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Full Freeview on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 920,000 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 Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sandy Heath 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.

 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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1 BBC One Cambridge, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 17 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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3 ITV (Anglia (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
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45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H -0.2dB
C52 (722.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 60 Sony Crime Channel 2, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Reality 1, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 20 others

 H -5.6dB
C32 (562.0MHz)291mDTG-649,600W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 5Spike 1, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Drama, 82 Vintage TV, 84 Quest Red +1, 87 Keep It Country, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD,

 H -5.6dB
C34 (578.0MHz)291mDTG-649,100W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), 205 CBeebies HD, plus 5 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sandy Heath transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (West) 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Cambridge CB4 0WZ, 29km east-northeast
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, 119km east-northeast
to ITV Anglia (West) region - 5 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (East)

How will the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1965~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupVHFA KKWWWWK

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 30th March and 13th April 2011.

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

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.4dB) 180kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7.7dB) 170kW
com7(-13dB) 49.6kW
com8(-13.1dB) 49.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 20kW
Analogue 5(-20dB) 10kW

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•
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Monday, 30 July 2018
3:32 PM

Looking at google maps of your area . Few houses seem to have outdoor aerials which are probably essential for reliable reception. Or at least a good loft aerial with amplifier in the loft. Obviously Oxford is the opposite direction to Sandy heath and it can take some experiment to find the best loft position,

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Hardy's 99 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Friday, 3 August 2018
Jayne Hilton
2:18 PM

My mother lives in retirement apartments in Rushden,Northamptonshire. Following the last changes to Freeview in July, when there were messages advising everyone to retune their televisions, she has lost a number of stations. She informed the Estate Manager that she and other homeowners were unable to receive all the Freeview channels and he stated that he had consulted a Freeview expert and that the channels would return eventually. He advised her to retune every day, which she has done, but she is still missing a large number of channels. Can you advise please. Is it the case that the channels will return eventually? I live in close proximity and receive all Freeview channels .

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Jayne Hilton's 1 post GB
2:35 PM

Jayne Hilton: Retuning every day is pointless and won't restore the missing channels unless something else changes. It's quite likely that your mother's apartment has a communal aerial system which may need to be modified following the recent frequency changes. You should go back to the estate manager and insist that they get someone out to sort it out and stop trying to fob people off.

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StevensOnln1's 1,936 posts Gold Gold GB
Monday, 27 August 2018
Robert Corns
8:01 PM Northampton

Hi my postcode is NN1 5RN
I have recently lost several free view channels 11, 12 , 40, 41, 48.
I have done a complete reset but no improvement.
These channels were fine until a few weeks ago.
I have several tv's and this problem has suddenly occurred on all of them.

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Robert Corns's 1 post GB
Robert's: Freeview map terrain plot frequency data R&TI Service digitaluk trade DAB coverage
Tuesday, 28 August 2018
10:59 AM

Robert Corns:

Do you have a wideband aerial fitted? Without one you will have problems receiving some of the programmes from Sandy Heath transmitter.

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MikeP's 2,246 posts Platinum Platinum GB
6:00 PM

Robert the coverage checker indicates that at your location you should get a good signal with a medium size wideband aerial. I assume that you already have a wideband aerial if you used to get all the cannels listed on this page . The channels you lost are in mid band so I suspect a fault in your wiring. or if in the loft the aerial is in a poor position.

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Hardy's 99 posts Bronze Bronze GB
Sunday, 2 September 2018
J Knights
10:52 AM Wisbech

Since last retune I haven't been able to get anything on C21 so no HD progs. I could get these before the retune. Is this down to my aerial ? Also thought I should get something on C36 C55 C56 but nothing. Looking at the channels above I don't think these are available but would like to get HD progs. My postcode is PE13 5LB.
Thank you.

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J Knights's 8 posts GB
J's: Freeview map terrain plot frequency data R&TI Service digitaluk trade DAB coverage
Monday, 3 September 2018
11:16 AM

J Knights:

Look at the Digital UK Coverage Checker results shown through the blue 'digitaluk trade' box below your posting or at Coverage Checker - Detailed View This shows that many of the transmitter signals have some potential problems but you should be able to get all the channels if you are using a wideband aerial (that need changed at an earlier transmitter channel reset to allow for the extension of mobile services).

That page mentioned also shows the correct channels for the available transmitters and the direction that your aerial needs to be aimed to get them.

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MikeP's 2,246 posts Platinum Platinum GB
10:53 PM

J the coverage checker shows you should be able to get most of the channels from Sandy Heath . You are in range of some other transmitters so you may have to tune in manual mode to be sure of getting Sandy heath . I think a good outdoor wideband aerial is essential in such a complex multi transmitter area.

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Hardy's 99 posts Bronze Bronze GB
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