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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?

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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.

 V max
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

 V max
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

 V -10dB
C40 (626.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
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;
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, 6 May 2015
Dave Lindsay

11:43 AM

Jim: BBC standard definition TV and radio are carried on PSB1 multiplex. Whitehawk broadcasts this on UHF channel 60, which is the highest and the closest to 4G services in the 800MHz band which may be operating in your area, these occupying channel 61 upwards. Therefore, it's worth seeing if 800MHz 4G has started by ringing at800.

at800 is the company set-up by the mobile operators and tasked with alleviation of reception issues:

Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 23 June 2015
11:23 PM

Currently in process of obtaining equipment prices for a new wall mounted aerial removing the existing from the stack on our bungalow.
I'm told Brightons Whitehawk hill is a better transmitter than Rowbridge I.o.Wight which the current aerial faces and on nice sunny days loose the signal some digital channels, one in particular is channel 64.

I've also read that the Diy sold aerial cable in not very good quality.
Any suggestions on type of aerial and cable welcome will look back in for responses if any. I'm in Worthing.

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Bob's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 25 June 2015
Dave Lindsay

12:40 AM

Bob: Digital broadcasts are transmitted in multiplexes ("muxes"), each of which is a single signal which carries multiple services. E.g. PSB1 multiplex carries all BBC standard definition TV and radio. Digital UK publishes a full list of Freeview services including multiplex they are carried on here:

Digital UK Industry - Channel listings

As this is a reception issue, it's therefore more relevant to talk in terms of multiplex. So logical channel number (LCN) 64 is carried on COM6 (or Arq B) multiplex.

The PSB (Public Service Broadcaster) channels have the same coverage as the former four-channel analogues. COM4, COM5 and COM6 are available from 81 of the larger transmitters.

Rowridge is unique as far as a main station goes as it broadcasts with vertical polarisation (as well as horizontal polarisation). From April 2012 COM4, COM5 and COM6 began broadcasting with a power of 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically. The PSBs are 200kW horizontally and vertically. Thus, you might find that vertical polarisation solves your problem.

DIY aerials tend to be widebands. All of Rowridge's channels are Group A, as they were for analogue. Thus, aerials installed for former four-channel analogue should generally be suitable for all reception of all channels. Wideband yagi aerials aren't as good on Group A channels so a Group A aerial should be used. See:

Rowridge Transmitter

While log periodics are usually wideband, to the best of my knowledge there's one exception; this one made by Vision:

V20A2 20 Element Log Periodic Group A Aerial ? Vision Products - Powerful Products. Easy Installation. Excellent Value

There's another point to be aware of and that is the new quasi-national HD muxes, COM7 and COM8. Rowridge carries these horizontally only and Whitehawk doesn't carry them at all. So if you can get them from Rowridge then switching to vertical polarisation will forfeit any chance of reliable reception of them.

Rowridge broadcasts BBC South and ITV Meridian (South Coast). Whitehawk carries BBC South East and ITV Meridian (South Coast). So choice of transmitter dictates BBC region but not ITV region.

The transmission power of Whitehawk effectively increased at switchover. The Findon relay had a considerable boost in power but only carries PSB channels, it being a relay of Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay

1:04 AM

Bob: I should add that in order to understand Digital UK's list and its multiplexes:

PSB2 = D3&4
COM5 = Arq A
COM6 = Arq B

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

10:04 AM

Bob : In addition to, but apart from that said by Dave Lindsay, the question of which is the best station to use for reception is entirely dependant on your location within the Worthing area, as wide variations were found in DUK's predictions for reception between a couple of post codes used for test purposes, Whitehawk Hill being far in a way best for reception in the DN14 area, whereas not in the DN11 areas, none of the stations predicting good reception in that area with the exception of Rowridges PSB channels on vertical polarity.

Therefore, I suggest that the best policy would be to enter your post code into the reception predictor referred to and study the results. (Link for below)

Another point to note regarding aerials, as you are intending to mount the aerial on a wall bracket, then be aware that not all aerials lend themselves to being mounted on such brackets close to a wall, this being where log periodic aerials score, as they, in most cases can, and of course are ideal for reception of the channels used by Whitehawk Hill, (excl Vision V20 A2 20) that is should you reside anywhere in, or near to the BN14 area.

Digital UK - Coverage checker

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,628 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 150,628 posts xx flag
5:13 AM

Isn't channel 54 from the the Saltdean transmitter?

I can't receive any of the LBN channels?

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Ken's 4 posts GB flag

7:58 AM

Ken: No, as although Mux C54 is used by both Whitehawk Hill and the Saltdean relay, they do not serve the same purpose, C54 (LBN) on Whitehawk Hill being a local "commercial" Mux beamed towards the Brighton area, whereas C54 on the Saltdean transmitter is one of the three PSB (only) transmitters used by that Freeview "light" relay station, i.e: does not transmit commercial (only) programmes.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
1:19 PM


I am not clear. Who can and cannot receive the LBN channels form Whitehawk Hill?

You mention Saltdean. If someone living in Saltdean can receive signals from the Saltdean and Whitehawk Hill transmitter,s then what is the significance of Channel 54? - Would it be determined simply by signal strength. The maximum strength prevailing, hence eliminating the other

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