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The symbol shows the location of the Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 4,300 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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Patcham 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
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)141mDTG-314W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C31 (554.0MHz)141mDTG-314W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)141mDTG-614W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels
the effected channels

The Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Aljazeera English, 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 Patcham transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 40km northeast (41°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 79km west (270°)
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 Patcham (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018
B E TB E TB E TB E TA K T
C29BBCA
C31D3+4
C37BBCB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBCB
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4wavesD3+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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 69W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-6.9dB) 14W

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. Patcham 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
Wednesday, 18 January 2012
Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:23 PM

OK thanks for info which has to be more accurate then


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Saturday, 21 January 2012
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Richard Davis
12:36 PM

If you've noticed some new vertical aerials at Patcham, these are receive aerials pointing at Whitehawk Hill. This due to the change of BBC region of the Bighton TXs from BBC South to BBC SE which is due to happen at DSO. Up till now, Patcham has taken its programme feed direct from Rowridge, but it now needs to change to relaying Whitehawk Hill. Patcham's transmissions will remain horizontal.

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Monday, 6 February 2012
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Mr P.Slater
9:37 PM
Brighton

This is a dogs dinner. With about 4 to 6 weeks to go, I still don't know which transmitter to use at BN1 8RA. This is despite much research on my part, and very little official guidance. As far as I can gather, the Patcham transmitter will provide about half the channels available on say Whitehawk Hill or Heathfield. As a user of Heathfield as well, I have had Freeview for over three years now with well over 80 channels, yet I still pay the same licence fee and get half the service at Patcham. There are aerials here pointing in all directions and a professional installer recently told me that my horizontal wideband aerial should be vertical for Patcham. Unless I am wrong, Patcham is horizontal, so if this is the professional advice, God help us. Given the low-lying situation, is there any point in trying transmitters other than Patcham? For information, the aerial is a new, 42 element digitally certified type, external, chimney mounted on a 3-m mast aimed at the Hollingbury transmitter.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:33 PM

Mr P.Slater: Unfortunately you are indicated as being served only from the Patcham relay, and which is you know is a PSB only station not transmitting any of the "purely commercial" multiplexes which your licence fee has no connection with.

I would like to confirm that Patcham is one of the exceptions to the rule as far as relays are concerned, insomuch that its horizontally polarised, whereas Whitehawk Hill is vertical.

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Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:29 AM

Mr P.Slater: It is also worth noting there are no digital services from Patcham until 7th/21st March 2012.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:55 AM

Mr P.Slater: And just to add, that although Patcham will undeniably be the best for reception Whitehawk Hill also comes into the equation as from March 21st, and although still being indicated as good its not exactly in the same way as far as reception is concerned when compared to Patcham, however with it being a full service station its worth giving that a try first.

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Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:27 PM
Brighton

I guess most will be getting new aerials pointing to Whitehawk Hill as the power will be stronger also, who really wants only half of the mux's...

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Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:05 PM

Dave: Generally speaking, over the last decade most people in Brighton and Hove have moved to using the Whitehawk Hill transmitter, as the Rowridge digital signals were too weak (unlike analogue) and the rest of the relays at Portslade, Hangleton, Patcham, Coldean, Bevendean, Brighton (Central), Ovingdean and Saltdean did not have Freeview.

The intention at switchover is that all homes will continue to receive the public service transmissions without any need to change the aerial, only by fitting a Freeview box to the set.

However, some homes will choose to get a new aerial to get the extended Full Freeview service where this is an option.

In all my years of living in Brighton, I have never seen a set tuned to the Brighton (Central) transmitter!

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Dave
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

11:21 PM
Brighton

Yes some freeview is better than no freeview but I think the complaints will mount when people realize they are only getting half a service from their particular trusty relay...



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Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:14 AM

Dave: Actually most of the PSB-only transmitters have already switched over as they are mostly in the hilly parts of Wales and Scotland.

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