You can marvel at it from a distance anyway and if you look in the general direction on a clear day or dark crisp evening wherever you are within 20 miles you will see a thin aerial or at night the red lights marking its presence.
Sandy Heath Transmitter is a television broadcast station located between Sandy, and Potton near the B1042. It is owned by Arqiva, formerly NTL Broadcast. It was built in 1966, originally broadcasting Anglia Television on VHF 405-lines, UHF with 625-line services of BBC2, BBC1 and Anglia Television being added in later years.
It projects Channel 4 and Five from their launch days, Five at lower power than the other four services. Today it broadcasts all five terrestrial channels (BBC One, BBC Two, ITV1, Channel 4 and Five) in analogue, and broadcasts digital television on the DTT platform. It also broadcasts the BBC local radio station BBC Three Counties Radio and the independent radio station Heart Bedford formerly Chiltern.
It is the main local TV transmitter for Cambridgeshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire and North Hertfordshire, bringing the nearby area Look East and Anglia Tonight.
Sandy has some co-channel interference issues with a few other transmitters, most significantly with Sutton Coldfield (West Midlands) and Waltham (Leicestershire). After Digital Switchover (DSO) it has been confirmed by Ofcom that Sandy will remain a wideband transmitter, though most K groups would pick up all six Muxes and an original A group aerial will still receive the three main Public Service Boadcast (PSB) Muxes. Its digital transmission power will increase from 20kW to 200kW.
There is a field surrounding the transmitter suitable for walking near Deepdale. You will find a number of locals who regularly walk their dogs and some are a font of knowledge about the transmitter. Just take care when looking up, mind your neck and avoid direct sunlight.