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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?

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.

 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 U&Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 U&Dave ja vu, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 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 U&Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 Sky Arts, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 U&Drama +1, 65 That's TV 2, 70 Quest +1, 74 &UYesterday +1, 75 That's 90s, 233 Sky News, plus 11 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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12 Quest, 25 U&W, 27 U&Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 56 That's TV (UK), 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
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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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - 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.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

8:17 PM

Bish: You are served by the Tenbury Wells transmitter, which is a Freeview Light transmitter. See Will there ever be more services on the Freeview Light transmitters? | - independent free digital TV advice .

If you want all the channels, you will need to point your aerial towards Sutton Coldfield, where you will get them all, but only in November.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

8:29 PM

GT Channel 62 could be Winter Hill

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andy's 42 posts GB flag
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8:36 PM

Im having problems and unsure what to do.
All channels worked fine before and after switchover the other week but today the only channels i have signal for are the BBC channels.
Im sure that the signal strength on BBC channels is usually 80% which it is now aswell. So how do i know if im overpowered?

Aerial is on the roof and has never had any boosters etc.

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Stephen's 1 post GB flag

9:18 PM

Neil: A common symptom of high signal levels is that the set-top box will display LOW signal levels.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag

9:33 PM

Neil: In your 3.48pm posting you mentioned about two TV's connected together using the one aerial, then you later mention digi boxes tuning etc, could you clarify whether or not the TV's are Freeview devices? or is it that you have two Freeview receivers off the one aerial feeding two TV's?

I ask this because a possible reason for what you are experiencing (as mentioned @ 3.48pm) could be connected with your location as well as dependant on your aerial set up, as using two TV's (or boxes) on the one aerial without using a two-way powered splitter "does" drag the signal strength down, as it unbalances the load matching between the TV input and the aerial, that is as well as the fact that something shared two ways means each getting less. (whether it be RF or anything else!)

Any signal being received that's a little too strong can cause the receivers tuner to become desensitized, or if really too strong block it altogether resulting in the warning on "no signal received".

If the former is applying, (desensitizing) then the two TV's being connected to one aerial will pull the signal down a little thereby allowing the tuners in each TV to operate better, whereby they can "indicate" (but only indicate!) a higher signal level, but if a lead is disconnected from one of the two TV's this will allow the already high powered signal on the other set to increase further, this causing its tuner to struggle even more to keep stable with the result of the a reduced signal / quality level being indicated.

You have to appreciate that the signal strength indicators can be fooled by an over strong signal, and in many cases can indicate lower when the signal received is actually getting stronger and is near to cutting the box out, this is something that only applies to digital receivers and not in the case of analogue.

Not saying that this is definitely applying in your case, but it could (and does) with some other installations.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
10:51 PM

Location : Bilton, Rugby, CV22
Aerial : Roof mounted
Source : Sutton Coldfield ( think )

Re-scanning after switchover got same no of TV channels as before ( 72 ) - but now includes HD 4 - so a positive tick here.

Now seem to have a noise problem with Ch39 signal group ( ArqB / Film 4, 4 Music, etc. ).

The signal remains week ( up a little - but still only 45-50 against say 80-85 for BBC1 ) on my Samsung TV ) but signal 'blocking' / freezing - frequently.

Looked at 'single' interference page - tried to remove / power down other kit ( Panasonic freeview DVD recorder, VCR etc ).

Have booster behind TV - so tried changed gains down / up / removed.

If remove booster - ch39 gets virtually no signal direct to TV or to DVD-R box. ( Other channels get medium signal strength and high quality (10) on DVD-R box.

With booster on low-medium gain - get full strength (10 - and no saturation warning ) and high quality (10)

Ch 39 recovers a bit but - sticks at medium strength / low quality 3( amber / red warning )

( Signals were weak before switchover and got weather related problems at times - but was hoping re-power at SC would solve )

Like HD - but don't like losing Film4.

Any advice appreciated, to help guide / pin-point solution - e.g. replace my aerial or internal / external interference issue etc

Thanks in advance

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Dan Walters
11:54 PM

Malvern WR14, Sutton Coldfield Transmitter.

Did a retune on My Freeview HD tv at lunch time and got all 4 HD channels.

Got home from work tonight and no picture on HD channels but the EPG was there.

Did a retune and HD channels disappeared.

Still not back at 23.52 21.09.2011

Any ideas?

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