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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Heathfield 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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
C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 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 19 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

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: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Quest HD, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD, Together.

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 (5°)
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 (31°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
C/D EC/D EWW TW TW TK T
C292_local_local_local_local
C341
C40SDN
C41ArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C42SDNSDNSDN
C43ArqA
C44ArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C46ArqB
C47-BBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C48-A
C49tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C51tv_off-D
C52tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C54tv_offC
C64ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C67C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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 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
Friday, 22 February 2019
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janet Little
7:33 PM

Our freeview set is forever breaking up channels. This happens very regularly. We have had an engineer twice who says we have a very good signal and no aerial problems. According to local websites this is happening in many parts of Crowborough. At times we can only get one or two channels. It is not just a 'one off' but happens many times a week. Please tell me how to deal with this = my husband is ill and likes to watch tv and we don't just want to watch one or two channels.

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Sunday, 24 February 2019
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:30 AM

Janet Little.

It is due to the current high pressure so there is nothing anyone can do about it apart from wait until the weather pattern changes. Do not retune.



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Alan Reed
6:35 PM

Since the last digital retune in July this service has become pathetic. Frequent signal break up all over town, including Old Town, Hampden Park, Wannock and even those tuned to the South Cliff Tower repeater. Freeview are unable to provide a usuable signal over a distance of just ten miles. We pay for this?

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MikeP
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10:12 PM

Alan Reed:

You need to read the post above yours. There is no problem with the transmitter and what you are reporting is nothing new. It is the well known conseqyence of using frequencies in the UHF band that are susceptible to what happens with high atmospheric pressure in the area - and nobody can do anything about that. It's also nothing to do with so-called 'global warming. It has happened to UG+HF signals ever since we started transmitting BBC2 in 625 line systems in the 1960s and it almost certainly existed long before that but we never noticed as we didn't publicly use UHF transmissions before then.

Do not retune and be patient.



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Thursday, 7 March 2019
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RoyBaker
8:30 AM
Eastbourne

My Postcode is BN20 7ED. In the last 2 weeks We have noticed pictures breaking up on a few channels. recently 3 very tall trees that were opposite my home, have been removed. behind those trees is a tall empty property, could this be the reason for picture break up?

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

11:27 PM

Roy Baker:

Looking at the Digital UK Coverage Checker, at Coverage Checker - Detailed View shows rthat you are just 1 km from the Eastbourne transmitter. It is therefore more likely that you may have too much signal which causes the picture break up (pixilation) that you report. Please check the signal strengths of all the 6 multiplexes available. Ideally the strengths should be between 60% and 85% or so. If they are much stronger than you will need to reduce the strengths by fitting an attenuator.

The change could well have been caused by the removal of the trees which may well have been absorbing some of the signal before.



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