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Full Freeview on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter

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Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) mast?

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:21 on 22 Jul to 10:38 on 22 Jul. BBC


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

Other mapstxdabHeathfield DABtxradioHeathfield AM/FMtxregionHeathfield TV regiontx1BBC South East
tx3Meridian (East micro region)txdabxxDAB in East SussextxradioxxAM/FM in East Sussex

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

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 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.

MuxAerial positionFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 horizontal max
C52 (722.0MHz)298m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One South East, 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
C49 (698.0MHz)298m64QAM 8K 2/3
24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 horizontal max
C47 (682.0MHz)298m256QAM 32KE 2/3
40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
20,000W
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
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C42 (642.0MHz)298m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
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 max
C44 (658.0MHz)300m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
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 max
C41 (634.0MHz)300m64QAM 8K 3/4
27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
20,000W
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



Are you trying to watch these 8 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 HD.

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?

years1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-18
aerial groupC/D EC/D EWWWW
C292_local_local_local
600C341
C41ArqBArqBArqB
C42SDNSDNSDN
C44ArqAArqAArqA
C47-BBBCBBBCBBBCB
C48-A
700C49BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4
C51-D
C52BBC2BBC2BBC2BBCABBCABBCA
C54C
800C64ITVITVITV
C67C4C4C4

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 May and 13th June 2012.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*(-18dB) 1.6kW
Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Heathfield transmitter area

Aug 1958-Jan 1992Southern Television
Jan 1982-Dec 1992Television South (TVS)
Jan 1993-Feb 2004Meridian
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. Heathfield was not an original Channel 3 VHF 405-line mast: the historical information shown is the details of the company responsible for the transmitter when it began transmitting Channel 3.



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Dave Lindsay
Monday 14 July 2014 10:38AM

John Mitchell: The COM7 multiplex is a quasi-national one. It is effectively in "pre-switchover" mode, rather like Freeview coverage prior to the switch-off of analogue.

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Simon Dunn
Monday 14 July 2014 10:54AM

My BBC channels seem to have a poor and occasionally blocky picture. This is true across 3 TVs in the house and is the same for SD and HD channels. The picture quality is fine on the other non-BBC channels. The transmitter I use is Heathfield and I'm located in Burgess Hill. Any ideas anyone?

M
MikeB
Tuesday 15 July 2014 8:07PM

Simon Dunn: If you put your post code into the site, you can see how close you are to Heathfield - could be your just getting too high a signal (got a booster?), or your system has a problem. Whats the signal strength?

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Simon Dunn
Tuesday 15 July 2014 8:15PM Burgess Hill

Thanks Mike. I checked the postcode and I'm 27 km away from Heathfield. I did a full re-tune yesterday and the signal strength was showing as 4 and 5 with a 2 on HD channels. Not had the problem before, seems to have been around for the last week or so to a better or lesser extent. Have also established it happens to other channels too, for example ITV4 is breaking up badly. Is it atmospherics?

Transmitter engineering
Monday 21 July 2014 10:31AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:42 on 18 Jul to 20:44 on 18 Jul. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Tuesday 22 July 2014 1:31PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 20:42 on 18 Jul to 20:44 on 18 Jul, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:21 today to 10:38 today. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Wednesday 23 July 2014 4:32AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:21 yesterday to 10:38 yesterday. [BBC]

Transmitter engineering
Thursday 24 July 2014 4:31AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:21 on 22 Jul to 10:38 on 22 Jul. [BBC]

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