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The symbol shows the location of the Bexhill (East Sussex, England) transmitter. 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 Bexhill (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Bexhill 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
C33- (569.8MHz)45mDTG-400W
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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, plus 16 others

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C36 (594.0MHz)45mDTG-400W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Meridian (East 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, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

 H max
C48 (690.0MHz)45mDTG-400W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD South East, 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, 107 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 44 Freeview channels?

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The Bexhill (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! christmas, GREAT! movies extra, GREAT! movies, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's Christmas, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, 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 Bexhill transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 35km north-northwest (336°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 49km north (5°)
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Bexhill (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 400W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield 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. Bexhill 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Friday, 3 June 2011
11:10 PM

I took my spare set top box (which works OK in Crawley) to Bexhill where, on the TV screen, it showed below the programme number, No signal, and only receives BBC 1, 2, ITV 1 and channel4 Where am I going wrong?

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A.E.Arthur's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 4 June 2011
Mike Dimmick

4:01 PM

A.E.Arthur: The Bexhill relay transmitter does not start transmitting until next May, when the parent Heathfield transmitter switches over.

It sounds like the aerial at that address is pointing to some other transmitter that does not yet provide digital services, or possibly a main transmitter that is sufficiently far away, or restricted in some way, so that you can't get digital yet.

If you provide a full postcode, we can see whether Digital UK reckons that Bexhill is the best option, or whether another transmitter would be better.

Note that this will be a 'Freeview Lite' transmitter, providing only the three public service multiplexes. The commercial multiplex operators have refused to transmit from any additional sites.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Monday, 5 December 2011
12:39 AM

My parents live in Eastwood Road, Bexhill. All BBC programmes keep breaking up both picture and sound. At one time they couldn't get any digital from a digi box but got an local arial guy to fit a new arial. I think he has fitted some kind of booster as well. Now they get all programmes except the BBC ones. They have to watch them on Analogue.
Will they be able to watch the BBC when the change is in force? As they are in their 80's I don't want them to have to go to any more expense. They bought a T.V with Freeview, still no luck.

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Lianne's 2 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 7 December 2011

2:33 PM

Lianne: You have not provide a full postcode, so I can't say for sure. Everyone who has analogue reception before switchover will have the public service digital channels afterwards.

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag
Friday, 9 December 2011
3:08 PM

Hi Briantist.

Re my posting Monday 5th December. Sorry, my parent's post code is TN39 3PS. The arial is a roof arial, not sure what type.

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Lianne's 2 posts GB flag
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Thursday, 15 December 2011
Bob Reynolds
3:29 PM

Hello again,
Re: The new tx for Bexhill. My aerial points to Hastings & I receive mostly adequate but often poor digital signal. I have two reasonable quality digital boxes, & a (supposedly) digital friendly aerial installed in 2003. Will I need to replace or re-align my aerial when switchover arrives? Post code TN40 1NS
Cheers, Bob R

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Bob Reynolds's 1 post GB flag
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5:34 PM

Bob Reynolds: I take it you realise that the new Bexhill Freeview service will be a three multiplex PSB only station? unlike Hastings operating as a full service six multiplex one.

The present aerial you are using will most likely be a wideband one as Hastings spans from Ch21 to Ch63 whereas Bexhill will only cover from Ch40 to Ch46, and so your existing aerial will be OK as far as that aspect is concerned although anyone starting afresh should use a group B aerial for maximum efficiency, but at your relatively close distance to the Bexhill station its neither here not there.

However, your aerial will require to be turned around from its present angle of 65 degrees for Hastings to 271 degrees for Bexhill, other wise everything else is OK.

The 13th of June is when all three multiplexes start operating, as only the BBC will be transmitting from the 30th of May.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 June 2012
Tony Ashby
6:09 PM

I have just retuned today to a HD freeview box and have lost "Dave"
I retuned yesterday (13th jun) using my TV's integral freeview and "Dave" was there.
I have a roof aerial directed at Hasyngs and my post code is TN40 2EW.
Ant ideas?

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Tony Ashby's 6 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

7:31 PM

Tony Ashby: Could you receive Freeview before switchover?

I am wondering whether your reception is marginal and therefore the COMs will be subject to being hit and miss.

What happens when you bring up the signal strength screen? Is Dave on the TV and what is the strength for it?

What is the strength for ITV3 and Yesterday as well?

ITV3, Dave and Yesterday are all carried on different multiplexes (different signals) and these are less robust and not as strong as BBC, ITV1 etc.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Daniel Badman
8:58 PM

hi Tony Ashby my mum lives in bexhill and she gets a perfict signal from Heathfield transmitter i had to move her aerial today i cant say if you will be the same but just thort i wood point it out and her aerual ant even got good cabel it just has very very old cabel with no foil screening and it still worked so it looks like it must be a strong signal from there oh and if you wont to try the aerial has to be horizontal and itve 3 ex will not be on till the 27th of june as its is still run on old low power till then but dave is workin fine hopw this healps

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