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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.

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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?

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;
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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.

Thursday, 22 March 2012

8:39 PM

Richard Davis: Ref: your query regarding any possible Web site listings of tuners used in TV's or boxes, unfortunately to my knowledge anyway there isnt! as I just generally check on this sort of thing by having a quick look at either the service (or user) manual for the device in question, the range of manuals I use being mostly in PDF format but with a few exceptions where more complex devices are concerned.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:27 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 21 Mar to 00:50 on 21 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

6:27 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 on 21 Mar to 00:50 on 21 Mar [BBC]

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J Green
11:41 AM

@Richard Davis:

You could always get a freeview HD set top box if want to keep your TV?

Richer Sounds have some good ones.

The Humax Fox-T2 can record Freeview HD.

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Andy Jones
11:45 AM

I live in Shoreham-by-Sea and have a new arial pointing to Whitehawk, my new LG TV with Freeview HD cannot find the HD channels with Autotune. Should I do a manual tune of Channel 51 (714.0MHz) to recieve the pachage of channels that include BBC1 HD, ITV1 HD, Ch4 HD & BBC HD ?
Look forward to your reply. Many thanks.

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Andy Jones's 1 post GB flag
2:17 PM

When I click on the link for C33 at the top of this page
UK TV Frequency map - channel C33 (570.0MHz) before switchover map | - independent free digital TV advice

I get a map of Ghana. I'm not sure that's right...

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Geoff's 1 post GB flag

3:22 PM

Andy Jones; You should not really require to do that but by all means try a manual scan on mux Ch51, however if it does not receive any signal then it could point to your LG being only an HD ready set and not fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner which is necessary for HD reception, so either have a look in the user manual / specifications / tuner for DVB-T2 being mentioned or give an update with the model number of the TV in question.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

4:22 PM

Andy Jones: Another little point I forgot to mention and which particularly concerns LG Freeview HD TV's, being that some of these HD sets are extremely sensitive to signal overloading problems on the HD channels, with picture break up being seen on HD reception but not on SD channels, or the set not actually picking up HD in the first place, something which "might" be applicable in your case, so if your TV does prove as having a DVB-T2 tuner fitted then the aforementioned could be the reason for your problem.

However I am unable to assess as to whether or not this is likely to apply as you haven't provided a post code which would have been used for signal checking purposes, but should you have any booster in line then by-pass and try another scan on Ch51.

If though there isn't a booster in line and you have access to a set top aerial give the TV a Ch51 scan using that, should it then pick up HD channels you will require an attenuator to be fitted in line with the TV's aerial socket.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 March 2012
3:54 AM

Since changeover I have good aerial reception from Whitehawk Hill EXCEPT for the mux that provides ITV3, ITV2+1, Quest etc. Why is this, and Is there anything I can do apart from upgrade connections and aerial?

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Matthew's 1 post GB flag

8:11 PM

Matthew: You didn't leave your postcode, so I couldn't do a check on the predicted reception at your location. However, it is significant that C57, which was the old analogue frequency for BBC1 from Whitehawk was not chosen for use by a PSB mux after switchover. This suggests that coverage is not as reliable as that which is obtained from C51 - the frequency chosen instead. I tried a postcode in BN2 which interestingly gave variable reception for C57 and good reception for the other five frequencies. By all means check cables and connectors, also try different positions for the aerial ie raising/lowering as well as side to side locations.

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