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Heathfield was opened in 1969 and is located 13 miles NNW of Eastbourne. The top of the mast is 998ft (302m) from sea level and the total mast height is 145m, though the height to the bottom of the antenna shroud is 135m, see How High is High ?


Heathfield`s population coverage is around 500 thousand and it has sixteen (including Hastings) smaller repeaters off it to improve its signal coverage in poor areas.

Heathfield television transmitter

Heathfield  television transmitter

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Heathfield transmitter “Up Close”

Heathfield`s channels in relation to the UHF TV band and the gain curves of the aerials we recommend for it.   DM Log    Log36    Yagi18B    XB10B     XB16B


Note how after the switchover in 2012 Heathfield is now a B group (as opposed to its original C/D group). Thus four of the six MUXES are technically out of the original C/D group. But the graph shows quite clearly that the “cut off” for C/D group aerials is not precipitous and that most people in reasonable signal areas will get all the Digital OK off their “old” C/D group aerial, particularly as the power was increased at DSO by a large margin. Though this may not apply to some cheap crappy Contract aerials.

For Heathfield`s frequencies see its channel allocation guide.


Also see other relevant B group curves.


Heathfield`s TV frequencies/channels.

Note the various co-channel issues, and that`s before one brings in the continental transmitters !  Also check Heathfield`s sixteen (including Hastings) smaller repeaters .


The frequencies given are for (most) digital MUXES, for analogue channels deduct 3MHz.


External Links


Heathfield page on MB21

Heathfield page on Wikipedia


Digital UK Heathfield transmitter

Digital UK details of Meridian transmitters

Heathfield Transmitter



OS Grid Ref TQ 566 220




Note, due to the new phenomenon of MUXICAL chairs you may experience problems with certain MUXES disappearing. First try rescanning your TV / set top box, do it manually if possible.

If this fails to sort it check on transmitter work or call the reception advice phone numbers.


Also see basic digital fault finding.


Switchover at Heathfield occurred in June 2012.

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We are more than willing to give advice to those actually purchasing from us. Could those only seeking information please just find the answer somewhere on this site, or ring an aerial installer local to them, or call the reception advice phone numbers.

There are no interleaved spectrum channels allocated to Heathfield in the latest scheme, but a slight possibility exists of more TV channels being transmitted between CHs 31 and 37, but all of these can by picked up be (decent) B or E group aerials.

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Heathfield TV transmitter Heathfield (and co-receivable transmitters) digital TV channels / MUXES Heathfield transmitter`s TV channels / MUXES and powers (pre and post digital switchover) Heathfield`s transmitted TV channels in relation to our recommended aerials

Subjects are listed on this page in the following order :


History and general info of Heathfield Transmitter


Heathfield transmitter coverage (area & population)


Digital power output, aerial group and polarisation of Heathfield transmitter


Possible extra (future) channels from Heathfield


Our TV aerial recommendations for Heathfield


Heathfield external links


Pictures of Heathfield transmitter


Heathfield’s graph (its transmissions v our aerial recommendations)


Heathfields channels/frequencies (including alternative transmitters)

Heathfield is a B group though before switchover it was a C/D group. However, C/D group aerials often pick up signal quite well below their designed for band, reception of all the digital  may still be possible on an original "analogue group" aerial (see Heathfield`s graph ). This may not apply to some cheap crappy Contract aerials. In any event the main 3 PSB MUXES will almost certainly be receivable on a C/D group antenna.

Being a main transmitter Heathfield is horizontally polarised.


Before the switchover all Heathfield`s digital output was attenuated to the south so as not to cause co-channel interference with transmitters in that direction, including those in France. This meant that Eastbourne, being due South of Heathfield, had particular problems with digital reception. However post DSO Heathfield has, for the first time, an omnidirectional transmitter radiation pattern*, thus sites south of the transmitter should have experienced significantly improved reception.


* It will also operate as a single frequency network with Tunbridge Wells transmitter)

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For Heathfield we recommend the DM log for strong signal areas, the Log36 for medium signal areas, the Yagi18B for outdoor installs in poor signal areas, the XB10B for loft installations in poor signal areas, and the XB16B for those with the most marginal signals. Unless you have a massive loft we`d normally recommend an XB10B for loft installs (over an XB16) due to smaller size of the former aerial. The dimensions and test performance of the aerials can be found on the relevant tables.

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How to combat co-channel interference

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Heathfield’s Channel Allocations


The channel allocation guide below also includes the same information for other potentially co-receiveable transmitters, this also include the frequencies for Crystal Palace, Bluebell Hill, Tunbridge Wells, Dover, Hastings, Whitehawk Hill (Brighton), Rowridge, Midhurst, Guildford and Reigate. This data can be very useful for identifying other transmitter options, see importance of "line of sight". The channel allocation guides can also be very useful in the diagnosis of co-channel interference problems and can also be invaluable if you are trying to find a spare channel for a modulated output (e.g. for a Sky box or CCTV system) to be added to your TV setup/distribution system without suffering from co-channel.