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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-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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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 Player, 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 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

LB
 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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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;
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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 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
Saturday, 18 June 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 19:19 on 16 Jun to 20:13 on 16 Jun. [BBC]

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Monday, 4 July 2016
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Tuesday, 5 July 2016
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Mrs Bowler
8:51 AM

I've not been able to record programmes recently on channels 4 and 5 plus many others . I've always been able to record anything in the past. The TV appears to be recording but when I go to view them from the library it comes up No Video. I don't record with videos, just the free view box. I've been using this system for years and never had a problem. I'm tuned into Sutton Coldfield.

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MikeP
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1:20 PM

Mrs Bowler:

It may be a problem within your Freeview box. One thing you can try is to make it perform a full reset. To do that, switch off the box with the remote control, then switch off the mains socket it is connected to and unplug it from the mains supply. Wait five minutes and then carefully put the mains plug back in, switch the socket back on and then wait another 5 minutes to let the box reset. Then switch the bopx on again with the remote control. Check whether you are getting all the channels, if not perform a ful retune.

Hopefully that will overcome the problem. If it doesn't then you may have a fault within the box needing specialist attention inside.



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Bob D
5:14 PM

Bob D: I have tuned and retuned both my Sony Bravia Freeview HD Tv and a new YouView Box and cannot get PSB3 multiplex for BBC B HD. I am using a booster connected to my loft aerial which appears to be showing channels from all other multiplexes including some HD channels. So no 101-105 plus others available on my TV guide. I have SKY+ , BluRAy DVD and Apple TV connected also. Can anyone suggest a solution please?

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Bob D
5:18 PM

Bob D: Newbie to the site sorry if posted in the wrong place.

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jb38
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7:04 PM

Bob D: As your location relative to that of the station you receive your Freeview signal from is unknown, your problem "might" be caused by the strength of signal received from the PSB3 transmitter (the most powerful Mux) overloading your tuner, therefore try by passing the booster followed by carrying out another retune on your TV.

It would also be of assistance if your location was known, this preferably being in the form of a post code or one from somewhere nearby, e.g: a shop / post office, as this would enable checks to be made on the status of the transmitter, plus access to Digital UK's reception predictor.

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MikeB
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11:41 PM

Bob D: If your not getting that mux on either device, then its most likely your aerial system, possibly a dodgy cable. Could be the booster has a problem (do you actually need one?) - try bypassing it and see if it helps.

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Wednesday, 6 July 2016
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jb38
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8:51 AM
Norwich

Bob D: In addition to that said in my original reply. I had also meant to mention, that before going to the trouble of bypassing your booster (particularly so if located in the loft) make sure that the HDMI cable connected into your TV does "not" run parallel (or even close) to the aerial lead, as the radiation from HDMI leads can cause frequency selective problems with reception.



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MikeP
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1:44 PM

BobD:

Are you using the Sutton Coldfield main transmitter? If you are not then a full post code is essential as jb38 states. Then we can see which transmitter you are most likely to be using and to see whether it transmits the services you want, not all of them do.



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