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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 problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
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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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)298mDTG-320,000W
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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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
 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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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 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: 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?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north (5°)
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 (31°)
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?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-132013-182013-1719 Jul 2018
C/D EC/D EC/D EW TW TW TK T
C29_local_local_local_local
C40SDN
C41ArqBArqBArqBBBCA
C42SDNSDNSDN
C43ArqA
C44ArqAArqAArqAD3+4
C46ArqB
C47BBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C49tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4
C52tv_offBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCA
C64ITVwavesITVwavesITVwaves
C67C4wavesC4wavesC4waves

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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?

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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Comments
Saturday, 24 November 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal; DSO related from 10:18 on 22 Nov to 11:55 on 22 Nov. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:08 on 22 Nov to 12:49 on 22 Nov. [BBC]

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Saturday, 8 December 2018
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H Cloutt
12:47 PM
Battle

Currently have no signal on any of the MUXs from the Heathfield [Sussex] transmitter. We have a roof aeriel.
It is unclear how to report faults other than by posting here.
Everything was OK earlier this morning. I am reluctant to attempt to re-tune since there seems to be no signal at all. Sometimes we get one f the MUXs drop out for a short period
Our postcode is TN33 9PY but a search using this postcode suggests we are on a different transmitter - but we know we get our signal from Heathfield

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MikeP
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12:57 PM

H Cloutt:

A check on the Digital UK Coverage Checker at Coverage Checker - Detailed View for your location, shows that reception from Heathfield is likely to be variable or poor. It also shows that Dover would be a better option and would give you more channels. Ideally you need a wideband aerial aimed at 282 degrees for Heathfield or at 69 degrees for Dover.

There is no reported fault at the Heathfield transmitter, so I suggest you check all your aerial cables and connections, unplugging all the coaxial plugs/sockets and refitting them to clear any possible corrosion/oxidation from the contact sufaces.



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StevensOnln1
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1:00 PM

H Cloutt: There are no faults showing for the Heathfield transmitter, although it is predicted to be variable at your location anyway. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Do you have an amplifier and is it still powered on? Good idea to avoid retuning as all it would have done was delete all of your channels before searching for them again and would never fix a signal problem.

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Thursday, 27 December 2018
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TONY MAYS
2:32 PM

I always get no signal on a Wednesday or a Thursday sometimes all day other times it May be for 2 hours. the aerial was replaced 3 years ago. and 3 months ago had another box fitted in the loft. aerial is on the roof pointing towards heathfield.engineeer been 3 times. he thinks it might be the mobile mast installed by e grinstead station.but the box fitted was to eliminate same.
any ideas?

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MikeP
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8:59 PM

Tony Mays:

Please provide a full post code so we can check the expected receoption conditions at your location.



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Sunday, 30 December 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

8:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:24 today to 05:27 today. [BBC]

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Monday, 31 December 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:24 yesterday to 05:27 yesterday. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 1 January 2019
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Weak Signal from 05:24 on 30 Dec to 05:27 on 30 Dec. [BBC]

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Thursday, 3 January 2019
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ROBERT LONGDEN
10:07 AM

3RD jAN 2018, VERY POOR RECEPTION ON ALL CHANNELS. any REASON?

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