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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 10/06/2024 Screen may go black 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.

 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

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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, 107 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! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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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
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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
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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?

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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

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:31 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 21:07 today. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 21:07 yesterday to 23:57 yesterday. [BBC]

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Thursday, 26 June 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:32 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 21:07 on 24 Jun to 23:57 on 24 Jun. [BBC]

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Friday, 11 July 2014
John Mitchell
10:34 PM

In December 2013 Tony Hall announced that the planned extra HD channels including BBC 4 had been brought forward in time for Christmas. However, freeview coverage was very limited at the time although we were promised that it would be extended to 70% of the populating by June 2014. It is now July 2014 and there is no sign that the Heathfield transmitter, which is only 60 miles from London, will be converted to com7 to enable viewers in East Sussex to see these HD channels any time soon, or indeed if at all! We still have to pay the same licence fee however ! Your web site states that to receive these in freeview, we should point our aerials to one of the 30 full freeview transmitters. As I live in Eastbourne only 80 feet above sea level, how high must I place my aerial to get a signal from the nearest one, presumably Crystal Palace. Perhaps I should be thankful that I can get CBeebies in glorious. HD .Why can't BBC 4 be transmitted on this channel as it closes down at 7pm, when BBC 4 starts?

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11:06 PM

John Mitchell: The 30 transmitters were chosen to provide coverage to the largest amount of household across all four nations and also reused old equipment, to keep costs down.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag

11:19 PM

John Mitchell: You won't be able to get the com7 mux unless you can somehow get signals from Rowridge on the IOW (very unlikely).

CBeebies transmits during the day, and then is replaced by BBC3 at 7pm - no room at the moment for extra channels on the BBCB mux but encoder technology improvements may make it possible to squeeze in an extra channel in the future.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Saturday, 12 July 2014
Dave Lindsay

1:42 PM

John Mitchell: You will need to mount your aerial about 300m above ground in order to get line-of-sight with Crystal Palace:
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John Mitchell
6:06 PM

Thanks Michael aand Dave for your comments.
No I don't think I would get Rowridge on the IOW as the downs behind Beachy Head are in the way.

I did not realize that CBeebies and BBC3 shared the same carrier. If BBC 3 is axed as proposed, perhaps there is still hope for BBC 4HD in my area. I don't mind paying my license fee, indeed I would be happy to pay more if it helped. I do however object to paying the full fee for a less than full service! Still that's life I suppose. Pity I moved from Croydon 3 years ago!

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John Mitchell's 5 posts GB flag

7:07 PM

John Mitchell: Well the only difference between the licence fee of you and someone who gets com7 is CBeebies HD/Four HD and News HD. All of those channels are available on Freesat/Sky/Cable and any programmes shown in HD on BBC4 are available in HD on the iPlayer.

The Freeview constraints are down to only having 6 UHF channels nationally to work with and continental Europe needs to be considered as well as they use these frequencies.

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Michael's 358 posts GB flag
Sunday, 13 July 2014
Mark A

12:50 AM
Haywards Heath

John Mitchell
Just a small note about channel sharing:
BBC3 is shared with cBBC and BBC4 is shared with CBeebies. (Not CBeebies with BBC3)
BBC3 HD is shared with cBBC HD
The above channels are transmitted on all transmitters.
BBC4 HD is shared with CBeebies HD and only transmitted onsome main transmitters that transmit the Com 7 frequency.

This transmitter dose transmit Com 4, com 5 and com 6, twice as many as the national network.
They get 3 versions of ITV1, 3 versions of Channel 4, but no ITV3, ITV4, More4, Five star, etc.

The only channel you don't get is Al Jazeera (A news channel) all the other channels you get in SD or 1 hour earlier.

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