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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?

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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;
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, 21 May 2019

8:10 AM

Stephen Hopps:

This could be very much a case of suck it and see. A conversation with a local aerial contractor who knows your location well might be a good idea. The height of your aerial may also be critical. Depending on your local geography a shift along a road of a few 10's of metres can also make a difference!
You are supposedly easily within the coverage area for Sandy Heath and have line-of-sight to the transmitter, as indeed you do to the other transmitters EXCEPT Tacolneston despite the predicted coverage. There is a small hill in the sight path about 17km away.

It may depend on how much you use COMs 7&8, how unreliable the signal may be and which local news you want. Bear in mind that (at present) COMs 7&8 are due to close down at some point by 2022 by which time we are all expecting some of the other existing muxes will change to HD and so what is carried on them may well change as well.

One point that isn't clear is when you actually lost reception of COMs 7&8. If it's only recently, it may have been down to the recent high pressure weather system causing interference from other transmitters and at the end of the day if reception of them isn't too unreliable then it might be better to stick with what you have as you need to consider reliability of reception of the other muxes. Whilst predicted reception is a good guide it is not always absolute! Let us know how you get on.

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Chris.SE's 1,287 posts GB
Tuesday, 28 May 2019
Barry Hardwick
6:35 AM
Milton Keynes

28 / 5 /2019 7.30 am at MK17 0DJ . no signal on any channels.

27/5/2019 6.00 am at MK17 0DJ no signal all channels at 5.55am. All back on 6.00 a,


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Barry Hardwick's 2 posts GB

11:06 PM

Barry Hardwick:

Either you have a problem with yiur aerial system of it is some form of local interference.

Check all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug all coiaxial connections and refit them. Then check what signal strengths you are getting but DO NOT RETUNE.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Wednesday, 29 May 2019

1:15 PM

Barry Hardwick:

As MikeP says check/refit all your connections - a bit of oxidation on them can affect performance. After, if all your signal levels on each mux is what you normally get, I wouldn't worry too much unless it's happening on a regular basis and there is a clear pattern to when it's occurring.

Sometimes there are brief unexpected interruptions to signals which could be down to something local rather than at the transmitter, also important to distinguish between loss of the transmitted signal (no carrier) and just loss of the data feed to the multiplexes. With the former your set will normally tell you there is no signal.

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Chris.SE's 1,287 posts GB
Sunday, 30 June 2019
8:21 AM

28th June 2019 we lost signal at around 2315hrs. HD and SD were too weak.
I had a quick check of connection security and all was good. The next morning I had SD with some freezing, but not very often. By the evening of 29th at around 2100hrs I decided d to try my TV again and everything worked.
Was there a problem with the transmitter. I live in Wisbech and believe the aerial is pointing to Sandy Heath.

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Brad's 1 post GB

8:24 PM


There was no problemn reported. So it was likely to either be the hot weather or esle a poor connection in yoyur aerial system.

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MikeP's 3,055 posts GB
Wednesday, 3 July 2019
David Gurr
2:47 PM

The channel list for the Sandy Heath transmitter is not correct - it doesn't take account of recent lineup changes.

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David Gurr's 4 posts GB

9:05 PM

David Gurr:

As has been mentioned many times, unfortunately the site owner has not had the time to correct all the information on all the transmitter pages.
For the UHF channel allocations for each mux, you are best looking at Coverage Checker - Detailed View or by putting your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker you can get your predicted reception for your location Coverage Checker - Detailed View

For up-to-date channel listing for each multiplex, this is usually the best place Digital UK | Channel listings

All Using Sandy Heath:
Note that this week beginning 1st July, there is planned engineering with the possible effect of a weak signal.

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Chris.SE's 1,287 posts GB
Saturday, 20 July 2019
Mr Derek Bampkin
9:04 PM

Have lost channels 48 & 51, signal strength is pulsing, signal quality is zero. i have completely cleared tuning & re tuned but still no result. This has only happened since the very hot Wednesday earlier. Any suggestions

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Mr Derek Bampkin's 2 posts GB
Mr Derek Bampkin
9:07 PM

Have lost channels 48 & 51, signal strength is pulsing, signal quality is zero. i have completely cleared tuning & re tuned but still no result. This has only happened since the very hot Wednesday earlier. Any suggestion.
Location Northampton

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