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The symbol shows the location of the Saltdean (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter which serves 1,500 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 Saltdean (Brighton and Hove, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Saltdean 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.

 V -1.9dB
C41 (634.0MHz)64mDTG-26W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 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 15 others

 V max
C44 (658.0MHz)64mDTG-40W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (South Coast 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),

 V max
C47 (682.0MHz)64mDTG-40W
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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/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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The Saltdean (Brighton and Hove, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Saltdean transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (28°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.9m homes 3.6%
from Whiteley PO15 7AD, 86km west (274°)
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 Saltdean (Brighton and Hove, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1316 Oct 2019

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 7 Mar 12 and 21 Mar 12.

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

D3+4, BBCB 40W
BBCA(-1.9dB) 26W
Analogue 1-4(-4.6dB) 14W

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. Saltdean 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.

Monday, 26 March 2012
1:21 PM

PS. I have just noticed that I receive ITV + 1 from Southampton. My aerial also points away from Southampton!

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A's 19 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

1:42 PM

A: You say that Whitehawk Hill appears to provide Saltdean with a ITV. What makes you say that?

Refer to the post-switchover list of multiplexes:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

ITV1+1 is carried on PSB2 (D3&4), as is ITV1, so your TV would expect to be tuned to the same signal for both. The same goes for Channel 4, Channel 5, More 4 etc.

The predictor suggests that you can't receive from Whitehawk. Saltdean is a Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) only transmitter; it does not carry the Commercial (COM) multiplexes.

So if your aerial is pointing at Saltdean and your receiver has tuned in the COMs, then they are coming from elsewhere. For reliable reception, your aerial should point in the direction from which the signal is coming from. Therefore, you might consider a replacement aerial to receive the COMs, *if* there is a transmitter whose signals reach you.

The best way to find out which transmitter each service is coming from is to look at the UHF channel on the strength screen.

For Saltdean BBC One is C55, ITV1 is C54 and HD services are C58.

You say that you have ITV1+1 from Southampton. Is this on C27 by any chance? If so, then it is coming from Rowridge.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

2:15 PM

A: You are correct, Saltdean is a dependent relay of Whitehawk Hill. The ITV1+1 region for all Meridian transmitters appears to be Meridian Southampton as there are a limited number of ITV1+1 regions generated at this time. As a matter of interest your best bet for reception of the COM muxes is predicted to be Heathfield, available after 13th June 2012.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB
2:34 PM


I'll look at the links given.

In the meantime.

Heathfield is vertical, my aerial is horizontal, as all are in my area.

The whitehawk information came from the top of this page (PSB2).

I don't think I get COM multiplexes. I don't know what they are!

My channels: B1 (55); ITV1 (54); ITV+1 (33)

The Southampton information I got from the top of this page.

I believe that pick up the signals from Saltdean. But was confused when I read the top of this page.


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A's 19 posts GB
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
2:35 AM

Evidently, I do not get any programmes from Southampton.

'At switchover, all of the transmitters in the Brighton area will form part of the BBC South East region, rather than taking services from BBC Southampton.'

But am I really getting ITV1 from Whitehawk? My aerial faces Saltdean. Behind the dipole are two vertical bars (reflectors). These will reflect signals from Saltdean onto the dipole, but will relect other signals away from the dipole?

In addition, I also asked about bit error rates. Any comments regarding C54 vs. C55.

I cannot get C58. I believe that this is due to the fact that my TV does not support HD (I think that this is the case).


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A's 19 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

10:47 AM

A: Heathfield is horizontal and Saltdean is vertical. A look on Streetview at the aerials at the post code you've given show them to be vertical and pointing at Saltdean.

Saltdean receives Public Service channels from Whitehawk and rebroadcasts then on its own channels (54, 55 and 58 for HD), as do many relays. This was the also case in the days of analogue.

By their very nature, relay transmitters must be sited where they have good reception of their parent.

It is unfortunate that the terrain does not permit you to receive from Whitehawk, even though it is only just over three miles away. Similarly, Newhaven and Lewes are served by relays due to them being in valley.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Saturday, 31 March 2012
1:57 PM

In addition to the signals that I get from Saltdean.

If I can get some signals from another transmitter, but they are blocky will this effect damage the set in any way?

Can someone tell me how I could receive signals from a transmitter that is transmitting in a direction ca. 180 degrees from the front of the aerial (i.e, to the back of the aerial)? Some signals would hit the reflectors and the back of the dipole(enclosed in plastic). What is the role of the directors?

On another point.

On the tv screen, I have two horizontal boxes displayed (S and Q). I think that the more the boxes are filled, left to right, then in the case of S the stronger the signal. But in the case of Q (quality) does this mean greater quality, or more bit errors (hence lower quality)?

One more while I am here.

My Tv will automatically upgrade its software. I have been unable to find any references to the software or what it does, how it works etc. Has anyone come across a site that provides a general primer?


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A's 19 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:39 PM

A: For stuff all about aerials, see ATV Sheffield's site:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

A poor signal which results in blocky picture will not damage your set. It is much more likely to damage your health due to members of the family being unable to view Strictly or the X-Factor without interruption.

Where an antenna is directional, it is more sensitive in one direction at the expense of other directions. So an aerial with greater "gain" in one direction must have less in other directions. A directional aerial is therefore not absolute; i.e. it doesn't mean that signals can only ever be picked up in one direction and not in others. Theoretically, I suppose that you could reduce its ability to pick-up signals from other directions. However, cost, size and other factors are likely to come into play.

So it's really a question of degree of directivity rather than absolute directivity.

With digital reception, quality is what you need. So long as the TV is "seeing" the digits reliably (good quality), the strength isn't really an issue.

The software that runs in your TV is really called "firmware". Digital receivers are computers. The firmware does lots of things, including giving you the on screen menu which allows you to operate the receiver. It controls what the receiver does.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
3:26 PM

Ok. Its quality that's important, but what about the meaning of the box?

Previously: 'On the tv screen, I have two horizontal boxes displayed (S and Q). I think that the more the boxes are filled, left to right, then in the case of S the stronger the signal. But in the case of Q (quality) does this mean greater quality, or more bit errors (hence lower quality)?'

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A's 19 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

4:00 PM

A: The greater the quality, the less errors.

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