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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

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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),

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C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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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, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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?

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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

Monday, 29 October 2012
Arthur Turk
6:43 PM

The TV searches for some time with little activity on the quality and strength bars but never finds anything that it can save.

If I key in the channel number the message 'invalid channel' appears.

Why did HD disappear before the recent channel changes?

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Arthur Turk's 3 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
11:08 PM

I live in a flat in BN20 postal area and the aerial is on the roof. I cannot get any channel in the COM6 Arq B group. I can get most other channels well. I am told this is because the Eastbourne Old Town relay transmitter does not carry this group. Is this correct?

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Malcolm's 3 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

12:17 AM

Malcolm: Malcolm: Basically yes, but if you are receiving from any of the two Eastbourne relays then you wouldn't be able to receive either ITV3, Pick TV or Film 4 either as these do not transmit from any of the two relays mentioned.

As Heathfield @ 14 miles / 353 degrees (horizontal polarity) is shown as your main station then (menu allowing) you should carry out a "manual" retune on Heathfields COM6 mux Ch41 and see if anything is received, although its very doubtful if it would be if the communal aerial has been vertically mounted to cater for reception from the local relays, this being something that maybe you could send an update on.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Dave Lindsay

10:10 AM

Malcolm: I have read your follow-up posting where you said that you tried manually tuning with no joy:

An update | - 10 years of independent, free digital TV advice

The Streetview photo of your building shows the aerial on the roof clearly facing Heathfield, and so the Eastbourne relay plays no part in your reception.

Up until switchover, the lowest UHF channel (frequency) used in the 40s was 47. Your aerial system may be filtered to only allow particular channels or a particular range of channels. Now that the lower 40s are in use, and the lowest one is the one you can't receive, I wonder if it is your aerial system which needs some adjustment.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 29 November 2012
9:20 AM

Thank you Dave. I'll have a word with my landlord.

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Malcolm's 3 posts GB flag
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Wednesday, 5 December 2012
Tracey Jude
9:49 PM

Hi,Im not sure why but my DAB radio only tunes to local channels in kent, but then says no signal to them all, when i live in sussex,Heathfield, does anyone els have this trouble

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Tracey Jude's 1 post GB flag
Dave Lindsay

11:13 PM

Tracey Jude: I think you might be hard pressed to pick up any local multiplexes in the Heathfield area. There doesn't appear to be one which officially covers that area. You will probably be able to receive the BBC national and commercial national multiplexes as they broadcast from the Heathfield transmitter.

The nearest transmitter that broadcasts Kent local multiplex is Tunbridge Wells, so you will probably need to be on the side of the house facing that direction to have any chance at all.

There is a "Sussex Coast" multiplex, but as the name implies, it serves the coast so it is also probably doubtful that you will be able to receive it.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 6 December 2012
E Chuck
9:43 AM

Hi i have a roof aerial towards Heathfield why do I have problems with tuning all TVs to all stations in cold and foggy weather any help would be apppreciated regds Ted Chuck

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Sunday, 10 February 2013
John Chesterfield
11:25 AM

I am rarely successful in obtaining page 102 of BBC channels 1 and 2 in order to see text forms of news, business, sports and do on. Why should this be the case - is the signal at fault?

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John Chesterfield's 1 post GB flag

11:32 AM

John Chesterfield: Ceefax closed at digital switchover, 30th May/13th June 2012, so you can't mean that...

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