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The symbol shows the location of the Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 18,000 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 Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Hastings 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.

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C25 (506.0MHz)123mDTG-31,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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C28 (530.0MHz)123mDTG-31,000W
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3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C22 (482.0MHz)123mDTG-61,000W
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72 Shopping Quarter , 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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C23 (490.0MHz)121mDTG-81,000W
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 CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C26 (514.0MHz)123mDTG-81,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C30- (545.8MHz)123mDTG-81,000W
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23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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 11 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Hastings (East Sussex, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD.

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 Hastings transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 37km northwest (323°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 46km north (357°)
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 Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1317 Jul 2018

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

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

Analogue 1-4, Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 1000W
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-7dB) 200W
Mux 1*(-10dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Hastings 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. Hastings 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, 11 July 2012
Adrian Durrant
11:46 PM

Many thanks Dave, still considering the idea of realigning my Triax Unix 100 to Heathfield instead of Hastings, and I'm comparing the power of the transmitters. It would actually be quite a big fiddly job and the only benefit would be that I could use an unpowered splitter instead of the powered one I have. Also I guess Heathfield signals might be less affected by co-channel interference during high atmospheric pressure... It's a tough call, jury's still out I guess!

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Adrian Durrant's 9 posts GB
Wednesday, 25 July 2012
Adrian Durrant
10:40 AM

Dave; Many thanks for your advice, having thought about it I decided to realign to Heathfield; it was tricky because it meant dismantling the six-year-old aerial and mast and moving it to another corner of the chimney (to keep birds'-muck off the chimney), I took a few hours quite laborious and fiddly work and disaster loomed when I found a couple of vital nuts were rusted... however engine grease got them loosened. Pleased to say it was a job worth doing because it makes more sense to use the more powerful transmitter and I have been able to do what you suggested and use an unpowered splitter and have binned my old powered one. I located the Heathfield transmitter with binoculars and beamed the Triax 100 straight at it! Plenty of signal to split four ways and reception's excellent.

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Adrian Durrant's 9 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

12:22 PM

Adrian Durrant: Good to hear that you have success. It's great when a plan comes together!

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Monday, 13 August 2012
Malcolm Wood
6:01 PM

Dave Lindsay

Not yet tried the array. I have been pondering what to do all this time.

I haves decided to site a Log periodic below roof hight in the gap between my house and next door, the houses line up almost exactly with Hastings. I?EUR(TM)m hoping this will provide sufficient shielding from South Cliff tower especially as this may also bring the line of trees in the park behind my house in to play. If this does not work I will invest in another log to add in an array.

I thought I would go for logs as the reflectors on a pair of vertical Yagis might foul each other and limit accurate spacing of the array. Also less windage.

I probably won't get this done until September and will report the results.

In the mean time I would be very interested in your thoughts.

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Malcolm Wood's 5 posts GB
Saturday, 8 September 2012
Geoff Mynn
8:13 PM

Problems with Freeview from Hastings today. BBC channels disappeared this morning and the ITV signal strength was pretty bad this afternoon.
Tonight, all of the Hastings multiplexes went for about 10 minutes. There were also a number of continental channels appearing this morning. I have performed several retunes on 2 DTRs, but at the moment the signal is very 'hit and miss'.

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Geoff Mynn's 1 post GB
Monday, 8 October 2012
4:28 PM
St. Leonards-on-sea

my postcode is tn37 6bz there are 24 flats in my building and we all have no signal at the moment can you tell me whats wrong please

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mandy's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

4:41 PM

mandy : The aerial system will have a powered amplifier for distribution of the feed from the aerial. The likely answer is that either it has failed or there is no power to it. Either way it is down to the party responsible for the aerial system to put it right or have it put right. It may be worth speaking to your landlord, although clearly there isn't likely to be anything done about it today.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
8:17 PM

The HD channels from the Hastings transmitter flicker from time to time, very quick to a black screen then back to output. It doesn't affect the sound just picture. Is this a problem experienced by anyone else?

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Steve's 1 post GB
Monday, 27 May 2013
11:10 PM

Hastings - Channel 700-710 problems + BBC SD services not working (1,2, bbc3,bbc4).
All other TV channels fine. BBC HD working OK.
DAB radio works without issue.
Tried retuning, finds channels but they just all say no signal.

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PeterP's 1 post GB
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
3:01 PM

Thanks, I'm onto something :) with helpful hints from Hollington Pk thread.

Seems I'm not on Hollington park (bad reception despite being close) but Hastings.

The problem is when I use auto tuning it uses ch24 for bbca when it should be using ch25.
Why this has changed I don't know, and as I said was fine before. All good now though until next glitch.

My tv has an LNA setting, it now says 25 and it's on. Before it was 22 I think. How it got to this ??? I can't see any way to even set it. does ch22 transmit the wrong info to tell my tv how to tune?

So, I did a test, Turned it off again and did a rescan. Still managed to set itself to 25.

I can't set a 'zone' i.e. Kent, but i do have digital auto service update. Clearly something got out of whack, whether it be a mistake or a different transmitter ot something I don't know. No local transmitters with 24 at all, so it's a mystery :)
Tv is 1yr old Sony bravia with latest firmware etc. no changes before problem at all!

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