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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 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! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

7:33 AM

JB, please would you have a look at Sudbury page when you get the chance?

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Nick's 386 posts GB flag

11:18 PM

Nick: I will admit to not having noticed your reply at the time, basically because I mostly access UK Free TV by either a twitter link or directly via which I find to be more convenient for making quick checks by neither route being dedicated to any particular heading.

But as far as the software version number you supplied is concerned, this was not seen mentioned anywhere in the lists thereby making it impossible to cross check it against anything else, although it could possibly be the very last version issued before the company wound up as all the other software version numbers seen listed ended in Dxxx, not Mxxxx.

On the subject of the intermittent breaks in the sound, if you have verified that the scart cable linking the box to the TV is OK then that fault could still be caused by a software glitch, and especially if the start of the audio down time corresponds to some visual disturbance caused by a glitch in the signal being received, but its a very difficult type of fault to diagnose at distance because it might even be connected to a dry joint on the input to the audio decoder circuitry, this being the type of fault that could only be found out with the aid of an oscilloscope test probe whilst the box was sitting on a test bench, NOT of course that in-depth down to component level faulting such as I am involved with (commercially as well as domestic) is ever carried out on low cost Freeview devices, as a certain number of brand new devices are always kept for guarantee replacement purposes by service depots which is by far a more cost effective way of doing things.

Purely for a test though, the next time that the audio drops out try removing the aerial connector for about five seconds or so before replacing it again and see if the audio returns, because if it does then that can possibly indicate a software issue.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Sunday, 23 June 2013
Jason Green
6:35 PM

Is there 4G interference in the Whitehawk area?

Ever since May I've had problems with the BBCA mux.

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Jason Green's 8 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

6:40 PM

Jason Green: Yes.

Give at800 a ring:

at800 Brighton 4G test

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Monday, 24 June 2013
Jason Green
2:59 PM

@ Dave Lindsay

Thanks for the info, have phoned at800 and they are sending out a filter, hopefully it will help.

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Jason Green's 8 posts GB flag
Sunday, 14 July 2013
Mike Tarbuck
7:08 AM

Dear UK Free TV

Live at Telscombe cliffs near Brighton approx 4 miles from Whitehawk and 3 miles from Newhaven Transmitters. I am at present pointing at W/hawk and could recieve both South and South East signals. my problem is that I am not recieving most of the channels and have not done so regularly for about a month.
All my equipment is in good order and I hav recently fitted an 800 filter just in case. Visiting the 'Freeview' site i see that conversly to last year's switchover I am now recommended to use the Newhaven mast but i would only recive 12 channels, which is what i have. Is it me or have Freeview reduced my channel list. Regards Mike at BN10 7LT

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10:00 AM

Mike Tarbuck: If the missing channels referred to are on the such as ITV3 / QVC / the new Drama channel on LCN 20 etc, etc, then you are only predicted as having variable levels of reception from this transmitter, this also applying to your HD reception.

But though as far as 4G is concerned, if you can receive BBC OK from Whitehawk Hill then although that is inclined to eliminate any possible problems being caused by the "testing" of that system its not quite a 100% guarantee that it wont, because any signals that are only predicted as being variable anyway are much more vulnerable to problems being caused if a TV or boxes sensitivity is reduced by its tuners input circuitry sensing the presence of a strong RF signal such as from a nearby 4G transmitter, RF input stage swamping being the only reason why 4G can affect reception.

As far as reception is concerned, although a terrain check (ground only) indicates a clear line-of-sight from the Newhaven transmitter the signal path from Whitehawk is seen to skirt close to the ground from about just under 1 mile prior to your location and that sort of thing can result in variable levels of reception dependant on whatever may or may not be on that particular piece of ground, and so what you report is not entirely unexpected.

Have you made any local enquiries with neighbours etc for the purpose of being able to completely eliminate your own installation as being deficient in any way? plus you also have to keep in mind that many have been complaining recently about problems with reception being caused from distant stations due to the current wave of high pressure that is sweeping across parts of Southern UK.

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Dave Lindsay

10:22 AM

Mike Tarbuck: The high ground that is in the way which jb38 mentioned is around the Smuggler's Rest heading westwards. Has there been erection of a development? Streetview photos of May 2012 show the pumping station being built.

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george rudd
1:20 PM

i lost bbc2 bbc3 movie mix dave last week was able to retrieve bbc2 bbc3 but unable to get movie mix or dave why ?

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Dave Lindsay

1:45 PM

george rudd : Movie Mix and Dave are carried on COM5 multiplex (a multiplex being a single digital signal). See here for the full list:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

COM5 from Whitehawk broadcasts on UHF channel 56 (vertically). Unfortunately Midhurst also broadcasts on C56, albeit horizontally but at high power (20kW) and it is only 20 miles away, albeit slightly out of sight due to the terrain, but with such power that might not make much difference.

Perhaps, therefore your reception of COM5 may be variable, depending on whether the Midhurst signal is carrying more than normal or not. None of the other Whitehawk multiplexes are co-channel with Midhurst.

If you have a receiver with a manual tuning function then access that function. Select UHF channel 56 but do not press the button to scan/add services because at this point receivers often give an indication of strength and quality even if those readings are too poor to produce a picture. Do the same for C57 and C48. See if C56 has the strength but not the quality, any poor quality perhaps being caused by interference from Midhurst.

For BBC standard definition services, your receiver should be tuned to UHF channel 60 for Whitehawk. This information is usually given on the signal strength screen. It is possible that it is tuned to another transmitter and that this is the reason for poor reception (because the aerial is pointing the wrong way for the signal being received). Other possibilities are Findon on C44 and Rowridge on C24.

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