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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 13/05/2024 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?

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 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 38 Channel 5 +1, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! action, 57 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 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
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12 Quest, 25 W, 27 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
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

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.

Thursday, 6 October 2011
lan from notts

9:27 AM

not seen the original post or reply but if you know which frequencies are causing your box to rescan itself, would 2 frquency blockers on 22 and 25 stop it doing a rescan?
just a thought mate

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lan from notts's 253 posts GB flag
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9:48 AM

Jack: re Transmitter engineering - the date the information is posted is there, so "over the next week" usually means the current week when posted at the beginning of a week.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag

10:10 AM

Keith Ratcliffe: If all your neighbours have the same lack of channels, it's probable that your distribution system is channelised, as your missing channels were not previously used at Sutton Coldfield, but do check with all your neighbours first to be sure it's not an overload problem of your set.
But also as you mention about channels in the 900's you really should do a full reset/new install with your set/box first. Follow the instruction from the link "Freeview reset procedure" in the yellow box below.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag

10:20 AM

M Rawson: It is probable that you are suffering signal overload now that Sutton Coldfield is on full power (200Kw) on all the muxes, but do a full reset/new install first following the link "Freeview reset procedure" in the yellow box below.
If you have the same result, then remove any booster you have from circuit and see what results you get.

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Chris.SE's 251 posts GB flag

3:41 PM

chris. se,
Re- Keith Radcliffe. He is situated 13 miles from Sutton Coldfield and the signal strength at his location at 10 metres outdoors is 65DB. This signal strength should not overload his tuner, as 65 - 70db is the recommended signal strength preferred by the BBC to obtain a stable signal at the tv. I believe that digital tuners should have a signal strength tolerance maximum latitude of 80db before signal overload would then effect the reception.
keith does'nt specify his set up at home. Does he have an amplifier, splitters etc.I think it's more likely to be his equipment that he needs to attend to to resolve his problem. (52.4471,-2.1045) 

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KEVIN GARDINER's 68 posts GB flag
8:06 PM

hi i have lost all the channels and when i do get some they just mega pixall all the time my ariel is on the roof it runs 2 tv with a booster on as well but still no good do you think i need a new ariel many thanks

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steve's 3 posts GB flag
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8:44 PM

steve: As you are only 22 miles away from Sutton Coldfield you could be receiving a signal that's on the verges of being too powerful, so try a test by temporarily removing your booster, the symptoms of an over powerful signal being exactly the same as a weak one.

That said taking it that you are receiving Sutton coldfield and not Waltham @ 23 miles away.

To test which carry out a signal check on BBC1, if Sutton its Mux Ch43 / Waltham Mux Ch61.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
C Rickards
9:45 PM

Since the change over (28 Sept 11) most of the free view channels appear to have lower power signal and hence we are suffering a lot of pixelation. Our humax PVR is struggling to record programmes. The HD channels are perfect (ch 50-54). Prior to the change over we received good free view signals. We receive our signals from the Oxford Transmitter. My old Pace PVR is not even picking up the EPG
The arial is situated in the loft.
I have retuned all my equipment on both 14 & 28 Sept.
Can you advise please

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10:21 PM

Hi i am on virgin cable with an aerial on roof which runs 2 tv's in 2 bedrooms which have no signal,cable runs the tv in lounge,which is fine. i have tried to retune tv's to no effect can you help thanx

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andrew dyke
10:53 PM

I run bt vison down stairs and the freeview u stairs thourgh a booster but last 6 weeks keep lossing bbc channls or poor siganl part pictures comming thourgh and tonight all main 5 channles the same

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