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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
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) South East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 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 (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, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Meridian south coast),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-620,000W
Channel icons
72 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, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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, Quest HD, Forces TV, FreeSports, More4 +1, Now 70s, PBS America +1, 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
Friday, 8 June 2018
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Jeff Klepper
3:07 PM

StevensOnln1:
strength box 10
tv near top range no number given

but since found out problems at the Heathfield transmitter
if I use tv's no problem but if boxes used problems
I have 2 tv and two Panasonic boxes



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Jeff Klepper's 2 posts GB
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MikeB
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7:13 PM

Jeff: Panasonic's are know to have sensitive tuners, so I am not surprised they are breaking up - your tv is perhaps slightly less sensitive, etc. You need to kill that signal level, no matter what you might think is going on with the transmitter, which probably has nothing to do with your problem.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB
Saturday, 9 June 2018
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:11 PM

Jeff:

Further to that said by MikeB, you need to have around 80% signal strength as nearer to 100% will overload the tuner of any TV or box.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Thursday, 21 June 2018
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John
6:01 PM

Live in Haywards Heath and for the last couple of days the hd channels have been heavily pixelated and breaking up. Non hd are fine and tv menu showing 100% signal strength. Is there a localised issue.

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

6:18 PM

John : 100% signal strength is too high and can lead to the TV's tuner being overloaded. Take a look at the article titled "Too much of a good thing" on this website and try an attenuator.

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StevensOnln1's 3,211 posts GB
Wednesday, 27 June 2018
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Geoff Cole
8:16 AM

This morning 27 June 2018 I have no reception on any BBC channels non-HD from Heathfield or Midhurst. All other channels are working as normal although BBC HD channels are breaking up.

You say there are no problems but if it were to be a problem with my equipment I would expect similar problems on all channels.

I live in Southwater, somewhat between Midhurst and Heathfield transmitters and worse, in a hollow. So reception can be "iffy" although the recent retuning has improved the situation hugely to the point that we can now use DTT more regularly rather than only satellite. However the weather seems to affect it. But reception has been very good over recent weeks. But not today.

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peter martin
8:32 AM
Hailsham

I live in Arlington bn27 3ra, the other side of Hailsham. Last night (26-06-18) I suffered no signal on around half of the stations that I normally have good reception on. The aerial is in it's normal position, I've cleaned the plugs & sockets of my TV aerial with switch cleaner, re-scanned & have now lost about half the stations. Is there a transmitter problem? Peter

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MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:43 PM

Peter Martin:

No problems reported at the transmitter. However, the hot weather is causing tropospheric lift whereby signal from other transmitters travel further than usual and cause interference, a well known and documented problem.



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Alan Clark
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:08 PM
Eastbourne

Geoff Cole: We had the same trouble this morning here in Hampden Park BN22 9BX, only affected the BBC channels.

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Alan Clark's 23 posts GB
Wednesday, 4 July 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:03 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:00 today, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:00 today. [BBC]

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