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sa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps51.877,-0.431 or 51°52'38"N 0°25'52"Wsa_postcodeLU1 5SS


The symbol shows the location of the Luton (Luton, England) transmitter which serves 29,000 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 Luton (Luton, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Luton transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

 V max
C39 (618.0MHz)209mDTG-80W
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1 BBC One (SD) Cambridge, 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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C42 (642.0MHz)209mDTG-80W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (West 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 (Anglia east),

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C45 (666.0MHz)209mDTG-80W
Channel icons
46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD Cambridge, 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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 45 Freeview channels?

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The Luton (Luton, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, Great! Movies Action, GREAT! romance, HGTV, HobbyMaker, HorrorXtra, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 70s, That's TV , Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

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 Luton transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (West) 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Cambridge CB4 0WZ, 56km northeast (43°)
to BBC Cambridge region - 4 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Norwich NR1 3JG, 145km northeast (52°)
to ITV Anglia (West) region - 5 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (East)

How will the Luton (Luton, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-136 Jun 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 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 80W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sandy Heath transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia Television
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. Luton 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.

Thursday, 13 January 2011
5:54 PM

I live in LU2 7BD. We had no alternative but to subscribe to Virgin when we moved here as we can't get any analogue signal. Is this likely to change when we get switched?

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Anne's 1 post GB flag
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Friday, 14 January 2011

8:34 AM

Anne: From 13th April 2011 this transmitter will provide you with the Freeview Light service, assuming you have a rooftop aerial.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 19 January 2011
aerials by chris hobbs
9:26 AM

Checking you post code for digital reception in the Luton area is a hit and missa afair. Most of the population of Luton live on and around the surrounding hills and as long as you can 'hit' a main transmitter you will recieve digital reception,ie. Sandy or CP.If you are on CP you will not have to change your aerial unless it very old (before the intro' of ch5). If you are on Sandy you will need to upgrade to a new wide band aerial if you have not done so already.
These comments do not take into account poor cabling and in the case of multi dwelling,poor distribution.
You can amplify or, boost, a low but clean signal, but you can not boost a low and dirty signal. Doing so will only increase the poor signal quality.Likewise too much signal power will effectively shut down a digital tuner - the recieving threshold is very narrow.
Most aerials on the luton relay at Farley Hill are wideband and should not need replacing unless faulty. Also remember -there is no such thing as a digital aerial.
Aerials are configured to recieve certain frequencies and it's these frequencies that carry the analogue or digital signal
Hope this helps

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aerials by chris hobbs's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 30 January 2011
Tanesha S
10:36 PM

Im from Leagrave and only recieve about 10 channels and most of them are radio stations. Any idea how to get more?? And how do i upgrade to digital tv before march??
Please get back to me

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Tanesha S's 1 post GB flag
Monday, 31 January 2011

6:08 PM

Tanesha S: Spending money on a new aerial to get Freeview for two months extra is probably a waste of money, and you didn't supply an address so it may not even be possible.

You might find Freesat a good solution, however. All about Freesat | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Thursday, 3 February 2011
10:58 PM

I live in Leagrave . I can pick up BBC on Freeview very ell. ITV is awful. I cannot pick up BBC HD. Currently my wide ariel is installed in the loft and pointing towards Sandy.

Would I have to point my ariel towards CP to pick up BBC HD? Any other tips would be grately reieved.

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ian's 1 post GB flag
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Friday, 4 February 2011

8:18 AM

ian: Sandy Heath does not transmit Freeview HD until Wednesday 13th April 2011.

Loft aerials are not suitable for reliable Freeview reception, so you should move the aerial to the roof.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Monday, 7 February 2011
Big Sim
12:02 PM

My mother lives in LU1 3UN and can't get free channels 1-10 on her new HD tv. She has a loft aerial. She can't receive Ch5 as an analogue service. Any ideas why she can't receive these channels?

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Big Sim's 1 post US flag
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1:32 PM

Big Sim: Well, firstly loft aerial are unsuitable for Freeview reception anyway.

Also, which BBC and ITV regions does she have?

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
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