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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.

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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

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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), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

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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.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020
Clive Howell
2:57 PM

This appears to be a big problem with so many people, no tv signal. So why is it that whitehawk own web page says no reported faults and nothing to say about enginering works as though all fine? No contact so cant ask or twll them .

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Brian T
3:04 PM

I have also lost all TV signals from the Whitehawk transmitter, nothing available when switching on at around 13:40. Have retuned 2 TVs following the advice online but only get very poor quality signals with numerous outages. The advice online remains the same - no problems at Whitehawk Hill!!!

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Brian T's 2 posts GB flag

5:58 PM

Clive Howell & Brian T: Please see my comment posted on the Whitehawk Hill page at 1:42pm today. There is engineering work taking place at the transmitter.

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StevensOnln1's 3,637 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 15 July 2020
10:49 AM

Ever since the maintenance yesterday, BBCB/PSB3/C36 has had no signal.

Also, some of the channels listed here are incorrect according to the official Freeview site.….png

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Martin's 1 post GB flag
ken briggs
12:19 PM


Hi Hove customer here,i done a full installation this morning, which resulted in all my HD channels gone, sky news gone plus no channels between 100-200

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ken briggs's 1 post GB flag

12:21 PM


See my post on p89 Monday, 17 February 2020 at 10:58 AM Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy , the site owner has not been able to keep up with all the 700MHz clearance changes.

Freeview have listed the transmitter for Planned Engineering this week, details of exactly when or for how long aren't provided.
The BBC have listed the transmitter as being off-air due to a fault and for essential engineering a couple of times yesterday and there could be a report later for today, I suspect they are getting delayed because of the covid-19 situation.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag

12:23 PM

ken briggs:

See my response to Martin.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag
Saturday, 25 July 2020
4:45 PM

For the past month or so one TV I have has been using incorrect channel numbers and I don't know how to get it to use correct numbers or if there is something wrong somewhere. I wiped the channels and did a retune which got the correct numbers but within 24 hours the incorrect numbers were back.
To add to the issue, I have 3 devices using the same aeriel but with only one showing incorrect numbers so to my mind it isn't the aeriel. The TV in the bedroom and a media centre PC with 4 tuners use correct numbers but the LG TV in the front room are showing as below:

ITV 800
CH4 805
CH5 811
ITV2 802
ITV3 801
E4 808
Film4 806
More4 807
ITV4 803

UHF CH 35 586000kHz Bandwidth 8MHz Signal Strength 100% Signal Quality 100%

looking on this site the channel numbers from CH35 shouldn't be 800 etc but with the number of times channels are moved, renumbered and the recent outage I'm wondering if this has anything to do with it

Thanks for any pointers

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Neil's 3 posts GB flag

6:00 PM


Just to be clear, I'll post the information from the linked post that I referred to in my 12th July post -
"If you are going by the list at the top of the page, I'm afraid it's out of date, the site owner hasn't had time to do all the 700MHz clearance updates.

Whitehawk Hill's channels are now PSB1/BBCA C48, PSB2/D3&4 C35, PSB3/BBCB C36, COM4/SDN C32, COM5/ARQA C34, COM6/ARQB C33, LOCAL MUX/L-BTN C40.
If you click on each of the aforementioned channels, it'll give you the frequency if they aren't known/obvious to you.

It sounds like your LG needs to have it's memory cleared, I've encountered this sort of issue as well. Unplug the aerial from the TV and then do an automatic tune. This should clear all previous tuning as no channels should be found. Switch the set off for at least 10 minutes. Plug the aerial back in. When you switch on it shouldn't have any channels tuned.

Ideally carry out a manual tune on the UHF channels listed above.
Make sure that in >Settings >Programmes > Programme List Update (if your model has it) is set to OFF, or in Programme Tuning and Settings any thing that sets any Automatic update is turned off. (Where any such setting may be is model dependent).
This should stop it trying to retune if there is any loss of signal due to engineering or abnormal weather conditions.

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Chris.SE's 4,180 posts GB flag
Sunday, 26 July 2020
8:41 AM

Thanks for your help Chris.
I had removed the aerial during one of the retunes but hadn't powered down the TV for 10 minutes, or checked the auto-update. I did both last night and the channels are back to their correct numbering. I'll keep an eye on things to see if the auto-update can go back on.

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