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Full Freeview on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter

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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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The symbol shows the location of the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 920,000 homes.

Other mapstxfvSandy Heath FreeviewtxdabSandy Heath DABtxradioSandy Heath AM/FMtxregionSandy Heath TV region
tx1BBC Cambridgetx3Anglia (West micro region)txdabxxDAB in Central BedfordshiretxradioxxAM/FM in Central Bedfordshire

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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What do the colours on the map mean?

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.


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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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C27 (522.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
180,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One Cambridge, 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

PSB2
D3+4
 horizontal max
C24 (498.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
180,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Anglia (West 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 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
180,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 horizontal -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
170,000W
Channel icons
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, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -0.2dB
C52 (722.0MHz)289m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
170,000W
Channel icons
 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, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 16 others

COM6
ArqB
 horizontal -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
170,000W
Channel icons
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), 70 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

com7
 horizontal -5.6dB
C32 (562.0MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
49,600W
Channel icons
71 Motors TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 124 CBeebies HD, 134 Al Jazeera Arabic, plus 1 others

com8
 horizontal -13.3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
8,400W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014:



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
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
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?

years1965~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-18
aerial groupVHFA KKWWWW
C6ITV
C21C4C4C4+BBCB+BBCB+BBCB
C24ITVITVITVD3+4D3+4D3+4
C27BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
600C31BBC1BBC1BBC1
C32com7
C34com8
C39C5C5
C40+C
C42-1
C43+A_local_local_local
C45-2
C46+D
C48ArqBArqBArqB
700C51SDNSDNSDN
C52ArqAArqAArqA
800C67B

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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 March and 13th April 2011.

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
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 20kW
Analogue 5(-20dB) 10kW
com8(-20.8dB) 8.4kW

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
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
M
MikeB
1:25 PM

Duncan: Firstly, check your signal strength - your 32km from the transmitter, but it could be too high. But if its very low, and your getting no signal, then it sounds like the aerial wiring has a problem - broken, frayed, corroded, etc.

Same thing for your mum's TV.

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Sunday, 23 November 2014
T
Timothy Bennett
11:33 AM

Dear Sir/Madam
Two years ago I brought a Panasonic TV with Free View HD built in as in a tuner with HD & free view with out HD, I was told by richer sounds where I brought the TV from & they said the Relay or Sub Transmitter has broken in King Hedge or Chesterton Cambridge & it is not going to be repaired & I brought the TV for HD channel & can't get some other channels sometimes so can you let me know when it is going to be repaired ?as I live in King Hedge area, The way I look at it is you keep on wanting the money to pay for the service so I should get what I pay for, I could under stand if I move some where & it was poor service but in Cambridge it should be a strong signal thanks yours sincerely Timothy.

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Sid
3:21 PM

Just out of interest, what is _local on Ch43? I can't find an explanation on this or any other webpage.

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Monday, 24 November 2014
I
Iain Martin
12:18 AM

Timothy Bennet,
When you bought the new TV (then brought it home) what aerial have you connected it to?
The Kings Hedges mast was never a UHF transmitter but was a receiving station for the old British Relay cable system. It closed down in 1986! If you have your own aerial then it may need a new one because Sandy Heath now requires a W wideband aerial whereas it was an A group.
If you are in a block with a communal aerial contact your landlord. If it's your property and it has an old aerial, and you aren't confident sorting it out yourself, then call a local CAI installer.
The signal to the north side of Cambridge is strong!

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heather white
2:51 PM Kettering

hi .have been having problems with picture break up,not getting channels etc for the last week.have retuned tv.lost more channels.done this several times and the amount of channels we get varies each time.got bbc1 and 2 but not itv,channel 4 or 5.then we put tv on again and we get them back.this morning we got bbc 1and 2 great pic but no itv3 ,channel 4 or 5,just put telly on at lunchtime and we only got some channels from 10 upwards.we have 2 tvs.one with freeview box and one withps out and they are both acting up the same ..please help me..thankyou
ps..we had a new aerial installed when we bought digital tvs.

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