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Final switchover for Sandy Heath and Nottingham on 13th April in 2011 week 3

If you are in the west of East Anglia, you will use the Sandy Heath transmitter, or one of the three relays at Luton, Kimpton, Dallington Park (Northampton). You may use the Nottingham transmitter if you are in the very central section of Nottingham.

If you are in the west of East Anglia, you will use the Sandy H
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Viewers in Cambridge, Bedford, Northampton, Stevenage, Ely, Milton Keynes and surrounding areas will have no analogue television from Wednesday 13th April 2011. Unless you use cable or satellite, if you don't have a Freeview box or set, your screen will be blank.

Most people need only retune their Freeview box or TV, but it would be impossible with 965,700 homes covered for there to be no problems. This also applies to the 74,000 homes that use the Nottingham transmitter.

From Wednesday 13th April 2011 you MUST have a digital television device to watch TV. If you do not have a digital receiver, from Wednesday will have a blank screen.

Do not expect a terrestrial television service from midnight until 6am - or a late as lunchtime on relay transmitters.

If you are over 75, get (or could get) Disability Living Allowance, Attendance Allowance, Constant Attendance Allowance or mobility supplement; or have lived in a care home for six months or more; or are registered blind or partially sighted and need assistance, please see The Switchover Help Scheme.

After 16,711 days (nearly 46 years), Sandy Heath will no longer broadcast analogue television signals.

Cable and satellite

Cable (Virgin Media) and satellite (Sky, Freesat, fSfS) viewers are not affected by the changes. Remember, however, that you may be using analogue TV to watch on a second or third set and it might need a Freeview box.

Existing Freeview users

If you already use Freeview, and can receive all the channels now, check your TV or box is not listed here - TVs and boxes that do not support the 8k-mode. If it is, you will need a new box.

If you are not on the list, you should scan your box from around 6am.

When you now rescan, you MUST do a "first time installation" or "factory reset" scan, not an "add channels". Do the procedure you did on September 30th 2009. If you can't recall what this was, please see List of manuals for Freeview retune, or try the generic clear and rescan procedure.

If you scanned during the first phase of switchover on Wednesday 30th March 2011 - you will have to do it again ON Wednesday 13th April 2011.

Using Freeview with Windows Vista

Please see Switch over and PC-based systems because you need some updates for your system to work.


If you live close to the transmitter, you may have to disconnect any "boosters" from your aerial system. The new, more powerful digital signals may overload any amplifiers and result in no reception! When looking for them include a check for distribution amplifiers, loft boxes, set back amplifiers, bypass Amplifiers, hidden masthead amps in a loft space and any dodgy active splitters.

Homes without Freeview

If you had no Freeview service before, you will have the BBC channels digitally from Wednesday 30th March 2011. This is a single multiplex of the BBC channels (radio, television and text) for most people.

However, if you were on the fringes of reception from one of the main Freeview transmitters, you will now get all the Freeview channels.

If you didn't get this limited Freeview service in November then you may need a new aerial.

If you are served by a public service (relay) transmitter

You now need, from lunchtime on December 2nd to rescan, and you will get a second Multiplex with ITV 1, ITV 2, ITV 1 +1, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel 4+1, E4 and More4. And that's your lot, see Freeview retune - poor public service transmitters .

Everyone who has digital TV now has Freeview HD.

Digital regional overlap

The old analogue TV signals provided lots of nations and regions for the public service channels, and these have large areas of overlap.

The old low power digital TV signals were at very low levels and reception of signals from more than one transmitter was a rare event.

All Freeview boxes automatically scan the available broadcast frequencies looking for channels, and they do this from C21 to C69. Whilst scanning, if a duplicate version of a channel is found, such as another BBC One region, they are placed in the 800-899 channel range.

The 800-899 is easy to access by pressing CH- from 1, and in most programme guides is just a single scroll up.

Freeview HD

Freeview HD will start on Wednesday 13th April 2011 from Sandy Heath and the relay transmitters. You will need a Freeview HD - DVB-T2 receiver to watch the channels. A HD TV set with Freeview is not enough.

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
Mike Dimmick

6:26 PM

You can get an idea of when your relay will complete switching at Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times . It should have progress reports on the 13th itself. Currently it says:

Sandy Heath, Luton: 6am
Dallington Park: Mid-morning
Kimpton: Mid-afternoon

The document sent out to installers who have subscribed to the ALmanac says 6am for all relays, though. Anglia Aerial Installer Newsletter.

Fringe reception of all multiplexes from Sandy Heath won't happen tomorrow: the commercial multiplexes stay on low power and parking channels until September (ArqB), November (ArqA) and April 2012 (SDN). Nottingham commercial multiplexes stay on low power and parking channels until September/October.

Not sure where you got your statistic from. While Sandy Heath did transmit 405-line TV, it didn't go on-air until 13 July 1965 (16,710 days tomorrow). Anglia started in 1959, but it was from Mendlesham. Sandy Heath was really a new build for UHF. Source: mb21 - - ITV 405 line TV Transmitters - East of England and mb21 - - BBC VHF 405-line Transmitters where the original scanned document referred to a 'Huntingdonshire' transmitter. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB
Mark A.

6:35 PM
Haywards Heath

Public service (relay) transmitters.
I believe you will also get "Sky Sports 1" and "Sky Sports 2"
on PSB 3.
These are subscription channels.
Why there are payment channels on a public service multiples is another question.
I for one would perfer two more free channels. EG ITV3, ITV4, Film4 etc.

But Sky want us to give them money!

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Mark A.'s 372 posts GB

6:38 PM

Mark A.: No, Sky Sports 1 and 2 are on COM6, not the PSBs after switchover. See Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB

6:48 PM

Mike Dimmick: The transmitter start dates were sourced for a book I no longer have, but it was a primary source, not "just some website".

In fact it does say 13th Jul 1965 on the page, I've just copied and pasted the wrong one into Excel, so it is 16711 days.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Mark A.

6:49 PM

"Sky Sports 1" and "Sky Sports 2" are on multiplex B which switches to PSB3 as digital switch over.
I've just checked at
at DSO "Sky Sports 1" and "Sky Sports 2" are removed or rather moved to COM6.

I was all ready to complain about this, but now I can't. (RH163LB)

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Mark A.'s 372 posts GB

6:51 PM

Mark A.: Sorry, that's just wrong. They are NOT on the PSBs after switchover, they are on COM6.

Look check the PRIMARY SOURCE - DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations .

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Mark A.

6:52 PM
Haywards Heath

That's what I said. They move from multiplex B to COM6.

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Mark A.'s 372 posts GB

7:01 PM

Mark A.: OK, sorry, I misread.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
2:51 AM

I lost my sky sports 1 & 2 a few hours ago i did a rescan and found the mahority of channels apart from itv & sky sports - i have an indoor aerial it is placed near a window and my post code is lu11ll cn you help?

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Irfan's 2 posts GB

4:22 AM

Irfan: As above WAIT FOR 6AM.

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