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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?

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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, 4 March 2014

10:47 AM

Hmm well only for the elite central Brighton viewers then, it will close down very soon in that case

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10:52 AM

Dave: so why do relays only have limited channels, surely a RELAY is just that a RELAY. This is also across the board not just Brighton, so please don't feel left out!..

Remember channel 5 analogue broadcast from Rowridge only, so many would have updated to point to that!

In my eyes, freeview should do what DAB does and use Same freq for all national non-regional channels. All be on same freq across UK,

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Dave Lindsay

11:08 AM

RJ: Channel 5 did not broadcast from Rowridge, it broadcast from Fawley Power Station. It did, however, transmit from Whitehawk Hill.

A-Z list of transmitters | Channel 5

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

12:30 PM

RJ: "In my eyes, freeview should do what DAB does and use Same freq for all national non-regional channels. All be on same freq across UK"

A fine idea, of course, if the UK didn't have any other countries around it. SFN networks are hard to implement if you don't do it internationally.

Also, most domestic areas have been "grouped" for many decades. They are specifically designed to not receive frequencies outside a defined range.

SFN networks would require millions of homes to be fitted with new aerials!

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

12:41 PM

For a local tv channel all relays should be used, guess it will happen eventually if the channel is a success which I doubt

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1:28 PM

Dave: The local TV services are being provided on Interleaved Frequencies: spare slivers of frequencies left over from the planning process.

There simply isn't the capacity - and the money - to add the local TV to any additional transmitters.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

1:54 PM

Of course all channels "should" be available from all transmitters, but alas we don't live in an ideal world.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

9:34 PM

Actually I partially forgot the email I had from latest tv a few weeks back when I also asked why there will such lower power used also from Whitehawk Hill, I quote below...seems there will be certain relays used eventually though

Our initial DTT launch will be from Whitehawk tower only; plus we will be on Virgin Media and online at

To get the commercial model going quickly for the Local TV network , Comux, our TX company are mounting transmitters on all the main sites around the UK first before they address relays. Once those initial transmitters are mounted Comux will be able to extend our distribution easterly to towns like Lewes and Newhaven through a place on those relays - once spectrum planners have given the thumbs up.

We are uncontested by any other Local TV channel in the Sussex coastal conurbations and subject to technical clearance expect to have a position on Heathfield and Rowridge by 2016.

The reason that our transmitter operates at a lower power than the other Mux's is because the channels have been squeezed into available slots. However, this is compensated for by the fact that we operate in QPSK transmission mode rather than 64QAM as used by the other multiplexes.

QPSK is much easier to decode than 64QAM, in technical terms you have a 10.3dB increase in the protection ratio. This equates to a QPSK signal being over 10x easier to receive than a 64QAM signal. So our 400W signal has an equivalent power (or receive ability) of the 4,000W signal used by the other muxes.

The downside of this for Comux is that the signal has much lower capacity, hence why we only have three services on the Mux whereas the other muxes can have 10 or more!

I hope that answers your queries.

Best wishes

David Cuff

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Sunday, 9 March 2014
Peter Challis
11:01 AM

@RJ - I'm pointing at Rowridge from Portslade to get BBC4 HD and BBC News HD (50% signal strength 100% quality) from a roof aerial with mast pre-amplifier.

I'm getting the "Brighton Local TV" test successfully from Whitehawk via the back of my aerial (71% signal strength 100% quality). So I don't need to point at Whitehawk to get this channel.

I also seem to be getting a test Solent Local TV (43% signal strength). from Rowridge.

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Thursday, 13 March 2014

10:10 PM

I envy your reception Peter nice one :)

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