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Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter

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The symbol shows the location of the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter which serves 1,870,000 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 Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 19 others

 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze +1, 83 Quest +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 84 Quest Red +1, plus 21 others

 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD,

 H -3.7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 86 More4 1, 95 Freesports, 96 Forces TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 3 others

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
DTG-12 QSPK 8K 3/4 8.0Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
H/V: aerial position (horizontal or vertical)

Which BBC and ITV regional news can I watch from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter?

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BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
regional news image
ITV Central News 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 2JT, 15km south-southwest
to ITV Central (West) region - 65 masts.
All of lunch, weekend and 80% evening news is shared with Central (East)

Are there any self-help relays?

Burton (shobnall)Transposer1 km W Burton-on-Trent60 homes
CoalvilleTransposer18 km NW Leicester600 homes
SolihullTransposerLand Rover building400 homes

How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1731st Mar 2018-
aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KWB E K

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 7th September and 21st September 2011.

How do the old analogue and currrent digital signal levels compare?

Analogue 1-4 1000kW
SDN, ARQA, ARQB, BBCA, D3+4, BBCB(-7dB) 200kW
com7(-10.5dB) 89.2kW
com8(-10.7dB) 86kW
LB(-20dB) 10kW
Mux 1*, Mux 2*, Mux A*, Mux B*, Mux C*, Mux D*(-21dB) 8kW

Which companies have run the Channel 3 services in the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area

Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated TeleVision†
Feb 1956-Jul 1968Associated British Corporation◊
Jul 1968-Dec 1981Associated TeleVision
Jan 1982-Feb 2004Central Independent 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. Sutton Coldfield 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.

Saturday, 8 July 2017
Gordon Insley
11:45 AM

Phil Draper:
From where you are located (Melbourne area) you should be able to receive good signals on all mux's from both Waltham and Sutton Coldfield. You are roughly equidistant from Waltham and Sutton Coldfield.
Waltham transmits most channels at 50KW and some at 25KW whereas all Sutton Coldfields transmissions are 200KW. So, Sutton Coldfield wins that contest.
Provided there is no hill, tall building(s), tree's in direct line of sight from your aerial to the intended transmitter and the aerial is outdoors not in the loft then there should be no problem receiving good quality reception from either of the transmitters.
If you have some old grouped C/D aerial i.e. not wideband, then that might be your problem. If that's the case then swap out your old aerial for a Fracarro Log-Periodic LP45NF or Televes DAT HD (available with built-in amp). Both are wideband high gain aerials (11.5dB & 17dB/active 29dB), the log-periodic being a little more critical on alignment (more rifle shot that shotgun). With a decent aerial you may not need a mast head amplifier unless the cable run is >15m or more. And a wideband antenna will see you through the requirements for reception following the new channel frequency changes (2017-2020) that are coming soon.

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Gordon Insley's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 6 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
11:34 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 today to 10:09 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 90,922 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 7 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 yesterday to 10:09 yesterday. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 90,922 posts Owner Owner xx
Friday, 8 September 2017
Transmitter engineering
5:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:04 on 06 Sep to 10:09 on 06 Sep. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering's 90,922 posts Owner Owner xx
Thursday, 14 September 2017
7:24 AM

I have 2 aerials in my loft. One serves downstairs and the other upstairs (for kids rooms until they left. Now one big tv for grandchildren's playroom.

Downstairs receives 38 channels from llangrannog transmitter but upstairs receives 78 from blaenplwf. Swapping aerial leads makes no difference. Tv taken upstairs receives 78 on either/both aerials . Tv , digiboxes etc taken downstairs no longer receive 78 , only the 38 from llangrannog.
I would have thought that it was the aerials alignment that determined reception, not where the tv is situated. All tv's, tuners, hdd recorders, now tv smart box, tune in 78 channels from both aerials when upstairs but only 38 when downstairs.
How can I block llangrannog mast and force receivers downstairs to receive Blaenplwf please

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Ima's 2 posts GB
11:55 AM

Ima: The first issue you have is that the 3 Com channels from Blaenplwyf,channels 22,25,28,correspond to the three channels broadcast from the Llangrannog relay.This may affect the quality as well as the signal strength thus incurring the 'digital cliff' poor quality/no picture.
I am making an assumption that you are on higher ground above the village and sea front and that is why you are receiving a use-able signal from Blaen-plwyf?To improve your reception a roof top would be a better option and better still if if you're on high enough ground and can receive Presely TV transmitter all channels are clear of interference from any local transmitters.
After all the Llangrannog relay is dependent on the incoming signal it receives from Presely.

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Aerialman's 132 posts Silver Silver GB
Monday, 16 October 2017
3:38 PM

Used to get BBC East Midlands, presumably from Waltham transmitter. Been busy not watched much tv for a long while, turn it on one day and retune as tv asks and I get BBC West Midlands. Try all the retune even manually retuning after deleting channels and reading both instructions off Digital TV sites and my tv. Still, I get BBC West Midlands and that area news/weather. Even got aerial checked. On checking transmitter coverage maps it seems we no longer get coverage or signal for our area from Waltham, but from Sutton Coldfield and no alternative transmitter. Has the area surrounding Coalville suddenly moved to the West Midlands? Really annoying I cannot any longer rely on local news being on tv , now I have more time to relax .

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Jan's 2 posts GB
5:00 PM

Jan: Please provide a full postcode so we can see the coverage prediction for your location. Waltham hasn't suddenly reduced its coverage area so there must be some kind of fault or interference somewhere. When you say you've tried manual tuning, which UHF channels have you tried this with?

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StevensOnln1's 917 posts Gold Gold GB
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
11:42 AM


Coalville *is* still covered by the Waltham transmitter as it has been for years (I used to be a senior Engineer for a TV rental company in Loughborough and we serviced Coalville and sorrounding areas for years).

If you look at…ham, you will see that you are served from Waltham.

The channel numbers you need to tune to are: 49 (for PSB1-BBCA), 54 (for PSB2-D3&4), 58 (for PSB3-BBCB), 29 (for SDN-COM4), 56 (for ArqA-COM5), 57 (for ArqB-COM6), 26 (for LNG), 31 (for COM7) and 37 (for COM8). As some of those channels are lower than a Group C/D aerial can receive, you will need either a Group K or a Log-Periodic aerial to get all the available channels.

Hope that helps?

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