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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?

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
C44 (658.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 15 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Anglia (East micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) South ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 South ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Meridian Southampton), 104 Channel 4 HD South ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 18 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movies, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 90s, 88 Together, 233 Sky News, plus 7 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 17 others

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
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Are you trying to watch these 20 Freeview HD channels?

the effected channels
the effected channels

The Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast is not one of the extended Freeview HD (COM7 and COM8) transmitters, it does not provide these high definition (HD) channels: 4seven HD, 5STAR +1, 5USA +1, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Justice +1, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, FreeSports HD, More4 +1, NOW 80s, Paramount Network +1, PBS America +1, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Shopping Quarter .

If you want to watch these HD channels, either use Freesat HD, or move your TV aerial must point to one of the 30 Full Freeview HD transmitters. For more information see the want to know which transmitters will carry extra Freeview HD? page.

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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-171 Aug 2018
B E TB E TEE TE TE TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37ArqB
C39B
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCBBBCBBBCB
C48+A
C49tv_off+1
C50tv_off+D
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C54tv_offC
C56tv_offArqBArqBArqB
C58tv_offSDNSDNSDN
C60tv_off-ArqA-ArqA-ArqA
C682

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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?

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.

Comments
Saturday, 23 May 2015
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david brown
9:27 AM
Halstead

No tv signal halstead co9 2td
Since Friday 22ndMay 2015 to present

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

10:13 AM

david brown: If, as appearances might possibly suggest, you are connected into a communal aerial system? then its advisable to check if any of the other residents in the apartment block are also experiencing a no signal problem, if they aren't, then you should check the jumper lead used to connect your TV or box into the wall socket.

The reason for suggesting this being, that although Sudbury was tagged as having a weak signal on the 19th & 20th, however according to engineering info it did not apply to the 21st / 22nd.

Another point to note being, that is "if" applicable, should you retuned your TV / box whilst the signal was down? then this will have deleted everything stored in the tuners memory, another retune being required to recover same.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:31 AM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview: HD Digital TV Weak Signal from 10:28 on 20 May to 11:24 on 20 May. [BBC]

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Thursday, 28 May 2015
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Tony Farrant
8:28 PM

Signal strength has dropped off considerably over the last few days in Haverhill affecting nearly all channels.
More than one aerial and tv's affected.
No problems before this and nothing else has been changed.

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Friday, 29 May 2015
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Andrew
11:35 AM

Dear Sir / Ma'am
Our DAB radio signal in the Suffolk Haverhill CB9 location is not strong enough for us to listen to the BBC world service indoors. In order to get any sort of reception we have to take our radio out side.
Our TV is on cable now as the free view signal is too not strong enough.
I would truly enjoy listening to my DAB radio indoors though.
Is a repeater mast/ signal booster mast or transmitter planned for the Haverhill area in the near future. The Sudbury Transmitter does not give us a good signal.
We are truly greatful for the didgital service. A stronger signal wold be good though.
Kind Regards
Andrew

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Sunday, 14 June 2015
T
tom toolan
8:15 PM
Haverhill

Hi I live at CB9 7JD, and in the last two weeks we have been unable to watch freeview, sepsically ITV, Ch4, actually anything which is not a BBC chanel. Something has happend very recently and it impact on two different devices.

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Friday, 19 June 2015
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Paul webster
5:08 PM

Multiplex PSB3 - BBCB - in Woodbridge Suffolk as started to freeze frame even though the signal strength says good. Sound is OK but has a static and jumping picture. 17/06/2015

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Dave Lindsay
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

5:59 PM

Paul webster: Someone else posted about an issue with PSB3 from Woodbridge on Wednesday:

Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you

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Thursday, 9 July 2015
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Robert Bird
10:33 AM

I live in IP68SA and have an issue with, pretty much, all BBC chanels, with severe blocking or just no signal for most of the day, in normal def as hi def seems ok 90% of the time but these are occasionally blocky - this has been going on for over two weeks. My neighbour is having the same problems.

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Saturday, 11 July 2015
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Lewis Brooke
7:32 PM

All channels have poor reception tonight even the basic channels.. Yet apparently no reported problems.. Yer if you say so.. Think you need to take a look as this is not acceptable...!!!

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