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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven 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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C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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),

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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 65km north-northeast (31°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Friday, 13 January 2012
Dave Rogers
12:30 PM

Mike Dimmick's post mostly answers my questions (which I posted on the Brighton Freeview page but here it is again for the Newhaven forum:

'I live near the top of the valley in Denton . I am aware of the switchover due in March onwards, and I have a couple of comments and questions.

'I receive Freeview (and DAB - proper outside aerials)from Whitehawk and have for years lost ITV, & 4 etc in wet weather. I realised on New Years Day that I was watching Ch4 and it was raining, so yes, well pleased with improved performance!

'After Newhaven comes on stream will it still be sensible to pick up Freeview from Brighton (ie do nothing other than retune) or should I realign my aerial (or even need a new aerial, get rid of the amplifier etc)?'

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Dave Rogers's 14 posts GB
Sunday, 15 January 2012

9:04 AM

Dave Rogers: There are twice as many services, and in the future more on Whitehawk Hill that are not on, and will never be on the Newhaven transmitter.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Jeremy Yeats-Edwards
7:10 PM

I am in Lewes. Will I be able to receive the Whitehawk signal? The Newhaven service looks poor.

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Jeremy Yeats-Edwards's 3 posts GB
Monday, 16 January 2012

7:55 AM

Jeremy Yeats-Edwards: Please provide a full postcode.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Roger Strange
12:35 PM

I've been getting weak digital TV reception in Seaford for the last few days. ITV disappears for hours at a time, and sometimes I can't get BBC1, only BBC4. Analogue TV is fine. I have a digital aerial on the top of my chimney pointed at the Newhaven transmitter, and it looks ok from ground level. I have a Panasonic TV 26LXD500 + HUMAX PVR 9200T + Antiference P1200 signal booster. My equipment hasn't changed recently, and I have tried retuning the TV several times. I have also tried retuning the HUMAX PVR, and it sometimes manages to find BBC1 when the Panasonic TV can't find it at all.

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Roger Strange's 1 post GB

1:08 PM

Roger Strange: There are no digital transmissions yet from Newhaven. Your aerial, coincidentally points to Whitehawk Hill, which is the source of your digital signals. Note that MuxB (BBC4) is at 1kW, whereas Mux2 is only 400W and Mux1 is 200W. After switchover all muxes will be transmitted at 4kW, so you should find your problem solved. In the meantime check cables and connectors, just in case any signal is being lost with a poor connection.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

1:21 PM

Roger Strange: If your aerial (there is no such thing as a "digital aerial" BTW) is pointing at Newhaven, then you are receiving signals from another transmitter as Newhaven doesn't broadcast any digital at the moment.

From your location, the angle between Newhaven and Whitehawk is only 4 degrees, so it is probably irrelevant which it is actually directed at. The only difference is that Newhaven uses Group B channels and Whitehawk is C/D. This may be of concern if the aerial is a Group B one (intended for Newhaven), but if it's wideband it should be OK.

When switchover happens, you will only get the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels from Newhaven whereas Whitehawk will provide a full service. Assuming the the iffy signals you are receiving now are coming from the latter, then you will probably be able to receive Whitehawk when it switches over which is 7th and 21st March.

The switchover for Newhaven (as a relay of Heathfield) is 30th May and 13th June. Once Newhaven has switched over, whenever you tune or retune your equipment, you will have to watch that it doesn't pick up Newhaven PSBs.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
3:31 PM

we have had a terrible tv reception for months. will it get better on switch over. we live in a block of flats and had a new digital aerial last August. Could Hastings Direct just up the road from us have anything to do with it.

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buontempo's 2 posts GB

3:51 PM

buontempo: Basically... not really. From 13th June 2012 you will get good reception of the three PSB multiplexes ("Freeview Light") from the Bexhill.

However, I would suggest you go for Freesat - you will get more channels on the service and you can get all the Freesat services today.

See Compare Freeview Light and Freesat TV | - independent free digital TV advice for the channels.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Monday, 13 February 2012
2:41 PM

Hi all, we're based in the Port (up the far end, near Ferry) BN9 0BN i think, and are looking at changing to an aeriel (currently on sky dish, limited free channels) can anyone tell me if it's gonna be worthwhile investing in a new aerial, or will we not get much from our location. Cheers

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Russ's 2 posts GB
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