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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 - Heathfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 08/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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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
C41 (634.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Heathfield (East Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 Heathfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north (6°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 41km 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 EC/D EW TW TW TK T
C29_local_local_local_local
C40SDN
C41ArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C42SDNSDNSDN
C43ArqA
C44ArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C46ArqB
C47BBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C52tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
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, 27 July 2018
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Lynne Murray
4:58 PM
Eastbourne

My postcode is BN23 6LB

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Les
5:54 PM

Hi Lynne Murray,

Just to confirm, when you did your manual retune you used the following UHF channel numbers.

Ch40 DVB BBCA.
Ch41 DVB D3+4.
Ch44 DVB SDN.
Ch46 DVB ArqA.
Ch47 DVB ArqB.
Ch43 DVB-2 BBCB (HD Channels).

Was your retune on a TV or PVR?

Regards, Les

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Saturday, 28 July 2018
Mark A
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6:31 PM

David Sharpe, Les, Lynne Murray.
Looking at the chart above you could lose some channels, but if you can get BBC1 then you can get them all.
In 1998 the 4 channels where using C49 to C67.
You could receive them with a type C/D, E or wideband aerial.
Today this transmitter used C40 to C47.
So if you are still using a C/D aerial then you would miss some channels and need to upgrade your aerial.
If you can get the BBC channels on C40 then I expect you can get them all with your current aerial.

The local multiplex seams to have been removed, if it ever existed.

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Friday, 3 August 2018
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Les
7:26 PM

Surely a group 'B' aerial will work fine on the new frquency alocations ?

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Saturday, 4 August 2018
MikeP
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3:29 PM

Les:

A Group B aerial will suffice for reception of Heathfield transmissions until at least 2020 under the current plans for frequency allocations. There has been no indication about allocations after that date. We do expect some changes related to the introduction of the 5G services, though the current plans attempt to take that into consideration as far as has been possible as the 5G launch has not been finalised as yet.

It is possibele that the 700MHz clearance for 5G may mean that some transmitters use frequencies in both the Group A and Group B bands, meaning that if an aerial needs to be replaced it would we wisest to fit a wideband type as that will cover all the frequencies available. There may be some new aerial designs in future, but there is no information at this stage about whether they will appear or what range they might cover. Hence the usual advice to go for a wideband when needed.



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Sunday, 5 August 2018
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Les
1:32 PM

Hi Mike P,

I would certainly agree with you, a wideband aerial would be best if problems occur. However if the viewer has a
group B antenna, and is happy with reception (after latest retune) then save your money until a new installation is required. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it".

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MikeP
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3:24 PM

Les:

That is exactly what I said.



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Tuesday, 7 August 2018
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Les
1:40 PM

Problems last night here in Reigate (Mon 6th Aug) with BBCA mux ch40 at around 22:00.

Ranged from pixelation to complete loss of signals, presumably due to atmospherics / co channel interference. Other mux's were unaffected including BBCB ch43.

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tony mays
5:12 PM

since retuning on the 19th July 2018 as directed, unable to get several channels mostly ITV C3

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StevensOnln1
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7:25 PM

tony mays: You most likely have an older grouped aerial which is not designed to receive the frequencies now in use at the Heathfield transmitter. If you don't have satellite or cable you should be eligible to have a replacement wideband aerial fitted free of charge, which can be arranged by contacting the Freeview Advice Line (see link below).

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