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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-20,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C35 (586.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C36 (594.0MHz)299mDTG-20,000W
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
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 14 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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -3dB
C33 (570.0MHz)300mDTG-810,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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;
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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
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
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Dave King
9:45 PM
Haslemere

No dtv at all this evening from Midhurst transmitter. Only lasted a week?

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Wednesday, 28 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 yesterday to 16:57 yesterday [BBC]

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4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 yesterday to 16:57 yesterday [BBC]

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Thursday, 29 March 2012
Transmitter engineering
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4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 on 27 Mar to 16:57 on 27 Mar [BBC]

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4:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 16:47 on 27 Mar to 16:57 on 27 Mar [BBC]

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Saturday, 31 March 2012
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Terry
4:09 PM

I cannot receive teletext any more. Will this return in the near future?

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Monday, 2 April 2012
Transmitter engineering
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10:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Over the next week Midhurst main transmitter: TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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10:30 AM

MIDHURST transmitter - Over the next week Midhurst main transmitter: TV (digital) Possible weak signal, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Tuesday, 3 April 2012
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Dave Bizzill
10:03 AM

I live in Shanklin on the Isle of Wight and my aerial before swithcover was pointing at Midhurst and I had every channel going. I have one of these in the loft Security Warning

All was fine until switchover. After switchover I can still get PSB1 and 2 at full quality and strength but com4 comes and goes and com5 and 6 are no longer there.

With the aerial still pointing to Midhurst I can pick up psbn 1 and 2 from Rowridge, this means the aerial is a full 90 degrees out but still picks it up. So I thought I'd move the aerial to point at Rowridge and see if I can get the others. No, all I get from Rowridge is psb1 and 2, no com4, 5 or 6 at all, not even a sniff. I'm totally lost as I'm obviously getting a signal from Rowridge as I can pick up psb1 and 2 with the aerial pointing almost any direction, but I can't even get a weak com4, 5 or 6.

I do have an outdoor aerial on a pole mounted to the chimney also facing Midhurst but I was going to take that down as I'm the highest point on a hill and don't fancy a lightning strike. I've not tried this aerial since swithover. (PO377NX)

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Mike Dimmick
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10:57 AM

Dave Bizzill: Digital UK reckon your best bet for reliable reception of the PSBs is the Luccombe relay, 1.3km to your south. This uses the same channels as Midhurst PSB1, COM5 and COM6, it's basically stomping all over the Midhurst signals. With COM6 still running on low power until after Heathfield switches over, and with the mode changes having increased the margin required, it's not surprising that it no longer works.

Rowridge COMs are on low power, and on their original channels, until Crystal Palace completes switchover. It may be beneficial to change the aerial to vertical polarization [VP], rather than horizontal polarization [HP], as Rowridge COMs will emit more power on VP than on HP after 18 April (they only transmit on HP at the moment). Just rotate it so that the elements run up-and-down rather than side-to-side. Also, you may benefit from using a Group A aerial rather than a wideband - widebands typically have best gain at the top end of the frequency range, actually the part that is no longer used for TV, and an aerial designed to just handle Rowridge frequencies will have more gain than the wideband at those much lower frequencies. *Maybe* you could use a Group K semi-wideband if you're concerned about picking up services that launch in the C31-C38 range in the future - this would have more gain at C21-C28 than the full wideband but less than Group A, for the same size aerial. See Gain (curves), Again and the Group K chart further down the page for a comparison. Your aerial is probably similar to the 'Triboom 46' (a Televes DAT45, I believe).

You will always get better results by putting the aerial outside. The loft has a large number of reflections, which can have the effect of changing polarizations, the roof tiles attenuate the signal somewhat, and the lower height means the aerial may have to see through more obstacles (though that's less of a problem for you as you say you're the highest point around).

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