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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?

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 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

COM5
ArqA
 H -3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 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
C/D EC/D EC/D EC/D EC/D E TC/D E TK T
C29SDN
C33ArqB
C34ArqA
C35D3+4
C36BBCB
C48BBCA
C50tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C54tv_off SDNSDN
C55tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C56tv_off D3+4D3+4
C58tv_offITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCBBBCBBBCB
C59tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C61BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4
C62SDN
C68C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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.

Comments
Sunday, 18 March 2012
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D Pritchard
7:06 PM

When will COM3,4&5 be transmitted at full power from Midhurst?

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KMJ,Derby
sentiment_satisfiedGold

7:20 PM

D Pritchard: ArqB is currently being transmitted at 1kW, this is planned to increase to 10kW on 25th April 2012. Digital UK show SDN and ArqA to be currently at 10kW, which is the planned "full power" for the COM muxes at the Midhurst transmitter

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Dave Lindsay
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7:35 PM

Paul: The current "digital switchover" is for terrestrial television only. It has nothing to do with radio and nothing to do with DAB.

The design of some receivers leaves a lot to be desired. This is not specifically confined to the "cheapo" sets.

There will always be instances where signals from adjacent transmitters overlap. Some boxes just go with the first one they find.

Transmitters do broadcast their "Network" name, but not all receivers display it. However, most receivers display the UHF channel that is being received and this information is usually given on the signal strength screen.


In some cases where incorrect transmitter(s) are being picked up, it's possible to remove the aerial lead for part of the scan to get it to do what you want it to do.

It is possible to do this with the caveat that you will have to manually add a couple as they are mixed in with those of Heathfield.

Midhurst's channels are 55, 61, 58 (HD), 62, 59, 50

Heathfield's are 29 to 54 now and 41 to 52 after its DSO.

So, if your receiver shows UHF channel numbers when it's scanning, start it off with the lead unplugged and connect it after it's scanned 54 to avoid Heathfield. You will then need to manually add 50 (Yesterday etc) and probably 55 (BBC standard definition services).

If your receiver doesn't give channel numbers, but only a percentage, then the scan is likely to be from channels 21 to 69, so plug in around 71%. Then manually add 50 and 55 as explained above.

Whilst this may be clumbersome, it might be more attractive than letting it put Midhurst in the 800s and you having to swap each one.

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Monday, 19 March 2012
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Martin Beenham
6:38 AM

Darren Ellis: Sorry to hear you have lost all freeview channels. My Humax 8000T autotuned all channels on 14 March from GU336HB at 95% signal and 100% quality therefore it seems possible as jb38 suggests that your receiver has a hardware fault. Another possibility is that you don't have latest software. For comparison mine is:
H/W version NEO Rev 1.0
S/W version PGTTF 2.00.01
Loader version H 3.08
If you decide to bin your Humax and it has an 80GB drive I would be interested in cannibalising it for the drive!
Regards,
Martin

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Paul
8:57 AM

I know the c/o does not affect digital radio, it just seems strange that everything has suddenly picked up in the area. We have three dab sets in the house (inc one by Pace) and of the lot the Roberts portable works the best. This area has always been in a blackspot for television as well as radio, the improvement in DAB is welcome but will not influence me in going down that road away from FM until things improve.

As to tuning televisions, I have three sets and one digital HDD box, so pulling leads and manually adding programs later is a difficult process. I'll stick to shuffling channels around as I only have to do it once.

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pete
3:23 PM
Steyning

Ilive less than a mile from the steyning booster the bbc channels from the first switchover are great but the channels from the second switchover itv1 etc are very bad if there at all don't understand why this should be ?

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:33 PM

pete: Is your aerial directed at the Steyning transmitter (your aerial will be vertical) or is it on Midhurst (aerial will be horizontal)?

If your aerial is on Midhurst, then you shouldn't be tuned to Steyning and its existance will not improve your reception from Midhurst.

It is worth confirming that BBC and ITV1 are tuned to the transmitter to which the aerial faces.

From Midhurst, BBC is on C55 and ITV1 on C61.

From Steyning, BBC is on C59 and ITV1 on C50.

Therefore, when it is scanning, Midhurst is the first BBC signal (of the two transmitters) and Steyning is the first ITV1 signal. I wonder, therefore, if this could have resulted in your main ITV1 signal being tuned to Steyning when in fact it should be Midhurst.

You should be able to confirm either way by viewing the signal strength screen whilst on each channel; most receivers give this information.

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pete
5:04 PM
Steyning

yeah the ariel is horizontal the steyning & midhurst transmitters are in virtually the same direction from home ill check the strength when i get home

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Darren Ellis
6:33 PM
Liphook

Martin
Thanks for your info re; Humax 8000T
You're pretty close to us (Liss) so it looks like we've a problem with our Humax not accepting something from the new transmissions (8K mode?)
Our Hardware version is NEO REV 1.0
Software is PGTTF2.00.02
Loader Version h3.08
Update Date 18Aug2005
Would appear we've a slightly later software version than yours but imagine that wouldn't make a difference.
If we get rid of it should we let you know on here?

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Martin Beenham
11:54 PM

Darren

Please give me a call, 01420538468 before you bin it.

Thanks,
Martin

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