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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?

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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.

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
Channel icons
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),

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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 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 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?

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
Monday, 16 March 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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M Dainty
8:06 PM

Please advise. For the last few weeks we have had intermittent problems with sound/picture signal. Since the weekend (14th March 2015) we have only been able to receive a good signal on BBC1. All other channels are so badly affected it is difficult to see any picture/hear sound. Several resets have been performed on the digital box making no change. All cabling has been checked and is good. Any ideas?
Postcode RH17

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Dave Lindsay
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8:19 PM

M Dainty: See:
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works


Heathfield: "Possible weak signal"

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015
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Alan
11:34 AM

Is anyone else using the Heathfield transmitter experiencing signal problems, we are in the RH17 postcode and have been suffering since the weekend with virtually no picture / sound on the Freeview box and some channels on the TV although these come and go. Before I call someone in to look at the ariel / cabling I wanted to rule out it being a transmission issue as I believe due to engineering works the Heathfield transmitter may be outputting a weaker signal than normal?

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Dave Lindsay
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1:03 PM

Alan: Yes! Read the posting above from M Dainty who's also in RH17.

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015
Transmitter engineering
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4:31 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Peter
11:55 AM
Uckfield

Hi

i am just moving to TN22 1SB (uckfield) and the house has no airiel, I have a smart tv with broadband installed soon, would i be able to use a boosted external airiel mounted on the front of the house?

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Dave Lindsay
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12:18 PM

Peter: At only 5.6 miles with apparent clear line-of-sight to the transmitter a signal amplifier will likely be way over the top. This is unless it's for the purposes of splitting the feed so as to run to more than one room.


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I would get a log periodic aerial and double-screened "satellite"-grade coax cable. For example:

Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

(Other retailers are available.)

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Thursday, 16 April 2015
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PETER
11:36 AM

Hi, i live in tn330tu Battle area. i receive good signal and most channels during the day. when re tuning i usually have a choice of transmitter and the end of the scan. east Sussex or Kent.

at night anywhere from 730pm through the night i lose channels and get no signal on 90% of channels. now if i retune for example only to get say 20 channels i can watch BBC 1, 2 and BBC NeWS channels having had no signal on these. the same situation is with itv and other channels. during the day i can get over a hundred channels all working well. i am utterly fed up with dtv, why it was ever brought god knows it is and absolute pain. i have good outdoor aireal and cables are in good shape. i wish that i onle had one transmitter as having two seems to be the possible problem.

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Dave Lindsay
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11:52 AM

PETER: Two transmitters cannot be the problem unless the wrong one is selected, and by "wrong" I'm referring to the one which the aerial does not face.

If your aerial is directed to Heathfield, then you can't quite see it, with the trees of Great Wood being on the brow over which you're receiving. So it's not surprising that intermittent reception might ensue.

Judging by the terrain plotter Dover may able to be seen so you might be better off reorienting your aerial to it. The only thing is I can see lots of trees close to your house which could potentially hamper efforts if they are in front of the aerial.

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