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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
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1 BBC One (SD) East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 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), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-6100,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +1, 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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-3100,000W
Channel icons
 Spotlight TV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Movies4Men, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 28 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 72 YourTV, 89 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 10 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 29 4Music, 31 5Spike, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 Home, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 235 AlJazeera English (SD), plus 16 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 19 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, Aljazeera English HD, BBC Four HD, BBC News HD, CBeebies HD, CBS Reality +1, Channel 4+1 HD, Forces TV, Freesports, NOW 80s, Now 90s, PBS America, Pick +1, Together TV +1, Quest Red +1, RT HD, Smithsonian Channel HD.

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
Friday, 3 August 2018
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:08 AM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 01 Aug to 04:30 on 01 Aug, HD Digital TV Off Air; DSO related from 00:01 on 01 Aug to 04:30 on 01 Aug. [BBC]

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nick horrex
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7:45 PM

does anyone know if the provider of this site still exists? Information re muxes is months out of date.

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nick horrex's 369 posts GB
Saturday, 4 August 2018
MikeP
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3:19 PM

Nick Horrex:

You have been told before that Briantist has not updated this website for some time and that he is the ob=nly person who can perform the updates. We regular contributors have no idea as to why he has not done so.

We have also stated that if you want details of multiplex allocations you should put a post code into the Digital UK Coverage Checker.

The fact that the channel allocations have not been updated on this website does not negate the value of it to those having reception problems as we contributors will usually refer them to the Coverage Checker for such information when relevant. Otherwise, we will use our considerable experience to offer guidance to those seeking assistance.





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MikeP's 2,927 posts PT
Monday, 6 August 2018
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Chris.SE
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11:48 PM
Cheddar

Briantist: and anyone else reading, for the sake of clarity as of the 1st August, the muxes at Sudbury are as follows -

PSB1(BBCA) - UHF44; PSB2(D3&4) - UHF41; PSB3(BBCB HD) - UHF47; SDN - UHF29; ARQA - UHF31; ARQB - UHF37. All Muxes 100kW each. Aerial group K is better, Horizontal.

DigitalUK indicate no further channel changes are planned.

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Chris.SE's 338 posts GB
Thursday, 9 August 2018
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Jo
3:29 PM

Since the most recent upgrade I have lost all the Multiplex COM5 ARGA Arqiva A channels. I called Freeview who sent an engineer but he could not touch it as the main TV (commandeered by my husband of course) is linked to a Sky box. All the other TVs are freeview. Daughters and I very frustrated. Of course I have tried retune and restart but no joy. Connected to the Sky aerial via a splitter. Any ideas please? Freeview guy suggested ?500 worth of rewiring! Thank you Government.

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MikeB
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5:30 PM

Jo: Check the TV's for signal strength, etc. You havnt included a postcode, so we have no idea what sort of signal you are supposed to be getting, but it could be that Com5 is the canary in the coalmine, and the others are also low signal strength. So check the lot. Next, check you are tunedninto the right transmitter - TVs can lock onto a different transmitter, perhaps much further away.

If the signal is bad on all of them, then its a common cause, so look to where that is - perhaps a failing splitter or dodgy booster power supply.

What do you mean by a Sky aerial? That comes off a dish, so the assumption is that the signal comes off via coax throught the house, fed from either.

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Martin
7:11 PM

Re lat post - for "lily" read "July" 2018

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Saturday, 11 August 2018
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nick horrex
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8:05 AM

thanks Mike, understood.

Incidentally, freeview here has been truly atrocious, regularly coming up with 'no signal ' on every multiplex. How I long for the days of 5 channels that worked.

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MikeP
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10:15 AM

Nick:

Your reception problems prove there is something wrong with your system. There is no reported problem with the Sudbury transmitter and no one else is reporting any problems using it.



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Monday, 13 August 2018
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Hardy
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2:27 PM

Jo . Some of the Sudbury channels have moved to a lower frequency since the 1st of august . You probably now need a wideband or group K aerial. The retune is because under pressure from mobile phone companies the tv in Britain Europe and America have had to loose some frequencies. Freeview cannot give you a free aerial because your house can watch tv on sky . You will need to buy your own aerial. They can be bought for diy under ?50 . Its the cost of an installer that might be ?500 though it should be possible to find some one considerably cheaper than that.

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