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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
Channel icons
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?

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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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Wednesday, 10 April 2019

10:45 PM

david mitchell: Digital UK show COM7 & COM8 as being available from Sandy Heath until at least 2020. Retuning was a bad idea as you've now deleted the tuning data for these multiplexes which were previously tuned correctly. If you've had a recent issue with weak signal then you may well have a fault somewhere in your aerial system, with COM7 & COM8 being the worst affected due to them being broadcast at much lower power. If you provide a full postcode we can see the predicted signal strength at your location, which may help someone offer further advice.

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StevensOnln1's 2,770 posts GB
Tuesday, 30 April 2019
7:13 AM

Hello this isn't realated to Sandy Heath but it is my region.

My Freesat box has 100% quality and 76% Signal strength but last night the channel yesterday and Drama and a few others kept dropping out and saying no signal and as far as I know there was no weather problems.
I've had issues with heavy rain before but never when it's perfectly clear.
What is the issue with my freesat?
Kind regards.

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Ian's 1 post US

9:13 AM

Ian: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV and Freesat box? Check for any signs of damage to the cables between your box and dish (as far as you can safely access).

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StevensOnln1's 2,770 posts GB
Thursday, 2 May 2019

11:32 AM

Ian it can be that your dish has shifted slightly . It still may read "strong signal " if it is picking up the wrong satellite . Also It can be the LNB (signal head) going bad and generating "noise".
Note this site is intended for freeview queries .

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Hardy's 137 posts GB
Tuesday, 14 May 2019
Stephen Hopps
5:12 PM


I have lost all com7 and com8 channels from Sandy Heath, anyone else? I have been getting good reception from Sandy Heath for over 10 years but now no com7 or com8 on any Freeview device in my home.
Postcode is PE14 7EZ. I already know that this is not the nearest / best transmitter but has been solid for over 10 years now. What has changed recently?



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Stephen Hopps's 5 posts GB
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Wednesday, 15 May 2019

8:00 AM

Stephen Hopps:

As you may be aware (you had a retune event summer last year) as part of the 700Mhz clearance, multiplexes are changing UHF channel. Part of this change involves COMs 7&8 becoming SFNs (Single frequency Networks) meaning Transmitters share the same uhf channel. Unfortunately this means some locations will be getting interference from one of them. It's also possible that this may vary due to weather conditions - there's a large High pressure system present at the moment which means some UHF signals can travel further than normal causing interference.

As you already know Sandy Heath is not the best transmitter but especially for COMs 7&8 at your location. Presumably you want Anglia region rather than Yorkshire. If you look at DigitalUK's coverage checker for your postcode Digital UK - Coverage checker (put your postcode in the box, ensure Detailed view is ticked & click Go - or click the link at the bottom of your posts - digitaluk trade) then you can see that it's also going to get worse later this year and early next year with further changes taking place around the country as well as some at Sandy Heath.

Belmont should give you the most reliable reception of all Muxes BUT this is Yorkshire region.
If you continue to want Anglia then Tacolneston may give you good coverage over all the multiplexes being predicted as only slightly worse on some (BBCA & D3&4) than Sandy Heath.

Changing transmitter will obviously require a shift in Aerial position and depending on whether you have a Group A or T/Wideband aerial may need an aerial change to Group T/Wideband.

If you don't have Cable or Satellite, you may be eligible for help with a new aerial, see Important changes to Freeview TV signals | Freeview


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Chris.SE's 1,271 posts GB

8:23 AM

Stephen Hopps:

Perhaps should have mentioned that Tacolneston may give you slightly different regional news for Anglia (you'll need to check the latest situation).

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Chris.SE's 1,271 posts GB
Monday, 20 May 2019
Stephen hopps
3:25 PM

Any thanks for the replies, i'll look into getting the aerial re-positioned. I'm guessing a tv signal booster would have little or no effect?

Thanks again

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Stephen hopps's 5 posts GB

9:59 PM

Stephen Hopps:

Depending on what your current signal strength is, a booster could actually make matters worse!

The information given on the Digital UK Coverage Checker for your location (see Coverage Checker - Detailed View suggests thatBelmont is the better bet, with Waltham, Tacolnston and Sandy Heath either very poor to useless. The signals from Belmont will provide decent reception, but will include Yorkshire services rather than East Midlands or East Anglia.

Belmont needs a wideband aerial for full reception.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Tuesday, 21 May 2019

7:00 AM

Strange how we interpret things differently MikeP.
Stephen hopps was complaining about the loss of reception of COMs 7&8 and Belmont will not be the best from that point of view after the end of this year !!
Waltham looks indeed as though it would be totally useless which is why I never mentioned it, whereas Tacolneston is predicted to give very similar reception to Sandy Heath for the other muxes BUT with more reliable reception of COMs 7&8 and it's still Anglia which I would guess is the preferred region.

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