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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-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

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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, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-180,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 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

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C33 (570.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 H -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 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?

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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Friday, 11 May 2012
9:00 PM

Thanks a lot jb38 - we'll try that

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murf's 2 posts GB
9:50 PM

I am in Northampton on the Sandy Heath transmitter - I have read a few of the posts here and am experiencing the same problem as a number of other people. Since the work was done on 9th, I have re-retuned my TV numerous times each day but am still missing a good number of channels i.e. ITV3, 5*, 5USA etc. all of which I had previously. I have followed the suggestions and re-tuned with the aerial unplugged then re-tuned with it plugged back in but still no joy.

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Lisa's 12 posts GB
Saturday, 12 May 2012

10:09 AM

Lisa: Carry out a "factory reset" sometimes called "default setting" or "first time installation" dependant on equipment, BEFORE carrying out another auto-tune, as ITV3 from Sandy Heath changed to Mux channel 51 on the 9th as well as its power increasing to 170kw from the reduced power it had been running on.

Another point is, that due to your location you might be picking up signals from an alternative transmitter, and so if after carrying out what I suggested you still cannot receive ITV3 reset the TV again and follow this by manually tuning in Ch51, giving an update on results as well as the model of TV or box you are using.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 13 May 2012
12:38 PM

I live in Peterborough. Before the re-tune IO got ITV3 and the other channels really well on 31. After re-tune to c51 nothing. I thought it was supposed to improve signal reception.

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Davdi's 1 post GB

1:14 PM

Davdi: Carry out a "factory reset" on your TV or box before carrying out an auto-tune, as the SDN multiplex on Ch51 is being received at not far off 100% strength in the Stamford area as I have just checked it.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
6:34 PM

Hi jb38

many thanks for your quick response and advice. I have done everything you have suggested including the 'factory default' re-set, another auto-tune and have also tried to manually re-tune channel 51 which didn't work at all, therefore, unfortunately I am still missing my 4 channels that I had previously - based on your advice, even IF I did get ITV3 back, I am still also missing 5*, 5USA and Challenge. This is getting soooo frustrating now, especially when things get changed that are 'supposed' to be an improvement. :-(

Any further help or advice you are able to give me would be very greatly appreciated. My TV is a SAMSUNG. Many thanks.

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Lisa's 12 posts GB

8:25 PM

Lisa: If you carried out a "factory default" before re-tuning then thats a bit odd as starting afresh generally cures problems such as yours, and of course when you mention Challenge then that brings another mux into the equation as its on mux Ch52 and not Ch51 that ITV3 / 5* and 5USA operate on.

However, to enable me to know if you are receiving any of these two muxes plus an additional can you receive the following programmes: EPG11-Pick TV / EPG19-Dave / EPG27 ITV2+1 / EPG38-Quest / EPG12-Yesterday / EPG24-ITV4?

Maybe along with the answer you could also provide the model number of the Samsung you have plus a post code, or at least on from nearby (a shop / post office etc) as I cannot assess the signal levels expected in your area without this knowledge.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
9:12 PM

I am having similar problems to Lisa. I live to south of northampton and am targeted at Sandy Heath transmitter. Reception in this area has never been great but is significantly worse since retune was required. I am getting no signal or poor reception on ITV3 (10), Pick tv (11), Dave (19 now much worse), E4+1 (29) Price drop (37), Gem tv (43), CH5+1 (44) Challenge (46) and food net (49). I have done a reset to purge the memory and auto retune and still have problems. TV is a samsung UE32B6000.

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mike,'s 3 posts GB
9:45 PM

Just to confirm aerial position and type, because of historically poor reception aerial is a large quadra pole on top of a 3m mast on top of chimney.

Perfectly adequate until latest changes.

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mike,'s 3 posts GB
10:40 PM

Thanks again jb38.

Ok here goes - I can still receive Pick TV (11) and Dave (19) - both crystal clear as always, however, I can no longer get Yesterday (12) nor ITV4 (24) and get a message saying 'serivce not available', and I no longer even have a Channel 27 for ITV2+1 nor Channel 38 for Quest - again, all of these I previously received and watched regularly prior to 9th May.

Apologies, I confused Challenge on 46 with Quest! - I CAN still get Challenge but not Quest.

Of course, sorry - my postcode is NN5 6YE and TV model number is a Samsung LE32B551A.

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Lisa's 12 posts GB
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