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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?

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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.

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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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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

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C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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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

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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.

Monday, 26 March 2012
Richard Davis

10:18 AM

J Green: Thanks for your suggestion. However, I don't need to buy another STB as I already have a Humax Foxsat box which gives me the HD channels. It's just that I expected I'd be able to get them on the Philips TV itself after switchover, and was wondering whether I had a problem with it. As I now know that the TV is working as it should I won't worry any more.

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Richard Davis's 26 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
2:25 PM

Hi - I posted this a week or so ago but don't think anyone picked up on it. Apologies for posting again - but I'd really appreciate some advice!

I live in a block of flats at BN1 4UJ, which share a common aerial. From the height of the block I'm assuming that the aerial has uninterrupted direct line of sight with the transmitter at Whitehawk (I guess about a mile away).

Prior to DSO we received an adequate signal for all Freeview multiplexes to work perfectly on a 2 year old Toshiba TV (with digital receiver built in).

After the retune at DSO stage 1 we suffered serious picture and sound break-up on the BBCA Mux only (the one that had moved). All the old freeview channels worked fine.

After the retune at DSO stage 2 we now suffer serious picture and sound break-up on all the freeview channels. (Though I should be clear that it tunes in to all of the channels on all of the multiplexes with no problems.)

The Managing Agents in the block say that the signal strength at the amplifier is spot on. I know of some flats which are also suffering the same problems. But there are some other flats (sharing the same aerial) which are unaffected.

Ive tried using a variable in-line attenuator (in case the tuner was being saturated) but I can only degrade the picture/sound quality, not improve it.

Im completely and utterly totally stumped. Advice please!

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Richard Davis

12:12 PM

Simon: From what you say it does sound as if the signal is now too strong - the fact that in the interim period you had problems with the new MPX but not the old ones tends to point to this. As you've tried an attenuator in your set's aerial lead without success it sounds as if the distribution amplifier for the block may be overloading, which means that the attenuator needs to go in that amplifier's input. I wouldn't put too much faith in what the managing agents say!

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Dave Lindsay

12:36 PM

Simon: I must echo the thoughts of Richard Davis. The fact that reducing the level of the signal going into your tuner does not improve matters suggests that the signals are overloading the amplifier.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
1:58 PM

Thanks. Appreciate your responses. And that makes perfect sense.

Any suggestions as to why some flats might not be affected?

My guess is that perhaps there are two distribution amplifiers? I don't know the system.

Don't know how I'm going to convince the mamanaging agents to fix it...


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Simon's 13 posts GB flag
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2:12 PM

Simon: How high are you in the block? Since the power output was increased in the switchover, maybe you coud try an aerial in your flat to tide you over?

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Dave Lindsay

2:17 PM

Simon: I wondered whether there could be two amplifiers. I'm not an installer so aren't familiar with these things.

Or perhaps some neighbours are watching satellite services only or maybe they have receivers that are more tollerable to the (seemingly) poor/distorted signal. That said, usually people have a TV and a recorder and for both to be OK would seem possible but less likely than just one being OK.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

2:47 PM

Simon: Also, have you considered everything in the 'Freeview intermittent interference' link below? You may be getting interference that for some reason wasn't a problem before.

And any chance you could try your tuner or TV in one of the unaffected flats, i.e. do a partial 'swap' test?

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Jim's 41 posts GB flag

4:54 PM

Simon: If I could just add my contribution to the discussion, the way I see it is with you being located virtually next door to the Brighton Central transmitter (20watts) and also located at only 1 mile away from the 4Kw Whitehawk Hill transmitter its amazing that you can receive anything, that is except by using something like a set top box aerial, so if you have access to one (non-amplified type) try a test using that, because unless some massive (but unknown) obstruction exists between these stations and you then the chances are that your receivers tuner will be permanently overloaded with an excessive level of signal.

The only plus point I see about the situation being, that by the fact of you having reported that some flat dwellers are seemingly able to get good reception suggests that the distribution amplifiers used in the block are not suffering from the effects of an excessively strong signal albeit that they certainly will be receiving one! and with the most likely reason for the other flat dwellers not really having problems being simply down to the fact of the different sensitivity levels that exist in the variety of tuners used by different brands of sets, with types that are "deaf" to distant stations really coming into their own where excessive levels of signals are involved. (i.e: as though they had an inbuilt attenuator!)

By the way regarding the variable attenuator you referred to, these type of devices aren't that much good where really high levels of signals are involved, as the RF sometimes partially by-passes the internal adjuster, fixed types with a high dB level of reduction always being superior albeit there is an element of hit and miss involved about choosing one, unless that is the actual signal level being received has been assessed with the aid of a professional signal level meter, such as was likely used by the installers of the distribution amplifiers.

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Richard Davis

5:18 PM

Simon: I must admit I was a little surprised that some of your neighbours aren't having problems, but I think Dave Lindsay has probably hit the nail on the head - they're probably using satellite or cable. If you can confirm that all those who're using the aerial system are having problems, you might between you be able to force the Managing Agents to take some action.

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