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The symbol shows the location of the Haywards Heath (West Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 2,900 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 Haywards Heath (West Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Haywards 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.

 V max
C37- (601.8MHz)110mDTG-7W
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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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C39- (617.8MHz)110mDTG-7W
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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),

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C42 (642.0MHz)110mDTG-7W
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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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The Haywards Heath (West Sussex, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Blaze, Blaze +1, CBS Reality, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, CITV, YAAAS!, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, Film4 +1, Food Network, GB News, GREAT! movies, GREAT! movies action, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, pick, Pop Player, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky News, Smithsonian Channel, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's TV (UK), Together TV, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 30km east-northeast (57°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 55km northeast (53°)
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 Haywards Heath (West Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20122012-1319 Jul 2018

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 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 35W
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 7W

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. Haywards Heath 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.

Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Mark A.

12:16 PM
Haywards Heath

Hooray, Channel 5 will start two and a half weeks earlier.
(Was 30/06/2012 and now 13/06/2012)

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Mark A.'s 373 posts GB

3:55 PM

Mark A.: In most cases the digital power on the PSB muxes is one fifth of the analogue power. In practice this usually gives coverage on the digital service which is at least as good as the former analogue transmission. At your location the Digital UK postcode checker shows you are predicted to receive a full Freeview service direct from Heathfield.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB

5:47 PM

Mark A.: To be honest, I'm quite pleased that my well-researched dates turned out to be only a few weeks out four or five years ahead of the time, and this mainly because the switchover period has been reduced from four to two weeks...

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Mark A.

8:26 PM
Haywards Heath

Most people can get Heathfield from Haywards Heath, but as I live in a forest I can't.
I can get Haywards Heath without an aerial as I live so close to the transmitter.
My next strongest signal is from Crystal Palace but too week for a proper signal.
I have been tempted to mount an aerial on one of the trees as they are twice as high as the house,
but with leaves on the trees, wind and squirrels, I doubt that would work or last.

As I also have satellite I can get all channels now.

The signal strength from Heathfield is stronger than Haywards Heath,
but by the time it reaches Haywards Heath the Haywards Heath signal is much stronger in most parts of the town.

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Mark A.'s 373 posts GB
Monday, 4 July 2011
Transmitter engineering

10:34 AM

HAYWARDS HEATH transmitter - Over the next week Haywards Heath relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Mark A.

7:11 PM
Haywards Heath

Re: Transmitter engineering

Haywards Heath relay DSO.
I think your a year early.

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Mark A.'s 373 posts GB
Mike Dimmick

7:42 PM

Mark A: "Transmitter Engineering" just reposts what the BBC put on their 'Solve your interference problems' troubleshooter, and what Digital UK post at
Digital UK - Planned Engineering Works
. The BBC put "DSO Related" on their page if they were previously advised of the 'fault', that it would be due to planned engineering works for digital switchover.

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

8:00 PM
Haywards Heath

Mike Dimmick:
Analogue service shutdown could be for 1 week,
but as normal digital service is 'no service until 2012'
I think they have looked up the wrong year.
I won't complain if Freeview starts this week. (Tung in cheek)

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Mark A.'s 373 posts GB
Sunday, 17 July 2011

3:20 PM

Mark A.: Normally the "air works" on a transmitter happen the summer before the actual DSO. Such works occur on "analogue only" transmitters and are tagged as "DSO related" by Digital UK and the BBC.

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Briantist's 38,844 posts GB
Sunday, 14 August 2011
Transmitter engineering

11:36 PM

HAYWARDS HEATH transmitter - Over the next week Haywards Heath relay: TV (analogue) Service Shutdowns, no digital TV, Radio (analogue) working normally, no digital radio. [DUK]

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