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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 [+] is loading, please wait...

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

Other mapstxdabWhitehawk Hill DABtxradioWhitehawk Hill AM/FMtxregionWhitehawk Hill TV regiontx1BBC South East
tx3Meridian (South Coast micro region)txdabxxDAB in Brighton and HovetxradioxxAM/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?

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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
 vertical max
C60- (785.8MHz)171m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
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, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 vertical max
C53 (730.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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),

 vertical max
C51 (714.0MHz)171m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
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

 vertical max
C57 (762.0MHz)164m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 122 CITV, plus 21 others

 vertical max
C56 (754.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

 vertical max
C48 (690.0MHz)171m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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), 90 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others

 vertical -10dB
C54 (738.0MHz)171mQSPK 8K 3/4
8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
from 8th July 2014: 8 Latest TV, 67 Chart Show TV, 125 Pop, plus 1 others

Are you trying to watch these 8 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 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
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?

aerial groupVHFC/D EEEC/D EC/D EC/D EK

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.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 10kW
Analogue 5(-3dB) 5kW
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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J Green
Wednesday 21 March 2012 9:28AM

Retuned, am now getting all the HD channels.

Getting a bitrate error of 200 on the HD channels but that isn't producing any breakup at the moment.

The D3+4 mux has a slightly higher signal strength compared to the BBCA mux.

Weather is nice today so will have to see what happens when the weather is bad.

I use Freesat mainly but have a tv that can record Freeview to a hard drive, so use it as a back up or for channels that are not on Freesat yet, such as Dave and Viva.

Peter Smith
Wednesday 21 March 2012 10:12AM Brighton

As a public service to the 800 households at Brighton Marina, this is to advise the Freeview channels have been transposed as follows:

BBCA channel 23
D3+4 channel 32
SDN channel 26
ArqA channel 29
ArqB channel 42
BBCB channel 51 (not transposed)

Transposition to lower frequencies was necessary to compensate for dodgy and lossy legacy cabling around the site. Reception from Whitehawk is now very good.

All the advice on this site concerning the Freeview reset procedure is valid and should fix any problems but, in case of difficulty, Marina residents should call the Estates office.

M. Sottilini
Wednesday 21 March 2012 10:35PM Brighton

Please can someone explain how a house with two televisions in the BN1 5BD area of Brighton is receiving BBC South East on one set and BBC South on the other. This happened on the first switchover day and has persisted today. They have a single aerial on the roof and say all their reception is via Freeview. Also, Sally Taylor mentioned that it might just be possible for Brighton residents to continue to receive South Today and gave the channel number. Does anyone know this number as I regularly discuss news items with an elderly person living in the Midhurst area. Many thanks.

Wednesday 21 March 2012 11:44PM

M.Scottilini: In locations where two or more regions are available it is normal for one of them to be stored in the normal (LCN - "logical channel number") position in the channel list and the alternative region(s) to be placed in the 800s. Some receivers place the first signal found in the LCN position, so C24 from Rowridge which carries South Today on BBC1 is stored in position "1". Whitehawk Hill frequencies are found later in the scan, so C60- which carries South East Today on BBC1 would be stored in the 800s. Some receivers are designed to select the strongest signal for storage in the LCN positions, so in such cases Whitehawk Hill could get priority. Others, usually more recent designs, prompt the viewer to enter a preference when regional variations are found during the frequency scan.

Dave Lindsay
Wednesday 21 March 2012 11:49PM

M. Sottilini: The main transmitter for Brighton, Whitehawk Hill, now broadcasts BBC South East rather than BBC South. See the page on this change:

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I wouldn't be surprised if BBC South Today and BBC South East Today will have varied the area they report news from accordingly.

Further to your west, TV reception comes from the Rowridge transmitter on the Isle of Wight. This transmitter carries BBC South and it can be picked up in parts of Brighton.

The fact that one of your TVs has tuned to BBC South tells us that your aerial, even though it faces Whitehawk, picks up sufficient signal from Rowridge to produce a picture.

When an automatic tuning scan is performed, and signals from more than one transmitter are found, only one transmitter's signals can be stored in the prescribed logical channel number positions. That is 1=BBC One, 2=BBC Two, 3=ITV1 etc. The duplicate BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1 etc (from other transmitter(s) are usually placed in the 800s; i.e. starting at 800).

Some more modern receivers ask the user which "region" or "network" they wish to use (where more than one is picked up), which is really asking which transmitter to use.

Perhaps the one that has tuned to BBC South (from Rowridge) simply goes with the first signal it finds when scanning. Rowridge uses low frequencies and Whitehawk high ones. So when a TV is scanning, it will find Rowridge first and then Whitehawk.

Perhaps the other TV (the one that has BBC South East) is a bit more sophisticated and chooses Whitehawk as it is a stronger signal. I say "perhaps"...I can only speculate as to why what has happened has happened and more to the point, explain why different results may be achieved on the same aerial.

In order to get the TV to tune to Whitehawk (instead of Rowridge), start the automatic tuning scan with the aerial unplugged and then plug it in at 50%. This will have it unplugged when it scans frequencies used by Rowridge and plugged in for Whitehawk.

To watch BBC South Today, you will have to tune to Rowridge. Due to the fact that your aerial points in a different direction, it is possible that reception will not be perfect.

However, if you wish to try it, then I suggest that you carry out the procedure of running the tuning through with the aerial unplugged for the first 50%. This will get BBC One South East from Whitehawk stored under button number 1.

Having done this, go through the menu to the manual tuning function (assuming that your TV has one) and manually tune to UHF channel 24 which is what Rowridge's BBC One (South) is broadcast on. This will add the Rowridge BBC programme channels in to the 800s.

This way you can watch BBC One (South East) from Whitehawk most of the time, and switch over to South on 8?? when you wish to watch South Today.

Martin David
Thursday 22 March 2012 12:58AM

Anyone kind enough to put a computer engineer out of his misery from feeling very stupid over his HD TV freeview issue?
I have Tosh HD RV635 which apparently has a DVBt2 receiver. New wideband aerial set vertical. Whitehawk transmitter. Full TV reset and scan.

C51 shows poor signal and manual scan on that fails to pick HD channels up. I'm convinced the TV has proper HD receiver, not just "ready". Am I missing something. Yrs with head hung in shame.. Martin

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 22 March 2012 4:30AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 yesterday to 00:50 yesterday [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 22 March 2012 4:30AM

WHITEHAWK HILL transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:20 yesterday to 00:50 yesterday [BBC]

Thursday 22 March 2012 7:27AM

Martin David: Unfortunately the RV635 is only fitted with a DVB-T tuner and as such is an HD ready device, this info from the Toshiba manual for that particular model.

Please post a question, answer or commentIf you have Freeview reception problems before posting a question your must first do this Freeview reset procedure then see: Freeview reception has changed, Single frequency interference, and Freeview intermittent interference.

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