If you live in the Midhurst transmitter area (West Sussex, above the South Downs), you will need to take action on Wednesday morning as high power digital television services bring digital and high definition television to everyone.
Low power on ArqA and ArqB Multiplex for some months
The ArqB multiplex will, until 25 April 2012, be restricted to 1,000W (full power will be 10,000W)
The ArqA multiplex will, until 20 June 2012 may have a reactive power restriction to 5,000W (full power will be 10,000W).
Switchover help scheme
If you are over 75, get (or could get) Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or have lived in a care home for six months or more; or are registered blind or partially sighted and need assistance, please see The Switchover Help Scheme.
Cable and satellite
Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.
If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.
When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan (sometimes called "shipping state"), not a simple "add channels". Do the procedure you did on "national retune day", September 30th 2009, see Freeview Retune - list of manuals.
If you live close to the transmitter, you may have to disconnect any "boosters" from your aerial system. The new, more powerful digital signals may overload any amplifiers and result in no reception! When looking for them include a check for distribution amplifiers, loft boxes, set back amplifiers, bypass Amplifiers, hidden masthead amps in a loft space and any dodgy active splitters.
If you had no Freeview service before, you will have the BBC channels digitally from Wednesday 29th February 2012. This is a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text) for most people.
However, if you were on the fringes of reception from one of the main Freeview transmitters, you will now get all the Freeview channels.
If you didn't get this limited Freeview service on Wednesday 29th February 2012 then you may need a new aerial.
If you are served by a public service (relay) transmitter, which are:
Everyone who has digital-only terrestrial TV now has the ability to receive Freeview HD, see below.
Digital regional overlap
The old analogue TV signals provided lots of nations and regions for the public service channels, and these have large areas of overlap.
The old low power digital TV signals were at very low levels and reception of signals from more than one transmitter was a rare event.
All Freeview boxes automatically scan the available broadcast frequencies looking for channels, and they do this from C21 to C69. Older Freeview boxes will, if a duplicate version of a channel is found whilst scanning, such as another BBC Oneregion, placed it in the 800-899 channel range.
Some of the latest Freeview boxes will pick the strongest signals for the "primary" number positions, and some will detect the different regions providing a choice when you perform a "scan for channels".
The 800-899 is easy to access by pressing CH- from 1, and in most programme guides is just a single scroll up.
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Jenny.Delgado Tuesday 13 March 2012 2:01PM Crawley
I live in Bramble Close West Sussex and keep getting intermittent (no signals) from all bbc and itv channels on freeview will this be resolved when the switchover happens in April. Please don't tell me it our aerial because it isn't!!!
I have re-tuned this morning (14th March) and have received extra channels but the Freeview HD channels on 58 are missing? I have a Humax HDR-FOX T2 HD 1080p. Does anyone know why I can't see the HD transmission? I live near Pulborough, West Sussex.
Homestead: With the exception of the BBC mux Midhurst is not shown as being able to provide good reception at any time on your post code area, as both ITV and the HD service are both permanently indicated as having a variable status and with elements of this on the other muxes, however Crystal Palace does but only from April 18th when all six muxes are then indicated as giving good reception.
The Digital Switch Over process for the Midhurst transmitter group, serving much of West Sussex, has been successfully implemented by Arqiva.
Digital multiplexes are now being transmitted at full power from the main station at Midhurst and, for the first time, from its two dependent relays at Haslemere and Steyning.
The ‘Arqiva B’ commercial multiplex at Midhurst does not reach its final DSO power until 25 April 2012, as planned.
Following the analogue switch-off for BBC Two on 29 February, the remaining analogue signals for BBC One, ITV1 and Channel 4 ceased from 00:06 on Wednesday 14 March. The new digital signals entered official service at Midhurst at 05:00, with the last of the relays completed by 08:56.
I am surprised by your announcement: "Switchover complete for non-coastal West Sussex". I'm located near Cowfold West Sussex (RH13 6RG) and have been trying to tune in since Wed 14 March using a TVONICS Digi Box. The box announces it has found a few channels but after tuning I get "no signal" for all channels. Please can you confirm that Midhurst is transmitting at full power.
Mike Tidy: It is possible that weak signals from Rowridge and/or Hannington are detected during the scan and channels stored which are not strong enough to view. After doing the reset procedure, start the scan with the aerial unplugged. Plug it back in about C48 so that only Midhurst frequencies are scanned.
Briantist: Many thanks for your swift reply. After one or two false starts I eventually acquired 'The Channel List'. I found the list to be more than a little cryptic, being numbered 800, 801 ... 819, followed by text not easily decipherable - for an old guy like me! Nevertheless I followed the procedure of selecting a channel then tried to switch to that channel. No matter which channel I try, I get "no signal". Please help me.
KMJ,Derby: Many thanks for your post. The information contained made complete sense to me. I did, however, try Brian's procedure first; that has gotten me a channel list, albeit I can't receive any of the channels on it. (Please see my response to Brian). I don't want to loose that list since it represents the only progress for several days hard work, and getting the list wasn't straight forward. I'm now what you youngsters might call "stuxed". Requiring use of two pairs of glasses and a lot of back bending, I'm sure you will appreciate, this is not easy for the 'old folks'. There does not appear to be a 'clear the channel list' on my (digi-box) remote. Under the circumstances, this would be a useful function to have. My thanks again...
Haywards Heath was in East Sussex until the 1970's but is now in West Sussex.
HH goes digital in a few months so most but not all West Sussex north of the Downs has Freeview.
But I'll let you off as we believe we live in Mid-Sussex.
I live in steyning and get london news, does this mean i wont get freeview until crystal palace switches. The aireal has been changed in the last six months, but dont get tv from steyning. my post code is bn443rh. what date change over for me please. ta
According to the predictor, Heathfield is your best bet (after the limited channels from Steyning) and will also give you Meridian regional programming, but that will only be available to you when it switches over on 13th June.