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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 29/05/2023 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
Channel icons
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
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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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

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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 Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

 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 9 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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, 18 April 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:07 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 10:23 on 16 Apr to 10:56 on 16 Apr. [BBC]

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Roger Milbery
5:09 PM

We currently are not receiving any ITV, Channel 4 and many Freeview channels. This started yesterday and has continued today. We have had several such episodes lasting several hours over the last few months with no explanation. We can receive BBC channels and some Freeview channels.

Re-tuning the set simply finds the available programmes, i.e. BBC.

We don't believe this is an equipment or roof mounted aerial problem as our neighbours have the same problem. We can't find any notification of problems on line. Any advice appreciated.

Post code ME18 6JE

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Roger Milbery's 2 posts GB
Friday, 20 April 2018
B Drew
9:05 AM

Hi there, my mother in the same postcode has exactly the same issue. TV is fine, aerial is fine. Does appear to be a signal issue. Do you know if there is a way to contact the responsible parties directly? Any advice gratefully received.

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B Drew's 1 post GB

9:54 AM

B Drew: check that your tv is tuned to the right transmitter, and that your aerial is working properly. And then remember that we are having high pressure, so it could be that. But most such problems seem to have been caused by the first two issues.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Roger Milbery
4:18 PM

One of our neighbours who also has the signal problem had their aerial changed today in an attempt to overcome the problem The fitter eventually managed to obtain an HD signal by fitting a new aerial (not sure which transmitter), but said the problem is weather (pressure) related and there's not much that can be done! Apparently it's cross-channel interference or something similar?

It would be good to hear from a representative of the Heathfield transmitter to get their opinion.

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Roger Milbery's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 21 April 2018
Transmitter engineering

12:07 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:37 today to 09:40 today. [BBC]

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12:28 PM

Roger Milbery:

Tropospheric lift is a well known phenomenon during hot weather with a high pressure system nearby. It has been known about since at least the mid fifties but is more noticable on UHF transmissions rather than VHF (BBC1 405 line was Band 1 VHF and ITV 405 line was Band 3 VHF). Previous 625 line transmissions were all on UHF, as are all the Freeview signals nowadays. It is not unusual to find signals that normally only travel 50km are able to be received, and viewed, 150km or more away! Whether the source of your current signal problems is from the mainland Europe is hard to tell - it could be from any direction that is 'visible' to your aerial. In the current weather conditions do not retune.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts PT
Sunday, 22 April 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:07 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:37 yesterday to 09:40 yesterday, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 yesterday to 22:51 yesterday. [BBC]

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Monday, 23 April 2018
Transmitter engineering

6:07 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 09:37 on 21 Apr to 09:40 on 21 Apr, BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 22:47 on 21 Apr to 22:51 on 21 Apr. [BBC]

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Tuesday, 29 May 2018
Transmitter engineering

12:05 PM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 10:03 today. [BBC]

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