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The symbol shows the location of the Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 3,600 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 Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Eastbourne 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 max
C26 (514.0MHz)83mDTG-200W
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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

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C30- (545.8MHz)83mDTG-200W
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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),

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C23 (490.0MHz)83mDTG-200W
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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, 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 45 Freeview channels?

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The Eastbourne (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, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , 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 Eastbourne transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 42km north (358°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 61km north-northeast (16°)
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 Eastbourne (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

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 200W
Analogue 1-4(-3.2dB) 95W

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. Eastbourne 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

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
5:59 PM

Found a Blake DMX10B Very High Gain Group B TV Aerial that I think would fit the bill as it says Frequency range: 35-53 (582 - 734MHz) (group B).

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Peter's 11 posts GB flag
Thursday, 14 June 2012
12:17 AM

why have we lost freeview channels in eastbourne, was better before change over. is this because there going to add more channels later or is that it

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matt's 2 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

12:25 AM

matt: All channels that were broadcasting before are broadcasting now. Without saying which are missing, how might we offer an explanation and a possible fix?

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
8:16 AM

matt: have lost quest yesterday some of the music channels itv2/3 dave viva and many more

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matt's 2 posts GB flag
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11:51 AM

The reason people in Eastbourne have lost some of the channels ie 23,26 30 is that Hastings are using these frequencies for the Com channels and Eastbourne is using them for the PSB channels.The digital signal from Eastbourne is far more robust than the old analogue signal and travels further.I have been using hastings for the past 2 years and at changeover on 13th retuned and got all channels from hastings it was later that day when Eastbourne got switched on that I lost 23, 26,30. Brilliant planning have 2 transmitters with virtual line of sight of each other 17 miles apart using same channels for different services. Having to move aerial to Heathfield and more cost!!!

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MF's 3 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

12:22 PM

MF: Based on what I've seen on here, some viewers using Hastings transmitter may be affected by others co-channel and may have to change transmitter.

I'm not an aerial installer so the following are just my thoughts as technically-minded anorak on this subject.

If your aerial is a Group A one (bottom third of the band), then it will be unsuitable for Heathfield as it is now Group B (middle third of the band).

If you are looking at DIYing or just wish to be informed, then I recommend that you look at

There is a page on Heathfield, although the recommendations still say it is C/D, which is what it was before switchover:

Heathfield Transmitter

You appear to have quite good line of sight (*with no local obstructions such as trees or buildings*):

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The transmitter is 14 miles away. I looked on Streetview and St Mary's House and neighbouring tall building looks as though they could pose a problem. It may vary from house to house what can be picked up and what can't.

Dover looks out of the question.

The only other thing I can suggest is that you may be able to mount the aerial such that your house or some other object acts to block the signal from Eastbourne. This in so doing probably means putting the aerial somewhere where it is likely to pick up less signal from Hastings.

Mounted on one side of the house might help. Or in the loft where you can construct some sort of shield with chicken wire and tin foil. I've no idea how effective this might be, particularly as other buildings may reflect the Eastbourne signals back towards the front of your aerial (depending on which way you face).

The COM channels use a less robust mode (less error correction) than the PSBs and this is so that they can cram in more services, so they are going to be the first ones to go, even without the noise from Eastbourne.

It is worsened by the fact that they are both vertically polarised, although the stronger the signal the more it can be picked up by an aerial of opposite polarisation.

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Dave Lindsay

12:33 PM

Matt: The answer to your question depends on which transmitter that you are using.

Based on the fact that you have lost Dave and Viva as well, then I gather that you are receiving from Hastings transmitter. The reason is due to the local Eastbourne transmitter (which doesn't carry these services) using the same channels as these services from Hastings.

If it is possible to receive from Heathfield, then that is what you may have to do in order to receive the full complement of channels. Should you do this, then you should be aware that the SDN multiplex which carries ITV3, QVC and others is on low power until 27th, so you may not be able to pick it up until then.

As I said to MF, Hastings uses Group A channels (bottom third of the band) and Heathfield uses Group B ones (middle third), so if your aerial is a Group A one it will be unsuitable for Heathfield. A wideband one should be OK though, although the older the aerial, the more likely it is to be a Group A one.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 June 2012
6:55 AM

My mother can't get half her channels from Heathfield either. They're supposed to be broadcasting 6;
BBCA on Ch.52
D3+4 on 49
BBCB on 47
SDN on 42
ArqA on 44
ArqB on 41

She gets 41, 49, and 52. Perfectly. The TV claims it's excellent reception. She also gets 40 - which seems to be coming from Bexhill transmitter, and is a duplicate of Heathfield's channel 49 but with different regional programmes I believe.

She doesn't get 44, 47, or 48, although she'll never get HD with her current equipment but she's still missing 2 of the channels and she NEEDS them. She particularly wants Challenge and ITV3. Luckily she can currently get them on Sky, but she's cancelling that soon and Challenge is not available on Freesat.

Can anyone give even the slightest clue as to what the problem might be? She's retuned twice and also tried to add them manually, all to no avail.

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Kaz's 9 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

3:08 PM

Peter: Maybe there is a disused roof-top aerial on Heathfield whose cable runs down the building and for which you could route into the loft and feed into the distribution amp.

As I say, I'm not a professional, but I understand that there are certain regulations with regards aerial systems that serve multiple dwellings. I understand these require appropriate earthing as well as electrical isolation between the outlets. I can't be any more specific than that.

I urge due caution; obviously I'm not saying that a particular aerial "will" work.

I did this plot using Megalithia, assuming your aerial to be 18m of the ground:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

As you can see, it would appear that you probably have line of sight (or near so). Only mile closest to you could have an obstruction on it as it is an incline.

For this reason, I wonder if a XB10B may be suitable:

ATV`s Choice Of Aerials for digital TV

The distribution amp will allow you to fine tune.

The higher the gain, the narrower the acceptance angle.

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