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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?

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.

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 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

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), 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

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
Saturday, 10 March 2012
Dave Lindsay
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2:02 PM

J Green: According to Digital UK Tradeview, yes, all muxes from Whitehawk will be on the full final power on 21st March.

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Sunday, 11 March 2012
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Miikescki
9:45 AM
Worthing

Hi MO,

No one else seems to have answered so may I suggest that all you need to do is to reinitialise your freeview boxes?
We did ours and I think that the signal is better than before.
As it all finishes you will be given the choice of BBC South or BBC South East. We like the Southampton bias rather than the London so we chose "BBC South". Obviously the preference is yours.

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Dave Lindsay
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10:14 AM

Miikescki: Not all boxes present this choice of region.

Your suggestion is likely to lead to poor reception or perhaps bouts of poor reception. This is because on selecting "BBC South" you are opting to for your receiver to tune to the signal from Rowridge and when selecting "BBC South East" you are opting for Whitehawk Hill.

Those who have two aerials that are combined where one is pointing at Rowridge and one at Whitehawk can obviously choose and should not have issues ensuant.

However, where one has a single aerial that is, by its nature, directed at one particular transmitter, it is installed to receive from that transmitter. The results will be unpredictable when used to pick up signals from another direction.

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KMJ,Derby
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3:18 PM

Miikescki and Dave Lindsay: It is likely that viewers in Worthing are receiving BBC South from the Findon relay, rather than the weaker option from Rowridge. Findon is transmitting digital signals at 2kW, rather than the much lower power of 10W which would have only covered the old analogue service area. It could be that this was planned to become a regional correction transmitter for the area, following the change to BBC SE from Whitehawk Hill.

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Monday, 12 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:15 on 07 Mar to 03:13 on 07 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:28 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:15 on 07 Mar to 03:13 on 07 Mar [BBC]

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Wednesday, 14 March 2012
C
clive
7:45 PM

since 5pm tonight the signal reception has gone down from 63%, which is poor, to 42%. why?
i was told that the signal would be stronger as updates were made but appears to be worse.
any ideas what whitehawk are upto?
have to reboot freeview box every morning since 1st stage on the 7/3/12.

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Dave Lindsay
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8:31 PM

Clive: It's probably the lift conditions that are making signals travel further than they normally would. See here:

What is the Inversion Effect and why does it effect my Freeview TV reception?
| ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice


We've had a report of French TV being received in Portsmouth and signals from Mendip in Somerset being picked up in Rayleigh.


I say "probably", it may be advisable to check that your receiver has tuned to Whitehawk and not Rowridge or one of the other transmitters in the area.

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geoff
8:56 PM

Still receiving BBC1 on C24 498MHz, but a highly defective signal.

Finally found C60 listed in the 800s on a Humax 3100, signal quality 100%. Result.

Wouldn't have looked for C60 without reading this site, so thanks for the listings.

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Thursday, 15 March 2012
Dave Lindsay
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9:25 AM

geoff: If you are picking up BBC A (BBC One, BBC Two etc) multiplex from Rowridge on C24, then you could well pick up the other higher power multiplexes when they come on air next week.

Fortunately Rowridge's services are at low frequencies and Whitehawk's at high ones, so just run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged up until 50% to avoid the possibility of picking up Rowridge.

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