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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name
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Which Freeview channels does the Sutton Coldfield 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
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC SD, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west), 45 Film4 +1,

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
86 More4 +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,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 Paramount Network, 55 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 76 Quest +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 87 Keep It Country, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 21 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Channel, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 61 True Entertainment, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 5Spike, 39 CBS Justice, 42 DMAX, 47 4seven, 62 True Movies, 71 CBS Drama, 73 Sewing Quarter, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, plus 16 others

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

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons
 Vintage TV, 57 5USA +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 92 Pick +1, 99 Smithsonian Channel HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Aljazeera English HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -3.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
Channel icons
 CBS Action +1, 56 5STAR +1, 64 Freesports, 83 NOW 80s, 84 Now 90s, 89 Together, 91 PBS America, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 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?

regional news image
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
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 (201°)
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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-177 Mar 2018
VHFB E TB E TE TB E K TB E K TW TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7com7
C35com8com8
C39+ArqB+ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C41+1
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C44+2
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C47+A
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_off+BLBLB
C52tv_off+C
C55tv_offDcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) by 30 June 2020 - 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 7 Sep 11 and 21 Sep 11.

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.

Comments
Monday, 3 December 2018
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alan morrison
10:30 AM
Leamington Spa

Roof Ariel
CV31 1DE

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StevensOnln1
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10:50 AM

alan morrison: This website is completely independant and has nothing to do with operating any transmitter. There are no faults showing on the Leamington Spa transmitter page, although I do note that the Digital UK coverage checker predicts that you should be able to get a good signal from the main Sutton Coldfield transmitter at your postcode. Have you checked that you're tuned to the correct transmitter? You may well be picking up signal from another transmitter off the side of the aerial. Also, have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV?

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MikeP
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10:54 AM

alan morrison:

I assume you are talking about the Freeview transmitter at Leamington Spa? This website does not run any transmitters at all.

As far as we can determine, there are no reported problems at that transmitter. So please check all your aerial cables and connections. Unplug any coaxial plugs/sockets and then refit, that will clear any unwanted corrosion/oxidation from the contacts. Then check that you are tuned to the correct transmitter signals by looking at the Digital UK Coverage Checker, selecting the Detailed output setting and scrolling down to the preferred transmitter. There will be a listing of all the multiplexes available from that transmitter with their channel numbers (these are not the programme numbers).



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MikeP's 2,703 posts GB
Monday, 14 January 2019
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fred
10:57 AM

All channels on mux 55 frequency are unwatchable since the january 2019 retune.
Birmingham B34 area

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MikeP
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12:02 PM

fred:

A partial post code is no help at all, we need a full post code to look up any information about your local transmitter and the expected reception at your location.



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StevensOnln1
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12:24 PM

fred: There haven't been an recent changes at the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. Have you checked for any loose or damaged cables or connections behind your TV?

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Thursday, 24 January 2019
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Philip Lee
6:19 PM
Sutton Coldfield

I have recently started to have problems receiving channel 44 (Five + 1). The problems are intermittent pixilation and some times a complete picture freeze. My post code is B73 6UE and I'm tuned to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. Are you aware of any problems and can you tell me which multiplex channel 44 is on?

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Sunday, 27 January 2019
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Gordon
5:51 PM

Fred:

You are not the only one with this problem.
As far as I am aware the Sutton Coldfield M/plexs 40 / 55 /56 now transmit using T2 transmission technology and if you have an older model TV which only has the T1 tuner then you will be unable to receive the 31 or so channels now transmitted in T2 (mostly HD channels).
Also, if your aerial / antenna is of the old grouped C/D type it will probably not be able to receive these channnels either and you will need to replace it with a 'wideband' or a group 'E' aerial.

So, you may have a TV receiver problem, an aerial type problem, or both.


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Gordon's 1 post GB
Sunday, 17 February 2019
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ntscuser
4:01 PM

Sutton Coldfield has always been Group B so there's no reason why anyone would be using a Group C/D aerial.

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MikeP
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9:29 PM

Ntcuser:

There are many changes in the pipleine and one is to move multiplexes down the frequency spectrum. In addition, there are two temporary multiplexes, COM 7 and COM8, which are broadcast on channels 55 and 56, so Sutton Coldfield is no longer only a Group B service. To get those viewers need the ability to receive those channels that are in the Group C/D range so they need a wideband aerial as a Groupd B is not able to get all the channles and neither is a Group C/D aerial. The best solution is a wideband type or a log-periodic that can get all the current channels as well as those planned for the next several years.

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