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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 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

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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 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Mix, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's Christmas, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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

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.

Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Gary Dadds
5:02 PM

jb38: Amazon have offered a full refund, a bit quick off the mark there since I only emailed them at about 9.00pm last night and had a reply awaiting me at 8.00am this morning. Something I have noticed is that Samsung have released a BD-D8200 whereas mine is a BD-C8200. I wonder if that one will work?

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Gary Dadds's 4 posts GB flag

5:25 PM

pm: You might want to try removing the booster from your system - having too strong a signal will cause the kind of problems you have. You are in a very strong signal area, you shouldn't need a booster.

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Briantist's 38,905 posts GB flag
6:27 PM

Hi all, ive got myself a rover meter t2. it has cofdm and sat finder on it but i have no plans on it. i need the anglia region and london, been on the rover site and followed the protercal but all i can get off them is europe, usa and asia. so you can see my predicerment. HEEELLLLLLLLLLLLPPPPPPPP!!!!

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Tony's 1 post GB flag
Thursday, 18 August 2011

9:46 AM

Tony: All the transmitter frequencies are listed on this site.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011
John Stone
12:36 PM

John Stone SS5 4JN
I swung my aerial round to Blubell Hill and found that the signals were too low, bearing in mind that I have taken off the mast head amp the mux signals varied from 10% to 24%. The quality of the signal on the higher ones were 100% but the lower ones were only 10%. I couldn't receive anything from London or Dover. I know people living less than 500m from me can, I think it depends which way the wind blows. I'm sure if I did fit the amp back in line I could watch Bluebell hill but I think I will wait until next year when London, Dover and Bluebell hill switch over.

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John Stone
1:40 PM

The signals from Sudbury/Rounefall on the back of the aerial were 64% for strength and 100% for quality.

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Kevin Regan
8:41 PM

Hi I have just fitted a new aerial on a pole on the side of my house to go with my new tv which has Freeview, in the bedroom. The aerial is pointing towards the Sudbury transmitter. I live in the CM2 9JT area, I can only receive about 20 channels. I have tried all the different forms of tunning but still no luck. Should I use a meter to set my aerial up. Hope you can help, many thanks Kevin.

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Thursday, 25 August 2011

8:42 AM

Kevin Regan: You are in a very strong signal area, you may have a signal overload.

If you have a booster or amplifier, then remove it.

If you don't, you should try an attenuator (they cost about a fiver) to bring the signal levels down.

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Briantist's 38,905 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
Steve Priest
7:04 PM

Until recentlywe have had a reasonable signal down here in Southend on sea from Bluebell Hill (Meridian) I have a wideband aerial fitted. Today I retuned my TV and now have over 20 more stations although my ITV is now Anglia. Meridian is also available on 801. My question is, should I repoint my aerial towards Sudbury, if so will I get a better signal on Anglia or should I leave it as it is until the change over next July.
Steve Priest

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Wednesday, 31 August 2011
6:59 PM

I got my aerial rigger round today to change me from Bluebell to Sudbury mainly because Im fed up with the local news about the south coast. Have retuned my set and recorder but no Film 4 When I check out the Sudbury website they are only using 1100 watts for transmission as opposed to 100,000watts for BBC 1

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