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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. Click to recheck [+] is loading, please wait...

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

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Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

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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
 horizontal max
C27 (522.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 13 others

 horizontal max
C24 (498.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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),

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

 horizontal -0.2dB
C51 (714.0MHz)291m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
10 ITV 3, 20 Drama, 25 Dave ja vu, 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 21 others

 horizontal -0.2dB
C52 (722.0MHz)289m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
 BBC Red Button 2, 11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4+1, 32 Movie Mix, 38 Quest +1, 41 Food Network, 42 Travel Channel, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 63 Community Channel, 68 truTV, 69 truTV +1, 132 Sky News, 242 Vintage TV, plus 11 others

 horizontal -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 21 VIVA, 24 ITV 4, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 90 CBS Action, 133 Al Jazeera English, 135 RT English , plus 21 others

 horizontal -13.3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
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

 horizontal -13.3dB
C34 (578.0MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
Channel icons
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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?

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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
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 20kW
Analogue 5(-20dB) 10kW
com7, 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•
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Friday 1 April 2011 3:39PM

Will the signal strength for the ITV group of channels be increased in the near futue? I am currently unable to see these signals but get perfect BBC channels.

David Howard
Friday 1 April 2011 3:54PM Northampton

I've recently been given a digi-box (Goodmans GDR-10)which I thought would be handy for the upstairs TVs following the switchover. Existing set-up is: Skydish for the main lounge TV,2 x professionally-installed roof aerials aligned to Sandy Heath and Sutton Coldfield also serving the main TV, and a D-I-Y loft aerial aligned to Sandy Heath serving the upstairs TV. Original plan was to re-route the roof aerials post-switchover to the bedroom TV(s).
Tried the digi-box yesterday & got good reception on Ch 27 and patchy on one or two other channels using the roof aerials,also good on Ch 27 (but nothing else) from the loft aerial. Having spent a couple of hours on this very helpful site I've decided my best bet is probably to wait until after 13th April and then see how things look before spending any time/money on aerial re-routes / upgrade? Secondly, although I seem to be equi-distant from 4 transmitters the aerials I have do seem to be aligned on the best two ie Sandy Heath and Sutton Coldfield but will there be any "interference" problem during the period April to September when one has switched over to digital & the other hasn't? Or will the stronger digital signal simply "swamp" the analogue one?
Any comments will be gratefully received.

Mike Dimmick
Friday 1 April 2011 3:56PM Reading

Trevor: I don't imagine *everyone* did. Multiplex D has not yet switched over, but it's possible that some interim change was made in preparation for the next change.

On the 13th, Mux D changes mode becoming ArqB and moves to C67, currently used by Mux B - generally the numbers got the best allocations, then A, B, C and D in that order. That may improve matters. However, some people may lose them due to the change in mode, which gives more capacity but requires more signal compared to the level of interference.

The final re-configuration for this multiplex is planned to be on 14 September.

Ofcom's latest stations table, incorporated into the licence by reference, says 'Until further notice, may use transitional antenna'. This is against the final configuration, so could relate to the situation after DSO. The notes for Multiplex 2 (D3+4) and B (HD) both say 'Use transitional S1 antenna until 27 June 2012', though this is probably to avoid clashing with another main transmitter that won't switch over until later - possibly Rowridge.

Mike Dimmick
Friday 1 April 2011 3:58PM Reading

Rob: So far, only the main BBC multiplex has switched over. The rest of the multiplexes switch over on Wednesday 13 April.

Mike Dimmick
Friday 1 April 2011 4:11PM Reading

David Howard: While the public service multiplexes complete switch over on the 13th of April, the commercial multiplexes don't complete until later in the year. Once they do, there will not be a clash. They have to move to get out of the way of Sutton Coldfield's switchover, in fact.

Multiplex A from Sandy Heath uses the same channel as ITV1 (analogue) from Sutton Coldfield, C43. Mux C (ArqA) uses the same channel as BBC Two from Sutton Coldfield, C40. It's likely that this will cause a noisy analogue picture on the TVs connected to the Sutton Coldfield aerial, and nothing much usable on these muxes on the TVs connected to the Sandy Heath aerial.

When Sutton Coldfield switches, C40 becomes the HD multiplex and C43 becomes BBC A. Sandy Heath ArqA therefore moves to C31 a week before BBC A starts at Sutton Coldfield, and ArqA moves to C67 (freed by ArqB moving to C48) a week before the remaining changes at SC.

If the two aerials are linked together with a diplexer, to put the signals on one cable, you may find that it only includes Group A channels (21-35) from Sandy Heath, and only Group B and above channels (37-68) from Sutton Coldfield. This means you won't get the commercial muxes from Sandy Heath when everything's complete (you might get ArqA when it's on C31). However, they have the same content at all English transmitters anyway.

I hope that's, um, clear?

David Howard
Friday 1 April 2011 6:53PM Northampton

Mike Dimmick: Many thanks for your help. I didn't expect it would be straightforward - looking out across the rooftops from my study/bedroom window I see aerials pointing East, West and South ! My two roof aerials are indeed linked together (there's a brown plastic box which is presumably the diplexer, happily located in the loft)so it seems that once the switchovers are completed in the autumn I'll be receiving all available channels from one transmitter or the other, and which is which will only be an issue as regards regional news programmes and the like. If necessary when the time comes I can no doubt "unlink" the two leads from the roof aerials to check what I'm getting from each in terms of channels, signal quality and strength etc. Assuming they are OK individually would it be feasible to incorporate a switching facility ie along the lines of the audio source selector I use in my hi-fi set up,in order to choose aerial A or B or, perhaps, A+B or would this cause problems eg with the box re-tuning itself every time? At any rate it seems there'll be little if any advantage in leaving the aerials linked once the switchover is completed so if necessary I'll just make a choice between them - I guess I must be in a better position than many people and shouldn't complain about having too much choice !

Friday 1 April 2011 11:02PM Ely

My 3 year old Philips digital TV cannot access BBC digital text anymore since Phase 1 of the switchover.
I am told by Philips this should be working by Phase 2 but I am not convinced.
Others must be having similar problems surely?

Mike Dimmick
Saturday 2 April 2011 10:55AM

Dave: your TV may be confused by the data appearing on both the high-power BBC A multiplex and on the low-power Multiplex B. However, my understanding was that they were carrying it on both Mux 1 and B before switchover. There are stories that the BBC will soon be removing it from Mux B in the rest of the country.

Did you do a factory reset or first time installation, not just an automatic scan? Sometimes receivers remember information from previous scans which conflict with the new information. For instructions on how to do this for your TV, see <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon" link iconTV Re-tune ____The digital text data will not be present on the HD multiplex, which replaces Multiplex B at phase 2. So it should sort itself out then.

Otherwise, it's possible that there is some incompatibility with the current digital text data and your TV. Check that the TV has the latest firmware available at <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon" link icon
Philips - Contact and Support
. Generally they should automatically update when a new version of firmware is broadcast, but this usually requires that the set is left on in standby overnight, so viewers who unplug their sets overnight don't get the updates. (RG47SH)

Mike Dimmick
Saturday 2 April 2011 4:20PM

Jim: Go to <img src="data:image/png;base64,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" class="xico" style="vertical-align:text-bottom" alt=" link icon" link iconFind out how to receive Freeview and Freeview HD | - independent free digital TV advice and click 'By Direction'. That shows the bearing as 102°, slightly south of east.

A compass will not quite show the right bearing because these bearings are east of true north, while the compass needle points to magnetic north, a few degrees different. However, the aerial has a relatively wide cone of acceptance so it doesn't have to be that accurate - just adjust the aerial for best results. (RG47SH)

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