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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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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, 15 July 2015
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jb38
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7:16 PM

Ken: Not really, as the Easterly limit for reception of C54 from Whitehawk Hill is shortly before the Greenways / Marine Drive Junction, whereas the Westerly limit for reception of C54 from Saltdean is around the Little Crescent /Marine Drive area, in other words a zero reception buffer zone exists between both stations to allow for spillage from either station, likewise they do not overlap anywhere.

This of course only applies to C54.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Thursday, 16 July 2015
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Ken
6:18 AM

Thanks

I can see that the LBN from Whitehawk Hill is only 400Watts, so I assume that this is why it has so short a range.

Channel 54 from Saltdean has only 40 Watts available which I assume accounts for its range.

Best wishes

Ps. Are you using radiation patterns?

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:35 AM

Ken: Re: Power, only partially, as its a combination of this coupled to restrictions on the transmitter aerial.

On the subject of radiation patterns, yes! but though, you can see this for yourself by looking at the map on the very top of this page, a list of the multiplexes used Whitehawk Hill being seen on the left hand side, if you click on LBN(V) the radiation pattern / coverage area of this particular multiplex will be shown, zooming in slightly giving a somewhat more detailed image.

Link for Saltdean below.

Saltdean (Brighton and Hove, England) Freeview Light transmitter | UK Free TV

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Ken
12:51 PM

Yes, I see.

The radiation is biased towards the East, and this is due to the characteristics of the transmitting aerial. It looks like different aerials are used for different mux's (transmitting at different power) - probably not like my Yaggi broadband aerial.

Best wishes

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Ken's 4 posts GB
Sunday, 19 July 2015
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Kevin Grant
7:11 PM
Brighton

I live in woodingdean Brighton and find this last week have lost my free view from an ariel tuned into whitehawk. Tried re - tuning thre T.V but still not working . Ariel on roof postcode BN2 6RP. Has something changed. .



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Dave Lindsay
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7:48 PM

Kevin Grant: Digital UK publishes details of engineering works:


Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works


For last week Whitehawk is "Possible weak signal".

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Thursday, 13 August 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:48 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 03:49 today to 03:53 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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10:27 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:44 today to 10:54 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 03:49 today to 03:53 today. [BBC]

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3:11 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 03:49 today to 03:53 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:44 today to 10:54 today. [BBC]

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Friday, 14 August 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:32 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 03:49 yesterday to 03:53 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:44 yesterday to 10:54 yesterday. [BBC]

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