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The symbol shows the location of the Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 11,000 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Newhaven 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
C23 (490.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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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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C26 (514.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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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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C30 (546.0MHz)131mDTG-400W
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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

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 45 Freeview channels?

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The Newhaven (East Sussex, 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 Newhaven transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 41km north-northeast (21°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 66km 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 Newhaven (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1970-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 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 2kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 400W

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Saturday, 2 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:17 PM

H. Gravett: Which transmitter is the aerial directed to?

Have you been able to receive Freeview on the main TV before last Wednesday?

Have you tried taking the two TVs to the main room and tuning them in?

Which channels have and have not been picked up? In particular, I ask the question in relation to BBC One, ITV1, ITV3, Pick TV and Yesterday.

Are there any channels numbered from 800 onwards?

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Dave Lindsay

9:36 PM

H. Gravett: In answer to your question of why some receivers may pick up some channels and not others are:

- differing sensitivities of the tuners, particularly affected where signals are near borderline.

- differing leads from the point of distribution.

Do these channel totals include radio channels as well as TV ones?

I would be more concerned with whether you are receiving all channels that are being broadcast by the transmitter to which the aerial faces. You've said that they all use the same aerial, so where is it pointing? Is it to the Newhaven transmitter which is at 134 degrees with the aerial vertical? Or maybe it's Heathfield at 37 degrees with the aerial horizontal?

With any, you should certainly be receiving all BBC standard definition TV and radio channels as they are now on full power; i.e. they have "switched".

For a full list of post-switchover services, see here:

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

You should have all those in the PSB1 (BBC) table where there is a bullet in the "E" (England) column.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Sunday, 3 June 2012
H. Gravett
10:39 PM

Thanks Dave, I think you may have answered my issue. Although the loft aerial points to Newhaven, one of the TV's is using a higher grade cable. Just done another re-tune, and it's back to 11 TV & 11 Radio on CH50. I think it was then picking up CH 25 & CH 27/8 as well at the time.
However, do I need to upgrade all the coax cable to receive all channels on all TV's, as main TV only seeing 7 TV & 11 radio. I'm only 2 miles from NH transmitter & is visible. Will NH be the best transmitter to use once 13th comes?

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Monday, 4 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:36 AM

H. Gravett: Whilst Newhaven will probably be your best transmitter from a signal strength point of view, it will not provide the full range of Freeview channels as it will only carry Public Service Broadcaster (PSB) multiplexes.

Refer to DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations for the three PSB multiplexes ("muxes"). The Commercial muxes, known as the COMs, are only broadcast from the bigger transmitters. The COMs are shown below the PSBs on that page.

For this reason, you will probably wish to attempt reception from a transmitter that carries the COMs. You "may" find that the aerial needs to be outside above roof level in order get enough signal from one of these other transmitters. There is probably little to be lost by experimenting in the loft.

I think that Heathfield will probably be the first one to try. As Newhaven is a relay of Heathfield, you will get the same regional programming.

If your neighbour's property adjoins yours in the direction of Heathfield, then this will probably rule out reception in the loft. That is, if the aerial is to be pointed through your neighbour's loft space, then I think that there is little hope of success.

If your Newhaven aerial is a Group B one, Heathfield is Group B as well (or it will be once switchover has completed). For Heathfield you will need to switch the aerial from vertical to horizontal. Heathfield's full-power post-DSO BBC mux is on C52 (this is what Newhaven is rebroadcasting on C50). All other digital channels from Heathfield are still on their pre-DSO low power and so may be unavailable.

There isn't forced to be a need to replace the lower grade cable. With digital, there is signal strength and signal quality. The strength needs to be above the threshold at which the receiver will resolve a picture. Signal strength can vary a little, e.g. with the weather. With analogue, a slight variation would have some direct impact on the picture, maybe slightly more grain. With digital, there will be no impact unless it puts the level below the threshold, at which point the picture will be lost or perhaps intermittent break-up will occur.

From what you've said, the channels for which some receivers pick up and some don't are those from another transmitter (for which the aerial wasn't installed for and for which you aren't likely to watch). So they may be marginal strength anyway plus the fact that different receivers have differing sensitivity to (presumably) such small signals.

As you're using one aerial for more than one set, then there should be a proper method of splitting the signal. A distribution amplifier will ensure that equal levels of signal are given to each feed. An unpowered splitter may be sufficient where there is sufficient signal going in.

The downleads should not be connected under the aerial terminals or connected using a terminal block or twisted and taped together; a proper splitter should be used.

If you are looking at DIYing, or just wish to be briefed before getting in a professional, then have a look at which has a page with guidance on selection of aerial for the transmitter: Heathfield Transmitter

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 13 June 2012

8:12 AM

Earlier this morning, about 6:30 there was a very good signal on channel 50 - now at 8:12 nothing. Transmitter fault?

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david's 21 posts GB flag

8:30 AM

It's switchover day so that's why. At 6.45 I checked and found the other 3 analogue signals have gone, but no new digital ones.

As this site has pointed out, a full rescan done after 9am should get the full 'Freeview Light' package.

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8:35 AM

... and at8:30 channel 50 is back again. What chaos it must have caused for people who returned while 50 was off.

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david's 21 posts GB flag

9:14 AM

Just retuned and all digital channels on Newhaven up and running!

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Dave Lindsay

9:42 AM

As engineers have to commute to relays, they can take longer to get back up and running, particularly if there's many of them.

Digital UK published the times at

Some relays are due to be back on mid-morning and others are due mid-afternoon.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

11:23 AM

My aerial points direct to Newhaven transmitter.

But I notice in Newhaven, many house down the hill have roof top aerials that point to Heathfield including a friend of mine. He was getting the analogue signal, but will he get the digital signal?

He has asked me to set up his TV when he gets back from holiday, I just hope he won't end up with a blank screen.
Will he have to get a new 'vertical' aerial pointing at the Newhaven transmitter?

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