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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-4,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

LBN
 V -10dB
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
VHFC/D EEEC/D E TW T
C2BBCtvwaves
C34ArqA
C35C5wavesC5wavesD3+4
C36BBCB
C40_local
C48ArqBArqB
C51tv_offBBCB
C53tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+4
C54tv_offLBN
C56tv_offArqA
C57tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesSDNSDN
C60tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves-BBCABBCA
C63BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves

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
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.

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Monday, 6 November 2023
Transmitter engineering
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5:10 AM

Whitehawk Hill transmitter - Whitehawk Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Thursday, 7 December 2023
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1:50 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 10:55 until 7 Dec 11:08. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 11:06 until 7 Dec 11:08. . [BBC]

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Friday, 8 December 2023
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10:49 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:04. Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 7 Dec 10:55 until 7 Dec 11:08. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:05. Off the air [BBC]

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2:21 PM

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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Tuesday, 12 December 2023
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4:58 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:04 until 8 Dec 11:17. . FM: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:05 until 8 Dec 11:17. . [BBC]

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Wednesday, 13 December 2023
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11:21 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: Slightly reduced power due to essential engineering from 8 Dec 10:04 until 8 Dec 11:17. . [BBC]

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Friday, 15 December 2023
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John Todd
6:15 PM

For the last few weeks in North Shoreham, many channels are showing "No signal. Please check your antenna connection" whilst many channels are perfectly OK (so the antenna is connected). Om another television using a separate aerial, the picture is very pixelated.
Both were perfect but suffered this problem at the same time a few weeks ago.
I note on the above information engineering is taking place on Whitehawk Transmitter.
Can I assume this is the problem? As both aerials are having the same problem at the same time, I assume it can only be the transmitter

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Steve Donaldson
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8:59 PM

John Todd: Whitehawk Hill is not listed by Freeview as having engineering works:

Planned engineering works | Freeview

This doesn't necessarily mean for certain that it isn't, assuming that works can always overrun and perhaps not be listed.

Another possibility, other than transmitter works, is interference by a mobile phone base station and/or mobile handsets/devices in the 700MHz or 800MHz frequency ranges, these frequencies formerly used for TV. Restore TV is the organisation responsible for alleviating such interference. They will provide a free filter to prevent the unwanted mobile signals getting into the TV/set-top box.

If you have an amplifier then the filter should go before it. If the amplifier is on the roof then this will require a special outdoor, waterproof filter. Restore TV should send an engineer to fit this should it apply here.

Details for Restore TV are here: https://restoretv.uk

One of the FAQs relates to having more than one TV. It says they will send more than one filter on request. I don't know whether they will send one filter and ask you to try it on both TVs and get back to them if you need a second, or whether they will send you two filters.

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Saturday, 16 December 2023
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Chris.SE
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3:29 PM

John Todd:

As you've had this problem for a few weeks and on two separate TVs and aerials, then it's a reasonable assumption that it could be one of the two possibilities Steve has mentioned. It would not surprise me that whatever the engineering work for DAB, it could well have an impact on Freeview transmissions from time to time as you can't work on a mast near the antenna when they're at full power, and this has been an oversight where it's not ended up with a listing for impact on Freeview!

Do check if you've had or should have had a postcard https://restoretv.uk/post…ure/

There is another possibility, that some very local external factors may be the cause, such as a new tall building or scaffolding etc springing up on the line-of-sight to the transmitter. It's unlikely to be things like solar panels, water tanks etc if the aerials aren't in a loft.

BUT just to compound matters for the next couple of days (wouldn't have been the initial problem) and likely to get worse tomorrow, is the presence of some Tropospheric Ducting causing co-channel interference (continental interference in old money) mainly affecting southern parts of the country.
The BBC have issued warnings as well.
This won't necessarily affect all multiplexes or even more than one and the effects could be short - seconds or minutes, or even longer - several hours. It will depend on particular conditions and location at the time.

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Monday, 8 January 2024
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10:47 AM

Whitehawk Hill transmitter - Whitehawk Hill transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/01/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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