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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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 MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 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 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

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

DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
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
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Wednesday, 21 September 2011
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Steve
12:33 PM

Neil I've done the factory reset thingy, nothing improved but wil have a look at the other route. Cheers.

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Steve
12:42 PM

Nope that didn't work either, why is this really so challenging. OK, so I have duplicate channels, what are the chances that my arial is pointed towards the wrong transmitter?

I seem to also be channels down compared to where I was pre-power up, makes no sense this does it.

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Brian Grogan
12:45 PM

I cannot get any of the channels on ArqB. Live right in centre of sutton coldfield. Had no problems after last retune but my box only finds 5 of the 6 mux on rescan. Its a really new box . I live in flats with a communal aerial so an upgrade is not practical. Any ideas?

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paul hadley
12:52 PM

I live in redditch post code b966ph. before sept 21st switch over i had 70% - 71% signal strength on all channels. now I only have 60% All publicity said that the signal strength would be 20 odd times stronger. I have caried out the resets ie power off and scan without tv signal to no avail. any ideas ??

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Dennis
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1:00 PM

Steve,if you have an internal aerial how do you even know it's pointed at Sutton Coldfield.
Try a manual tune on rf channel 40,that is where you will find the Sutton Coldfield HD multiplex.

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Steve
1:00 PM

Annoyed with the hole thing, will give it the next 24 hours then I shall call a man, get the entire system from arial to outputs, to devices out.

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Steve
1:01 PM

Dennis I've done that and I am finding zero channels, which is what let me to wonder if I am actually pointing at the correct transmitter, though I am pretty positive when it was installed it was aimed at Sutton.

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Neil
1:07 PM

mm ideas ive run out of apart from wait and see if it goes better on its own or.

digitaluk.co.uk

The site gives the freefone number 08456 50 50 50.

The Freeview address is:
Freeview,
DTV Services Ltd,
27-29 Cursitor Street
London
EC4A 1LT


I cant find the number to contact freeview? - Yahoo! UK & Ireland Answers (EC4A 1LT)

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Billy
sentiment_satisfiedBronze

1:12 PM

NOTE NOTE NOTE ********************
Trying to make it stand out, sorry.

Those people not getting channels they used to, may now have over load, massive increase in power.
Many over the years have had hi gain aerials and amplifiers and boosters and not been told that at switch over, with power increased it can be too much, too much can be as bad as too little.

Attenuator is what is likely now needed from places like Maplins.

ALSO Note, just because you have an HD TV does not mean the freeview it comes with is also HD, so likely some, many will find only 20 channels if on a relay.
Those on main transmitter like Sutton, once all this is sorted, should be fine.

Problems arise when on transmitters like Waltham, where BBC booms in on channel 61, but 57 not so, difference in 50,000 to 25,000 kws.

To be seems a right mess up, but there you go.

Alternatives:

If you know what you are doing, and perhaps cheaper than attenuators, though won't lose a lot, try adding connections and cables etc. This may also help, remove any boosters, so on.

I hope that helps.
With so many posting now, and not checking previous posts this might be missed, vital info, cause many of you are going to be upset, on finding suddenly what you had before you no longer have while others struggling now get them all solid.

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