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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.

 V max
C60- (785.8MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

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C53 (730.0MHz)171mDTG-34,000W
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3 ITV (Meridian (South Coast micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C51 (714.0MHz)171mDTG-64,000W
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45 Film 4 +1, 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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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C57 (762.0MHz)164mDTG-84,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, 242 Vintage TV, plus 24 others

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C56 (754.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, plus 18 others

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C48 (690.0MHz)171mDTG-84,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 31 Spike , 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Showcase (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 74 VIVA, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

 V -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mDTG-12400W
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from 8th July 2014: 8 Latest TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/48.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 10 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: 4seven HD, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Channel 4+1 HD, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Motors TV.

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
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 80km west
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?

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600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
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Wednesday, 6 May 2015
9:33 AM Hove

Aerial on roof pointing at Whitehawk transmitter
Have followed Freeview reset procedure. No signal reported on BBC1 or BBC2. Can get BBC1 HD and BBC2 HD on 101, and 102. Can't receive any BBC4 or BBC radio channels.
Have tried partial scan, by inserting aerial after 50%. Signal picked up BBC1 and BBC2 on channels 1 and 2 but reception very poor.
Any advice please.

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Dave Lindsay
11:43 AM

Jim: BBC standard definition TV and radio are carried on PSB1 multiplex. Whitehawk broadcasts this on UHF channel 60, which is the highest and the closest to 4G services in the 800MHz band which may be operating in your area, these occupying channel 61 upwards. Therefore, it's worth seeing if 800MHz 4G has started by ringing at800.

at800 is the company set-up by the mobile operators and tasked with alleviation of reception issues:

Contact us | Advice or general enquiries | at800

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015
11:23 PM

Currently in process of obtaining equipment prices for a new wall mounted aerial removing the existing from the stack on our bungalow.
I'm told Brightons Whitehawk hill is a better transmitter than Rowbridge I.o.Wight which the current aerial faces and on nice sunny days loose the signal some digital channels, one in particular is channel 64.

I've also read that the Diy sold aerial cable in not very good quality.
Any suggestions on type of aerial and cable welcome will look back in for responses if any. I'm in Worthing.

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Thursday, 25 June 2015
Dave Lindsay
12:40 AM

Bob: Digital broadcasts are transmitted in multiplexes ("muxes"), each of which is a single signal which carries multiple services. E.g. PSB1 multiplex carries all BBC standard definition TV and radio. Digital UK publishes a full list of Freeview services including multiplex they are carried on here:

Digital UK Industry - Channel listings

As this is a reception issue, it's therefore more relevant to talk in terms of multiplex. So logical channel number (LCN) 64 is carried on COM6 (or Arq B) multiplex.

The PSB (Public Service Broadcaster) channels have the same coverage as the former four-channel analogues. COM4, COM5 and COM6 are available from 81 of the larger transmitters.

Rowridge is unique as far as a main station goes as it broadcasts with vertical polarisation (as well as horizontal polarisation). From April 2012 COM4, COM5 and COM6 began broadcasting with a power of 50kW horizontally and 200kW vertically. The PSBs are 200kW horizontally and vertically. Thus, you might find that vertical polarisation solves your problem.

DIY aerials tend to be widebands. All of Rowridge's channels are Group A, as they were for analogue. Thus, aerials installed for former four-channel analogue should generally be suitable for all reception of all channels. Wideband yagi aerials aren't as good on Group A channels so a Group A aerial should be used. See:

Rowridge Transmitter

While log periodics are usually wideband, to the best of my knowledge there's one exception; this one made by Vision:

V20A2 20 Element Log Periodic Group A Aerial ? Vision Products - Powerful Products. Easy Installation. Excellent Value

There's another point to be aware of and that is the new quasi-national HD muxes, COM7 and COM8. Rowridge carries these horizontally only and Whitehawk doesn't carry them at all. So if you can get them from Rowridge then switching to vertical polarisation will forfeit any chance of reliable reception of them.

Rowridge broadcasts BBC South and ITV Meridian (South Coast). Whitehawk carries BBC South East and ITV Meridian (South Coast). So choice of transmitter dictates BBC region but not ITV region.

The transmission power of Whitehawk effectively increased at switchover. The Findon relay had a considerable boost in power but only carries PSB channels, it being a relay of Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay
1:04 AM

Bob: I should add that in order to understand Digital UK's list and its multiplexes:

PSB2 = D3&4
COM5 = Arq A
COM6 = Arq B

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10:04 AM

Bob : In addition to, but apart from that said by Dave Lindsay, the question of which is the best station to use for reception is entirely dependant on your location within the Worthing area, as wide variations were found in DUK's predictions for reception between a couple of post codes used for test purposes, Whitehawk Hill being far in a way best for reception in the DN14 area, whereas not in the DN11 areas, none of the stations predicting good reception in that area with the exception of Rowridges PSB channels on vertical polarity.

Therefore, I suggest that the best policy would be to enter your post code into the reception predictor referred to and study the results. (Link for below)

Another point to note regarding aerials, as you are intending to mount the aerial on a wall bracket, then be aware that not all aerials lend themselves to being mounted on such brackets close to a wall, this being where log periodic aerials score, as they, in most cases can, and of course are ideal for reception of the channels used by Whitehawk Hill, (excl Vision V20 A2 20) that is should you reside anywhere in, or near to the BN14 area.

Digital UK - Coverage checker

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