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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 04/12/2023 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?

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
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

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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
Channel icons
 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.

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

9:20 PM

John Gaunt:
Neither of you have given a postcode, so I can't be of specific help.
You both may be getting more than one transmitter or too much signal now power has increased.
So first try a full reset/new install with the aerial unplugged to clear all previous settings and channels (the link "Freeview reset procedure" in the yellow box below has some more details), then reconnect the aerial and do a MANUAL install using Sutton Coldfield UHF channels C43,C46,C42,C45,C39 and if you have HD C40.
Then, if you are still suffering picture breakup etc, if you have any booster/amplifiers in circuit, remove them and see if things improve.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag
9:41 PM

i live in the walsall area,and my tv channels go upto 49 and go straight to 70,i cant get any hd channels at all,im using a samsung fullhd 1080 tv so shouldnt get any problems,but there it is,any suggestions welcome

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stephen's 1 post GB flag
stephen's: mapS's Freeview map terrainS's terrain plot wavesS's frequency data S's Freeview Detailed Coverage
Wednesday, 5 October 2011

12:37 AM

stephen: hi, are you sure your model has an in built HD tuner? Give us the full model number and we can check.
Did you get the HD channels before DSO?

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag
9:26 AM

Any chance of widening the stripes denoting the ariel bands in the channel list above for those of us with poor screens or eyesight. Or putting a little white stripe between the colours so they are separate?

Try looking at it on a notebook screen.

(Good site by the way. lots of useful stuff)

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ken's 4 posts GB flag
ken's: mapK's Freeview map terrainK's terrain plot wavesK's frequency data K's Freeview Detailed Coverage
10:53 AM

I agree with ken
The design of this page is terrible.

Also please put DATES on the engineering info. "Over the next week" could mean anything.

I'm getting a lot of drop outs at the moment and HD is never much good. I dont think the power is at all high enough from sutton even with a 21db amp in my line.

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jack's 1 post GB flag

1:35 PM

jack: The engineering information is provided by Digital UK and the BBC, the "over the next week" is their description.

You probably have too much signal, not too little - see Freeview signals: too much of a good thing is bad for you | - independent free digital TV advice .

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag

1:36 PM

ken: You can always use the "Zoom" feature of your web browser, press ctrl and plus.

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag

1:55 PM

Chris.SE: Yes, that's correct, I now run a filer on the Digital UK information to provide that message, rather than the "no problems" status that Digital UK show.

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Briantist's 38,908 posts GB flag

2:18 PM

No Dutchman, not that, honest, I'm happy with it anyway, reads 100 over 100%, but no playing up.
Rest can be 70% over 100%, even had 95% signal strength today on channel 39.

In trying the radio and then options on five live sport extra text, it crashed the box, think this is the second time this has happened, and had to turn it off.

This is the trouble with today's darn software driven things, compared to years back.
Fine, like computers when it works, bit instance, surely back in the day can not give a valve a virus, lol, or chips itself, but those carrying memory and software can mess up.

This box T215 fro Argos, Top Up TV one, was for sure the last time, auto rerun, because won't let you manual tune, but I did it with aerial connection out.

Once I'd gotten one of the Sutton Coldfield's channel in, I did the retune manually.
All was well for once, but after couple days once again I noticed when box was on, no playing up on BBC or Channel 5 like channels, checking, sure enough, the box had retuned itself some how, on it's own, lol, to Allesley Park, channels 22 and 25, and took out the Sutton Coldfield ones.

Talk about intelligent, lol, but GRRR, did not want that.
Okay, Sutton's would be 95% one minutes, then drop to say 45% signal strength and mess about a bit.

I did also as someone suggested, ran the whole thing automatic, with no aerial connection in, and then did again as above.

This box refuses to do as it was told, and I suspect, this could be what is happening with others, judging by what I have read.

Hence many complaining channels they had put in, next day vanish, or have different channels in to the ones they had.

These boxes should not be doing this, but clearly, cleverly, have minds of their own, and they decide which is the closet and best signal and retune themselves to it, lol, gosh, who needs humans.

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