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The symbol shows the location of the Hastings (Old Town) (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 2,100 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 (Old Town) (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Hastings (Old Town) 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.

 V -1.5dB
C36 (594.0MHz)123mDTG-14W
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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

 V -1.5dB
C39 (618.0MHz)78mDTG-14W
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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),

 V max
C48 (690.0MHz)78mDTG-20W
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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

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Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Hastings (Old Town) (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! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, 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 TV 2, 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 Hastings (Old Town) transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 38km northwest (321°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 47km north (355°)
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 (Old Town) (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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?

BBCA, D3+4(-1.5dB) 14W
Analogue 1-4(-3dB) 10W

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 (Old Town) 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

Monday, 9 February 2015
Transmitter engineering

12:09 PM

HASTINGS OLD TOWN transmitter - RelayPossible service interruptions [DUK]

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Monday, 11 July 2016
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

HASTINGS OLD TOWN transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

HASTINGS OLD TOWN transmitter - Possible service interruptions [DUK]

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017
Graham Payton
8:02 PM

Something is seriously wrong with the Hastings transmitter. Both my mother and I live on the outskirts of Hastings, different streets, but well within the green regions of your coverage maps on here.

We regularly lose signal and TV channels. All my neighbours where I live have become so fed up with it that they have had satellite (FreeSAT or Sky) dishes fitted.

When the digital changeover first happened there was no problem. But since FreeviewHD came online there has been nothing but problems. It doesn't matter what the weather it just randomly happen, mostly in the evenings.

Can anybody offer any advice or give me the details of who we should complain to please?

Many Thanks

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Graham Payton's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 23 August 2017

11:10 AM

Graham Payton:

To offer any sensible advice we need a full post code of where you live, a partial is not sufficient.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 February 2021
Ray Norton
2:12 PM

I have re-tuned my TV several times today but I cannot receive any ITV/CH5/CH5 non HD channels on the 39 band. Freeview claim there are no problems as not many people have reported it,! Not that they can do anything about it, it seems.
This is the micky mouse Hastings Old town transmitter, not the central Hastings one.

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Mike Gibbs
4:16 PM

Hi MikeP,

I hope that I'm correct in assuming you are an employee not a helper; if the later then I'm sorry; please ignore the following.

There are three problems which I would like to bring to your attention:

1. On the page for the Hastings Old Town transmitter ( it says that there are no reported problems. Yesterday, the 4th of February 2021, we lost all the TV channels on PSB2 (C28 530MHz). So, it appears that no one has reported the problem before this notification.

2. On that same page it says that the HD channels are on PSB3 (C22 482Mhz). I went to the manual tune section of menu on my Humax and found that I had no signal at all on C22 BUT I am able to receive the HD channels. (My Humax won't tell me what multiplex channel a TV channel is obtained from but, in this case, it's unlikely to be C22.)
3. On the "Freeview reset procedure" page ( it tells you how to do an automatic retune. If you are applying this to a PVR, such as a Humax, which has some recordings scheduled it will wipe all of those schedules. I think that the page should recommend that you make a note of them all before the retune so that you can more easily reinstate them afterwards. This would avoid a lot of stress when you discover that they are all gone!

I hope that this helps,

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Mike Gibbs's 1 post GB flag

5:35 PM

Mike Gibbs: This website doesn't have any employees, it is an independent technical help site which has no connection with any broadcaster or transmitter company, or anyone else in involved in the running of Freeview. The owner of the website posts under the name Briantist, all other contributions are from individuals who have volunteered their own time to try and assist others.

The transmitter engineering notifications come from a feed provided by BBC Engineering, which only carries reports of faults and planned maintenance affecting BBC services, so it is unlikely a fault on the PSB2 multiplex would appear unless it also affected PSB1 or PSB3.

You have given the link for the Hastings transmitter page, not the Hastings Old Town relay which is the page you have actually posted on. C22 is the PSB3 mux from the Hastings transmitter, the Hastings Old Town relay has PSB3 on C48 as shown on this page.

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StevensOnln1's 3,639 posts GB flag
Saturday, 6 February 2021

2:19 AM

Ray Norton:
Mike Gibbs:

As StevensOnln1 has said the Hastings Old Town relay transmitter multiplex channels are lsied at the top of the page.
(The main Hastings transmitter uses different channels as listed on its page).

If the signals have not returned when you try a further retune, I'd suggest both of phone Freeview on 0808-100-0288 and complain that the transmitter is faulty (not ask them if there's a fault). They can pass on the details to Arqiva who do the transmitter maintenance. You may well have to be persistent, they can be difficult with the excuse people haven't reported it! A lot of people wouldn't know how to.

If you hit a brick wall there, ring ITV on 020-7157-3000 and explain to them that Freeview seem unwilling to investigate the fault.

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