Full Freeview on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter.
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.
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 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC Norfolk (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Three Counties (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Cambridge (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Northampton (BBC local radio),
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),
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 66 TBN UK,
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 Racing TV, Kiss Chat & Date, Proud Dating, ADULT Xpanded2, 16 QVC, 22 TJC, 237 TalkTV, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
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 CRAFT EXTRA , 45 Gems TV, 85 Create & Craft, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
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 ADULT smileTV2, ADULT Studio 66, 37 QVC Beauty, 38 QVC Style, 51 Ideal World, 72 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 678 Xpanded TV, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)
Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sandy Heath transmitter?
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
How will the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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 Mar 11 and 13 Apr 11.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|BBCA, D3+4, BBCB||(-7.4dB) 180kW|
|SDN, ARQA, ARQB||(-7.7dB) 170kW|
|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
Helen Chan: There are no reported faults or engineering work that I can see listed at Sandy Heath. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV? If the problem is happening at the same time every weekend it may be a sign that you are suffering from electrical interference from something in your home or nearby which is only used at the weekend. Common sources of electrical noise can include things like cheap LED lighting, power tools or anything with an electric motor.
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Update - Sandy Heath is currently listed for Planned Engineering with Possible effect on TV reception "Screen may go black on all or certain channels".
Unfortunately there's been quite a lot of repeated "Planned Engineering" at many main transmitters in the last six months or so for reasons that have not been given.
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You should normally expect good reception from Sandy Heath in your postcode.
There are currently no faults listed and the transmitter isn't listed for Planned Engineering.
There is however some quite strong weather related "Tropospheric Ducting" affecting parts of the country, especially the east which could be causing disruption to signals for some. The BBC have issued some warnings.
This is as a result of interfering signals from distant transmitters in Europe or the UK being received. Do NOT retune if you have badly pixellated pictures or no signal, this will likely just clear your correct tuning.
There is nothing you can do about this except wait for conditions to change, they don't usually last for very long.
IF you have retuned, then you may have become tuned to incorrect transmitters whose signals disappear as conditions change, or your tuning has been cleared and you'll have to retune again, maybe several times as you won't know when your signals are back to normal.
Other than the above, maybe just check all the connections behind your TV and also check that your aerial is still intact and pointing in the correct direction and the downlead isn't flapping in the wind.
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J Mitchell :
To be clear, you used to have TV channels at LCNs 101-106/109 in your EPG? Are they still there with just no signal?
When did the problem start?
Have you changed anything in your equipment set-up?
Does the aerial look intact and is it still pointing in the correct direction?
The BBCB HD/PSB3 multiplex which carries the HD channels is on UHF channel C21 at Sandy Heath.
Can you check in your TV Tuning section which UHF channels you are tuned to? The correct UHF channels are in the very top section of this page.
Can you post the signal strength and quality (or BER/Error) figures for each UHF channel?
You could be getting interference as a result of weather related Tropospheric Ducting which has been very intermittent and variable. There appears to be some predicted at present which may be affecting reception for some in East Anglia. It doesn't normally affect all multiplexes (and so the TV channels carried on them), usually just one or two, but it does depend on where the interfering signals are coming from.
If you provide a full postcode, we can check your predicted reception.
If you were correctly tuned then do not retune if you have pixellated pictures or no signal as this usually just clears the correct tuning. If you need to correct your tuning, do a manual tune of the UHF channels listed.
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