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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, 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?

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;
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
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.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012
3:57 PM

I have 2 Tv's. One downstairs with built in Freeview ...the other upstairs has an Alba Freeview set top box.. After switchover BBC1 moved to 800. During the ad's on all progs that were not analogue..there is a lot of freezing and squeaking interference. I have retuned, diconnected etc , got a new aerial lead, retuned and retuned. BBC1 returns to original place after each retune ...and then as soon as I change vanishes..No Signal. BBC2,3,4 etc are all fine and in their correct places.
If I unplug the aerial I still get a reasonable picture. Can't understand why the tv downstairs is perfect, and upstairs is problematic with interference on commercials and BBC1 putting itself at 800(sometimes 801, or 810)
(Whitehawk Transmitter) Both Tv's run off same aerial on roof.

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Jo's 3 posts EU flag
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4:35 PM

Jo: others on this forum are more expert than I and will no doubt comment further, but I would just observe that different TVs and set-top boxes can have tuners with very different sensitivities to both signal strength and quality. In my case (set out in previous posts) we had a situation in a block of flats in central Brighton with one shared aerial where, after switchover, some TVs were affected by picture and sound breakup but others were not.

It sounds to me like the tuner in your Alba set top box upstairs might be being saturated by a signal which is too strong. This would explain the picture and sound break-up you describe and perhaps also why you are picking up a signal from a second transmitter (this is why you also have BBC1 on channel 800).

Do you have any boosters or amplifiers between the aerial and your upstairs TV? Try removing them if so.

Failing that, as a quick fix you might also try a cheap internal aerial for your TV upstairs. In Hove you are not that far from the transmitter at Whitehawk and you should get a sufficient signal inside.

Hope that's helpful.


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Dave Lindsay

4:47 PM

Jo: I think that the most likely answer is that the Alba has put the channels from Whitehawk in the 800s and another transmitter in the "proper" positions.

The fact that you have 800s is testament to signals from more than one transmitter being received. When a receiver picks up signals from more than one transmitter, it has to decide which it makes the "main" one (i.e. the BBC One that gets put under number 1) and which it throws in the "other" pile (i.e. puts in the 800s).

The simplest ones just take the first ones they find as the main and put subsequent (duplicates) in the 800s. As it happens, Whitehawk uses high frequencies and Rowridge uses low and can be picked up in your area.

So just run the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged for the first 50%.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

4:53 PM

Jo: Before you carry out a rescan, you can look at what you have now.

While on BBC One, bring up the signal strength screen and it will (hopefully) show the UHF channel that it is tuned to. If it says C24 then it is tuned to Rowridge and C60 is Whitehawk.

ITV1 Whitehawk=C53 / Rowridge=C27
ITV3 Whitehawk=C57 / Rowridge=C30 (C25 from tomorrow)
Pick TV Whitehawk=C56 / Rowridge=C37 (C22 from tomorrow)
Yesterday Whitehawk=C48 / Rowridge=C33 (C28 from tomorrow)

If you find any of these are Rowridge and you have poor reception, then that's the cause.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 18 April 2012

2:08 PM

Anyone know why our freeview box finds bbc channels which work after retune, but within 20 mins they vanish!

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jay's 92 posts GB flag
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5:00 PM

Thanks to all those who offered advice.
No boosters in use. Have tried scanning without aerial and with aerial plugged in. BBC1 says it is C60 Whitehawk, like the rest of the channels. The only channel that works in the '800's is BBC1.
I think I will try another complete retune on Saturday ...and see what happens. I will also try taking the troublesome TV downstairs for a retune...using the downstairs aerial connection. Failing all that ...I will try with an internal aerial. Thanks again for all your brain time..much appreciated..

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Saturday, 21 April 2012

8:54 PM

jay: This could possibly be caused by the boxes memory capacity having been exceeded if a few re-tune attempts have been made, you have to kill everything in the memory by carrying out a "factory reset" procedure first before making another another re-tune, the factory reset also being known as "first time scan" or "default setting", if though you cannot see any of these options mentioned in the set up screen then take the aerial out and re-tune without it to blank out the channels, then once completed reconnect the aerial and carry out a final re-tune.

Any problems are experienced then come back with the model number of the box so that it can be checked on.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 23 April 2012
2:13 PM

How do I tune my receiver to get the Whitehawk signal as at the moment my twin tuner is very dodgy and the signal keeps breaking up. Someone suggested making sure it was tuned into the right transmitter - mine is Whitehawk.

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jan's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:52 PM

jan: Without knowing what it is tuned to, I cannot be certain whether the unplugging aerial trick will work. However, it is quite common in the Brighton/Worthing area to pick up the signals from Rowridge, even for aerials which face Whitehawk.

There is a simple workaround for this problem and that is keep the aerial unplugged for the first 50% of the scan.

Before you do this, I would investigate what you have at the moment. If it turns out that you are tuned to Whitehawk's signals, then retuning won't make any difference as the problem lies elsewhere.

For each of the following, bring up the signal strength screen and check to see which UHF channel it is tuned to.

BBC One WH=C60 RR=C24
ITV1 WH=C53 RR=C27
BBC One HD (if applicable) WH=C51 RR=C21
ITV3 WH=57 RR=25
Pick TV WH=56 RR=22
Yesterday WH=C48 RR=28

WH=Whitehawk, RR=Rowridge

There are other possible transmitters that you could be picking up, these being low power ones serving small areas. Without knowledge of your location, assessment of candidates cannot be made. Rowridge is most likely as it overlaps a wider area.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
7:39 PM

Post code BN1 6FG - Fiveways, Brighton.

We are getting Single Frequency Interference for BBCA. The signal strength from Whitehawk on Ch60 is strong but the signal quality fluctuates from 0-10 over seconds. It is unwatchable.

We have a Group c/d aerial which should cover Ch60=786Mhz.

We have a TV with built-in freeview.

I have tried ...
a) buying a variable aerial attenuator to reduce the strength.No improvement.
b) clearing and re-tuning the TV with all the other equipment off (HD recorder, i- player box etc).

Any clues what to do next anyone please.
Might it be interference beyond our control eg from mobile phone transmitters?

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