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THE HEATHFIELD TRANSMITTER is the UHF main station that serves most of East Sussex and bordering parts of Kent.

It is one of three long-established south-east region UHF main stations (along with Bluebell Hill and Dover) and one of four 'primary stations' as defined by the 'Transmitter Groups' created by Digital Switchover, which adds the Tunbridge Wells transmitter to the group.

The station also carries regional FM radio services and both national and regional DAB multiplexes.  BBC National FM is not carried from this site as these services are broadcast to the area from the Wrotham transmitter.

Heathfield was originally opened by the BBC as a new-build site for the UHF transmitter network, initially broadcasting BBC2 only from 17 October 1970 with BBC1 and ITV following in November 1971.

ANALOGUE UHF CHANNEL ALLOCATION

In common with the south-coast area UHF main stations at Hannington, Midhurst, Dover and Bluebell Hill, the UHF analogue channel allocation at Heathfield (49-52-64-67) was a non-standard grouping.

The reason for this was the proximity of these stations to mainland Europe and is explained in more detail on the Hannington page.

DIGITAL SWITCHOVER

Heathfield completed Digital Switchover (DSO) on 13 June 2012 with the allocated UHF channels placing the transmitter within Group B (Channels 35-53) for receiving aerials, having originally been Group C/D (Channels 48-68) for analogue and later wideband Group W (Channels 21-68) for analogue/original digital multiplexes combined.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 STATION INFORMATION


Location:

Herring Lane, Cross-In-Hand, Heathfield, TN21 0UG

Grid Reference:

TQ566220

Landlord:

Arqiva (Legacy: BBC/Crown Castle UK/NGW)

Ground Height:

157.3m

ITV Region:

Meridian East

Mast Height ("):

135m

BBC Region:

South-East

Aerial Height (*):

300m

 

UHF Tx Number:

13900

(") Main structure height excluding UHF antenna

 

 

(*) UHF aerial height above sea level (a.o.d) as quoted by landlord 

 

 


  CURRENT TRANSMISSIONS

Digital Television  

 

Analogue Radio (FM)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

: Ch/Polarisation/e.r.p

 

 

 Service:

(MHz)

(e.r.p)

PSB1

: 52 / H / 20kW 

 

 

BBC Sussex :

104.5

10kW

PSB2

: 49 / H / 20kW 

 

 Heart FM (Sussex & Surrey):

102.4

8.2kW

PSB3

: 47 / H / 20kW 

 

 

 

 

 

COM4

: 42 / H / 20kW 

 

 

Digital Radio

COM5

: 44 / H / 20kW

 

 

 

COM6

: 41 / H / 20kW

 

 

BBC National (Block 12B)

 

 

 

 

 

Digital One (Block 11D)

  

Sussex (Block 10B)

PRE-DIGITAL SWITCHOVER UHF TRANSMISSIONS

(Shutdown completed 13 June 2012)

Analogue Television 

 

 

 

Digital Television

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Service

  Ch/Polar/e.r.p

 

 

 

 

Service

 Ch/Polar/e.r.p

BBC1

: 49 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

Mux1

: 34 / H / 1.6kW

BBC2

: 52 / H / 100kW  

 

 

 

 

Mux2

: 29 / H / 1.6kW

ITV1

: 64 / H / 100kW 

 

 

 

 

MuxA

: 48 / H / 1.0kW

Ch4

: 67 / H / 100kW

 

 

 

 

MuxB

: 47 / H / 1.0kW

Ch5

: No Service

 

MuxC

: 54 / H / 1.0kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MuxD

: 51 / H / 1.0kW

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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