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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
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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, 7 August 2014
John Mitchell
12:38 PM

Hi Dave

Thanks for your info on the Heathfield transmitter.

Unfortunately, according to this website, it is unable to accommodate COM7 and thus many people in E Sussex will never be able to receive BBC4HD on freeview. The website does suggest pointing the aerial to another transmitter. However, in my locality I understand from another respondant to my comment, that I would have to have my aerial some 600 feet above sea level. As I am only 80 feet above, I don't see this being a practical solution!

Ok, I can use my sky box to receive BBC 4HD but cannot record it in HD onto my Panasonic freeview bluray recorder as it only has scart inputs for recording from external devices and even these are not RGB!

I suppose the beeb could use the BBC 3 carrier if it is closed down although I don't suppose it will, as 70% of the population can apparently receive BBC4 in HD. This, in spite of the fact that we all pay the same license fee!

Such is life.

I Suppose it is possible that if BBC3 is discontinued, then BBC4HD could go out on that channel but I don't suppose the beeb would bother, if 70% of the population is getting it already. Never mind that the rest of us are still paying the full license fee!

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John Mitchell's 5 posts GB flag
Saturday, 30 August 2014
6:50 PM

Which website says Heathfield will not receive COM7?

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Aaron's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 27 September 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:33 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 13:06 on 25 Sep to 13:09 on 25 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,817 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 30 September 2014
2:08 AM
Haywards Heath

New full HD TV. Really annoyed to find that only restricted number of HD channels being transmitted from Heathfield, especially by lack of BBC4HD. Is this area of the country so insignificant!
Crystal Palace not an option for me.
SD TV looks poor on HD TV.

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SteveK's 6 posts GB flag
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Dave Lindsay

1:58 PM

SteveK: The point is that the new HD channels are on a quasi-national basis, just as pre-switchover Freeview was. Indeed, they are effectively in "pre-switchover" mode.

Not everyone can receive all standard definition Freeview channels because they aren't carried from all transmitters. For example, those using the Haywards Heath relay only get the PSB channels. By the same token not everyone can receive the new HD channels.

It is about serving as many people as possible at least possible cost. Plus, international clearance is required.

As you may know, the only place you will receive the new channels from, if at all, is Crystal Palace. If Crystal Palace is "not an option" for you because there's a tree or building in the way then you will have to look to satellite TV for these services. If you regard Crystal Palace as "not an option" because it doesn't provide your desired regional programming, but it is otherwise receiveable (and the new lower-powered HD mux is receivable) then you could go down the route of having a second aerial installed and the feed combined with your Heathfield aerial in order to receive South East regional programming and COM7 and COM8 HD muxes.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 10 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

10:32 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:45 today to 20:52 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:02 today to 20:07 today. [BBC]

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Sunday, 12 October 2014
Transmitter engineering

4:31 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:45 on 10 Oct to 20:52 on 10 Oct, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:02 on 10 Oct to 20:07 on 10 Oct. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,817 posts xx flag
Wednesday, 15 October 2014
9:01 AM
Haywards Heath

Although it is not the ideal scenario, there's also the BBC iPlayer option for BBC4 HD. Fortunately this seems to work well for me on my Smart TV. Also, programming made in HD but transmitted in SD from Heathfield is much better than SD programming.

We seem to be heading towards internet TV.

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SteveK's 6 posts GB flag
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9:37 PM

Sadly a significant proportion of the UK does not have a fast enough connection for Internet TV just yet and some areas never will because of the way the commercial fibre roll out was governed by the profit motive and the BDUK approach is not reaching the more difficult areas for a long while yet, if at all. (Ours in Wiltshire struggles to atain 2.5 Mbps which is barely fast enough for SD, let alone HD!) Some parts are just too remote and too thinly populated to get a speedy connection. Sadly, they are also the places that are not getting the Freeview COM signlas either!
So some will get IPTV probably and others will not. Geography and commercial interests getting in the way of universal TV recption again.

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Saturday, 8 November 2014
Transmitter engineering

7:32 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 18:21 today. [BBC]

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