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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 26/02/2024 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.

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

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
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, 15 March 2012
G
geoff
10:16 AM

I'm near the top of West Hill, got line of sight to Whitehawk in the East, and a large aerial in the loft pointing in the right direction. Maybe picking up a reflection of Rowridge? I can't see a C24 xmitter to the East of me on the map...

Anyway, thanks Dave for the plug-back-in-half-way tip. I'll give it a try next week.

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Robert
7:44 PM
Hove

I live in a top (third floor) flat and have used an indoor aerial (Philex SLX 2777OR) since 2010. The signal quality has always been excellent.

Since I've retuned on the 7th of March, all the channels still have near perfect signal quality, with the exception of the BBC TV and Radio channels, (CH 24) where the quality is adequate, but doesn't hit more than 5 on the 0-10 signal bar.

Some of the BBC channels have been duplicated and stored as Channels 800-814, and the signal quality for these is superb. One of the duplicated channels is BBC1, stored as Channel 814, and which receives BBC South East; whereas BBC1, stored as Channel 1, and with low signal quality, still transmits BBC South.

Will this problem be rectified with the second stage of retuning on the 21st?

Best regards.



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Dave Lindsay
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7:56 PM

Robert: The reason you have duplicated channels is because your receiver has picked up the new full power BBC services from Rowridge which are on C24.

Rowridge uses low channels/frequencies and Whitehawk high ones, so if you run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged for the first 50% it will miss out Rowridge and pick up Whitehawk.

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Friday, 16 March 2012
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jay
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

2:44 PM
Brighton

This is because Rowridge is now H/V polarity.. and everyone whos has a wideband aerial pointing to Whitehawk hill will have issues!

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Monday, 19 March 2012
M
martin
6:37 PM
Brighton

please forgive me if this sounds stupid. how would i be able to tell if my aerial is wide band, we currently receive a perfect signal over free view but am slightly paranoid we won't get the HD channels (and yes we have the equipment to receive HDfreeview) any clues.

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Dave Lindsay
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7:26 PM

martin: For Whitehawk Hill, all channels post-switchover are "in group", that is they are in Group C/D. This was the case before switchover, except for analogue Channel 5 which was on channel 35. So a wideband aerial is not necessary after switchover.

You will not pick up HD signals yet because they aren't being broadcast!

High definition services become available at the second stage of switchover, which for Whitehawk is this Wednesday.

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Graham
8:46 PM

And now... after just starting to receive BBC channels, I have lost ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

What year is this, 1962?


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Mark Fletcher
sentiment_satisfiedGold

9:13 PM
Halifax

Martin.A group W wideband aerial will be tipped black,a group C/D aerial will be tipped green !

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Mark Fletcher
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9:14 PM
Halifax

Graham.You're 50 years too late !

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Tuesday, 20 March 2012
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martin
6:25 PM
Brighton

dave, i know this please credit me with the intelegence that i had read the rest of the page.

my comment was a pondering on if there was anyway to tell (without climbing on my roof) if i would have any issues tomorrow, but i guess i will wait and see.

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