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

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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

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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

Thursday, 14 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

9:12 PM

Malcolm Wood: Looking at those trees on the slope, I suppose that rules out Heathfield. Maybe you have already been along this road...

There seem to be quite a few houses on Sandcroft Road receiving from Dover. The problem there is that the COMs are half power to the PSBs, plus the COMs use a less robust signal mode (less error correction).

I suppose that you had a wideband aerial installed for Hastings so as to receive digital TV (because two were out of group). I sympathise as it looks as though you are going to have to change it again (if indeed there is a possible solution) or Freesat may be your only option for additional free-to-air programmes.

I'm not an aerial installer, so I wouldn't like to gauge as to your chances of success.

However, yagi wideband aerials' gain levels are lower at Group A channels, of which Hastings uses exclusively now. See for examples:

Gain (curves), Again

Your aerial is stuck up above the roof-line, and you're probably going to tell me "it needs to be". You're also higher than others which is a pity.

As I say, I'm not sure of the likelihood of success, but in situations such as this, the only thing to think about is is there somewhere where the aerial could be mounted where it will get sufficient signal from the desired transmitter and where it will be shielded from the interferer?

Even if there is somewhere suitable, the spanner in the works may be objects around you reflecting the interfering signal towards your aerial, if it is strong enough.

Assuming that you have no local obstructions, then this plot suggests that you can see the top of the transmitter mast:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The only possible fly in the ointment to mounting the aerial lower that I can see are the trees around the edge of the recreation ground behind you.

But if you can get line of sight, then that is good for a high-gain aerial, as it can be pointed at the beam. The higher the gain of an aerial, the smaller the acceptance angle is (although obviously they all pick up from all angles to varying degrees).

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Dave Lindsay

9:13 PM

Malcolm Wood: See Digital TV Transmitters and other parts of the ATV site for information.

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Friday, 15 June 2012
Malcolm Wood
9:41 AM

Thanks for the responses.

Dave, your analysis of my situation is spot on. I think Heathfield might be possible from the other end of my road but I am directly overshadowed by high tree covered Downland about 300m North.

I think I would have a direct line of site to Hastings from quite low down on my property, even below the roof line between my house and next door, so maybe trial and error with a group A high gain yagi is the way forward . Fortunately there is a gap in the line of trees in the recreation ground trees directly behind my house. So they may even screen me from Eastbourne whilst still allowing access to Hastings.

Thanks again for your help.

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Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

HASTINGS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 02:16 on 13 Jun to 02:26 on 13 Jun HD Digital TV Off Air from 16:19 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

10:29 AM

HASTINGS transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 02:16 on 13 Jun to 02:26 on 13 Jun HD Digital TV Off Air from 16:19 on 13 Jun [BBC]

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Dave Lindsay

1:09 PM

Malcolm Wood: The wonders of modern technology!

I hope you get it sorted.

Maybe the guys at ATV could advise you as to what might be your best choice aerial and any tips.

I did a plot using Megalithia with Eastbour South Tower and your location:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

Click the link below the plot to view a map of the line between the two points. Unfortunately the houses on your road appear not to screen the unwanted signal.

Obviously as you're on a slight inline it makes it a bit more rough. But it does suggest that you are a little above the height of the broadcast antennas.

There is a tenth to two tenths of a mile before the ground drops for which there appears to be clear line of sight beyond and up to the Eastbourne transmitter.

So you are relying on the clutter on that tenth to two tenths of a mile to block the unwanted signal.

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Malcolm Wood
2:21 PM

This sounds very Heath Robertson but..................Do you think it would be feasible to to position the aerial in the loft aimed at Hastings and hide it from the direction of the Eastbourne transmitter using some earthed aluminium foil stuck to the inside of the roof? Would I be sacrificing too much signal through the roof from Hastings?

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Malcolm Wood's 5 posts GB
7:35 PM

I do not know why we are talking about this type of solution, we should all be complaining to OFCOM as to why they allowed the same frequencies to be used for different services 17 miles apart. If they had used different channels for Eastbourne none of this would be relevant and nobody would be looking at having to spend extra money to retain services!!!
Poor planning should be changed immediately.

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Saturday, 16 June 2012
Dave Lindsay

1:12 AM

Malcolm Wood: I'm not sure how effective that might be or whether it may have an adverse effect on the sensitivity and directivity of your aerial. I'm not an RF engineer, so I can only but wonder:

- The interferer is at 90 degrees to the desired signal. Will putting foil on one side somehow unbalance the aerial and affect its directivity/sensitivity properties?

- The closer you put the foil to the aerial, the more affect it will have on it.

- The further away from the aerial you put the foil, the more the interfering signal will "get around" it and hence the larger the piece of foil will need to be to achieve the same effect.

In any case, choose whether you mount the aerial in the loft or on the back of the house, you may find that in certain weather conditions that reception isn't as good. I'm thinking that it's not so much that reception from Hastings might reduce in quality (although perhaps it might), but maybe the interfering signal might degrade reception more at times.

As I say, I'm not an expert in RF, so these are just my own musings. Perhaps one of the pros could chip in with some suggestions for Malcolm.

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Dave Lindsay

1:20 AM

MF: I'm not sure what is to be gained by complaining.

There are other places where similar effects have manifested themselves after switchover. Local relays usually degrade or make impossible the reception of the COM channels for those who do not use the relays (as the relays don't carry the COMs).

I imagine that it's been done in such a way as to minimise the number of people who end up loosing channels that they could get before.

There is also the fact that channels 31 to 37 and 61 to 68 have, or will soon be cleared. The former were or are to be auctioned for more Commercial multiplexes and the latter sold off to 4G mobile operators.

So the reduction in the number of available channels has played its part in creating situations where transmitters are co-channel in closer proximities where in days of old they would never have been.

It's the way things are done these days. The COMs do not have the extensive coverage that the PSBs do. All that's happened is a few people have lost access to them or have had it made difficult.

Others on here have reported this problem with Hastings' COMs being wiped out by Eastbourne and have said that they will have to look at changing to Heathfield. Unfortunately Malcolm isn't in a position to do likewise.

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