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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?

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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;
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.

Thursday, 22 November 2012
10:49 PM

Dave that's very interesting, thanks, didn't know that about masthead amps. It was installed because originally the aerial fed 6 different points, and this was way before the analogue signal was switched off.

With the old aerial and no amp the signal was very poor, after the new one was installed it was much better - but that was all before the analogue signal was switched off.

I wonder would killing the power to the masthead amp bypass it, or would I have to get up there and do so manually?

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George's 4 posts GB flag
10:51 PM

"First, if you have a booster or amplifier - remove it from your system. Don't just unplug the power, as this will result in no signal getting though the device. "
Doh. That answers that then. To the roof I go, when this wind calms down!

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George's 4 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 November 2012

7:38 AM

George: An unpowered amplifier in an aerial system whether it be a mast head type or otherwise acts in a similar fashion to an attenuator being used where a signal is a bit "over the top" strength wise, insomuch that in most cases it will not kill the signal completely, and so in your case you might get away with just switching its power supply off.

The only problem that some people might find by doing this is, that in only moderately strong areas the signal could be reduced to just under the reception threshold level for the TV or box being used thereby giving the impression that no signal at all is there.

"If" switching the amp off does kill the signal and the mast head amp is difficult to access, then you could just leave the unit powered up and use one of these low cost (around £5.00 or so) 0 - 20db variable attenuators in line with the RF output from the amplifiers power unit / signal separator that would normally go to the TV or splitter unit, as using this method retains an element of gain control over the signal you receive, should of course that be necessary.

Please note though that an attenuator cannot be placed between the aerial and the power supply / signal separator unit that feeds it as this could short circuit the DC supply, this being why the attenuator has to be on the power units RF output side.

All said taking it that you haven't got one of these multi-outlet mast head amps?

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Dave Lindsay

10:18 AM

George: I'm surprised that at your location, even before switchover, you would have needed anything but a regular-sized aerial. I'm not a professional though.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:23 PM

George: Just in addition to my comment made earlier on this morning regarding the results expected if just switching off the power supply to an aerial amplifier, Dave Lindsay's latest posting is quite correct insomuch that you should only require the simplest of aerials for satisfactory reception from the 4Kw Whitehawk Hill transmitter located at just under two miles away, and indeed you might even be able to receive a signal of sorts with either a set top aerial or a short length of wire (about 3 / 4 feet) connected into the inner cup of the aerial socket on your TV.

But with reference to your 8.34pm posting made yesterday, it should be appreciated that in very high signal strength areas the indications that you see on a TV or boxes check screen have to be treated with suspicion, especially the quality, as exceptionally strong signals can cause an element of instability to occur in the tuner and this corrupts the measuring system used by the indicator bars, high signal strength accompanied by very low quality being a very commonly experienced and misleading symptom for many, this being made even more misleading if anyone has a variable attenuator in line, because if quality is being observed whilst the signal is slowly being "reduced" its usually the case that at a given point the quality will suddenly be seen to shoot up.

Anyway I just thought I would clarify on this point, because even although what I have said this morning still applies, it would really be best just to have your coax coming straight from the aerial into a mild powered (2 / 4db) distribution amplifier / splitter and with that being used to feed your various devices.

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Saturday, 16 February 2013
harry atkins
10:25 AM

I many thanks have just bought a new tv arielm 48 bar, I assembled it as diagram, and when fitted, it shows the bars laying horizontal, according to the gen about the whitehawk hill mast in brighton, which is my main service, it states vertical. Does this mean I have to turn the ariel up so the bars are vertical?

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Dave Lindsay

10:36 AM

harry atkins: Yes.

Make sure that the mounting bracket is perpendicular to the elements if it uses a cradle. If it is parallel to them then it will act to block the signal.

See these pictures of correctly and incorrectly fitted cradles:

Aerial Positioning Tests

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
5:05 PM

thanks dave will try it out, harry

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Friday, 8 March 2013
5:22 PM

When it rains BBC 1/2 has picture breakup.The rest of the stations are ok likewise the HD channels What is the problem.

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J.J.Armstrong's 1 post GB flag

5:25 PM

J.J.Armstrong: have a look at your aerial plus if it comes straight from the aerial to the tv if it is rusty your coax is damaged and will need replacing

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