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The symbol shows the location of the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter which serves 440,000 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 Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sudbury 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.

 H max
C44 (658.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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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

 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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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),

 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
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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 max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-100,000W
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20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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The Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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

regional news image
BBC Look East (East) 0.8m homes 3.2%
from Norwich NR2 1BH, 77km north-northeast (24°)
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, 78km north-northeast (24°)
to ITV Anglia (East) region - 26 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Anglia (West)

Are there any self-help relays?

Felixstowe WestTransposer1000 homes +1000 or more homes due to expansion of affected area?
WithamTransposer14 km NE Chelmsford.118 homes

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

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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?

Analogue 1-4 250kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-4dB) 100kW
Analogue 5(-7dB) 50kW
Mux 2*(-14.9dB) 8.1kW
Mux B*(-15.2dB) 7.5kW
Mux 1*(-15.5dB) 7kW
Mux A*(-17dB) 5kW
Mux C*(-22.2dB) 1.5kW
Mux D*(-23.6dB) 1.1kW

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. Sudbury 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, 17 July 2012

7:45 PM

Dave, thanks for your assistance. What exactly is negative offset?
With certain aerials I can now get c60, but the signal is weak, no comparison with c58.
Dover, however, continues at 100%.

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8:03 PM

I notice Sudbury, traditionally group B, now has more muxes in group C than B, and Tacolneston, traditionally group C, now has channels in group B. They do like to make things difficult.

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Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Dave Lindsay

7:55 PM

Nick: Negative offset means that the signal is centred 200kHz lower than the "centre" of the channel. A positive offset is 200kHz above the centre of the channel.

For example, C60 is centred on 786.0MHz, C60- is 785.8MHz and C60+ is 786.2MHz.

In all but a handful of cases, PSBs are on channels within the former four-channel analogue Groups for each transmitter. Where possible, COMs are also in Group, but there are now a number of high power transmitters that have COMs outside of their native Groups.

Sudbury's three PSBs are in Group B and its COMs are in C/D.

Tacolneston's PSBs are Group C/D and its COMs are Group B.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Thursday, 19 July 2012

12:17 PM

Thanks Dave.
I get from this that C60- is slightly less out of group B aerials than C60.
Does this mean that if they chose, they could put some stations on three frequencies all centred on C60?
I suppose there is some good reason for Tac and Sud not to be able to swap some muxes so as to return to their traditions of groups C and B so that we don't have to buy new aerials.
I am still not certain why you mentioned the minus part of C60. Are you saying it may be harder to receive than if it were not minus?
I am amazed that there is a good signal on C58, but almost zero on C60, particularly on one aerial.

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Friday, 20 July 2012
8:05 PM

Thanks for the replies and making the situation clear in a manner that i can understand, i had also noticed that the com muxs at Sud were in C/D and those at Tac were in B, was going to ask the same question as Nick as to why they could not be swapped over, but i guess that seams to be the way things have gone during the switch over {nothing was ever going to be simple} doing a bit of reasearch i think I have found six main transmitters that are broadcasting coms out of the transmitters orignal group, think there may probably be some repeaters as well, so we are not the only ones to suffer. And thanks to all that post as it makes this a very informative and helpful site.

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Jason's 11 posts GB flag
Sunday, 22 July 2012
Nick g
2:29 PM

Since the power has been turned up on all multiplexes my hd signal is now really poor with regular breakup. Why is this?
Please help!

Any help appreciated

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Nick g's 1 post GB flag

7:31 PM

Nick g: This is nearly always caused by the signal received verging on being excessively high, as this situation will affect HD reception even although SD appears to be OK, and although you havent mentioned your location nor anything about your aerial if you are using any type of booster then try by passing it.

Another test to try is by using a set top aerial or a short piece of wire (about 18" min) connected into the aerial socket of your TV / box, but if you come back with your post code or one from nearby (a shop / pub etc) then further advice appropriate to your situation can be given.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 24 July 2012
Dave Lindsay

8:30 PM

Nick: C60- is still above C59 and C59+ for that matter!

If there is a signal on C60-, then there can't be one on C60 or C59+ or, I believe C59. There could be on C59- though. Each signal has a specific bandwidth; that is the "width" of frequency it uses.

As an example, take Caldbeck. Transmitters that use C30 have a negative offset, so it is always C30-.

Caldbeck uses C22- C23- C24- C25- C26- C27- C28- C29- C30-

So because C30 has a negative offset, then C29 must do so as well, and so on and so forth.

Had there been no C28-, for example, then C27 and below wouldn't have had negative offsets.

The reason for nine channels is because Caldbeck transmits English and Scottish regional variants.

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Dave Lindsay

9:02 PM

Nick, Jason: There are many transmitters and only a relatively few channels. Had there only been two transmitters Sudbury and Tacolneston then no doubt they would have had all channels within each one's Group.

The main plan was to have PSBs in the same Group as the former four-channel analogue. Crucially this was so as to ensure that existing aerials would work; in some cases replacement aerials would be needed to receive the COMs and in others the COMs would be unavailable.

C61 to C68 which were formerly used for analogue are to be cleared. Some C/D transmitters have given up use of these channels at switchover and others will do so over in the next year or so. These frequencies are being set aside for 4G mobile operators. What it does mean is that there are now less C/D channels available than before.

Also, C31 to C37 have been ringfenced and are not used after switchover. Consequently available Group A channels are now C21 to C30.

Belmont is traditionally Group A. Its PSBs and COM4 are Group A, but the other two COMs are on C53 and C60. Similarly, Sandy Heath is also formerly Group A, with its PSBs being in that Group, but COMs being on C48, C51 and C52. Also consider Waltham which has five muxes in C/D but COM4 on a lowly C29.

These transmitters overlap, so the channels are:

21 Sandy Heath PSB3
22 Belmont PSB1
24 Sandy Heath PSB2
25 Belmont PSB2
27 Sandy Heath PSB1
28 Belmont PSB3
29 Waltham COM4
30 Belmont COM4
42 Tacolneston COM4
45 Tacolneston COM5
48 Sandy Heath COM6
50 Tacolneston COM6
51 Sandy Heath COM4
52 Sandy Heath COM5
53 Belmont COM5
54 Waltham PSB2
55 Tacolneston PSB1
56 Waltham COM5
57 Waltham COM6
58 Waltham PSB3
59 Tacolneston PSB2
60 Belmont COM6
61 Waltham PSB1
62 Tacolneston PSB3

Hopefully you get the idea. Think of the other high power transmitters that overlap these; Sutton Coldfield, Sudbury, Emley Moor.....

Then there are PSB relays within the coverage of each that requires channels within the Group of former analogue ones.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 25 July 2012

9:38 AM

Dave, thank you for that.
I am currently trying to work out an aerial that will get me ch 60, far and away the most difficult. If you have any idea what channel will be substituted for it and when, you will save me the bother of installing yet another aerial which may or may not work.

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