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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 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 Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield transmitter broadcast?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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

 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 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 18 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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56 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands 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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C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

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

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest (201°)
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

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CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent Television
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. Sutton Coldfield 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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

11:07 AM

Bob, no, this is the great con you see, relays won't get it, was not commercially viable for them, as usual cost, money talks.
Why you think having spent £50 on a top up TV box, can not get it from Allesley Park, in fact, with no HD, only get as you rightly said 20 channels, for those, older people say, never had channel 5 even, it's heaven, for those with freesat, it's DIRE, big time.

My tests now show, even with rain, I can in the loft at 24 miles away get Lark Stoke, signal strength 80% and quality 100%, hardly any play up, where as there is on my pole one to Waltham.
So next week, when Lark Stoke switches to channels 41 and 44 and 47 I'll do final testing and then take my Log Periodic 22 element with 25 db gain amp down and put in loft.

So my suggestion is, if you want more and you really can not get Sutton, try others:
Mounting A Terrestrial TV Aerial In The UK - 3 Aerial Alignment Calculator (with internet mapping)

Or go freesat, but do not give up, like I said, for some 4 to 20, wow, for others, what the heck, no way, only 20, if I in a huge dip can get two other options, then I know you Bob can also surely experiment a bit and see if you can also get some other main transmitting stations.
Good luck.
Finally a reminder to those that got it before and now can not, likely, the signal now is too strong, see else where on this site or google for it, try: overload when freeview power increased, should bring up some thing for you.

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Billy's 50 posts GB
11:15 AM

I retuned this morning missing BBC Channels.
Retuned at 11:10 channels back may be worth another retune now steve.

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Neil's 10 posts GB
11:26 AM

Hi Neil,

Nah, still can't get the HD channels, even when trying to manual tune. I am off to try the other 3 TV's to ensure its not device limited, but the TV I am using is a fully HD compliant TV, with HD receiver. I select manual tune to the frequency above at get zero channels on this TV....


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Steve's 17 posts GB
11:36 AM

What I struggle to understand is how I was able to get all of the channels from Sutton Coldfield prior to the power up and now they have put the power I seem to get less and still don't get the HD channels?

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Steve's 17 posts GB
11:50 AM

All my TV's and boxes are the same, zero HD channels. I seem to be seeing all of the other channels, just not HD. Now I have an internal arial, which as I said has worked perfectly pretty much for years and has provided all of the channels available, any pointers?

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Steve's 17 posts GB
12:05 PM

Sry Steve I havnt got HD boxes here so cannot check for you.
With the problems with the normal channels it may be that they are not up and running yet?
I cannot say if it is a aerial problem has I don't think they are using any new aerial type for the HD signals.
There may be some software updates for your TVs at some time in the future?
With you saying you have HD TVs I assume you don't need HD cables?

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Neil's 10 posts GB
12:05 PM

The first retune 2 weeks ago was fine. Today, after ten attempts, I either get no channels at all or just 10 channels (no BBC). Should I just keep trying?

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pabwell's 1 post GB
12:09 PM

Hi - last night I noticed we had lost some channels, inc ITV, 4 & 5. When I take the re-tune option the freeview box only seems to start re-tuning from channel 21 - it never did that before switch over. I'm lost as what to do?

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christina's 1 post GB
12:19 PM


Your box is probably retuning starting at UHF channel 21, not the actual digital channel number 21, which are in fact two separate things. Just let the retune run through as normal and see if you have any missing channels afterwards.

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CarlH's 2 posts GB
12:27 PM

Carl, my box is only searching digital as that is the option I chose and I don't get all channels either...

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Steve's 17 posts GB
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