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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-180,000W
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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

 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-180,000W
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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),

 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-180,000W
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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 -0.2dB
C33 (570.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
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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

 H -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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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

 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
 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)

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 (65°)
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 (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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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 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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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

6:48 PM

Wayne Drury: No, this is not in any way "due to work preparing for the switchover".

I would suggest you look at the Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice - the deal is that you don't pay a subscription, but the responsibility for reception is down to you.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
chris davies
7:23 PM

Hi Mike
Thanks, I thought much the same as you but wondered if there is an issue with low power on Mux b as I see no level drop at all on the other muliplexes. I wondered if anyone else had experienced this as I dont think all engineering work is reported.

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chris davies's 16 posts GB flag
Wayne Drury
8:25 PM

Briantist, thanks for the response. I have check the reception link you provided back at Christmas when we had the same issue for just of 2wks.

Our Ariel is new as of 3 years ago specifically for Freeview in our house and has been working fine up until the last 6 months on/off loss of channels. The worst it has been has been since Nov2010 through until now.

As for weather affecting, the other day it was crystal clear blue sky in Northampton and still no channels on those MUX I mention.

I accept reception is down to us public, but from a logic point of view, when nothing has changed in house/Ariel and I loose channels for over weeks and the weather has been clear, dry, wet, mist (i.e. never the same) its hard to believe it all down to something magical in our house/ariel is the cause. Particulary when we are aware the transmitter is in the process of being upgraded.

Whats concerns me most is after going out and buying a Freeview HD TV ready for the switchover. We are now having these kind of issues with standard Freeview, what come back if any do I have when I end up with no channel post switchover? Who do we call on 1-Apr when/if we have no channels post a retune?

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Wayne Drury's 5 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 23 February 2011

7:33 AM

Wayne Drury: The correct people to contact still is your aerial installer.

The transmission people are not responsible for anything other than providing the output at the specified levels and frequencies.

If you still have problems once switchover is complete, it is still down to you to ensure your reception works.

Your reception of Multiplex A (COM4/SDN) will not improve until 31st August 11, and Multiplex C (COM5/ARQA) will happen on 14th September 11.

Freeview HD will start on 13th April 11.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
Tim Newton
9:15 PM

Are the current digital transmissions from Sandy Heath in the 2k or 8k mode?

Thanks. (TQ729075) 

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Tim Newton's 5 posts GB flag

9:30 PM

Tim Newton- 2K at present.

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LutonFan's 382 posts GB flag
Thursday, 24 February 2011

6:44 AM

Tim Newton: it says at the top of the page.

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Briantist's 38,899 posts GB flag
10:11 AM

@ Nigel in Wellingborough

You live around 50 yards from me - carry on to the bottom of your road, nip over the fence and you're in my road lol. We've had reduced signal strength and power on Multiplex B but can just about scrape a signal with our loft aerial. All other multiplexes seem to be behaving themselves and with you being so close I doubt its an external issue affecting your reception.

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Dom's 9 posts GB flag

12:53 PM

wayne: I don't think you say whether or not you have a loft aerial, but if you do, that certainly won't help!

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AlexG's 27 posts EU flag
7:08 PM


Nothing close that could cause interference. I have a surge protector (Monster Power) which handles all of the socket and has a pass through for the aerial. Tried it without that in place but no difference. First channel I can view tonight is Channel 18.

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