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The symbol shows the location of the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter which serves 920,000 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 Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sandy Heath 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
C27 (522.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) Cambridge, 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
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (West 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 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
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 -0.2dB
C33 (570.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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 -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sandy Heath transmitter?

regional news image
BBC Look East (West) 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Cambridge CB4 0WZ, 29km east-northeast (66°)
to BBC Cambridge region - 4 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Norwich NR1 3JG, 119km east-northeast (60°)
to ITV Anglia (West) region - 5 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (East)

How will the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1965-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1312 Feb 2020
VHFA K TK TK TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32com7
C33SDN
C34com8
C35_local
C36ArqA
C39C5wavesC5waves
C43_local
C48ArqBArqB
C51tv_offSDN
C52tv_offArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.4dB) 180kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7.7dB) 170kW
com7(-13dB) 49.6kW
com8(-13.1dB) 49.1kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-17dB) 20kW
Analogue 5(-20dB) 10kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sandy Heath transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia Television
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.

Comments
Saturday, 28 April 2018
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Linda Greenway
5:06 PM

We keep getting 'no signal message' around 5.00pm everyday.
Is anybody else getting this.
Leighton Buzzard.

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StevensOnln1
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6:01 PM

Linda Greenway: If it's happening at the same time every day, the most likely explanation is that you're suffering from electrical interference being generated by something operating on a timer (probably something with an electric motor such as a central heating pump).

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018
Transmitter engineering
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3:06 PM

SANDY HEATH transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Very Weak Signal from 13:00 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering
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9:06 PM

SANDY HEATH transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Very Weak Signal from 13:00 today to 13:19 today. [BBC]

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Thursday, 17 May 2018
Transmitter engineering
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5:28 AM

SANDY HEATH transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Very Weak Signal from 13:00 yesterday to 13:19 yesterday. [BBC]

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Friday, 18 May 2018
Transmitter engineering
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6:05 AM

SANDY HEATH transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Very Weak Signal from 13:00 on 16 May to 13:19 on 16 May. [BBC]

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Wednesday, 23 May 2018
J
J Knights
10:19 PM
Wisbech

Any reason for poor reception on C24 ITV Channel 4 Channel 5? Picture breaking up. Good reception for BBC 1 and BBC 2. Post code PE13 5LB. Roof top aerial.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018
MikeP
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6:51 PM

J Knights:

Look at the digitaluk trade box below your post (or look at Coverage Checker - Detailed View which is the same) and you will c=see that some multiplexes are rated as variable, so weather, etc could well affect them. Please check all your aerial cables and connections to ensure they are making good contact throughout.

Note that the 6 June retune will require a change to a wideband aerial unless you already have a good one fitted.



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Wednesday, 30 May 2018
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Jerry Foley
6:14 PM

Dear UK TV
I have had no TV Transmitter signal since 28th May 2018 (over 48 hours)! Has Transmitter retuning been brought forward? If so, how long before normal service is resumed?
Ps I have already tried retuning my TV set, and internal diagnostics suggest that the TV Transmitter is switched off!
Yours sincerely J Foley.


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StevensOnln1
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7:24 PM

Jerry Foley : The first frequency changes at Sandy Heath don't take place until 17th July (according to Digital UK) and there is no engineering work reported. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? Retuning was a bad idea as you've now deleted all of your channels which were correctly tuned.

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