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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast?

Sudbury transmitter - Sudbury transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 22/07/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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

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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),

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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

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C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-100,000W
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20 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

DTG-8 64QAM 8K 3/4 27.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

The Sudbury (Suffolk, England) mast is a public service broadcasting (PSB) transmitter, it does not provide these commercial (COM) channels: .

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 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.

Thursday, 23 June 2022

1:24 AM


Hi Nick, ignore any fatal error message when posting, the posts do get through although there can often be a delay (due to caching, not the error).

Even with your technical knowledge, I'm sure you know you are in a very tricky location and even small changes to aerial location can make a big difference to reception. I assume you've checked out your predicted reception, it's not clever, even the Aldeburgh relay can be poor in some spots.

Whilst the frequency planners can and sometimes do make mistakes, I'm sure that in coastal locations like yours where there is potential for interference from the continent in "lift" conditions (Tropospheric ducting/Temperature Inversion) and likewise interference to them from us, the UHF channels chosen for the primary services (PSBs in our case) will have been to minimise this possibility, hence what you are experiencing. However there's still the possibility of interference not just from the continent, but from other UK transmitters in the "wrong" lift conditions. In your case, considering your aerial direction then Oxford and Wenvoe come to mind as possibilities, but even then under extreme conditions interference could come from anywhere using the same frequencies.

Are you using a "traditional" yagi, or still using a home-brew? If it's a traditional yagi then you're probably aware that it'll have a bit more gain on the higher channels which will help a bit with the BBC (PSB1) and ITV/C4/C5 (PSB2) muxes.

These days a quality Group K or Group B aerial can have similar performance BUT it will depend on the individual aerial as to which will have the best gain towards the bottom end of the band as well as the top end.

Attempting to position an aerial to make use of building screening from the most common source of interference (the continent) can conflict with the height required to get adequate signal from the intended source. Use of stacked arrays can sometimes help reducing sidelobes etc. but this is much more of a specialised technique.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Friday, 24 June 2022
Rex Watson
3:39 PM

Any news about what will happen to Freesports? It seems odd that Sky will just abandon it.

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Rex Watson's 7 posts GB flag

4:16 PM

Rex Watson: Freesports have announced that they will be leaving Freeview next week but will continue to broadcast on Sky and cable, as well as via their online player Live and On Demand and Samsung TV Plus.

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StevensOnln1's 3,653 posts GB flag
Friday, 22 July 2022

10:05 PM

Chris SE
Just come across your comments, thanks.
I think the mux on C31 is probaly the worst of the lot, though all are affected at times. When I lose BBC and ITV I have tried the HD mux, which does not work either.
I am talking about all my aerials. When one loses signal, so do the rest. I am wondering if a log periodic would be better, we have plenty of signal strength for one.

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nick's 431 posts GB flag
Saturday, 23 July 2022

5:26 PM


If you are feeling like experimenting, then certainly a log periodic would be worth trying as it will have less sidelobes and rejection from the rear is better, beamwidth is also generally narrower. There's quite a few appearing now in recent times, so they are getting more popular.
There's a bit of tropo around at present (BBC & Freeview have warnings) and certainly last weekend ish during some of the hot weather continental reception was coming in on parts of the east coast.

As you undoubtedly know, LPs will have a flatter response over the band which could give a bit more gain on the lower channels but less at the top depending on what you choose and compared to what you currently have.
With your previous experimenting etc., you'd know what sort of gain you have with your current setup and therefore what sort of LP to choose. There's quite a few "K" group LPs around now as well (Blake are making some, as well as others). "K" group is the "new" wideband now that COM7 has gone, there's nothing above C48 (except Mobile as and when it appears!).

Whilst wideband ones are still available, I get the impression that stocks of same are "winding down" in favour of K group, unless you have a filter (or can get a free one from because there's a new mobile mast near you), K group is worth considering to help being a bit more future-proof from possible mobile interference.

Search carefully as there are many which are quite sensibly priced, there are a number where rip-off prices are being charged for things which aren't special. It depends on what sort you want to go for and where you buy from!

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Monday, 5 September 2022
Mike H
6:01 PM

My location IP12 1JJ
I have been having picture break up for several weeks now. TV in one room seems O.K. Another is faulty most of the time. In attempting to fault find I observed that neither TV is receiving Ch 47 ! Is that a known problem with the Sudbury transmitter?

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david crowdell
7:53 PM

Every evening I briefly lose tv signal (using sudbury transmitter). I receive a message on screen "no or poor signal". After about 30 seconds the signal returns. My post code is CO9 4LN. Any thoughts?

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10:29 PM

Mike H:

UHF channel C47 is the PSB3/BBCB HD multiplex. Your sets need to have an HD/T2 tuner to receive it.. Do your sets have T2 tuners - have you ever had the HD channels eg.on EPG LCNs 101-105 ?

Now unfortunately there's some factors which together don't help with good reception in your postcode although reception is quite variable across the postcode. Even though there is a Relay transmitter in Woodbridge with only the 3 PSB multiplexes even reception of that can be variable depending on where you are, predicted reception from Sudbury - the nearest main transmitter is also "variable" but probably the "best bet" for all 6 multiplexes. So a good quality aerial installation will be essential for the best chance of good reception.

Sudbury has been listed for Planned Engineering the last couple of weeks with "Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels" which if reception is poor could mean no signal (Do NOT retune).
The other factor is Current Weather conditions - Tropospheric Ducting - causing interference from more distant transmitters in Europe or the UK. This can be very variable and is usually short term at any instant but conditions have been persisting for several days, different parts of the UK are being affected at different time (East Anglia can be quite vulnerable). Not all multiplexes will be affected at the same time or at all.
Both Freeview and the BBC have issued warnings about short term interference to reception.

Check that your aerial is still pointing in the correct direction which should be ~250 degrees (that's almost WSW) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Make sure the downlead isn't flapping in the wind and just check your coax connections behind the TV etc.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag

10:40 PM

david crowdell:

As mentioned in my reply to Mike H, you have the combination of Planned Engineering and the Current Weather Conditions. Even though your aren't too far from the transmitter, from what you've described the interference from Tropospheric Ducting sounds like the most likely problem.
However, worth checking your aerial is still pointing correctly, for you it should be bearing 96 degrees (6 degrees S of due E) with the rods (or squashed Xs) horizontal. Also check your downlead and coax connections.

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Chris.SE's 4,272 posts GB flag
Sunday, 2 October 2022

11:09 PM

Chris SE. Thank you for your comments. I thought log periodic only came in wideband form, and that was also why they existed. I have experimented with one I reconstructed which was found in a skip, and found the perfomance at least matched that of a triboom yagi.
I see that the elements are spaced at different measurements, thus also having some of the director /reflector attributes of a yagi.
I test my aerials only 6ft above ground, and assume that at height their differences in performance will remain the same.

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