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Full Freeview on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 170,000 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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) mast?

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:37 today to 09:40 today. BBC


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Which Freeview channels does the Heathfield 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C49 (698.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 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)

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The Heathfield (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: .

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 Heathfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 40km north-northeast
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 Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1730th Sep 2018-
aerial groupC/D EC/D EWWWWB E K
C292_local_local_local
600C341
C40BBCA
C41ArqBArqBArqBD3+4
C42SDNSDNSDN
C43BBCB
C44ArqAArqAArqASDN
C46ArqA
C47-BBBCBBBCBBBCBArqB
C48-A
700C49BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
C51-D
C52BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C54C
800C64ITVITVITV
C67C4C4C4

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 30th May and 13th June 2012.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*(-18dB) 1.6kW
Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

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. Heathfield 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

Comments
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Transmitter engineering
6:07 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:23 on 16 Apr to 10:56 on 16 Apr. [BBC]

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Roger Milbery
5:09 PM Maidstone

We currently are not receiving any ITV, Channel 4 and many Freeview channels. This started yesterday and has continued today. We have had several such episodes lasting several hours over the last few months with no explanation. We can receive BBC channels and some Freeview channels.

Re-tuning the set simply finds the available programmes, i.e. BBC.

We don't believe this is an equipment or roof mounted aerial problem as our neighbours have the same problem. We can't find any notification of problems on line. Any advice appreciated.

Post code ME18 6JE

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Friday, 20 April 2018
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B Drew
9:05 AM

Hi there, my mother in the same postcode has exactly the same issue. TV is fine, aerial is fine. Does appear to be a signal issue. Do you know if there is a way to contact the responsible parties directly? Any advice gratefully received.

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MikeB
9:54 AM

B Drew: check that your tv is tuned to the right transmitter, and that your aerial is working properly. And then remember that we are having high pressure, so it could be that. But most such problems seem to have been caused by the first two issues.

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Roger Milbery
4:18 PM

One of our neighbours who also has the signal problem had their aerial changed today in an attempt to overcome the problem The fitter eventually managed to obtain an HD signal by fitting a new aerial (not sure which transmitter), but said the problem is weather (pressure) related and there's not much that can be done! Apparently it's cross-channel interference or something similar?

It would be good to hear from a representative of the Heathfield transmitter to get their opinion.

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Saturday, 21 April 2018
Transmitter engineering
12:07 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:37 today to 09:40 today. [BBC]

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MikeP
12:28 PM

Roger Milbery:

Tropospheric lift is a well known phenomenon during hot weather with a high pressure system nearby. It has been known about since at least the mid fifties but is more noticable on UHF transmissions rather than VHF (BBC1 405 line was Band 1 VHF and ITV 405 line was Band 3 VHF). Previous 625 line transmissions were all on UHF, as are all the Freeview signals nowadays. It is not unusual to find signals that normally only travel 50km are able to be received, and viewed, 150km or more away! Whether the source of your current signal problems is from the mainland Europe is hard to tell - it could be from any direction that is 'visible' to your aerial. In the current weather conditions do not retune.



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