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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C54 (738.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
73 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-133 Oct 122013-1716 Oct 2019
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TK T
C29SDN
C33ArqB
C34ArqA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C48BBCA
C50tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4
C58tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C61BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C62SDN
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Sunday, 22 April 2018
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Pete Forman
11:01 AM

Yesterday I retuned my Panasonic DMR-HWT130 to see if the Midhurst engineering work on 18 April had helped. There is no change. I still cannot record any of the channels from PSB3 (BBC B: most of the HD plus Film4+1).

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

12:43 PM

Pete Forman:

A number of people have complained that their Panasonic device will not record. I understand that Panasonic are aware of this problem but have not issued any solution as yet.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT
Monday, 23 April 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:07 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 on 21 Apr to 22:51 on 21 Apr. [BBC]

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Peter Simpson
8:53 AM

Pete Forman:

Hi Pete,

I had the response below from Panasonic last Friday, 26th April. I'm going to ask for a fix timeline but don't expect to hear anything specific!

Regards, Peter

Panasonic Response:

"In response, please note that due to the complexity of this case, the situation is still being investigated . Please rest assured that as soon as we have a solution, we will contact you back. We appreciate your patience and understanding regarding this matter."

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Pete Forman
11:21 AM

Peter Simpson:

If you have Panasonic's ear you might point them at a similar problem. In December last year a number of Panasonic owners reported that they could not record BBC4 HD. I do not know all of the transmitters were involved but they cannot have included Midhurst as we do not get COM 7 & 8. Fenham, Darvel and Fenton were cited. Bluebell Hill started having problems with BBC4 HD after its January retune..

Panasonic HDD Recorder DMR-HW100 - WILL NOT RECORD! | AVForums

The problem went away (I hesitate to say it was fixed) with a transmitter retune on 11th January.

Panasonic HDD Recorder DMR-HW100 - WILL NOT RECORD! | Page 2 | AVForums

Bluebell Hill started working late January, round about the 25th.

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Joe B
5:52 PM

Peter Simpson: Thank you for the update from Panasonic (I assume you mean Fri 20th Apr?!). I'm still chasing Freeview (help@freeview.co.uk) for progress and sent another e-mail today asking for an update.

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Peter Simpson
5:56 PM

Pete Forman:

Hi Pete,

Yes I saw that post and similar ones that seem to have popped up from time to time. My guess is that there is a hardware limitation or flaw in the Panasonic firmware that is triggered by revised data being received from Freeview.

I suspect that Panasonic don't have control of this data and need to lobby someone to have it made Panasonic friendly. I suspect that this is why the problem just goes away of its own accord when whoever it is fixes the data stream. I'd be surprised if the data change had to coincide with a channel frequency change to come into effect.

No reply to my chase mail so far, I'll post here if I get anything hopeful.

I think it would be very good for everyone affected to actively lobby Panasonic about this issue, it's been a month now and the official line is that they are still "analysing the problem" - not good enough in my view!

Regards, Peter

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Tuesday, 24 April 2018
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Charles
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:47 PM
Horsham

Adding to my earlier posts I am now getting better signal quality and strength for Mux channel 33 (ArqB) with only occasional blocking for the TV channels but it is observed that the signal quality strength does vary quite a lot. Mux channel 29 (SDN) remains solid without any dips in strength.

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Charles's 29 posts US
Wednesday, 25 April 2018
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Michael
12:42 PM

Just checked and my Panasonic DMR HWT250 must have auto updated firmware from 1.19 to V1.21,
to rectify "Network service compatibility" and from what i can see it hasn't made a blind bit of difference.
It cannot pause live tv the banner says "no signal for operation"
Instant record now shows a solid red light giving the impression it's recording but it doesn't,
timer recording on single and series link still put the recording on permanent pause so no change there.


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Michael
2:42 PM

Update
just spoke to Panasonic customer services,and they state the v1.21 update wasn't supposed to resolve the recording issue,but was for a different problem.

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