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

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sa_streetviewGoogle Streetviewsa_gmapsGoogle mapsa_bingBing mapsa_gearthGoogle Earthsa_gps52.130,-0.242 or 52°7'47"N 0°14'33"Wsa_postcodeSG19 2NH

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 [+] 

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

Other mapstxdabSandy Heath DABtxradioSandy Heath AM/FMtxregionSandy Heath TV regiontx1BBC Cambridge
tx3Anglia (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, 70 CBBC Channel, 71 CBeebies, 80 BBC News, 81 BBC Parliament, 301 BBC Red Button 1, plus 12 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
73 CBBC HD, 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, 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, 25 Dave ja vu, 26 ITV 4 +1, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5*, 31 5USA, 34 ITV 3 +1, 37 Quest, 39 The Zone, 44 Channel 5 +1, 55 Channel 5 +24, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 72 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 horizontal -0.2dB
C52 (722.0MHz)289m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
170,000W
Channel icons
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, 82 Sky News, 302 BBC Red Button 2, plus 10 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, 45 Film 4 +1, 47 4seven, 58 BT Sport 1 (not free), 59 BT Sport 2 (not free), 83 Al Jazeera English, 85 RT English , plus 20 others

com7
 horizontal -13.3dB
C32 (562.0MHz)291m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
8,400W
Channel icons
74 CBeebies HD, 84 Al Jazeera Arabic, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera HD, 109 Community Channel HD, 110 Channel 4+1 HD, 111 4seven HD, 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

orange background for multiplexes names moregreen background for transmission frequencieslilac background for power levels in watts800MHz band: 4G mobile to start in 2013700MHz band: possible 4G in 2019 more600MHz 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.

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•
• Breakfast ◊ Weekends ♦ Friday night and weekends † Weekdays only.



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Andrew
Wednesday 13 April 2011 7:49PM Kettering

Since last night and the second stage re-tune of the Sandy Heath transmitter we have lost our music channels. We can no longer get 21-Viva despite re-tuning and resetting. We received all channels before the switch.

S
Steve Smith
Wednesday 13 April 2011 7:56PM

Hi,
I've noticed that since switchover this morning to full digital that my signal strength on both my Humax receivers still only shows about 70%
I also have a pocket DTV receiver which is having trouble tuning into anything other than the main BBC channels.
Will the transmission power be turned up soon ?Do you know when ?
Cheers.

B
Bob
Wednesday 13 April 2011 8:00PM

So the Brains have put 3 of the better channels: Yesterday, ITV4 & Film4 on C67, the weakest most useless MUX from Sandy heath - now that is what a call BRAINLESS! - It would have been far better to put them where the HD channels are (& delayed HD opening) - until the final frequency line up is on the air!

A
Andy
Wednesday 13 April 2011 8:17PM Bedford

Hi. I re scanned/re-tumed last night when prompted. Free worked fine. Today I have the no signal symbol. (previously this occured on some days ,and we would watch analogue - usually by the next day we would have a signal.)
thank you for the help

G
Gav
Wednesday 13 April 2011 9:14PM

Retuned today and now lost viva and 4music plus some others

R
Richard J
Wednesday 13 April 2011 10:37PM

Anyone else noticing widescreen signalling issues on BBC HD channel (on Freeview from Sandy Heath)? It doesn't appear to have the correct flag and my Samsung 32C650 keeps switching to incorrect 4:3 ratio on this channel.
The other three HD channels are fine. Ovviously I could set the TV screen size to 16:9 rather than auto wide but that would mean stretched 4:3 broadcasts from ITV4 etc.

J
jbm
Wednesday 13 April 2011 11:23PM

Northampton, NN3 5??.
Signal Strenghts at TV:
PSB 1, 2, = 85%
PSB 3 N/A
MUX A, C = 60%
COM 6 = 50%
I spoke to DIGITALUK this afternoon, and they confirm that 67 is red flagged as being on lower than expected power, but wouldn't elaborate.

Since this was supposed to be the final stage of switch over on Sandy Heath, why are further retunings necessary later in the year? I want to instal interference filters, but can't on these power levels. Can we expect COM6 to be boosted before the end of the year?

P
Pob
Thursday 14 April 2011 12:06AM

Will the last 3 multiplexes be increased from 20,000w to 180,000w in time?

As my signal is too weak to receive anything at 20,000w, I can get the three on 180,000w perfectly now they've switched over

J
John
Thursday 14 April 2011 12:58AM

Thanks for your reply
So Its not true then when all the switch over help scheme documents for over 70's says
-that theres no such thing as a digital ariel, and
- a small minority of homes will not be able to receive all 40+ channels.
Whats a multiplex ariel if its not a specific ariel you need to receive all the digital channels, and is peterborough considered a small minority in viewing terms?
My 78 year old mother puit off the offers of fixed price conversion on the understanding a new ariel was not needed
Would she be better off with freesat?




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