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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-100,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C41 (634.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C47 (682.0MHz)229mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C29 (538.0MHz)186mDTG-100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C37 (602.0MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
Channel icons
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?

1984-971997-981998-20112011-131 Aug 2018
B E TB E TB E TE TK T
C29SDN
C31ArqA
C35C5wavesC5waves
C37ArqB
C41ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesD3+4D3+4
C44BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBCABBCA
C47C4wavesC4wavesC4wavesBBCBBBCB
C51tv_offBBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1waves
C56tv_offArqB
C58tv_offSDN
C60tv_off-ArqA

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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
Tuesday, 28 June 2011
Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

4:41 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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4:41 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Georgina
6:01 PM

I am in CO4 area and cannot get a digital signal at all this evening - is this due to the storm??
The signal is also very poor on all ITV channels I have retuned many times but am still unable to receive a clear picture - will this change on switchover?

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Transmitter engineering
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6:45 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today to 16:29 today Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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6:45 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today to 16:29 today Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Tosh
7:35 PM

When I use the freeview postcode check it tells me I can't get digital and won't be able to after the switchover. Your map also shows me in a blank spot (just in the north east of Maldon, Essex - on low land).
A few years ago I asked an earial engineer to install 'what he would choose for himself' and got a long pole with something like an XB16E and masthead amplifier (he left with an attenuator in case...). I get weak channel 4 so still record from analogue, but the rest are fine.

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Transmitter engineering
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

9:38 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today to 16:29 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal from 16:29 today to 18:3 Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering
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9:38 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today to 16:29 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal from 16:29 today to 18:3 Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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jb38
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9:48 PM

Tosh: Although not mentioned, but if you are located in a CM9 post code area then I think that the engineer you gave the choice to should have installed a dish rather than an aerial, as CM9 post codes are about the worst I have seen for a long time for showing an array on non-green (bad!) reception possibilities when viewed on the trade predictor.

The only glimmer of hope not being until June 2012, (Sudbury) even then its dependant on what the full post code might be as that was forecast on a 4LQ code.

Definitely a Freesat location!

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Transmitter engineering
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11:42 PM

SUDBURY transmitter - Freeview BBC Digital TV (Four, Cbeebies, Parliament, 3... Off Air from 15:09 today to 15:18 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Weak Signal from 16:29 today to 18:30 today BBC Digital TV (One, Two, Three, CBBC, News) Off Air from 15:09 today to 16:2 Analogue BBC TWO Weak Signal from 19:29 yesterday to 22:47 yesterday [BBC] Over the next week Sudbury main transmitter: TV (analogue) working normally, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) working normally, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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