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The symbol shows the location of the Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 94,000 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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Midhurst 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.

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South, 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 16 others

 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (West 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),

 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C29 (538.0MHz)299mDTG-810,000W
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

 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
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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

 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
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

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Midhurst (West Sussex, 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 Midhurst transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South Today 1.3m homes 4.9%
from Southampton SO14 7PU, 51km west-southwest (256°)
to BBC South region - 39 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 41km west-southwest (248°)
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 Midhurst (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1716 Oct 2019
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4

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 29 Feb 12 and 14 Mar 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-10dB) 10kW
Mux C*(-16dB) 2.5kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*(-17dB) 2kW
Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Midhurst 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. Midhurst 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.

Thursday, 15 March 2012
9:45 AM

I am at GU33 7AH. Before switchover we could only get BBC channels - Following switchover on the 14th we are unable to receive programmes on channel 62 (ITV3 etc on SDN).
There seems to be a weakness on 59 and 50 but they do come through.
62 shows signal strength at around 68% and quality fluctuating from 0 - 50% on my Humax box

Any thoughts and will this improve
Thanks Phil

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Phil's 12 posts GB

11:05 AM

Phil: C62 problems could be due to interference from a VCR or Sky box with the RF modulator set around C62/C63, or maybe an out of area transmission travelling further than normal due to the inversion effect during the current weather conditions. It is worth checking that cables and connectors are all in good order, and try repositioning aerial leads and any HDMI cables relative to the Freeview box. C50 is currently at 1kW, this will increase in power to 10kW on 25th April 2012. Later this year, in October, SDN will change frequency to C54 (and D3+4 to C56).This is for 4G clearance of C61/C62.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
Friday, 16 March 2012
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:54 on 14 Mar to 02:10 on 14 Mar Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 02:07 on 29 Feb to 00:06 on 14 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 01:54 on 14 Mar to 02:10 on 14 Mar Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 02:07 on 29 Feb to 00:06 on 14 Mar [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 138,029 posts xx
3:11 PM

Thanks for the comments. I see that 62 is transmitted from Rowridge and Midhurst. Both transmit SDN. I have managed to pick up a programme guide for SDN channels on channel 62 using a manual tune. The programmes are numbered in the 800s suggesting the Midhurst signal is being blanked out by the Rowridge signal.I have checked video recorder RF output and all are set on numbers well away from 62. Tuning the analogue tuner I did find a few snowy analogue stations still transmitting so I suppose analogue interference is possible.

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Phil's 12 posts GB
Saturday, 17 March 2012
Richard Williams
11:24 AM

Hi, my postcode is GU32, aerial is on roof. Switchover was fine with access to all Freeview channels except the HD. Have tried manually tuning on 51, 52, 53, 54, 58 - no stations found. Strength 80%. Any thoughts on the HD? (GU32 ae) 

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Richard Williams's 2 posts GB
Darren Ellis
11:47 AM

Hi all, especially jb38.
We've waited for the final switchover at Midhurst and have now lost ALL freeview channels on our Humax8000T PVR. (All TV's OK and have great HD channels on our Samsung which, incidentally,is plugged into the Humax).
Have tried the set top aerial and see no channels (signal strength around 20/30% and 0% quality even when moving it around the house and pointing in all directions).

One question to anyone;
When manual tuning we have options which include MODE (set to auto but does have 8K option) GAURD (set to auto but has 1/4,1/8,1/16,1/32) NETWORK SEARCH (either disabled or enabled). We have tried various permutations but still no channels. Do these options show what could be our problem, what is it that has changed from the previous Freeview transmissions to the current transmissions which our HumaxPVR cannot handle. Any answers appreciated before we end up throwing it in the bin!
Thanks in advance.

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Darren Ellis's 6 posts GB

12:17 PM

Richard Williams: If you are receiving from the Guildford transmitter then Freeview HD will not be available until April 18th.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB

7:11 PM

Darren Ellis: Thanks for your latest report, as I was wondering what the situation would be like with your 8000T come complete switchover.

But regarding the Humax, you shouldn't really require to do anything, as if its set on auto it should detect the technicalities involved with the mode being transmitted and correspondingly adjust itself to suit, but the fact that its not strongly suggests that there is either a fault with the tuner, and in particular the 8k chip allegedly fitted, or that's its never been activated right from the start, as the only real thing that has changed at switchover is that all muxes are now operating on the 8k mode whereas before it was only the BBC mux, this being the start of your problem.

The other point is, that you have proven that feeding a reduced level of signal into the tuner via the set top aerial hasn't helped either, so the excessive signal level theory can now be eliminated.

I cannot really see any way out of your problem except possibly by tuner replacement, although "if" the tuner is still available as a spare part the whole exercise is liable to outweigh the value of the box, so much as I am a "never say die type" of engineer I feel that the word "discard" might be appropriate to this situation.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 18 March 2012
6:01 PM

Some peculiarities down here in darkest Coldwaltham. Before switchover the DAB radio was atrocious, reception was bitty at best. Since the c/o the Dab has improved with around 60% of the channels available. we are still finding that Heathfield transmitter strength is overpowered the Midhurst transmitter, so after a factory reset it's a case of identifying the Midhurst channels that went to 800 on the television and do some juggling around with the channel menu. An annoyance as one oversight by the switchover people was a lack of station ident being broadcast, you have to wait for local news to come on in order to find out exactly what you are watching.

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