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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?

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;
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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, 19 October 2015
Transmitter engineering

9:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Lorraine nash
3:52 PM

We have freeview on our television. The picture has been showing horizontal picture updating and the sound interrupted. This started last Sunday around 6pm. We have a satellite dish and so we have been able to watch TV, but it is restricted to the channels it picks up. Today when I switched on the television at 3pm it he picture is breaking up horizontally and the sound quality very poor.

We have followed your advice as given on the website.

Can you resolve the cause of the problem?

RH8 0NZ 28th October 2015

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Saturday, 31 October 2015
Brenda Darking
4:57 PM

Saturday 31 October 2015

All afternoon the signal on BBC1 and BBC2 has been coming and going at 5pm it is still either a blank screen or pixilated with periods of normal service for short periods.
Can this be addressed please

Brenda Darking

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Christine Farrer
5:21 PM

all afternoon bbc 1 bbc 2 bbc news missings or pixilated with periods of normal service can this please be fixed I dont want to miss strictly. thanks

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Friday, 6 November 2015
Steven Szulecki
2:47 PM

I am not receiving the Horror Channel (70), CBS Action (64) or Quest+1 (38) Spike (31) De ja Vue (25) Four7 (47) Yesterday (19) since last night (05/11/15). Have had no problems before this time. My aerial mounted at the rear of the property and is in good order. No changes to my TV. Retuning made no difference and same with both my Freeview HD recorders.

Have you stopped transmitting these channels? Appreciate any info you have.

Many thanks


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Steven Szulecki
2:51 PM

Sorry, meant to add I am in Eastbourne, aerial in direct line-of-site of Heathfield Transmitter and receive a good, strong signal.


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5:10 PM

All of a sudden very weak signals on C41 (634 MHZ). All stations unwatchable. Just like previous post from Steven Szulecki, but In the opposite direction i.e. Goudhurst, Kent, not other frequencies effected.

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Samwyse's 1 post GB flag

7:27 PM

Steven Szulecki: Nothing as yet, is listed against Heathfield on the engineering notice board, more than one check having been carried out.

Taking your location into consideration, the problem "might" possibly be caused by single channel interference from one of the French transmitters using the same Mux frequency (C41/634.0Mhz) as Heathfield's COM6, the offending signal being received on the rear of your aerial, as signals from French stations can reach parts of the UK's Southern Coastline in exactly the same way as does the signal from Heathfield (or Rowridge) in France.

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Phil Bailey
8:32 PM

Steven Szulecki: Exactly the same problem, with exactly the same timing, in Haywards Heath. My aerial points east-west, so interference from French transmitters seems a less plausible explanation.

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Phil Bailey's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 7 November 2015

12:52 AM

Phil Bailey : Me having mentioned "the rear of the aerial" was said specific to the direction that Steven Szulecki's aerial would be facing, ie: around 348 degrees, an angle which could "possibly" make the problem experienced by same slightly worse, that is, "if" said problem is indeed being caused by interference from a French transmitter.

But though, when dealing with interference of this nature it doesn't really matter what direction an aerial happens to be facing, as the offending signal is beamed down from above via the inversion effect, likewise is in most cases, picked up directly by the actual receiving element on the aerial (immediately in front of the reflector) irrespective of what direction the actual aerial elements happens to be facing.

I am really a bit surprised at the lack of complaints of this nature having been made at this time of year, as viewers who reside along the South Easterly coastline stretching towards Dover complaining about problems with reception, have been commonplace in recent years. (not necessarily only on this site)

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