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The symbol shows the location of the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 94,000 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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Midhurst 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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 16 others

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (West 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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Midhurst (West Sussex, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest (256°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest (248°)
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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 29 Feb 12 and 14 Mar 12.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Midhurst 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. Midhurst 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, 8 October 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:38 AM

Brian Tullett: Perhaps try manually tuning.

The presence of ITV2+1 without that of ITV2 means that COM4 is present and PSB2 isn't.

See here for list of services by multiplex:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

There is another retune which affects all transmitters across the country and this will take place on 17th October:

Freeview channel number changes to go ahead: HD, Adult move on 17 October 2012 | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

Yes, I agree it is totally crazy having retunes every fortnight rather than coinciding the events...

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Dave Lindsay

11:33 AM

Deeptheone: If your TV was tuned to Midhurst prior to Wednesday, then you will have lost PSB2 (ITV1 etc) and COM4 (ITV3 etc) on Wednesday as they changed UHF channels (frequencies) in the early hours. On the basis of your neighbours' experiences, they were tuned to Midhurst. However, if you didn't loose PSB2 and COM4 on Wednesday, then you can't (or couldn't then) be tuned to Midhurst for them.

At your location Heathfield is in the opposite direction as Midhurst and I wonder if your receiver has been tuning to it instead of Midhurst.

See this page to identify which services are carried on which multiplexes:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

For example, PSB2 carries ITV1, ITV2, Channel 4 and others.

For one service carried on each multiplex, view the signal strength screen to see which transmitter it is tuned to. Those of Midhurst and Heathfield are:

PSB1 | BBC One | Midhurst=C55 | Heathfield=C52
PSB2 | ITV1 | Midhurst=C56 | Heathfield=C49
PSB3 | BBC One HD | Midhurst=C58 | Heathfield=C47
COM4 | ITV3 | Midhurst=C54 | Heathfield=C42
COM5 | Pick TV | Midhurst=C59 | Heathfield=C44
COM6 | Film4 | Midhurst=C50 | Heathfield=C41

If these aren't correct, then you may have to manually tune but only having blanked out what's stored, probably by running it through an automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged.

For PSB3, the HD one, you might find that the TV needs to be told that it uses DVB-T2 mode when manually tuning. DVB-T2 is what is used for HD transmissions and DVB-T for standard definition ones. With some receivers, the manual tuning function doesn't automatically detect which it is.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Tuesday, 9 October 2012
10:26 AM

Midhurst changes: I too have lost the ITV channels. Looks like I need to do a manual re-tune. Do the Mux numbers remain the same? Humax have given me a detailed manual tune procedure which requires selecting the Muxes individually (55, 61, 62, 59, 60).

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Ryder's 1 post GB

11:02 AM

Ryder: The values are now C55 C56 C58 C54 C59 C50, as above.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Thursday, 18 October 2012
11:37 PM

After Re-tuning a Philips TV recently I found I was unable to change channels. I had to download the latest version operating software, unzip it, put it on a key drive & re-boot the TV to load it. All was fine after that but that sort of thing maybe difficult for pensioners?
I also updated my Humax recently so it might be worth checking now to see if your gear needs an update.
I'd reccomend everyone unfamiliar with the TV or set top box re-read the instruction booklet. It's cheaper than getting a service engineer out.

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Stuart's 6 posts GB
Friday, 19 October 2012
Les Nicol

7:47 AM

Stuart: Thanks for this info. I have a 32" pixel plus Philips LCD TV wall mounted in the bedroom - probably one of Philips last before they pulled out of manufacturing TV's

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Les Nicol's 991 posts GB
Sunday, 21 October 2012
6:56 PM

Les, I should also mention that the Philips TV now takes quite a bit longer to boot up after that upgrade. So much so that the standby light stays on so long you think you've not hit the remote button! Watch out for that if you have to put a new OS ontoyour TV.

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Monday, 22 October 2012
John Cook
10:55 PM

What was the point of changing the channel numbers of Dave and Yesterday up until this change over I enjoyed excellent coverage. Now Dave on 12 the picture breaks up and 19 Yesterday my HD recorder tells me it is not available. I have retuned four or five times aday and get the same answers. It would happen to one of my favourite programms.
My transmitter is Rowridge and about ten miles from it. My aerial is in the loft.
I have a Sony HD Twin disc recorder set top box which has performed exellently until this programme switch and was expensive as far as set top boxes are concerned

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Dave Lindsay

11:03 PM

John Cook: Switch your aerial to vertical polarisation.

The Commercial multiplexes including the one that carries Dave are at lower power of 50kW horizontally. All six multiplexes are at 200kW vertically.

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