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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?

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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?

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

Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Kevin Farley
2:22 PM

I live in Oxted all the people around me have had very poor reception for years but the last few weeks it is absolutely useless.
I am using catch up or Iplayer.

It seems from other comments we are not the only ones.

I plan to go satelite and cancel my License fee.
I have tried unplugging and resetting woith marginally improved results but really stil unwatchable

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Kevin Farley's 1 post GB flag

6:47 PM

Kevin Farley: You havn't given a postcode, so we have no idea how good your reception is supposed to be. You need to tell us what transmitter your actually tuned to, what the signal strength is, and when the problem occurs. It could well be that your in a marginal spot, but you've got a problem with your system, which means its gone completely.

You can go satellite if you like, but you will still have to pay your licence fee - which of course has no bearing on your quality of signal.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

10:48 PM

Oxted Post Office has a code of RH8 9EH. Some of Oxted is served from Heathfield but there are huge areas not served by this.

Kevin Farley, if you can give us a more accurate post code, someone contributing to this website may be able to work out which transmitter(s) is most suited to your exact location.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB flag
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11:44 PM

Kevin Farley : Although as MikeP has mentioned, a post code is really required in the interests of accuracy, however according to DUK's reception predictor the post code of RH8 9EH is best served by Crystal palace (@ 12miles) and with Reigate (@ 9 miles) being second best, Heathfield (@ 22 miles) not being receivable except for D&4 and SDN, although both are indicated with a status of poor.

It should also be pointed out, that only Crystal Palace and Reigate's PSB multiplexes are indicated with the status of good, all COM's from both stations having the status of variable.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
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Tuesday, 2 June 2015
5:56 PM

my sound on all freeview channels has gone since 10am this morning I use the heathfield transmitter .
the picture is there no problem . I have sound on using my satellite receiver all good but no sound on any tv channels. I live in Eastbourne langney area my postcode is bn23 7jw

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hade's 2 posts US flag
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6:54 PM

hade: If your using a seperate reciever and its connected via scart, make sure its connected properly. If not, try a reset - might be that the softwares got a glitch.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Friday, 5 June 2015
Transmitter engineering

1:30 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:01 today to 12:34 today, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:39 today to 09:40 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts xx flag
Sunday, 7 June 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:30 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:01 on 05 Jun to 12:34 on 05 Jun, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:39 on 05 Jun to 09:40 on 05 Jun. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 143,924 posts xx flag
Tuesday, 9 June 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:30 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:39 on 05 Jun to 09:40 on 05 Jun, BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:01 on 05 Jun to 12:34 on 05 Jun. [BBC]

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Friday, 12 June 2015
Tony Ashby
11:29 AM

Lately my Panasonic TV has been putting up the info banner from time to time in the evening. Is this a transmission, TV or remote handset fault?
Tony Ashby, Bexhill, tn40 1tg - heathfield transmitter

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