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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 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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-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

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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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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

 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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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.

Sunday, 20 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
7:38 PM

The signal is low and I cannot receive all the channels correctly. When I tune the PVR into the Aerial downstairs connected to a Booster all the channels work fine including HD. I use the PVR upstairs and I do not receive the HD stations and other station like ITV4. If I purchase a second booster and plugged it in the aerial upstairs would that work. I do not know if having 2 boosters would?

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7:43 PM

Rustyboy: Where is the aerial? Where is the booster?

If you swap the devices over, what happens?

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
8:05 PM

The aerial is a rooftop aerial, there are 4 connection points around the house. What I assume is the booster is downstairs. The main aerial plug into the input on it and the output cable connects to the PVR / TV If that box gets turned off then there is no reception across the whole house

I will test to see if putting the booster upstairs works. If it does and I purchased a second booster to use upstairs, it would still work with the other booster downstairs?

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8:10 PM

Rustyboy: So the "4 connection points around the house" come from four outputs from the "box downstairs" that you assume is a booster?

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
8:36 PM

The 4 connection points are directly from the aerial. The aerial cables all has a direct connection to the aerial on the top of the roof.

The box downstairs just has 1 input from one aerial connection and one output that is plugged into the TV downstairs. There is nothing else connected to this box.

I tested the PVR that is used upstairs on that aerial lead and gave me all the channels including HD. Upstairs the signal is weaker.

About 6 years ago the aerial was changed and an additional 2 aerial points were installed at that time. There are 2 original aerial points downstairs and 2 newer aerial points 1 in the upstairs bedroom and 1 in the attic bedroom.

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8:54 PM

Rustyboy: I'm wondering if the "box downstairs" is the power for a masthead amplifier.

This might be the case if turning it off causes the signal to go off for all the points.

The cable from the aerial to the "upstairs" point might have got damaged, or had some water ingress.

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
9:05 PM

So a booster connected to the aerial point may not work? Or would getting a second Masthead amplifier to fit upstairs work better. Or would everything just blow up.

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Tuesday, 22 February 2011

7:22 AM

Rustyboy: An amplifier won't help if the signal is not there in the first place, amplifiers will not recreate a non-existent signal and usually destroy a digital signal.

Yes, if you attempt to connect a second power supply to your masthead amplifier "everything [will] just blow up".

To help eliminate the problem, can you try the other two aerial points?

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Briantist's 38,900 posts GB flag
11:01 AM

Thank you for your answers they have been helpful.

Just one final question.

I tested the Power supply upstairs and found that I got no signal at all. So the only place the power supply can be is downstairs.

I can receive all the stations on my TV upstairs it is just that the PVR connected to the same aerial does not get all the stations. So I tested the PVR downstairs and it picked up all the stations including the HD ones, so I know it is not a problem with the PVR.

So because of that I thought that if I got a booster to boost the signal a bit more I should receive the all the stations on the PVR as well. If I try something like this HQ 4-WAY Antenna Amplifier: Electronics or Philex 27812HS 2-Way TV Signal Booster: Electronics even if it does not work would it damage the aerial or masthead amplifier , just worried if I get one then everything breaks. (WR113EX)

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