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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/12/2021 Possible Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick


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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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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-3200,000W
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3 ITV (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 ITV +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 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
12 Quest, 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, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 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
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 91 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons


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;
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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, 22 January 2011
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Geoff Smith
12:32 AM

I bought a full hd tv at Xmas. On tuning it I get a total of 104 channels. Excellent digital freeview but NO hd. Reception figures are around 60-70%. I bought a Televes 45 but still no difference from my old one! I know it's a loft aerial, But at that signal figure, why can't I get hd. I believe my transmission is from Sutton Coldfield. On checking the internet I am supposed to receive good hd from this transmitter so why can't I get it!
Geoff

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6:29 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:00 yesterday to 16:24 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 16:17 yesterday to 16:38 yesterday [BBC]

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6:29 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 16:00 yesterday to 16:24 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 16:17 yesterday to 16:38 yesterday [BBC]

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8:29 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 14:44 yesterday to 15:16 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 13:48 yesterday to 14:48 yesterday [BBC]

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SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal from 14:44 yesterday to 15:16 yesterday BBC TWO Weak Signal from 13:48 yesterday to 14:48 yesterday [BBC]

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Dennis
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11:58 AM
Tamworth

Geoff,are you sure your new TV can get HD,what make/model number is it,a lot of people are buying sets do not have a dvb-t2 tuner ''HD'' inside,not saying yours is,but there is a chance.

Also HD is not transmitted from Sutton,at the moment,its from a site at Hints nr Lichfield,and its low power,and the main beam is directed towards Birmingham,and not any other direction.

Freeview HD will be transmitted from Sutton Coldfield,from digital switch over,on 21/9/11 and there will be a very large transmitter power increase,at that time.

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Martin
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12:29 PM
Machynlleth

What sort of programming is going to be on New8 after switch over. I have a group B aerial at the moment and forego channel 55 multiplex rather than change to group E. I could get a wideband but they generally seem to not be thought of too well. Unless there is going to be something worth watching on New* I'll stick with my group B. Alternatively I could couple in an existing group A from some previous experimentation.

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Roy Butler
12:42 PM
Kidderminster

Can you advise on the feild strength that should be avaiable at DY11 7XS after complete switchover from Sutton Coldfield, Bromsgrove and Ridge Hill. (microvolts or db is fine)

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Stephen johnson
5:20 PM
Northampton

Hey if my aerial is pointing north west picking up Sutton coldfield which way would I have to point it to pick up the main sandy Heath transmitter ? I'm currently at nn49sz and after a little research believe I'm on the fringe of both but due to location Sutton is easier to point at and although it's a fair distance away I think I can get a clear line of site to it as I live on the edge of Northampton
We also have a smaller transmitter near
to the town which is part of the sandy Heath group but I can't access it as I'm wrong side of hill hence I need to know where to point to main sandy Heath transmitter ? Thanks
I also have a wideband aerial I think tri boom with an amplifier

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Geoff Smith
6:51 PM
Rugby

Hi, Dennis,
Thanks for that. Yes it's a 1080p with a dvb-t2 receiver. But great news, I also received a PSU with the aerial, connected it in today and now get the hd channels. If I switch it off the channels go. Maybe on 21/09/11 I might get them without the need for the PSU.
Cheers,
Geoff.

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