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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?

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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
 V max
C48- (689.8MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 V max
C35 (586.0MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
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
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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

LBN
 V -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 7 Latest TV,

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/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 Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, 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 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

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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 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.

Comments
Sunday, 12 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

7:23 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 today to 04:05 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:44 on 09 Jan to 15:54 on 09 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan. [BBC]

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Monday, 13 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:23 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 yesterday to 04:05 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:44 on 09 Jan to 15:54 on 09 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan. [BBC]

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7:23 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:44 on 09 Jan to 15:54 on 09 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 yesterday to 04:05 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan. [BBC]

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1:23 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:44 on 09 Jan to 15:54 on 09 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 yesterday to 04:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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4:23 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 15:44 on 09 Jan to 15:54 on 09 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 yesterday to 04:05 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Transmitter engineering
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4:23 AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 on 12 Jan to 04:05 on 12 Jan. [BBC]

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1:23 PM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 04:00 on 12 Jan to 04:05 on 12 Jan, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:07 on 10 Jan to 09:18 on 10 Jan. [BBC]

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Mils Cook
6:12 PM
Crowborough

I do not have a dish and am unable to have an external ariel but have been advised that I have the best internal ariel with a booster. I am able to obtain all of the freeview and ITV channels but the signal on all BBC programmes is so poor that they are unwatchable unless the weather is fine and dry.
Is this something that I have to accept or is there a solution that you can suggest.
Thank you in anticipation of your response.
Mils J. Cook

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Dave Lindsay
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6:45 PM

Mils Cook: Which transmitter are you tuned to? Have you confirmed that you are tuned to the best one (for BBC at least)?

Looking at your location, Heathfield is probably your most likely. Crystal Palace is 27 miles away, which in itself isn't necessarily impossible with an indoor aerial, except for the fact that the ground is blocking any line-of-sight at Botley Hill, just the far side of the M25.

I would therefore check that BBC One is tuned to UHF channel 52 (722MHz) by viewing the signal strength screen. If you're getting BBC One London, and it's tuned to UHF channel 23 (490MHz), then the signal is coming from Crystal Palace.

Check to see whether ITV is coming from Heathfield (C49) or Crystal Palace (C26).

If it's Heathfield that you're using then at 6.3 miles use of an amplifier could potentially result in a signal that is too strong. A signal that is too strong may appear the same as one which isn't strong enough: strength and quality dipping.

Heathfield is on a bearing of 145 degrees (a bit clockwise of south east), so consider how you might best site the aerial to give the clearest view in this direction.

If you have space in the loft then you might find that a loft aerial might be better, if indeed this is not what you are using.

What may be causing difficulty (in addition to the draconian "no external aerials and dishes" rule) are the trees, including those the other side of Beacon Road which are on the line between you and the transmitter.

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Dave Lindsay
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6:48 PM

Mils Cook: Of course, I should add that the UHF channel or frequency in MHz which is tuned is usually given on the signal strength screen.

You might like to check the rest:

ITV3 | Heathfield=C42 | Crystal Palace=C25
Pick | Heathfield=C44 | Crystal Palace=C22
4Music | Heathfield=C41 | Crystal Palace=C28

There is no need to check the others as they are carried on the above channels (except for HD services).

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