. content.
Thanks. Chris.

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Dave Lindsay
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12:07 PM

Chris Panayi: HD services will start at the second stage of switchover on 21st March.

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jo
8:03 PM
Hove

I had problems with downstairs tv .built in Freeview.set ...pixillating, no signal and missing channels every now and again ...I did all the checks and before going to any great expense..I got a new aerial cable for £4.00 and HEY PRESTO ...missing channels returned, pixillating stopped ...and all has been well for 8 months.

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jb38
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8:50 PM

jo: That's good news then! although with you being located at about only 4 miles or so away from the transmitter you will now need to hope that your signal isn't just that little bit too good come March 7th when Whitehawk Hill switches over to higher powered operation, that is from its present ERP of 200watts up to 4Kw, as an overpower-full signal can also cause problems in the receiving equipments tuner, symptoms of being exactly the same as to a weak one.

Easily rectified though simply by the with addition of an attenuator (£4.00 or so) in line with the aerial socket of the TV.

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jb38
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8:59 PM

jo: Just to clarify, when I mentioned 200watts I was referring to BBC & SDN (ITV3 etc) as the other muxes already range from 400w to 1KW. (Mux B BBC4 / CBeebies etc)

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Sunday, 19 February 2012
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Mike
2:09 PM

Is there a problem with MUX A this Sunday afternoon? There does not seem to be any signal from it.

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Mike
2:33 PM

Hi Brian, It would seem that there is an output on MUX A, but at a VERY LOW ERP level. I am receiving programs now and again but very broken up

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Tuesday, 21 February 2012
Chris Panayi
11:13 AM
Brighton

Dave! Thanks for the date of the HD startup at Whitehawk Hill. You're a gentleman and a scholar.

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