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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?

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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-200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 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

LB
 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?

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-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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
Friday, 23 September 2011
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Aerialman
sentiment_satisfiedSilver

12:17 PM

Now that Sutton Coldfield is now fully switched,with allocated channel numbers/full powers,When will Arqiva B,Winter Hill go to full power(from 12.5Kw to 100Kw) on ch 55?
When will Moel-y-Parc,SDN ch51,Arqiva A ch 52,go to full powers.(from 2.5Kw to 10Kw)?
Dates please?

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Briantist
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4:19 PM

Aerialman: 28th September 2011 I think - the dates are Switchover events September- December 2011 | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Aerialman
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5:54 PM

Thank you,Briantist.It seems logical,but no information has been released as yet from Digital uk etc.

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MikeS
7:26 PM
Birmingham

prior the the switchover i received all freeview channels including HD.
Now I get 70ish channels and no HD at all signal strenth/quality is strong, but,
Ch40 shows strong signal strength but zero quality.
I think the whole switchover has been handled very, very poory in terms of HD. (theres no mention of losing it the service as as so many people seem to have done)

I've retried auto and manaul retunes with still noHD. also using a smalller aerial in xase it was a too strong signal problem, but with no difference

in B37 7HT aerial @ sutton.

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keith
8:04 PM

since the switchover on 21st, i retuned i got all the same channels as i got before but no sound on any of the channels, the picture is perfect and the signal indicator on screen is full for all channels, but no sound, can anyone advise me.

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Dave Davies
8:06 PM

Have five MUX's perfectly in Rugby but CH40 HD shows nothing. Manual scan of digibox and computer DVB-T device shows no signal on CH 40 at all. No big deal but I wonder why.

Had to retune the computer (Linux + Kaffeine) using the old settings for Waltham?. SC came up scan failed. Am I right in thinking there was a major MUX/ Frequency change?.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

8:21 PM

Dave Davies: Any device used for receiving Freeview has to be fitted with a DVB-T2 tuner to be able to receive HD, not DVB-T, thats the problem with a multitude of TV's seen about that have a label stating "HD Ready", insomuch they can only show an HD quality image if connected to an external HD device, and are not not actually capable of receiving it.

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jb38
sentiment_very_satisfiedPlatinum

9:39 PM

keith: I would carry out a factory reset to see if that cures the problem, or take the aerial out an carry out a scan without it, this blanking out anything stored, then after re-connecting carry out a further scan to load the channels back in again.

Also if by any chance its a box you are using, then make sure that the scart connection at both ends is fully located.

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Saturday, 24 September 2011
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P Cairns
7:40 AM

I have Freeview and subscribed to ESPN and Sky Sports, I live in Worcester and have lost both channels due to the Bromsgrove Transmitter. I have read that I need a wideband aerial. I went into a TV shop and was told that an indoor wideband aerial would be no good at all(i live in a flat) and that even a new wideband aerial on the roof wouldnt probably solve the problem. I dont wish to waste money on trying to get channels back, as usual topuptv didnt have the manners to email anyone and tell them that channels would disappear. If the cost is too high I will cancel the channels asap.

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Billy
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2:38 PM

My sympathies P Cairns....
It depends, what side you on, might look ugly, but can have aerial, like I do satellite dish, inside, be surprised sometimes how well it can work and how robust the signals are.
I have trouble with channel 39 most, figures, one with Sky Sports 1 and 2 on of course....

Stuck if you do not roughly face the transmitter way, on other side etc.

But if you do, worth experimenting with perhaps.
Maplins offers on at moment, log periodic one, mine was different from advertised and better still, but with an amplifier that it comes with, it might help, but again, all dependent on you being on the right facing side to the transmitter.
Hope that helps, :).


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