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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.

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

Heathfield transmitter - Heathfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 05/06/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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Which Freeview channels does the Heathfield 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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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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

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C44 (658.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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3 ITV 1 (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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Meridian south coast),

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C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

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C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 others

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 0 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: .

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?

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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

Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

5:39 PM

Micky: Generally speaking, most people shouldn't need a booster at such close proximity to the transmitter. I say generally speaking because I don't know whether there are local obstructions.

This was true before switchover when a set-top aerial may well have been sensitive enough at your location.

The main reason I would expect you to be using a booster is so as to distribute the signal to different outlets, although even then you may well have sufficient signal to split it.

As a matter of principle, I suggest that you only use a booster if it doesn't work without it and not the other way around. With digital reception, too high a signal level gives the same sort of effect as too little signal. That is the signal strength gets lower and when it is really high, the receiver becomes overwhelmed and shows "no signal".

So long as the quality is good at all times (no break-up) then you have the best picture you can get. If the strength is at 75% (for example) with good quality, then there is nothing to be gain from trying to push for 100% strength; only quality to be lost.

I'm not familiar with the Humaxes but I do know that some receivers have in-built boosters. Make sure that this is set to off.

If, having removed the booster, you find that C48 is still unavailable, then the solution "may" be attenuation, as I suggested above.

A set-top aerial should pick up less signal than your roof-top or fixed aerial (if you're using one). Or try a piece of wire about 12 to 18 inches long inserted into the inner part of the aerial socket. These may be temporary fixes to restore Quest etc until 27th, if nothing better can be found.

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Richard Kernick
8:06 PM

Living in Ridgewood, Uckfield on the heathfield transmitter, re-tuned tonight but still cannot get freeview hd channels.

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Richard Kernick's 1 post GB
9:47 PM


Just a thought - try scanning again with a set top aerial. My picture was breaking up using my roof aerial, the signal was just too strong think - but the set top aerial picked up all the channels no problem and all have been clear this evening. You're maybe 3 miles from here...


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argyle_mikey's 4 posts GB

11:06 PM

Richard Kernick: Should you still not be able to receive any HD signals after having tried whats been suggested by argyle_mikey, then come back with the model number of the TV or box you are using and this can be checked out.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
11:19 PM

Hi, after the second round of retuning on 13th June we appear to have lost everything from the Heathfield transmitter on Com 4 - ITV 3 ITV 2 +1 5* 5USA etc. Any idea what's happening (can't miss Justified).

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Andy's 6 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

11:46 PM

Andy: Read my posting above to Micky which I made at 3:31PM today!

COM4 remains on low power until 27th of this month.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
Thursday, 14 June 2012
1:30 PM

Hi Dave, thanks for that, I did read all of the posts but obviously was a bit too dim to take it all in (not very technically minded I'm afraid), so basically I should just wait and retune on or after the 27th? (and watch Justified on catch up)

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Andy's 6 posts GB
Dave Lindsay

2:02 PM

Andy: Retuning on or after 27th should be expected to restore these channels.

If your set has manual tuning, then manually tune to UHF channel 48 which is what these services are currently being broadcast on.

If you have a booster, then it is probably best removed. This may or may not help with your reception of COM5.

Once the booster is removed, if you got nothing tuning to C48, then try again.

Different sets work differently and have different sensitivities, so it might be worth trying each one (if they allow manual tuning).

As far as signal strength goes, it isn't so important; it is quality that matters. So the objective is NOT to get the strength bar as close to 100% as possible; indeed this could indicate too much signal strength.

For this reason I suggest removing the booster. So long as the quality is excellent, then the picture will be the best will ever be.

Different sets use different scales, so don't go comparing expecting like for like readings with the same aerial.

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Ian Foord
5:48 PM

Is there (or was)a problem with DSO from Heathfield ? as on the night i watched the analog channels go off and the digi come on .
SDN was on but not BBCB ,but in the morning SDN was gone and still no BBCB ? Still the
same as of now

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Dave Lindsay

5:56 PM

Ian Foord: SDN is on low power until 27th.

BBCB should be available. Are you sure that your receiver has a DVB-T2 tuner in and not just a DVB-T one?

A "HD Ready" TV doesn't have the means to receive Freeview HD signals. "Full HD" does not mean that it can necessarily receive Freeview HD signals, it simply means that the resolution of the HD picture that it can display is the maximum resolution of 1080p.

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