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The symbol shows the location of the Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 170,000 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 Heathfield (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Heathfield 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.

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
Channel icons
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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C44 (658.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)298mDTG-20,000W
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

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C40 (626.0MHz)298mDTG-820,000W
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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

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C43 (650.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
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 9 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)300mDTG-820,000W
Channel icons
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

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 0 Freeview HD channels?

The Heathfield (East Sussex, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 17km north (5°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 40km north-northeast (31°)
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 Heathfield (East Sussex, 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 May 12 and 13 Jun 12.

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

Analogue 1-4 100kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 20kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*(-18dB) 1.6kW
Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-20dB) 1000W

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. Heathfield 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.

Is the transmitter output the same in all directions?

Radiation patterns withheld

Saturday, 16 June 2012
Denise Hunter
9:21 PM

Freeview seems to be broadcast over channels 21-68.

I can't get ITV 3 (channel 10)despite retuning automatically and unsucessfully trying to install the channel manually.

What is Channel 10 (ITV 3) equivalant to in the spectrum between 21-68. I would love to receive ITV 3.

Am on the Heathfield Transmitter postcode BN23 5TG.

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Denise Hunter's 1 post GB
Dave Lindsay

10:27 PM

Denise Hunter: ITV3 and others on SDN from Heathfield remain on low power until 27th June when a retune will be required. On that date the signal will go up to full power.

If you have a booster, remove it. It may or may not restore availability of ITV3. If it does not, but the other channels remain OK, then leave it out.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB

11:21 PM

Denise Hunter: In addition to whats been said by Dave Lindsay, ITV3 presently operates on Ch48 / 2Kw from Heathfield until the 27th when it moves to Ch42 / 20Kw.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB
Sunday, 17 June 2012
Mark Agius

7:51 AM
Haywards Heath

Re: Ian Foord
BBC B (PSB3) started at 2:20pm on 13/06/2012
from the Haywards Heath transmitter.
At Heathfield it started some when between 12:05am and 2:20pm

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Mark Agius's 372 posts GB
Mark Agius

7:55 AM
Haywards Heath

should be 2:50pm and not 2:20pm as above.

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Mark Agius's 372 posts GB
7:04 PM


I bought Technisat Freeview HD receiver recently. I also have LG 32" LCD HDTV. Both before and after switchover, I have a good reception of standard digital channels but when I tried tuning for HD signals using my Freeview HD box, it seems it can't detect it.
I tried manually tuning to 682 MHz but only have a very low signal and low quality as well (one red bar). I live in Crowborough area and I'm currently using 32 element digital tv aerial; quite similar to this SLx 27887K 32 Element Digital TV Aerial + Kit: Electronics The main cable is shared to 3 TVs around the house. Can anyone help me on this? Sorry for english, not my first language. Thanks in advance. (TN61DL)

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Dupree's 7 posts FR
Monday, 18 June 2012
9:20 AM

I live in Crowborough, have a new LG TV and BT Vision. Before switchover I got several channels (though weather did interfere or make me lose some completely at times). However since switchover I can only get the BBC group & occasionally those on Channel 41 through my TV, without the BT Vision plugged in. On BT Vision I can only get the BBC group on Channel 52. I have tried the reset procedure on TV & Vision i.e. turning off, rescanning without aerial plugged in etc to clear all channels, then rescanning but no improvement. I only get maximum 38% strength on Channel 49 and no signal on other channels. Why is this? Do I need another aerial, mine is in the attic?

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tina's 2 posts GB
Transmitter engineering

11:28 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Heathfield main transmitter: no analogue TV, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK] Over the next week Heathfield main transmitter: no analogue TV, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 139,754 posts xx
Transmitter engineering

11:28 AM

HEATHFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Heathfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK] Over the next week Heathfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Dave Lindsay

11:37 AM

tina: If you have a booster, then you should remove it. This could be increasing your signal levels in excess of those that the BT Vision box (and any receiver) can handle.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB
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