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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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 SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 others

com7
 H -5.6dB
C55 (746.0MHz)291mDTG-649,600W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 78 Quest Red +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -5.6dB
C56 (754.0MHz)291mDTG-649,100W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 91 PBS America, 93 Together TV +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
VHFA K TK TWW TW TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32com7com7
C34com8com8
C36ArqA
C39C5wavesC5waves
C40+C
C42-1
C43+A_local_local_local_local
C45-2
C46+D
C48ArqBArqBArqBArqB
C51tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C52tv_offArqAArqAArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off
C67B

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.

Comments
Sunday, 21 July 2019
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Chris.SE
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5:30 AM

Mr Derek Bampkin:

Put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker to see predicted reception at your location. If it is good for the ArqB and SDN multiplexes you mention, then as you mentioned the weather it could be the recent propagation conditions. Is reception now OK?
Propagation is predicted to increase again next week, so there could be further problems.

However, the heat may have also caused connection issues with your system, so do check that all coax plugs and sockets are clean and properly connected. By unpluging them, inspecting and replugging - this will help remove any oxidation that may be present that could cause connection issues. Does your set get the HD channels - was reception of COMs 7&8 (C55&56) OK? Also check that your aerial is still where it should be and pointing in the correct direction and the coax is connected and secure - you may need to get someone to check all of that if you continue to have problems. (I'm assuming your TV set is OK!).

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Chris.SE's 468 posts GB
Tuesday, 23 July 2019
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Roger Camp
7:14 AM

We live in Dunstable Bedfordshire and have recently lost our 2 favourite Freeview channels (True Entertainment, True Movies) from the Sandy Heath transmitter. Can you advise us on how we may be able to receive these 2 channels perhaps from another nearby transmitter. Would this require an additional aerial or reposition of our current aerial?

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Chris.SE
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8:49 AM

Roger Camp:

Please see the many posts from the regular contributors on the True Entertainment pages True Entertainment | free and easy where it explains about the changes and suggested actions to complain.

Put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker to see predicted reception at your location.

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Chris.SE's 468 posts GB
Wednesday, 7 August 2019
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MIke Roberts
1:05 PM

where have BBC News HD and BBC4 HD gone from Sandy Heath? The went first to a poor quality signal and have now gone.

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StevensOnln1
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1:35 PM

MIke Roberts: Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Please provide a full postcode so that we can see the predicted reception at your location.

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Saturday, 10 August 2019
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Stephen Hopps
3:41 PM
Wisbech

MIke Roberts:

Hi Mike, You will probably find other channels are also missing / very weak. I suspect that they will be the channels on COM 7 & COM 8, I am in Wisbech area and Iost all of these channels a few months back.

It is not just me as I have spoken to several friends & relatives who all use Freeview, and have all lost these channels so it is not just my equipment.

I have emailed Freeview but this is utterly pointless as they are saying I am not within Sandy Heath's area (despite the fact I have received these channels for over 10 years!) and their advise is to re-tune my Humax box. I have entered my postcode here Get to see your Freeview predictions map | free and easy and my predicted transmitter is definitely Sandy Heath.

Lord only knows what is going on with Freeview at the moment :-(

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Ray Brennan
4:55 PM
St. Neots

I have my aerial in my loft and am having poor/ pixelated receptio, I read that having the aerial either vertical or horizontal may help but can't find out which way it should be for the sandy Heath transmitter. I live approx 5 miles from sandy and should expect a good reception ???????

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Chris.SE
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6:52 PM
Wisbech

Ray Brennan:

Your aerial should be horizontal for Sandy Heath and from your location it's approximately SSE. You need a wideband aerial to get all channels from Sandy Heath, but if you have an older aerial, as you are quite close, you MAY be lucky to get adequate reception.
However, to see the actual predicted reception at your location, put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker it will also give you the bearing and distance from the transmitter.

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Chris.SE's 468 posts GB
Monday, 19 August 2019
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m harriman
10:09 AM

all went of on Friday night first told it was for works on transmitter now not what is going on

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Chris.SE
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11:43 PM

m harriman :

There is planned engineering at Sandy Heath this week with "Possible weak signal". If you are some distance from the transmitter or have a marginal aerial installation, that may mean you lose signal. Do not attempt to retune whilst you have no signal.

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