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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?

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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

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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.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018
Geoff Owen
11:55 AM

I think the information about channels and multiplexes (Whitehawk Hill above) is in real need of updating. As of March 2018 there have been major changes. Channels 48 and 56 are no longer in use and two new channels, 32 and 33 are now being used.

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Thursday, 15 March 2018
Bob Higham
9:06 AM

As of March 14th2018 the UHF channel allocation for Whitehawk is:
PSB1 48 & 60 (depending on direction transmitter
PSB2 53
PSB3 51
COM4 33
COM5 57
COM6 32
This is a temporary allocation until over transmitters in the area are changed

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Friday, 16 March 2018
David Hitchin

5:43 PM

I am viewing from Seaford, BN25 2JH, picking up Newhaven and Whitehawk.

In the last day or so we have not been able to find COM4, usual automatic retuning. That seems to have happened since it moved to Channel 33. The other channels are pick up OK.

Is this just a Seaford problem, or is it more widespread?

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Chris Gasgoine
6:03 PM

Many thanks Bob Higham, you have my eternal gratitude for publishing the channel change information relating to Whitehawk Hill.
Having lost the Sky News Channel I spent the best part of an afternoon trying to locate this information including contacting Freeview themselves who were unable to help.
As Bob says, these changes are temporary so it would be very useful to know where this information can be found, ideally before the changes take place. Can anybody help?

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David Hitchin

6:08 PM

Just following up my previous post I have heard the same story from a friend in Shoreham, COM4 missing and not picked up on a retune.

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7:02 PM

Chris Gasgoine: I believe com4 is SDN and com6 is ARQ B.

If you click on the "digitaluk trade" link below Bob Higham's post, you will find that SDN is on UHF 32 and ARQ B is on UHF 33.

The 14 Mar 18 Retune event and future Retune events as well as Reception changes appropriate to his postcode will be found there.

You can enter your own postcode near the top of the page.

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David Hitchin

10:23 PM

I have been advised that many aerials were designed for higher channels and will be less effective on lower ones such as 33. Also some were fitted with filters to reject channels below 40.

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11:14 PM

David Hitchin & Chris Gasgoine: If you're having trouble receiving COM4 & COM6 from Whitehawk Hill following the frequency changes, you should contact the Freeview Advice Line (see link below) who can arrange for a new wideband aerial to be fitted (free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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Saturday, 17 March 2018
R s aerials Seaford
8:18 AM

Hi being in the aerial business for last thirty years, we have been fitting wide band aerials as standard for at least last 10 years, many customers did not have regional tuners in their TVs so high pass filters were used to reject signals from the Isle of Wight, these will now need to be removed !

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David Hitchin

12:25 PM

I have contacted the Freeview Advice Line. The adviser that I spoke to was completely unaware of this issue. I ran through the nonsense of removing the aerial, retuning and then reconnecting it again, and they eventually asked me to remove the filter (I'm now unable to get to the loft to do this) and they said that they will get back to me.

A few months ago there was an issue with the Newhaven transmitter broadcasting the wrong local news channel for a few days, and it was almost impossible to get them to recognise that there was a transmitter problem.

The curious thing, then and now, was that there must have been thousands of people affected but I seemed to be the only one to contact the Freeview Advice Line and persist in saying "It's not my television and I'm not tuned to the wrong channel". Then and now I hear many people complaining, but no one does anything.

I am amazed that when Freeview decided to make these changes they didn't realise how many people along the coastal strip had filters to block the Isle of Wight channels, and that moving COM4 and COM6 to lower frequencies was going to cause problems for them.

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