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The symbol shows the location of the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 170,000 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 Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Heathfield 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.

 H max
C52 (722.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
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1 BBC One South East, 2 BBC Two England, 7 BBC Three, 9 BBC Four, 120 CBBC, 121 CBeebies, 130 BBC News, 131 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

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C49 (698.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
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3 ITV (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 South ads, 5 Channel 5 Part Network ads, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 14 More 4, 15 Film 4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-620,000W
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45 Film 4 +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 BBC Three HD, 123 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

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C42 (642.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
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10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 62 ITV 4 +1, 66 CBS Reality, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

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C44 (658.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Movie Mix, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

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C41 (634.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 25 Dave ja vu, 38 Quest +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/324.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/340.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/427.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 10 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels

The Heathfield (East Sussex, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, Al Jazeera Arabic, Al Jazeera HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Channel 4+1 HD, Community Channel, Community Channel HD, Motors TV.

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Heathfield transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 40km north-northeast
to ITV Meridian (East) region - 36 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 50% evening news is shared with all of Meridian plus Oxford

How will the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

aerial groupC/D EC/D EWWWW

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green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 30th May and 13th June 2012.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 100kWSDN, ARQA,
Click/touch here to read Other mapsHeathfield Freeview, Heathfield DAB, Heathfield AM/FM, Heathfield TV region, BBC South Eas
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield transmitter areaAug 1958-Jan 19
Click/touch here to read Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld

Monday, 16 March 2015
M Dainty
8:06 PM

Please advise. For the last few weeks we have had intermittent problems with sound/picture signal. Since the weekend (14th March 2015) we have only been able to receive a good signal on BBC1. All other channels are so badly affected it is difficult to see any picture/hear sound. Several resets have been performed on the digital box making no change. All cabling has been checked and is good. Any ideas?
Postcode RH17

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
11:34 AM

Is anyone else using the Heathfield transmitter experiencing signal problems, we are in the RH17 postcode and have been suffering since the weekend with virtually no picture / sound on the Freeview box and some channels on the TV although these come and go. Before I call someone in to look at the ariel / cabling I wanted to rule out it being a transmission issue as I believe due to engineering works the Heathfield transmitter may be outputting a weaker signal than normal?

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Dave Lindsay
1:03 PM

Alan: Yes! Read the posting above from M Dainty who's also in RH17.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
11:55 AM Uckfield


i am just moving to TN22 1SB (uckfield) and the house has no airiel, I have a smart tv with broadband installed soon, would i be able to use a boosted external airiel mounted on the front of the house?

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Dave Lindsay
12:18 PM

Peter: At only 5.6 miles with apparent clear line-of-sight to the transmitter a signal amplifier will likely be way over the top. This is unless it's for the purposes of splitting the feed so as to run to more than one room.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015
11:36 AM

Hi, i live in tn330tu Battle area. i receive good signal and most channels during the day. when re tuning i usually have a choice of transmitter and the end of the scan. east Sussex or Kent.

at night anywhere from 730pm through the night i lose channels and get no signal on 90% of channels. now if i retune for example only to get say 20 channels i can watch BBC 1, 2 and BBC NeWS channels having had no signal on these. the same situation is with itv and other channels. during the day i can get over a hundred channels all working well. i am utterly fed up with dtv, why it was ever brought god knows it is and absolute pain. i have good outdoor aireal and cables are in good shape. i wish that i onle had one transmitter as having two seems to be the possible problem.

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Dave Lindsay
11:52 AM

PETER: Two transmitters cannot be the problem unless the wrong one is selected, and by "wrong" I'm referring to the one which the aerial does not face.

If your aerial is directed to Heathfield, then you can't quite see it, with the trees of Great Wood being on the brow over which you're receiving. So it's not surprising that intermittent reception might ensue.

Judging by the terrain plotter Dover may able to be seen so you might be better off reorienting your aerial to it. The only thing is I can see lots of trees close to your house which could potentially hamper efforts if they are in front of the aerial.

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