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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?

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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.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013
Dave Lindsay

5:12 PM

Me: Another Heath Robinson solution is to mount the aerial vertically and directed to Whitehawk. Newhaven is in the opposite direction and also vertically polarised. If you can pick up all channels from Whitehawk then Newhaven will give you the same region as Heathfield due to it being one of its relays.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 April 2013
1:18 PM

If the reflector does both, then I would expect on removing the reflectors a decrease in forward gain, and in increase in gain from the rear. I noticed no difference on removing the reflectors.

For Saltdean residents would you expect better reception from Whitehawk Hill (4000W, but a few hills), or Heathfield (20000W, about 25 miles away, unknown geography).

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Me's 1 post GB flag
1:20 PM

The message was truncated:

Heathfield (20000W, 25 miles away, geography unknown).

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Me's 5 posts GB flag
1:22 PM

Can't add detail Heathfield (20000W, 25 miles, geography unknown).

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Me's 5 posts GB flag
Sunday, 28 April 2013
1:50 PM

If an aerial is redirected but still capable of picking up the orignal transmitter signals, if the set is not retuned will it just pick up the original signals, but possibly weaker?

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Me's 2 posts GB flag
1:52 PM

Is there a difference between just retuning and doing an initial tune (first time reset, factory reset.

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Richard Davis

4:19 PM

One reason that Whitehawk Hill is vertically polarised is that it was originally classed as a relay transmitter rather than a main station, as during the analogue days it relayed transmissions received from Rowridge. It only changed to being considered as a main station when everything went digital, since it now has its own dedicated programme feeds rather than relaying another station.

As regards receiving aerial polarisation, using the incorrect one can lose you about 20dB in signal - that's equivalent to reducing the transmitter power by a factor of 100, and more than cancelling out the gain of your aerial, which is unlikely to be as high as 20dB! Further, you may get increased problems with reflection, since the polarisation of the signal can change when it's reflected, causing the reflections to be stronger than the wanted signal!

To show how effective using the wrong polarisation is in attenuating the signal, you only need to consider that this is deliberatly done with satellite transmissions to allow two different multiplexes to to transmit from the same satellite on the same frequency without causing each other interference. A change in the operating voltage sent to your LNB from your digibox is used to switch the LNB to the correct polarisation for the service you want.

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7:40 PM

Me: In answer to your 28th @ 1:50PM query, yes! as the box is only able to show what has been previously stored in its tuners memory, and with this applying no matter how strong an alternative signal might be.

Re your 1.52PM query, it depends entirely on the TV / box in question, because in some brands the tuners memory will be instantly wiped clean as soon as "search" or "scan" is pressed during an auto-tune, whereas on others there will always be an element of retention of the channels previously stored, this being why a "factory reset" / "default setting" / "reinstall all services" or first time installation" is always advisable, the terms referred to being that used by different brands albeit in reality all meaning the same thing.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 29 April 2013
4:56 AM

Thank you

Why is it that someone can receive a good signal (power and quality) from a particular transmitter for a channel, but be unable to recieve any signal from another channel from the same transmitter?

I would expect an all or nothing reception from a particular transmitter?

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Me's 5 posts GB flag
12:52 PM

I seem to be able to pick up a strong signal and good quality on Ch 24 (Reigate), but when I scan it I get Ch 24 Rowridge (not such a good signal). Can I force the tv scanner to detect the stronger signal, or both with a re-label?

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