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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?

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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
C27 (522.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Cambridge, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
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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, plus 1 others

 H -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
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12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

 H -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)291mDTG-649,600W
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56 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 72 Quest Red +1, 74 Shopping Quarter , 86 More4 +1, 92 Pick +1, 94 Paramount Network +1, 107 BBC News HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

 H -5.6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)291mDTG-649,100W
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55 5STAR +1, 64 FreeSports HD, 69 CBS Justice +1, 83 NOW 80s, 89 Together TV +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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?

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BBC Look East (West) 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Cambridge CB4 0WZ, 29km east-northeast (66°)
to BBC Cambridge region - 4 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
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ITV Anglia News 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Norwich NR1 3JG, 119km east-northeast (60°)
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?

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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.

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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Sunday, 29 March 2020

4:56 PM

margaret swannack: If you're referring to the former True channels, which were rebranded as Sony, the reduction in coverage was a decision taken by the broadcaster. It is only Sony who can decide to increase the coverage of their channels again, which would require paying for capacity on a multiplex with wider coverage (if there is even any space available) and technical changes which would require many viewers to retune in order to receive the channels (such changes are unlikely to be made during the current public health crisis). In short, the chances of that happening are probably very low right now.

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StevensOnln1's 2,788 posts GB

9:40 PM

margaret swannack:

I expect you mean 60 &61, 50 & 51 are NI channels. It was explained to you back in September in response to your post then, that unless you lived near the Manchester area and could receive the Manchester multiplexes then you wouldn't be able to get those channels.

Sony renamed and reorganised most of their channels last September and moved many to different multiplexes, that was/is the broadcaster's choice (this is an independent help site). To see which channels are on which multiplexes, see Channel listings | Freeview

StevensOnln1 has explained the commercial implications. To pursue this you are best trying to contact Sony, see Sony Movies UK | and towards the bottom of the page you'll find many ways of reaching them.

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Chris.SE's 1,299 posts GB

9:47 PM

margaret swannack:

Apologies for the typo in my previous post, I meant 61 & 62, and 51 &52.

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Chris.SE's 1,299 posts GB
Monday, 6 April 2020
6:46 AM


I am trying to pick up the sandy health transmitter as I'm currently in Northampton one which has no channels! The sandy one says it picks up in Northampton, I have tried to do a manual re tune but no luck is there anyway I can move my Ariel in the loft so that it may catch the Ariel and the a pick up? If so what way would it need to face? Thanks

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Chelsea's 1 post GB

9:55 AM

Chelsea : We need a full postcode in order to see the predicted reception at your location (Northampton isn't accurate enough) to determine whether Sandy Heath is likely to be receivable and the compass bearing to point your aerial.

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StevensOnln1's 2,788 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 April 2020
James Benneyworth
10:39 AM

Which Freeview Radio stations should I be able to get from Sandy Heath transmitter. I used to get LBC and Smooth radio until a few days ago, and now when I do a retune my TV is not is not picking them up?

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James Benneyworth's 1 post GB

1:34 PM

James Benneyworth:

Those two stations are on the ArqA/COM5 & ArqB/COM6 multiplexes respectively.
Sandy Heath is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal" so it's probable that you weren't getting those two when you retuned, but then you should also be missing other channels on those multiplexes, see Channel listings | Freeview
But this may have depended on exactly what they were doing at the transmitter.

Sandy Heath's channels are C27, C24, C21, C33, C36, C48, C55, C56 in the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-8.
If you can carry out a manual retune, you can just try C36 & C48 for those two multiplexes, otherwise you may only be able to do an automatic full retune. You may need several attempts if there is still "weak signal", but once you have everything back, it's best not to retune when you lose signals due to weak signals or no signal, it usually just clears the correct tuning.

Also note C35 is a Local multiplex for Cambridge from the Madingley Light transmitter, which you may or may not receive depending on your location.

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Chris.SE's 1,299 posts GB
Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Stu P
1:46 PM

I currently can't pick up any of the HD channels on PSB3/BBCB in Harlow from the Sandy Heath Xmitter. Both an onboard TV tuner and an external TV box has the same problem on this mux. Both tuners recognise the channels but it seems to be a particularly weak signal as I only get a few odd pixels showing occasionally. I even added a booster which didn't help.

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Stu P's 2 posts GB

3:33 PM

Stu P:

Whilst Sandy Heath is one of the main transmitters not currently listed for Planned Engineering, there is no guarantee that the Freeview/DUK list is 100% ! Many others are currently listed with "Possible weak signal".
I can't find any current reports from Freeview or the BBC (in particular) regarding any problems with PSB3 at Sandy Heath, but in the current situation there could be delays in updating the information.
I assume you have checked you are tuning to UHF C21 (see the post before yours) and you have a Group T (or Wideband) aerial (or Group K if COMs 7&8 are not receivable at your location). Parts of Harlow do not necessarily get good reception from Sandy Heath. We'd need a full postcode to check the predicted reception.

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Stu P
5:59 PM

Chris.SE: Thanks for your reply. I have a wideband aerial, I did a manual scan on 474MHz DVB-T2 but no luck. Only recently begun having this problem which is only on that mux funnily enough. Maybe Southern Harlow can be patchy.

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