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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
Channel icons
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
Channel icons
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?

regional news image
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
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?

1965-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1717 Jul 2018

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 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, 26 February 2019

9:21 AM


Installing a separate dish would require planning permission. Only one dish is allowed on any property without planning permission, adding a second needs an appropriate application to be submitted.

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MikeP's 3,050 posts GB
Thursday, 28 February 2019

9:06 PM

two aerials are allowed in most cases . normally these will be a terrestrial and a satellite types . But can be two dishes .
you can have upto four on a large building over 15 metres high !

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hardy's 137 posts GB
Friday, 1 March 2019

10:43 PM

Hardy et al:

Te planning rules are set out clearing on a P{DF that can be downloaded from 62989 SATELLITE BKLT COVER

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MikeP's 3,050 posts PT
Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Terry Tibbs
12:57 PM

For the last 2 weeks my reception has been atrocious. I cannot watch any channels as they keep breaking up all time. I have reset time and time again with no change
I keep getting 'your signal is weak' come up on the television.
Is there a problem at your end?
My address is Bunkers Hill, Wisbech St Mary Cambs PE13 4AQ
Thank you

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Terry Tibbs's 1 post GB

1:38 PM

Terry Tibbs : There are no faults showing for the Sandy Heath transmitter (this website is independent and has no connection with the transmitter company or any broadcaster). Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Retuning will not fix a problem with weak signal and often makes it worse, as you are just deleting all of your correctly tuned channels and searching for them again.

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StevensOnln1's 2,749 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 March 2019

4:26 PM

Terry Tibbs:

It is possible that your "previous" reception difficulties may have been as a result of "interference" from other transmitters (including continental) due to the high pressure weather system(s) that we've had of late, but that should have cleared up by now. If you are still having problems you should do as suggested by StevensOnln1.
If that doesn't resolve the problem you may need to check your aerial and downlead, including making sure the aerial has not moved in the high winds.

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Chris.SE's 1,118 posts GB
Thursday, 14 March 2019
2:13 PM

I have a Desktop PC fitted with twin channel freeview card. and a Hauppauge WinTV v8 program. I have carried out several re-tunes and am missing a couple of channels, which I thought were on 722 MHz frequency. Investigation has shown that 722 MHz is no longer used and is replaced by 594MHz.
however, as mentioned, several scans (retunes) has not found 594 MHz
(The others I'm interested in are ok ie 498, 522, 690 & 714)
What could be the answer ??//
Regards Brian

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Brian's 17 posts US
Brian Butterworth

6:31 PM

Brian: I'm not sure as I have version 8.5 installed, and I'm in London where there have been fewer changes for 700MHz clearance.

So, which you pick DVB-T2 and UK in the tuner, don't pick your transmitter, stay on the genertic one. The 17 Jul 2018 chnages moved ArqA from the old C52 to C36.

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Brian Butterworth's 38,846 posts GB
Saturday, 16 March 2019

5:05 PM

Brian. If you have a loft aerial it can be quite sensitive to where it is positioned in the loft as it is affected by water tanks wiring and thickness of walls and roofs . The theoretical best direction can be disturbed too . Its quite possible that some channels are affected more than others . To add to your problem TV cards in PCs can be affected by interference from the PC . Again only certain channels may be affected.

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hardy's 137 posts GB
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
david mitchell
10:10 PM

Following a day when my tv suffered a load of weak/no signal messages on all channels (from Sandy Heath Transmitter) I now have all channels back with the exception of channels 55 and 56 (multiplex com 7 & 8. Therefore unable to receive BBC 4HD and BBC News HD plus other lesser used broadcasters.
Has Sandy Heath now stopped transmitting these channels and when will I be able to receive the missing TV stations, Note I've checked all connections, re tuned etc.

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