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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?

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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.

 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

 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),

 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

 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
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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

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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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

 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

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?

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

Wednesday, 10 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:55 today to 14:27 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 11 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:55 yesterday to 14:27 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 12 July 2019
Transmitter engineering

5:08 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 12:55 on 10 Jul to 14:27 on 10 Jul. [BBC]

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Monday, 15 July 2019
Jennifer Stuart-Simpson
11:01 AM

Why is the signal still week in my area TN174EJ
especially from Friday night to Sunday night's
The picture is pixalated and the sound is broken

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1:58 PM

Jennifer Stuart-Simpson: You're predicted to get a good signal from the Dover transmitter at your postcode (Heathfield which you've posted under is not predicted to give good coverage). Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? If its breaking up at the same times then you may well be suffering with electrical interference caused by something operating in your home (or somewhere nearby) at the those times.

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag

7:58 PM

Jennifer Stuart-Simpson:

Also note that there is engineering work at Dover this week with "Possible weak signal".

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Chris.SE's 4,075 posts GB flag
Thursday, 25 July 2019
John Haslett
7:53 AM

Hello, I was wondering if there was a problem with the Heathfield transmitter yesterday evening (24 July 2019). My postcode is RH13 8NX. At about 19.15 my picture pixelated briefly, this steadily worsened until at 20.00 I lost the signal completely. The signal strength/quality indicator was showing 0% in both cases.

I checked through the channel list and only had about 3 channels available. I gave up trying to watch TV, but checked again at about 22.45 and it was still the same. I was going to phone the aerial man this morning, but thought I'd check again first and found that I now have a signal strength of 74% and quality of 100%.

I would be grateful for any info you can give me on this problem.

Thanks very much.

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8:43 AM

John Haslett:

It is likely that current weather/propagation conditions are causing signals from other transmitters to travel further than usual and that causes interference. If you have all the channels (LCNs) present in your list, then you'll need patience until conditions settle down.

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Dennis Anthony
8:36 PM
St. Leonards-on-sea

Transmitter engineering: Is it a fact that the lists of all the TV stations does not incluse RT except for RT HD?

I cannot receive RT except in pixelated form in two locations;-

1. At TN34 3LZ , aerial pointing at the Bohemia mast - other channels OK.

2. At TN38 0NS, pointing at the Hollington Park transmitter, I think - can't tell. From here I get all BBC stations including Parliament, BBC News, Sky News Cannot get Yesterday Ch 19 also

At this last location I should be in line of sight of the Bexhill transmitter but get nothing from there. Also nothing towards Heathfield altho except for two bits of line of sight obstruction I get nothing. My aerial is H but next door neighbour has his V!and gets good reception! same direction as mine.
So how to get RT?

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Friday, 26 July 2019

12:31 AM

Dennis Anthony:

Firstly, RT in SD is at LCN 234 transmitted on the ArqB multiplex, RT in HD is LCN 113 transmitted on the COM7 (HD) multiplex. See Digital UK | Channel listings

Secondly, put your postcode(s) into Digital UK - Coverage checker to see what transmitters you might receive and the predicted reception at each.
You've mentioned Hollington Park and Bexhill, both of these are Freeview Light transmitters and only broadcast the 3 PSB multiplexes - you won't get RT from them.
None of the suggested transmitters have COMs 7&8 multiplexes and any reception of them may be from a more distant transmitter (if the aerial is horizontal) and reception would most likely be very unreliable.

At your first location, by Bohemia mast, I assume you mean Hastings.
Predicted reception Coverage Checker - Detailed View shows equally good reception from Heathfield or Hastings (& reception not as good from Hollington park) they are all in slightly different directions.

Heathfield requires a Group B (or T or Wideband) aerial in Horizontal Polarisation and Hastings requires a Group A (or T or Wideband) aerial in Vertical Polarisation.

At your second location, predicted reception Coverage Checker - Detailed View is good (but different for the PSB & COM multiplexes) from both Heathfield and Hastings. There's poor reception from Bexhill. Here they are in quite different directions. On balance Heathfield is slightly better overall.

I would suggest in both case, first decide which transmitter you are going to receive depending on your aerial etc. and then do an automatic tune with the aerial Unplugged to clear all previous tuning.
Then do a manual tune for each multiplex's UHF channel to ensure you are getting the correct signals. Automatic tuning could end up with some of them from the wrong transmitter and so unsatisfactory reception considering the aerial requirements.

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