Full Freeview on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter
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The symbol shows the location of the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 170,000 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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter.
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.
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Kent (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Sussex (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Surrey (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Essex (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (SD) (Meridian (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 25 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),
73 Shopping Quarter , 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 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others 66 TBN UK,
CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 42 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 56 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 60 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 74 Drama +1, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 16 others Racing TV, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 Ideal World, 50 TJC, 95 Create and Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 4Music, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 45 Gems TV, 85 Craft Store TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
25 Dave ja vu, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 41 CBS Justice, 44 HGTV, 68 CBS Drama, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 72 Shopping Quarter, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Are you trying to watch these 11 Freeview HD 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: BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, That's TV , Quest Red +1, RT 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?
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north (5°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
How will the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
green background for transmission frequencies
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W T
waves denotes analogue; digital switchover was 30 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|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
Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?Radiation patterns withheld
I have recently moved to Bexhill (Post code TN39 3TA). The TV (Freeview) picture is not bad but could be sharper. The houses around seem to have aerials pointing in different directions, I am guessing some towards Heathfield and some towards Hastings. Mine looks to be pointing towards Hastings. Which is likely to give the best signal and service?
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Hi Alan. Depending on where you are within your postocde, there are 3 possible transmitters. First question, which way are your aerial rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal or vertical?
Are you getting the full range of muxes including COMs4-6, or just the PSBs?
Hastings requires vertical and is not the best across the postcode, there's a small UHF Relay at Bexhill (horizontal) which should have the most reliable reception but it's only the 3 PSB muxes, and Heathfield (horizontal as I'm sure you know) is not so good at the low end numbers (down to 26) but better as you go up.
But, remember predictions aren't always 100% accurate, does what you see with the aerials tie in?
The "sharpness" of the pictures should not depend on the transmitter unless that relay is not up to scratch!
Transmitter detail -
Bexhill, bearing 91 degrees, almost due E, horizontal polarisation - PSBs1-3, UHF C33, C36, C48.
Hastings, bearing 74 degrees, slightly E of ENE, vertical polarisation - PSBs1-3, COMs4-6, UHF C25, C28, C22, C23, C26, C30
Heathfield, bearing 313 degrees, almost NE, horizontal, PSBs1-3, COMs 4-6, UHF C41, C44, C47, C40, C43, C46
If you are getting reliable signals from Hastings, you might actually be better off with it being vertical polarisation as there's quite a bit of tropo around at present and it may just suffer less from any interference.
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Well I can't find any reports of faults affecting PSB2 at Heathfield, which doesn't come as much of a surprise, as normally it's only multiplexes with BBC channels where reports are reliable. The transmitter isn't currently listed for Planned Engineering either, although it was last week! Maybe the work wasn't completed. It won't be the first time that the lists haven't been 100% accurate!
Are the problems still continuing?
Are any other channels not on PSB2 affected?
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To add to my previous, there is some upcoming predicted Temperture Inversion/Tropospheric Ducting which will enable signals from more distant transmitters to be more easil;y received - and that will in a few instances result in interference to normal reception.
It is looking as though it's possible that this is already affecting some areas earlier than the original predictions, and could get quite severe over the early part of the weekend.
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