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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?

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
 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
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3 ITV 1 (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 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 V max
C36 (594.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
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

COM4
SDN
 V max
C33 (570.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 V max
C57 (762.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 V max
C32 (562.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LBN
 V -10dB
C40 (626.0MHz)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 0 Freeview HD 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: .

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

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 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
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
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Geoff Owen
11:55 AM

I think the information about channels and multiplexes (Whitehawk Hill above) is in real need of updating. As of March 2018 there have been major changes. Channels 48 and 56 are no longer in use and two new channels, 32 and 33 are now being used.

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Geoff Owen's 1 post GB
Thursday, 15 March 2018
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Bob Higham
9:06 AM
Brighton

As of March 14th2018 the UHF channel allocation for Whitehawk is:
PSB1 48 & 60 (depending on direction transmitter
PSB2 53
PSB3 51
COM4 33
COM5 57
COM6 32
This is a temporary allocation until over transmitters in the area are changed

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Bob Higham's 5 posts GB
Friday, 16 March 2018
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David Hitchin
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5:43 PM
Seaford

I am viewing from Seaford, BN25 2JH, picking up Newhaven and Whitehawk.

In the last day or so we have not been able to find COM4, usual automatic retuning. That seems to have happened since it moved to Channel 33. The other channels are pick up OK.

Is this just a Seaford problem, or is it more widespread?

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Chris Gasgoine
6:03 PM

Many thanks Bob Higham, you have my eternal gratitude for publishing the channel change information relating to Whitehawk Hill.
Having lost the Sky News Channel I spent the best part of an afternoon trying to locate this information including contacting Freeview themselves who were unable to help.
As Bob says, these changes are temporary so it would be very useful to know where this information can be found, ideally before the changes take place. Can anybody help?

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David Hitchin
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6:08 PM

Just following up my previous post I have heard the same story from a friend in Shoreham, COM4 missing and not picked up on a retune.

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js
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7:02 PM

Chris Gasgoine: I believe com4 is SDN and com6 is ARQ B.

If you click on the "digitaluk trade" link below Bob Higham's post, you will find that SDN is on UHF 32 and ARQ B is on UHF 33.

The 14 Mar 18 Retune event and future Retune events as well as Reception changes appropriate to his postcode will be found there.

You can enter your own postcode near the top of the page.

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David Hitchin
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10:23 PM

I have been advised that many aerials were designed for higher channels and will be less effective on lower ones such as 33. Also some were fitted with filters to reject channels below 40.

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StevensOnln1
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11:14 PM

David Hitchin & Chris Gasgoine: If you're having trouble receiving COM4 & COM6 from Whitehawk Hill following the frequency changes, you should contact the Freeview Advice Line (see link below) who can arrange for a new wideband aerial to be fitted (free of charge if you don't have satellite or cable).

Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview

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StevensOnln1's 3,397 posts GB
Saturday, 17 March 2018
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R s aerials Seaford
8:18 AM

Hi being in the aerial business for last thirty years, we have been fitting wide band aerials as standard for at least last 10 years, many customers did not have regional tuners in their TVs so high pass filters were used to reject signals from the Isle of Wight, these will now need to be removed !

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David Hitchin
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12:25 PM

I have contacted the Freeview Advice Line. The adviser that I spoke to was completely unaware of this issue. I ran through the nonsense of removing the aerial, retuning and then reconnecting it again, and they eventually asked me to remove the filter (I'm now unable to get to the loft to do this) and they said that they will get back to me.

A few months ago there was an issue with the Newhaven transmitter broadcasting the wrong local news channel for a few days, and it was almost impossible to get them to recognise that there was a transmitter problem.

The curious thing, then and now, was that there must have been thousands of people affected but I seemed to be the only one to contact the Freeview Advice Line and persist in saying "It's not my television and I'm not tuned to the wrong channel". Then and now I hear many people complaining, but no one does anything.

I am amazed that when Freeview decided to make these changes they didn't realise how many people along the coastal strip had filters to block the Isle of Wight channels, and that moving COM4 and COM6 to lower frequencies was going to cause problems for them.

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