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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-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

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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),

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C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
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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

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C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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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

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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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

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C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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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

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C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
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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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 - 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.

Saturday, 1 October 2016
Transmitter engineering

3:31 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 03:43 on 29 Sep to 03:48 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:50 on 29 Sep to 05:58 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:05 on 29 Sep to 04:09 on 29 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 130,737 posts xx
Sunday, 2 October 2016
Transmitter engineering

5:31 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:50 on 29 Sep to 05:58 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:05 on 29 Sep to 04:09 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 03:43 on 29 Sep to 03:48 on 29 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 130,737 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

8:32 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 03:43 on 29 Sep to 03:48 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:05 on 29 Sep to 04:09 on 29 Sep, HD Digital TV Reduced Quality from 04:50 on 29 Sep to 05:58 on 29 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 130,737 posts xx
Friday, 25 November 2016
5:54 PM

Which transmitter is most likely to give me the best full freeview reception in Peacehaven?Thanks

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Andy's 19 posts US
Saturday, 26 November 2016

2:22 PM


The location of Peacehaven is not accurate enough to advise you. We need a full post code to allow appropriate suggestions for your particular position. The reason being that hills and buildings can mean that some use one transmitter but neighbours may have to use a different one!

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Sunday, 27 November 2016
2:47 PM

BN10 8PB

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Andy's 19 posts GB
Monday, 28 November 2016

3:31 PM


Thanks for the post code. Now we can see that White Hawk Hill is definitely *not* the ideal transmitter for you. If you look at the 'digitaluk trade' box at the bottom of your posting, it will show that no one transmitter is fully ideal. Rowridge has some possibilities but a few multiplexes are suspect for reception. If you don't want a full service, then you might consider using the Newhaven Freeview Lite transmitter. Ideally you should use a log-periodic aerial that will cover all the possible signal ranges.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
6:11 PM

'digitaluk trade'

Can't see the link?

I want to put a tv in the bedroom, there is no tv point.

What are my chances of picking up the full freeview service from Rowridge using a portable aerial?

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Andy's 19 posts GB
Tuesday, 29 November 2016

1:16 PM


It shows on my system immediately underneath your posting with the post code. I suspect that some browsers are less likely to show such, but I have checked with Opera and Firefox and it shows on both of them. You should be able to see the details at Coverage Checker - Detailed View

If you have an existing aerial that is suitable for Rowridge (Group A or a log-periodic type) that you can use an active (powered) splitter to feed two or more outlets but do not use a non-powered type.

An indoor aerial in the room will not work at all! You are far too far away from all bar the Newhaven Freeview Lite transmitter and even that is doubtful. You need an aerial outside just above the roof, they are usually mounted on a short pole clamped to the chimney stack.

So it is worth investing in a properly fitted aerial above the roof. Use one of the log-periodic pattern as suggested earlier to cover all currently known plans.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Thursday, 12 January 2017
3:39 PM

My strongest signal in Woodingdean BN2 6UE for BBC stations is channel 60. Why is it that when it rains my TV and digital BBC radio reception breaks up? Normally the reception is excellent!

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