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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 problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmitter.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C27 (522.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C24 (498.0MHz)291mDTG-3180,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (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 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C21+ (474.2MHz)291mDTG-6180,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 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

COM4
SDN
 H -0.2dB
C33 (570.0MHz)291mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H -0.2dB
C36 (594.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H -0.2dB
C48 (690.0MHz)289mDTG-8170,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
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
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 1.0m homes 3.7%
from Norwich NR1 3JG, 119km east-northeast (60°)
to ITV Anglia (West) region - 5 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (East)

How will the Sandy Heath (Central Bedfordshire, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1965-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-1312 Feb 2020
VHFA K TK TK TW TW T
C6ITVwaves
C21C4wavesC4wavesC4waves+BBCBBBCB
C24ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C27BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C31BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C32com7
C33SDN
C34com8
C35_local
C36ArqA
C39C5wavesC5waves
C43_local
C48ArqBArqB
C51tv_offSDN
C52tv_offArqA
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7.4dB) 180kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB(-7.7dB) 170kW
com7(-13dB) 49.6kW
com8(-13.1dB) 49.1kW
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

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia Television
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.

Comments
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
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Ian Fisher
1:06 PM
Cambridge

We are missing several Channels from the out put particularly UHF channels 48, 51 and 52 went of yesterday came back on early this morning and have now gone off again
My postcode is CB21 4SR

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Kevin McIntyre
9:46 PM
Wisbech

We have lost all channels after the storm last night, are there any known issues? PE13 2JQ

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:58 PM

Kevin McIntyre: There are no faults showing for Sandy Heath (and if there was a problem there would be a lot of people complaining). It's far more likely that something has gone wrong with your aerial system. Start by checking for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV, then work your way back towards the aerial as far as you can safely access.

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB
Sunday, 6 August 2017
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MickO
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:36 AM

Hasn't hit me in the eye, but how many TV channels should I look for when retuning?
Current retune shows 184.
Could the total channels be shown on the web pages. Thus making it easy to confirm missing channels/groups?

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MickO's 26 posts GB
Sunday, 13 August 2017
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Richard
6:41 PM

Hello Help please, I live in the Murrow Cambs PE134HU, at present no Freeview just Sky. If I do get a Freeview aerial can I get signal from Sandy Heath? I want to listen to digital radio station BBC Three Counties based in Bedford.

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StevensOnln1
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

7:31 PM

Richard: You should get a good signal from Sandy Heath at your location (according to the Digital UK postcode checker) although as you are 60km from the transmitter it would be recommended to have a rooftop aerial fitted which will give much better results than you are likely to get with an indoor aerial. Although if all your want it for is to listed to BBC Three Counties radio you could easily do that online (use something like a Google Chromecast Audio device if you want to listen via a hifi setup).

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StevensOnln1's 3,376 posts GB
Friday, 22 September 2017
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Coach
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

10:44 PM

Lost BBC1,2, ITV.. CH4 . CH5 HE out of Sandy Heath

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Coach's 33 posts GB
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
MikeP
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

4:53 PM

Coach:

Please check all your aerial connections, unplugging the coaxial plugs and then re-inserting them. It is likely that corrosion of the contacts has caused your problem. There is no known transmitter fault else thwere would thousands of similar compaints.



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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB
Saturday, 30 September 2017
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lesley w
10:41 PM
Peterborough

We get pixelation most days, blocking and sometimes loss of signal. We have re-tuned several times/ Our serial is in the loft space. Our tv is only 4 months old so freeview is built in.

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lesley w's 1 post GB
Sunday, 1 October 2017
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MikeB
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:37 PM

lesley w: Check your system - the TV is telling you its not getting a signal, so logically, you need to trace the problem back from the TV.

But check signal strength as well - your actually closer to Waltham than Sandy heath - not impossible your accidently tuned to that transmitter instead, and your signal might be too high, not too low.

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