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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LBN
 V -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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)

Are you trying to watch these 12 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, NOW 80s, PBS America +1, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? 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-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
VHFC/D EEEC/D E TC/D E TC/D E TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C34ArqA
C35C5wavesC5wavesD3+4
C36BBCB
C40_local
C48BArqBArqBArqBArqB
C50tv_off2
C51tv_offBBCBBBCBBBCB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C54tv_offLBNLBN
C55tv_offA
C56tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesSDNSDNSDNSDN
C58tv_off+C
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCA-BBCA-BBCABBCA
C61+D
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C661

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 4kW
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.

Comments
Wednesday, 22 April 2015
S
Steve
2:05 PM

Are the Wattages given for the Mux's average values, in that they vary around this mean, or are they constant values. If the former is the case, is there any additional information available?Thanks

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Steve's 3 posts US
Thursday, 23 April 2015
K
Ken
12:50 PM

Is there a radiation distribution map for this transmitter?Is it possible to align an aerial to be in the correct direction to the transmitter?

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Ken's 4 posts US
Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

1:25 PM

Ken: No, because the powers that be won't release it. This is with the exception of the local "Brighton" multiplex whose pattern can be seen by clicking "Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?" above.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Friday, 24 April 2015
K
Ken
4:15 PM

Can't see the link?

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K
Ken
4:18 PM

Sorry, found it

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Ken's 4 posts US
Sunday, 26 April 2015
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anon
5:35 AM

Regardng that radiation map above. can anyone explain it. The angles see to be greater than 360 degrees, and another dimension has negative values?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:38 AM

anon: The values working in from the outside are attenuation levels in dBs. So where the trace runs on the outer edge the attenuation is 0dB and therefore the full power is radiated in that direction. As the trace veers more to the centre, the attenuation is greater.

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anon
1:34 PM

Dave.Thank you.That LBN figure has a red graphic included. What does that represent?Is the whole diagram a general diagram. I could not find a UK reference to LBN in Google? I assume that transmitters will have their own characteristics, and, therefore, vary.Clicking on LBN does not lead to whatever LBN signifies.

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:14 PM

anon: The red graphic indicates the magnitude of radiation in each direction. If it had been omnidirectional (the same in all 360 degrees) then it would have been circular, for example.

At 290 to 295 degrees, the signal is at its full effective power (400W). Between 280 and 285, and 300 and 305 it is -2dB, so the power is 2dB down from (less than) 400W. Decibels (dBs) are logarithmic and not linear. For every -3dB the power halves. For example, between 310 and 315 degrees the power is 6dB down which equates to 100W.

"LBN" is what this website uses to mean "Local Brighton" multiplex. Digital UK refers to it as "L-BTN".

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Wednesday, 6 May 2015
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Jim
9:33 AM
Hove

BN3 4PL
Aerial on roof pointing at Whitehawk transmitter
Have followed Freeview reset procedure. No signal reported on BBC1 or BBC2. Can get BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD on 101, and 102. Can't receive any BBC4 or BBC radio channels.
Have tried partial scan, by inserting aerial after 50%. Signal picked up BBC1 and BBC2 on channels 1 and 2 but reception very poor.
Any advice please.

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