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The symbol shows the location of the Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmitter which serves 18,000 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 Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Hastings transmitter broadcast?

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Digital television services are broadcast on a multiplexes (or Mux) where many stations occupy a single broadcast frequency, as shown below.

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C25 (506.0MHz)123mDTG-1,000W
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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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C28 (530.0MHz)123mDTG-1,000W
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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),

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C22 (482.0MHz)123mDTG-1,000W
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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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C23 (490.0MHz)121mDTG-81,000W
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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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C26 (514.0MHz)123mDTG-81,000W
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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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C30- (545.8MHz)123mDTG-81,000W
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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 Hastings (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 Hastings transmitter?

regional news image
BBC South East Today 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Tunbridge Wells TN1 1QQ, 37km northwest (323°)
to BBC South East region - 45 masts.
regional news image
ITV Meridian News 0.7m homes 2.7%
from Maidstone ME14 5NZ, 46km north (357°)
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 Hastings (East Sussex, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20122012-1317 Jul 2018

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, Analogue 5, SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 1000W
Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-7dB) 200W
Mux 1*(-10dB) 100W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Hastings 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. Hastings 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

Monday, 4 June 2012
Transmitter engineering

6:26 AM

HASTINGS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:21 on 30 May to 02:50 on 30 May [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

6:26 AM

HASTINGS transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Off Air; DSO related from 00:21 on 30 May to 02:50 on 30 May [BBC]

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Sunday, 10 June 2012
9:52 PM

Hi! I live in eastbourne , my tv has freeview built in but i cannot get any ITV channels . Please help me! I dont know what to do now. Your reply is highly appreciated! Thank you.

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Dave Lindsay

10:38 PM

Anch: Wait until this Wednesday and ITV and other channels should become available. Only the BBC channels go to full power (and therefore become available to some for the first time) at the first stage of switchover. At the second and final stage, the rest go to full power (and become available for the first time for some).

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Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

11:15 AM

daniel badman: Post code checkers should be used as a guide only. I view the predictor as a guide to *possible* likelihood of success.

They exist because of the demand from people for such a service. Signals aren't carried by Royal Mail and there are so many variables that could never be taken into account that they can't be perfect. A whole post code can have widely varying signal levels, local obstructions (buildings and trees) aren't taken into account. Neither are the properties of a viewer's aerial, which also affects reception. There are other variables....

Prediction of the weather is much the same thing, although perhaps there is more chance of techniques being improved with it.

I'm a little puzzled by the results that the predictor returns for TN35 5EF because at the top where is lists the transmitters it includes Hastings, but then below where is gives the prediction for each one that is listed it doesn't include Hastings. By the way, "Hastings Old Town" is a different transmitter to "Hastings".

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Daniel Badman
12:25 PM

well i did a manual retune and got all these signals as a exsampel dave and chalenge on uhf26 bbca on 25 bbcb 22 and all with perfict signal and i have 4 neighbours and all with the same chanels and signal my lg tv say 100sq and 98 ss but i know the digital boxes ant 100% right my sagemcom says 98sq and 78 ss and i was allso confused by the digital uks web site as u where but it works so thats why i was just letin evryone know try and see what happends

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Dave Lindsay

12:46 PM

Daniel Badman: Thanks for the report; it's good to hear that you have it sorted.

Different devices use different scales and have different tolerances so you can't really compare one with another.

The objective with digital is to have good quality. There needs to be a strong enough signal for it to be above the threshold for a receiver to resolve a picture.

The picture produced with a 100% quality signal with strength of 65% is the same as 100% quality with 85% strength. If a booster is connected to increase the strength, then it should be removed. "If" the quality is an issue (i.e. you get break-up) without it, then it may need to be present, but if there is good quality without it, then don't use it.

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Daniel Badman
1:35 PM

thanks for that no i dont use a amp but i have had to use a antuator for my sagemcom box as that is very sensertive to signal overload

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Thursday, 14 June 2012
Malcolm Wood
3:02 PM


My location is BN20 8HA in Eastbourne. Prior to switch over I had been able to receive a pretty good signal from Hastings for all multiplexes. Since the second stage of switch over I have been unable to receive channels 23, 26 and 30. vastly reducing the number of stations.

I suspect this is due to interference from Eastbourne transmitting the same frequencies with the same polarisation. Both transmitters are line of site but on relative bearings of about 90 degrees.

My aerial is fairly a short (4 Directors in front of the dipole) wideband.

Could a more directional aerial solve this or should I try Heathfield (possibly shielded by terrain) or admit defeat and go over to freesat?

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daniel badman
8:36 PM

if you want all the channels i wood say go for Heathfield and how meeny tv aare you going to run of the aerial if you are runing more than one i wood say you might need a mastherd amp but be carfull not to overload the the boxs/tv as its a bit like a stero when you turn it up too load it will distort same thing with a tv signal to much and it will make it look like you ant got enuf and if you can get Heathfield you wont get itv3 ex till the 27th june as it is still on old low power

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