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The symbol shows the location of the Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 4,800 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 Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Felixstowe 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.

 V max
C33+ (570.2MHz)52mDTG-200W
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 16 others

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C35 (586.0MHz)52mDTG-200W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Anglia east),

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C42 (642.0MHz)52mDTG-200W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD East, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 44 Freeview channels?

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The Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: 4seven, 5Action, 5STAR, 5USA, Al Jazeera Eng, Al Jazeera English, Blaze, Blaze +1, Challenge, Channel 5 +1, Dave, Dave ja vu, DMAX, Drama +1, E4 Extra, YAAAS!, Film4 +1, Food Network, GREAT! action, GREAT! movies, GREAT! romance, GREAT! romance mix, HGTV, HobbyMaker, ITV2 +1, ITV3 +1, ITV4 +1, ITVBe +1, Legend, PBS America, Quest +1, Quest Red, Really, Sky Mix, Sky News, Talking Pictures TV, TCC, That's 90s, That's TV 2, Together TV, TRUE CRIME, TRUE CRIME XTRA, W, Yesterday +1.

If you want to watch these channels, your aerial must point to one of the 80 Full service Freeview transmitters. For more information see the will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? page.

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

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 74km north (355°)
to BBC East region - 27 masts.
70% of BBC East (East) and BBC East (West) is shared output
regional news image
ITV Anglia News 0.8m homes 3.2%
from NORWICH NR1 3JG, 74km north (355°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

How will the Felixstowe (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Aug 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 6 Jul 11 and 20 Jul 11.

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

BBCA, D3+4, BBCB 200W
Analogue 1-4(-16dB) 5W

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sudbury transmitter area

Oct 1959-Feb 2004Anglia 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. Felixstowe 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.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011
Mike Dimmick

11:30 PM

Felixstowe will be OFF-AIR from midnight. It is expected to be up-and-running again by mid-morning (the advice to installers says 9am). Ensure that the transmitter is fully running again before tuning in your digital box.

You can find progress reports at Digital UK - Relay transmitter switching times .

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
7:14 PM

I have a roof top aerial not the latest. Digibox not yet installed. Am now getting nothing from bbc1 but weak analogue bbc2 & ITV + channel 5 signals - am located just off langer rd f'stowe come under f'stowe relay transmitter. Could i be be getting signals from Tacolneston ? Any ideas please thanks. Also why can't this transmitter do all 40 channels we were meant to have ?

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MARK SARGEANT's 1 post GB flag
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Thursday, 28 July 2011

12:00 AM

Sorry Mark, gave you duff info. Felixtowe has gone digital. I do not quite understand your point, though, if you have no box!
I am at a loss to know where you are getting weak analogue from. I have checked the channels used by suspects--Dover, Bluebell Hill, Ips, Wood, and none uses the analogue freuencies formerly used by Felixtowe. Have you perhaps retuned to see what you can get? Whatever it is, it will be poor.
The local relays only carry major channels. The rubbish ones have to pay to use the service and don't bother because the audience is small.
Much the best option here is to invest in a freesat recorder.
Regards to Anita.

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nick's 431 posts GB flag

3:54 PM

nick:Alternatively, if you see horizontally polarised aerials unlike your vertical one on nearby houses, they are on Sudbury and you could be too, with a high gain aerial, preferably on a long pole

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nick's 431 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
8:45 AM

I live in the Felixtowe IP11 2UB area close to the Port. Last year I bought a new Digital TV complete with Freeview and invested in a new Highgain digital aerial on the roof in time for the switchover in July this year. All went well at the switchover and i picked 80+ digital tv & radio channels. However for the last couple of weeks we have lost ALL channels for practically all the day. Would appreciate your advice on what to do next or who i should complain to about this problem. I thought the digital changeover was meant to improve our viewing now we have nothing!

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Graham's 1 post GB flag
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Saturday, 13 August 2011
9:32 PM

I seem to have lost some channels over the last couple of weeks. My aerial is on the roof.I have tried the reset procedure but it has not improved things. It is a new TV. My postcode is IP11 7HY.

I cannot now get Freeview 15, 10, 24, 11, 19

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Margaret's 1 post GB flag
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Sunday, 14 August 2011

10:12 AM

Margaret: If you are referring to programmes like ITV3 etc then that's quite correct, as the Felixstowe transmitter is classed as a "light" one meaning that only three Mux channels are broadcast, one of being the HD service, with the reason for programmes such as the one mentioned not being broadcast being purely because the commercial interests involved weren't willing to pay for the Multiplex operating costs.

I had a check at the reception predictor for your post code area, unfortunately no alternatives are really shown as being possible except for maybe Sudbury mid 2012, even then its shown as being variable and as such could not really be relied upon.

Freesat being your only option for 99.9% guaranteed reliability.

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jb38's 22 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 17 August 2011

12:44 PM

I wonder if you might know to whom I can complain about the channels missing on these 'light' transmitters? We are shortly going to have a similar problem with Aldeburgh. Even though it covers a wide area, it is to lack ITV 3 and 4, yet give us Rabbit and Gay Rabbit.
The powers that be have a reprehensible set of priorities.

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