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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
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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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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

Thursday, 12 December 2013
8:07 PM

Alternating between good picture, breaking up and no signal at all in Westfield TN35

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Friday, 13 December 2013
9:14 AM

We have been having problems with our freeview reception since Tuesday 10th Dec 2013 . We have re-scanned our tv every day and have lost most of our channels now. They keep showing no signal! It is really annoying now, we have checked our areial and all cables, there does not seem to be any problems. Help!

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Dave Lindsay

11:44 AM

Krista: There is nothing wrong with your equipment, apart from the fact that it is now not tuned!

The conditions high in the atmosphere have been causing distant transmissions to carry, which interfere with local transmissions:

What is the Inversion Effect and why does it effect my Freeview TV reception?
| - 11 years of independent, free digital TV advice

You'll have to keep retuning until it all comes back, something which you wouldn't have had to do had you not performed a retune in the first place.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

8:36 PM

There is a moral in many of the stories here about loss of Freeview programmes, multiple retunes leading to further loss.
It is that you should only retune as a matter of *last* resort after all other checks fail. That mean you need to make sure your connections are good and that there is not 'temperature inversion' conditions as is being seen currently over much of the south, south east and east of the country as far north as the Yorkshire coast.
Likewise, if you are using Sky and the box states you have lost signal, just wait a few minutes or try selecting a different programme. This is usually caused by a loss of the uplink signal to the satellite.

So in all cases, patience is a real virtue.

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michael derrick
10:38 PM

Hi I installed a new ariel and tv Wednesday night, I pointed it in the direction for the heathfeild transmitter. Bythe way I live in newhaven and wanted the extra channels avilable through heathfeild. When I installed it I had an excellent signal forabout an hour then the signal start to drop out. This affects all channels to a varying degree and seems to get worse in the evening. My question is , is because of the conditions everyone is talking about on here or is it because I can't receive heathfeild in newhaven?

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michael derrick's 2 posts GB flag

10:47 PM

michael derrick: According to the coverage map its not possible to receive the Heathfield transmitter in Newhaven, although this could have been checked out in greater detail if you had provided your post code or alternatively one from somewhere nearby, e.g: a shop / post office.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

11:30 PM

michael derrick b: Re: previous reply, just for a test I used Newhaven Post Office in the High Street as a location, the results of indicating that the signal from Heathfield (@ 14.8 miles) suffers from being seriously obstructed starting from approximately 4 miles prior to reaching Newhaven, although I fully appreciate that you might well be located nowhere near to the centre of Newhaven.

With regards to your signal failing towards the evenings, this indeed could well be caused by the atmospheric conditions prevailing at this present time, but though it could also be caused by the signal you are receiving be achieved purely via diffraction, (signal bending) and signals receiving in this way are vulnerable to conditions changing between day and night times irrespective of whether or not the actual inversion is occurring.

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Saturday, 14 December 2013
michael derrick
12:00 AM

Bn9 9se, part way up the hill so not as low as the town.

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9:51 AM

michael derrick: Thanks for the location update, however this has unfortunately not really made any difference to the situation as far as reception from Heathfield is concerned as the obstruction previously referred to remains virtually unchanged.

That said, although its rather obvious that reception is still possible under conditions such as these as proven by yourself, its mostly of a nature that cannot be relied upon for consistency, plus the other factor of the summer / winter + night time / daytime effect frequently comes into the equation whereby the signal is liable to deteriorate due to changes in the surface of the terrain such as vegetation / reflective properties as well as reception occasionally being affected by cloud conditions, and although with the summer and winter effect its possible in some cases (but not all) to partially correct the situation by turning the aerial by a few degrees to either the left or right to regain peak signal strength, this type of action is not really a practicable proposition for most, plus of course it has no effect whatsoever on problems not being caused by the terrain.

This top link being the reception prediction for your area, and with the one under the terrain indications referred to.

Coverage Checker - Detailed View

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag

2:23 PM

michael derrick : In addition to that said, I
also carried out some checks on the aerials installed in your area and with this being done in a wide sweep, and although the imagery I was viewing them on may not necessarily be bang up to date practically all of the aerials seen in the area are vertically polarised and facing towards the Newhaven transmitter, the couple of horizontally mounted exceptions seen facing towards the Heathfield transmitter albeit that they were mounted on the same mast as their vertical counterparts, which of course could quite possibly indicate that the viewer does not necessarily enjoy good reception from Heathfield.

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