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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 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 12 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
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
 H -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
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, 72 ITV Be +1, 122 CITV, plus 20 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -0.2dB
C52 (722.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 126 Tiny Pop, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 18 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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), 64 CBS Action, 70 Horror Channel, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 18 others

com7
 H -5.6dB
C32 (562.0MHz)291mDTG-649,600W
Channel icons
63 Community Channel, 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 3 others

com8
 H -13.3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)291mDTG-68,400W
Channel icons
starts sometime during 2014/5:



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)

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

orange background for multiplexes names more
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 March and 13th April 2011.
Click/touch here to read How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?Analogue 1-4 1000kWBBCA, D3+
Click/touch here to read Other mapsSandy Heath Freeview, Sandy Heath DAB, Sandy Heath AM/FM, Sandy Heath TV region, BBC Cambr
Click/touch here to read Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sandy Heath transmitter areaOct 1959-Feb 2
Click/touch here to read Is the transmitter output the same in all directions? Internet Explorer 9+, Firefox, Opera, Chrom

Comments
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Dave Lindsay
5:11 PM

Jonathan Snowden: How often did it happen for? Perhaps the opt-out switch is automated and the thing was not set-up correctly and it took them however long to become aware of this.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015
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Jonathan Snowden
12:48 AM

Dave Lindsay: Hi, we were there for a week, and it happened each weekday. During the six o'clock everything seemed to be OK at the beginning and the halfway point when they have to tiny regional opt outs to say what's coming up.

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w mc bride
11:19 AM

William Mc bride Ballycastle why only a few freebies station Available?

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jb38
6:55 PM

w mc bride: Ballycastle is only a "public services" relay transmitter of the Limavady main station. Relay transmitters do not broadcast commercial "run for profit" channels paid for by advertisers, the reason for not doing so basically down to the fact of the advertisers not being willing to pay for transmission facilities in areas of lower populations, as its considered by them that the profit expected from running such channels would not justify the costs involved.

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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daniel tristan
2:58 PM

I have an antenna on my roof that birds sit on why wont it pick up BBC one . I'm in Milton Keynes I had the anntena for 1 year now I get 16 stations . but only the BBC ones don't work. Channel 4 . itv work ok there 76% . BBC one .2.3.4 . BBC news . are 0 % . at first when the man put my anntena in I got BBC one at 12% . my mum gets more stations than me down stairs . I have my own anntena and hers is in the loft

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jb38
3:16 PM

daniel tristan : You should try retuning your TV whilst it temporarily connected into the aerial point used by your Mums TV, should this fail to make any difference to the situation, then carry out a "reset" on your TV (or box) followed by a second retune.

The reset referred to also known as "default setting" / "first time installation" etc.

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