Heathfield transmitting station

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Mast height 135 metres (443 ft)
Coordinates 50°58′36″N 0°13′50″E / 50.976667°N 0.230556°E / 50.976667; 0.230556Coordinates: 50°58′36″N 0°13′50″E / 50.976667°N 0.230556°E / 50.976667; 0.230556
Grid reference TQ566220
Built 1969
BBC region BBC South East
ITV region ITV Meridian

The Heathfield transmitting station is a facility for FM and television transmission at Heathfield, East Sussex, UK (grid reference TQ566220). Opened in 1969 it uses as its antenna mast a 135 metres (443 ft) tall guyed structure, giving average transmitter height 256 metres (840 ft) above sea level. A wideband horizontally polarised aerial is required to receive both digital and analogue TV signals, although the original analogue signals are in band C/D. In July 2007 was confirmed by Ofcom that Heathfield would become a B group transmitter at DSO (Digital Switchover), though all the digital MUXES would be still be receivable on a C/D group aerial (see graph) in most areas. The station's coverage area suffers from co-channel interference problems, particularly to the south, not only with Brighton (Whitehawk Hill) but with the continent as well. It is owned and operated by Arqiva.

Along with Dover, Bluebell Hill and Brighton Whitehawk Hill, Heathfield transmits regional television services from BBC One South East and ITV Meridian (east).

Services listed by frequency[edit]

Analogue radio[edit]

Frequency kW[1] Service
102.4 MHz 8.2 Heart Sussex
104.5 MHz 10 BBC Sussex

Digital radio[edit]

Frequency Block kW Operator
222.064 MHz 11D 1 Digital One
225.648 MHz 12B 5 BBC National DAB

Analogue television[edit]

BBC Two closed on 30 May 2012. The remaining analogue services closed on 13 June 2012.

Frequency UHF kW[2] Service
695.25 MHz 49 100 BBC One
719.25 MHz 52 100 BBC Two
815.25 MHz 64 100 ITV1
839.25 MHz 67 100 Channel 4
  • Aerial group: C/D
  • Polarisation: horizontal


  1. ^ Radio Listeners Guide 2010
  2. ^ Television Viewers Guide 2009

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