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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?

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:04 until 8 Dec 11:17. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 10:55 until 7 Dec 12:18. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10 BBC

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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-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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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;
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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.

Monday, 6 February 2017
6:02 AM

The red aircraft beacon on the top is out.

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Paul's 1 post GB flag

7:05 PM


Please conbtact Arqiva who operate the transmitter. You can contact them at Contact Us

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 February 2017
Mark Tennent
1:44 PM

I accidentally posted this on Rowridge so reposting here:

Recently we keep having problems with BBC transmissions. Our aerial is pointing to Whitehawk Hill and also receives a signal from Findon. On BBC 1 and 2 the signal strength varies between zero and one hundred percent, and fluctuates wildly between the two. This means we can only watch BBC on HD or iPlayer but not everything is available, especially local news. All other channels receive a steady one hundred percent.

There is an amplifier which has caused no problems and I've also attached a 4G filter to one TV to see if that helps. Any further advice would be welcome.


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Mark Tennent's 5 posts GB flag

2:12 PM

Mark Tennent: If you are seeing 100% signal strength then you have too much signal and your TV's tuner is becoming overloaded and is unable to cope. If your amplifier has a variable gain control, turn it down until you can receive all channels without breakup (select BBC1 on your TV then view the signal strength and adjust the amplifier until strength is down to around 75% then check all the other channels are still working - you'll probably find all have a similar strength but may vary by a few %).

If your amplifier doesn't have a variable gain, you'll need an attenuator to reduce the signal strength such as the one linked below which should be connected somewhere between the amplifier and TV (you'll need one per TV if they're fed by separate outputs from your amplifier rather than one amplifier output going into a splitter).

6dB Coax Plug Inline ATTENUATOR: Electronics

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag
Mark Tennent
5:41 PM

Mark Tennent:

Hi StevensOnln1

That is good information, thank you. Why is it that we have had a good signal for 10+ years and only since January this year we have needed the attenuator? As we have a few TV receivers here, I'm wondering whether a different amplifier would be easier. Got any suggestions for one with variable gain? Preferably something from B&Q for example, that I can take back if it doesn't work.

At the moment the signal goes into the amplifier in one room downstairs then via a splitter shared by a couple of TVs. The aerial's signal is also shared by every other TV feed (4 or 5 in total) and the amplified signal used to be good on them all. We usually only use one TV at a time, maybe two if the TV receiver connected to a computer is also working or another TV is recording a channel. Is it worth trying turning off the amplifier?


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Mark Tennent's 5 posts GB flag

6:59 PM

Mark Tennent: You could try bypassing the amplifier (just turning it off and leaving it connected will block any signal going through it) and see whether you have enough signal strength on all your TVs without it.

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StevensOnln1's 3,569 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 March 2017
Mark Tennent
10:55 AM

StevensOnln1: In the end it was the amplifier on the aerial on the roof, replacing that and turning the aerial to Rowridge gave a brilliant signal without the mess of Findon/Whitehawk.

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Mark Tennent's 5 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 8 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:33 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:31 today to 15:46 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 9 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:31 yesterday to 15:46 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 10 March 2017
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:31 on 08 Mar to 15:46 on 08 Mar. [BBC]

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