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Full Freeview on the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter

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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. Click to recheck [+] 

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The symbol shows the location of the Whitehawk Hill (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 96,000 homes.

Other mapsWhitehawk Hill DABWhitehawk Hill AM/FMWhitehawk Hill TV regionBBC South East
Meridian (South Coast micro region)DAB in Brighton and HoveAM/FM in Brighton and Hove

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 vertical max
C60- (785.8MHz)171m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
4,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 vertical max
C53 (730.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
4,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 vertical max
C51 (714.0MHz)171m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
4,000W
Channel icons
73 CBBC HD, 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 vertical max
C57 (762.0MHz)164m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
4,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 38 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 ITV 4 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 vertical max
C56 (754.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
4,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 57 Quest +1, 63 Community Channel, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 vertical max
C48 (690.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
4,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

LBN
 vertical -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
400W
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 8 Latest TV, 64 Bonanza Bonanza, 75 Pop,



Are you trying to watch these 6 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: Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Community Channel 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?


BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 43km northeast
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.

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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-182019-
aerial groupVHFC/D EEEC/D EC/D EC/D EK
C2BBCtv
C22SDN
C25ArqA
C28ArqB
600C35C5C5
C39BBCB
C42D3+4
C45BBCA
C48BArqBArqBArqB
700C502
C51BBCBBBCBBBCB
C53C4C4C4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C54LBN
C55A
C56ArqAArqAArqA
C57BBC1BBC1BBC1SDNSDNSDN
C58+C
C60ITVITVITV-BBCA-BBCA-BBCA
800C61+D
C63BBC2BBC2BBC2
C661

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th March and 21st March 2012.

  • Ofcom have projected that a local television service for Brighton and Hove could use an Interleaved Frequency on the Brighton (Whitehawk Hill) transmitter using C54

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.



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Dave Lindsay
Tuesday 4 March 2014 1:54PM

Of course all channels "should" be available from all transmitters, but alas we don't live in an ideal world.


Dave
Tuesday 4 March 2014 9:34PM Brighton

Actually I partially forgot the email I had from latest tv a few weeks back when I also asked why there will such lower power used also from Whitehawk Hill, I quote below...seems there will be certain relays used eventually though

Our initial DTT launch will be from Whitehawk tower only; plus we will be on Virgin Media and online at www.thelatest.tv.

To get the commercial model going quickly for the Local TV network , Comux, our TX company are mounting transmitters on all the main sites around the UK first before they address relays. Once those initial transmitters are mounted Comux will be able to extend our distribution easterly to towns like Lewes and Newhaven through a place on those relays - once spectrum planners have given the thumbs up.

We are uncontested by any other Local TV channel in the Sussex coastal conurbations and subject to technical clearance expect to have a position on Heathfield and Rowridge by 2016.


The reason that our transmitter operates at a lower power than the other Mux's is because the channels have been squeezed into available slots. However, this is compensated for by the fact that we operate in QPSK transmission mode rather than 64QAM as used by the other multiplexes.

QPSK is much easier to decode than 64QAM, in technical terms you have a 10.3dB increase in the protection ratio. This equates to a QPSK signal being over 10x easier to receive than a 64QAM signal. So our 400W signal has an equivalent power (or receive ability) of the 4,000W signal used by the other muxes.

The downside of this for Comux is that the signal has much lower capacity, hence why we only have three services on the Mux whereas the other muxes can have 10 or more!


I hope that answers your queries.

Best wishes

David Cuff


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Peter Challis
Sunday 9 March 2014 11:01AM Brighton

@RJ - I'm pointing at Rowridge from Portslade to get BBC4 HD and BBC News HD (50% signal strength 100% quality) from a roof aerial with mast pre-amplifier.

I'm getting the "Brighton Local TV" test successfully from Whitehawk via the back of my aerial (71% signal strength 100% quality). So I don't need to point at Whitehawk to get this channel.

I also seem to be getting a test Solent Local TV (43% signal strength). from Rowridge.


J
jay
Friday 21 March 2014 2:18AM Brighton

I got channel 5 from rowridge, uhf35 wasn't it. Never from whitehawk

I don't get Brighton local tv via my Non-wide band arieal.


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