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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?

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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

 H max
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),

 H max
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

 H max
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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 68 RealityXtra, 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

 H max
C31- (553.8MHz)228mDTG-8100,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 65 That's 60s, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 80s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
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! Movies Christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies +1, 63 Great! Movies Christmas 1, 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?

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

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, 3 July 2012
Robert B
12:46 PM

After reading the list of channels used by Freeview from Sudbury (re: jb38) my scans have never picked up channel 47. Is this an error or am I missing out here?

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Dave Lindsay

12:58 PM

Nick: I said that your box tunes itself to Aldeburgh because in your posting at 10:12AM today, you said "my box tunes itself to stations from ch23, Aldeburgh".

You said subsequently in your posting at 12:12PM that your Aldeburgh aerial has an amplifier but the Sudbury one doesn't. Are these diplexed together or are they fed separately into your lounge (allowing you to connect to either but not both) or have you "combined" the feeds in some other way?

If the Aldeburgh aerial is connected, then just turn off the power to the amp, leave the aerial in during all of the scan. Turning off the power to the amp will mean that no signal will come out of it.

Or, if you still need to make your receiver avoid Aldeburgh during its scan, plug the aerial in when it gets to 30%. Some devices are more helpful than others, so obviously I can only be general. If it gives percentage progress, then 30% of the scan (which runs from 21 to 69) is about C35. If it gives no percentage and no UHF channel number and is simply a bar the goes across the screen, then you will have to guess or improvise. For example, can you hold a ruler up to the screen and measure the bar and hence work out roughly where the target point is for plugging in the aerial?

The target area is from 15% to 40% so there is quite a big area to aim for. I have calculated these on the basis of the highest channel from Aldeburgh and the lowest from Sudbury. If it has manual tuning, then use it to add any that are missing, if you get the aerial in a bit too late.

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Dave Lindsay

12:59 PM

Robert B: 47 is the HD multiplex.

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Dave Lindsay

1:07 PM

Nick: It may be that you will have to trial PSB reception from each transmitter to work out which is best. With digital reception, variable or poor reception may only become apparent at certain times, e.g. momentary freezing may be intermittent. The automatic tuning process is unlikely to be able to make this decision for you.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag

1:08 PM

Dave, I have misled you.
I have no Aldeburgh aerial at either of my locations, but the signal is strong. I need to know how to tell whether I am watching the progs from ch 23 or ch41, he latter theoretically being stronger, although I take your point about unplugging the aerial, which gives my fingers a tingle when I plug in.
I cannot find the thing you referred to to tell me which muxes are on which channels, but, one up to me, have found the freesat box can be manually tuned to get Pick and Challenge, both in plus 1 for some reason.

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1:24 PM

Can anyone tell me what exactly is included as PSB? Obviously not ITV 3. If the Aldeburgh transmitter included this rather than all the plus ones, Gay Rabbit etc, I would settle for this, rather than all the aggro from Sudbury.
I think if there is a regulator for how this freeview is set up, he must be money for old rope.

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Dave Lindsay

1:31 PM

Nick: If a receiver gives information as to what channel/frequency it is tuned to, then this is usually given on the signal strength screen. A few don't, so there is little way of knowing, particularly if two possible transmitters broadcast the same regional programming.

Not giving this information is poor design in my opinion and it is not confined to "cheapo" devices. I came across a Sony RDR-HXD860 which gives no clue as to which UHF channel it is tuned to. I have a RDR-HXD870, which I believe superceeded it and that does give the channel number on the strength screen.

Some use frequencies instead of chanel numbers and C28 is 530.0MHz and C41 is 634.0MHz.

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Dave Lindsay

1:43 PM

Nick: I'm not familiar satellite receivers as I've never used one. However, I have read that "Freesat" branded set-top boxes will automatically tune in all services that are part of the Freesat offering. Other free-to-air channels can, I understand, be added manually. Presumably this is where manual tuning is available (I have no idea whether some devices are more restrictive than others, as is the case with terrestrial receivers).

See here:

List of free-to-air channels at 28°E - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Obviously this Wikipedia page is not forced to be up-to-date or correct.

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Dave Lindsay

1:48 PM

Nick: The full list of Freeview services by multiplex are here (those with a bullet in the "E"/England column apply):

DMOL Post-DSO Multiplex Channel Allocations

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