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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.

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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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Are you trying to watch these 43 Freeview channels?

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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.

Sunday, 27 May 2012
Mark Agius

7:48 PM
Haywards Heath

On Wednesday the 13/06/2012 there will be on TIV or Channel 4 from midnight to 2:00pm

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Wednesday, 30 May 2012
Mark Agius

2:39 PM
Haywards Heath

BBC Two analogue ended at; 12:20am on 30/06/2012
(Sound ended 4 seconds before picture?)
BBC One intermittent signal from 12:20am to 12:29am
ITV and Channel 4 not affected.

BBC A Multiplex (PSB 1) started at 12:29am

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Friday, 1 June 2012
Fred STreeter
6:22 PM

living Upper Beeding BN443UA...receiving from Midhurst...since switchover signal getting progressively worse . have now lost ITV3 ,FiveStar, FiveUSA completely & and a number of other channels almost impossible to watch most times ?hows this a better service ??any ideas to regain the lost channels ??

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Dave Lindsay

6:39 PM

Fred STreeter: I think that the problem you have is that the Steyning relay transmitter uses the same channel as the "SDN" multiplex from Midhurst. It will stay like this until October of this year when Midhurst SDN will change channel.

See here a response I wrote to Andrew at BN44 3TB: Freeview on Midhurst TV transmitter | - independent free digital TV advice

See here under the heading "After switchover configuration" (you may need to refresh by pressing F5 to see the graphic):

Freeview multiplexes | - independent free digital TV advice

This gives the six multiplexes and explains which services are carried on each.

As you can see, SDN carries ITV3, ITV2+1, %*, 5USE, Quest and Channel 5+1, plus some others, including radio.

A more comprehensive list is here:

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations (BN44 3TB)

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Mark Agius

8:42 AM

Re: Dave Lindsay / DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

I see that the Channel Islands get ITV 3 (On PSB 2) as well as ALL the other channels that England gets.
Is the PSB 2 bandwidth wider in the Channel Islands, or are some of the channels at a lower resolution?
Or is there some wasted space in Englands PSB 2 transmission?


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Dave Lindsay

9:50 AM

Mark Agius: The Channel Islands' transmitters are PSB-only. Only the three PSB tables on that page have a "CI" column, the rightmost in the COMs is "NI".

ITV3 is carried on PSB2 on the Channel Islands because there is no +1 variant for ITV Channel Television.

I imagine that the services that PSB2 carry are decided on the basis of which is likely to yield the most revenue from advertisers. So I guess that ITV1+1 and ITV2+1 are seen as more lucrative than ITV3 and ITV4, for example.

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Saturday, 16 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

5:28 PM

HAYWARDS HEATH transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 14:37 on 13 Jun to 14:47 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Timmy K
10:22 PM

Does anyone know why after 3 weeks of good running, my TV is now scrambling Viva, 4Music, ITV4 and other channels? I'm in Haywards Heath.

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012
1:29 PM
Haywards Heath

I live in Lindfield just outside H Heath. I originally lined up my aerial with Heathfield to get a signal. After the switch over signal improved but we still get drop outs. Should I turn the aerial round to H Heath now it is on line?

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Dave Lindsay

2:04 PM

graham : You could do, although it only broadcasts PSB channels. Thus, if the drop-outs affect only the COMs then you will be no better off.

For a full list of Freeview channels, including which are PSB and which are COM, see:

DTG :: DTT Services by Multiplex

The difficulty with Heathfield would appear to be the high ground in and around Awbrook. There are also a lot of trees around, including some which appear to be in the way of HH transmitter for some houses. This perhaps explains the use of higher gain aerials on some houses for HH.

If your HH aerial is a Group B one (yellow tip), then this is suitable for Heathfield, albeit that perhaps you need a higher gain one. Or then again, maybe it needs mounting higher up.


Aerials, TV Aerial and Digital Aerial

Prior to switchover, Heathfield used Group C/D channels but now the COMs are below C/D and a B aerial should be used in cases where a Group aerial is used.

See here for more information about Heathfield:

Heathfield Transmitter

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