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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.

Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 19/02/2024 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 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-200,000W
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1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 23 BBC Three, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, plus 19 others

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C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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3 ITV 1 (SD) (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 (SD) Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 10 ITV3, 13 E4, 14 Film4, 15 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 18 More4, 26 ITV4, 28 ITVBe, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV1 +1 (Central west),

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C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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46 5SELECT, 101 BBC One HD West Midlands, 102 BBC Two HD England, 103 ITV 1 HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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, 83 Together TV, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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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 TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! romance mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 18 others

 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

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 (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?

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

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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.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

7:39 PM

micheal coley this is a free internet info/ message board here for your help. theres nobody here who can sort or autherise persons to sort any problem that may arise

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ian's 253 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 26 January 2011

12:30 PM


I'm still in the same boat. As are many others. You've been fortunate to get your channels for 5/6 weeks. All I've had is a handful of channels for months.

Everyone east of the mast (ie. mostly Tamworth residents) have had the same problem. No-one seems to be forthcoming with a resolution though.

I have written to Arqiva, the BBC, Tamworth Herald and even my local MP. All to no avail (although the Herald did do two small pieces on it but nothing significant). One person on this website has a meeting with the Tamworth MP to discuss this matter as it's very wide-spread and no-one can give us any answers or provide a resolution date. We've heard everything. "you need to change your aerial", "you have a fault", "try re-tuning", "they're working on the mast", "you need to wait until the upgrade in September 2011", "there's nothing wrong".

I'm sure you'll agree none of these are acceptable. But still no answers.

As was pointed out above though this site is totally independant. It's purpose is to provide advice and for people to share thoughts.

All we can do is hope someone finally decides it's time for people to start watching TV again!

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Richard's 38 posts GB flag
mandy sharp
7:46 PM

We live in postcode area wr40ha of worcester. We have lost all chanels except for bbc1 and bbc2 are the only ones we get.Its been like this for weeks .We are not happy.

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mandy sharp's 2 posts GB flag
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Friday, 28 January 2011
Transmitter engineering

6:05 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Liable to interruption, Radio (digital) Liable to interruption. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag
Transmitter engineering

6:05 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Liable to interruption, TV (digital) Liable to interruption, Radio (analogue) Liable to interruption, Radio (digital) Liable to interruption. [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,822 posts xx flag
Saturday, 29 January 2011
Adam Ali
4:56 PM

Can someone please help!
I live in Walsall and have a SONY KDL32EX403EU with built in Freeview HD. I bought it last summer for the world cup, had a new aerial fitted on the loft and the channels came fine. It is facing sutton coldfield. Then at the end of last year the 3 HD channels suddenly started scrambling and then disappeared totally and no matter how many times I rescan it doesnt pick them up, 50-52 do not exist. I had the aerial people out who did a signal test and said the signal should be picking up the channels fine. I doubt there is a fault with the TV as the SD channels come fine. Please advise.

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Adam Ali's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 30 January 2011
10:54 AM

Adam Ali,you won't get HD channels if your aerial is pointing to Sutton Coldfield as the HD channels are on the Lichfield transmitter, something your aerial people should know and possible move your aerial to pick up both transmitters. It depends on your location in Walsall as to the angle you are at compared to the two transmitters.I live not far from the NEC south of both these transmitters and the angle of difference between both is 23 degrees which means if I move my aerial to try to get Lichfield I lose the good quality signal from Sutton where all the Freeview channels come from.This will be resolved come Sept 2011 when the switchover happens as the HD signals will move from Licfield to Sutton.Hope this is of help.

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AlvinF's 19 posts GB flag
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Friday, 4 February 2011
7:38 PM

Since xmas the signal quality dropped slowly over time.
Now for over a week we can only get a couple of poor quality BBC channels.

Out indoor set top aerial is far better than the main roof one. How does that work?

What is going on now?
I've changed all equipment and tried moving aerials and it makes no difference.

Over xmas all channels were perfect - all 116 of them including radio.

Now we cant get a single frame without massive corruption.

How on EARTH are we supposed to get a HD channel if they cant even broadcast the normal ones reliably.

According to our box we get a "West Midlands" transmiter in the B34 area. ]

Suprise suprise the web maps refuse to accept any postcodes round here we know of.

This isnt free- its costing a fortune.

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zack's 1 post GB flag
Saturday, 5 February 2011

12:27 PM

zack: Please see Freeview reception has changed? | - independent free digital TV advice .

Neither Freeview nor your TV Licence pay for your own aerial, that is your responsibility.

The bad winter weather does cause damage to aerial, and they are not designed to last forever.

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