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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 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
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3 ITV (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5 (SD), 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 24 ITV4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
74 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 27 ITV2 +1, 30 5STAR, 31 Paramount Network, 34 ITV3 +1, 40 Sony Movies Action, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 5SELECT, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, plus 17 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 23 CCXTV, 28 E4 +1, 29 4Music, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 45 Film4 +1, 46 Challenge, 47 4seven, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 75 Yesterday +1, 76 Quest +1, 78 Now 70s, 88 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
25 Yesterday, 32 Sony Movies, 37 DMAX, 39 CBS Justice, 42 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 79 Dave ja vu, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 91 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 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
64 FreeSports, 72 Quest Red +1, 83 NOW 80s, 86 More4 +1, 89 Together TV +1, 92 Pick +1, 93 PBS America +1, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 209 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others

com8
 H -3.7dB
C56 (754.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
Channel icons


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
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqB+ArqB+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBBBCB
C41+1
C42SDNSDNSDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCABBCABBCA
C44+2
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4D3+4D3+4
C47+A
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_off+BLBLB
C52tv_off+C
C55tv_offDcom7tv_off
C56tv_offcom8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 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
Tuesday, 30 June 2020
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Darren
8:01 PM

Hi, can anyone tell me the current mux frequencies for the sutton transmitter please? I've tried for an hour to figure it out. https://www.freeview.co.uk/help/coverage-checker/detailed-view doesn't seem to list them either. Need them to tune my PC PCIe tuner. Thanks. Darren.

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Wednesday, 1 July 2020
D
Darren
12:11 AM

Ok have I got this right?

C39+(618.2MHz)
C40+(626.2MHz)
C42 (642.0MHz)
C43 (650.0MHz)
C45 (666.0MHz)
C46 (674.0MHz)
C51 (714.0MHz)
C55 (746.0MHz)

Is the offset still needed on channels 39/40? My humax lists the freq as 618000/626000 and the channels look ok.

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Chris.SE
sentiment_satisfiedGold

1:30 AM

Darren:

Well, yes and no! Unfortunately the site owner has not been able to keep up with all the 700MHz Clearance changes, so all the UHF channel numbers are not necessarily up-to-date.

In the order PSBs1-3, COMs4-7, Loc1, Loc2 -
UHF channels are C43, C46, C40+, C42, C45, C39+, C55, C36, C48

No doubt you found those frequencies at the top of the page ;) , however the offsets are actually 166kHz, so the 0.2 is a rounded figure. The offset is the same whether it's + or - .
One thing about this site, when you see a channel number with the C before it in a post, if you hover over it it'll give you the centre frequency, unfortunately it doesn't do the + or -
If you click on it, you go to a page full of information, but unfortunately it may not be up-to-date!
Whether you need the offset will probably depend on the tuner card, I doubt it'll object putting it in. The Humax may be rounding the displayed figure to the nearest MHz!

There's nothing on C51, that moved on 700MHz clearance. There's two channels used for the Local mux, beamed in different directions IIRC, whether you get them and COM7 will depend on your location.

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