Full Freeview on the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter
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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 problemsThe BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmitter.
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.
1 BBC One East, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 11 others 250 BBC Red Button, 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 719 BBC Norfolk (BBC local radio), 720 BBC Suffolk (BBC local radio), 722 BBC Cambridge (BBC local radio), 734 BBC Essex (BBC local radio),
E4, 3 ITV (Anglia (East micro region)), 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Anglia east), 73 Sewing Quarter,
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,
20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 30 5STAR, 37 Quest, 54 5SELECT, 57 Paramount Network, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others 16 QVC, 85 Hochanda, 260 CCTV, 261 Racing UK, 262 CONNECT 4, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 Planet Knowledge, 269 Arise News, 270 Loveworld, 670 ADULT Section (start), 671 Television X, 675 ADULT PARTY, 678 Xpanded TV promo, 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 40 Sony Crime Channel, 43 Gems TV, 49 TJC, 65 TBN UK, 252 Kiss Me TV, 253 Proud Dating, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect,
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 62 True Christmas, 71 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, plus 19 others 22 Ideal World, 35 QVC Beauty, 36 QVC Style, 74 Jewellery Maker, 206 Pop, 234 RT, 672 ADULT smileTV2, 699 ADULT Section (end), 711 The Hits radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 Kiss, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 heat, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC,
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 0 Freeview HD 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: .
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?
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
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 West||Transposer||1000 homes +1000 or more homes due to expansion of affected area?|
|Witham||Transposer||14 km NE Chelmsford.||118 homes|
How will the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) transmission frequencies change over time?
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orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 6th July and 20th July 2011.
How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?
|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
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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I replied to your post on the Bluebell Hill transmitter page where I said -
"According to the postcode you submitted on another post, you may get the most reliable reception from a
Sudbury repeater at Rouncefall (check your DigitalUK predicted reception). Your comments in your post here suggest that the engineer that did your "retune" is not familiar enough with local reception issues since the recent transmitter retunes that have taken place. Either that or he didn't advise you appropriately.
The "problem" with your reception issues from Bluebell Hill are most likely due to interference from other transmitters as more transmitters are now sharing these channels."
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It was considered carefully when the usage of channels was planned. But the main problem you have is that the weather causes signals to travel much further than normal at times of high pressure or high temperatures. As that is a well known natural phenomenon there is nothing anyone can do to prevent irt happening. All you can do is to ensure that your aerial system as as directional as possible, even if that means using a higher gain aerial and fitting attenuators, and siting it so that it does not 'see' the signal from unwanted sources. The aerial has to be very carefully aimed so that any side lobe reception does not include the unwanted signals.
I once had a customer who had a simialr problem and we had a 48 element high gain aerial fitted (they have far better rejection of unwanted signals) and we had to adjust the aim so that it received the wanted signals but not the unwanted ones.
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Nick. Its unfortunate that the reduction in available channels forced on the tv industry means that an area like yours is bound to suffer since it is over 50 miles away from a main transmitter. Since you already have a high gain aerial for the high frequency end of the band I think this is the best you can use for getting com7 and 8 from Tacolneston short of using two of them! If you added a small vertically polarised aerial for Alderborough at least you should get good reception of multiplexes 1, 2 and 3.
My situation is similar on the coast so I have gone for the satellite solution .free to air satellite receivers can be had much cheaper than a freesat receiver . (but I don't recommend the really cheapest ones) These pick up freesat channels (plus other satellites if wanted) but just don't have the programme guide. by using a quad LNB head four receivers in four rooms can be used from one dish.
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thanks Hardy and Mike.
For all my complaining, the situation is marginally improved since the move from channels 58 and 60.
I just hope that this really is the last move. As well as trying various high gain aerials, I make my own. My latest, made since Aug 1 is a cracker, marginally outperforms all others, and easier to design since I only have to cover channels 29 to 47. Nevertheless, when the atmospherics are wrong, ALL channels are lost briefly. For example, if on sd BBC, switching to hd does not work either.
As regards multielement aerials, I have found this not to solve the problem since I believe the foreign stations are coming in by bouncing off the ionoshere, ie, from above.
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A question for you re high gain amp with attenuators.
As well as shop bought amplifiers, I have dissected ones which sit behind the tv, [useless things] and put the amplifying part by the aerial and the supply behind the tv. Obviously I cannot link the two by coax, so run a separate wire to the amp.
If I supply the amp with, say, 3, 6 or 9 volts instead of 12, will this have the same effect as a 27db amp with attenuators of different capacities?
The object of this exercise is to avoid buying several different unsuitable attenuators.
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Reducing the voltage supplied to the amplifier is very likely to seriously affect the way it operates. The electronics is designed to operate with a specified supply voltage and if that reduces it may well not work as originally intended. Think of what happens to a radio when the batteries are going flat. Think of how a battery powered clock slows down when the battery needs replacing.
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