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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

Which Freeview channels does the Eastbourne 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.

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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, plus 16 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, 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 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, 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 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

Sunday, 17 June 2012
2:42 PM

I am an Eastbourne resident who is abroad at the moment, but planned to cancel Sky on my return and just get the basic digital channels via my old sky dish. Having read some of the problems people are having from Eastbourne, would I be better off staying with Sky? I only need the main 5 channels and the +1 channels.



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Tom's 2 posts ES flag
Dave Lindsay

2:54 PM

Tom: The problems are in receiving the Commercial (COM) channels. These have limited coverage with respect to the Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) channels.

If you received four-channel analogue before, then you should get at least the PSBs now.

See here for a list (those with bullets in the "E"/England column apply):

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

The PSBs therefore have BBC, ITV1, ITV1+1, Channel 4, Channel 4+1 and Channel 5, among others.

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Mark Fletcher

3:26 PM

Tom in Eastbourne.An even better alternative is go for Freesat.

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Dave Lindsay

3:30 PM

Tom: It mainly depends on which transmitter that you are receiving from as to what you'll get:

- Heathfield | aerial horizontal - Broadcasts PSBs and COMs. COM4 (ITV3 etc) is on low power until 27th June on which date there is a retune for it. You might not get it until then.

- Hastings | aerial vertical - The COMs from Hastings use the same three frequencies as the PSBs from Eastbourne South Tower, so you may find them drowned out, or at least hit and miss, thanks to the interference.

- Eastbourne (South Tower) and Eastbourne Old Town (Jevington House, Upperton Road) | aerial vertical - These are PSB-only transmitters.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
5:05 PM

Hi All,

Thanks for the replies. As far as I know I am on the Heathfield transmitter, so I will have to wait until June the 27th. Do a re-tune and see what I have then and make a decision.


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Wednesday, 20 June 2012
2:18 PM

Installed a Blake DMX10B (Frequency range: 35-53)aerial and installed as per instructions and turned to 349 degrees and yet still picked up Eastbourne transmitter which doesn't make sense how it has even with the group B range.

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Peter's 11 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

2:55 PM

Peter: Unplug the aerial for the first 30% of the scan to miss out Eastbourne's Group A channels.

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Dave Lindsay

4:27 PM

Peter: Try connecting a receiver directly to the aerial and work from there. That way you are discounting the possibility with the distribution amp and cabling causing an issue.

Once you have Heathfield channels tuned in your receiver's memory, then refer to the signal strength screen for one service on each mux.

This page shows the services by mux: DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

So focus your attention on:

- BBC One (PSB1)
- ITV1 (PSB2)
- BBC One HD (PSB3)
- ITV3 (COM4)
- Pick TV (COM5)
- Yesterday (COM6)

Of course, your aerial "may" always pick up Eastbourne even though it points horizontally to Heathfield simply because Eastbourne is so strong.

Some receivers store the first channels found during the scan, and more sophisticated ones choose which to go with by assessing strengths having completed the scan. Whilst you will hopefully achieve a result where Heathfield is the stronger, the latter "may" always be an issue.

Different receivers are designed in a different ways. Some have limited functionality when it comes to manual tuning, signal strengths and other technical information. It might be worth looking at what devices you have to see which might be most useful to help you site your aerial.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

6:23 PM

Peter: Although I might well have missed this somewhere along the line and I apologise if I have, but on reading all of your back postings I cant say I noticed you having mentioned anything about the result of a "manual" tune having being carried out on Ch52, so the question would be have you actually tried this? or if not, is there a reason for not having done like maybe your box not allowing it?

By the way, what model of device are you using?

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