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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 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

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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

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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), 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

 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.
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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;
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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.

Sunday, 20 May 2012
9:26 PM

Until yesterday we were able to watch,in another room, whichever sky program was on the main tv using a tuned in analogue channel. This has now stopped and all that appears on the screen is 'no signal'.All the tvs have freeview built in. What is the problem?

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Steve's 1 post GB flag

11:28 PM

Steve: Are you sure that the TV concerned hasn't been left on its Freeview mode (DVB) rather than analogue? However if this doesn't apply then can Freeview be received on these remote TV's? that is "if" you are feeding the Freeview signal into the Sky boxes aerial input and its passing through the box as well as picking up the analogue signal in the process, and if you are doing things this way then for a test remove the Sky boxes normal aerial input and see if Sky returns on the remote TV's, if it does then you will have to try a few tests using a different RF1/2 output channel on the Sky box and retuning the analogue TV's to pick it up again after every alteration.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
8:13 AM
West Bromwich

We have lost our TV signal over the weekend. It went on Friday night, reappeared on Sunday night until mid morning Monday and was not there still this morning. This has happened for 3 weekends in the last 2 months, although the set up hasn't changed. The rooftop aerial plugs into a Hitachi Freeview+ box, which connects to the TV. The bedroom TV, which uses a set top aerial, has worked ok during this time. Postcode is B70 6EB.

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Wednesday, 23 May 2012
4:30 PM

CV22 6EY - roof areal

This week our freeview box has
Tuesday - failed to record morning programes
Wednesday - failed to record afternoon programmes
Tuesday evening - all programme recordings started 5-6 minutes behind the setting so missed start of progammes

I had reloaded the channels, reset the recorder default - and set to Sutton Coldfield transmitter specifically.

This is the 2nd/3rd time this has occured

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Monday, 28 May 2012
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
8:01 AM

Thanks, turns out it was the freeview+ box. Brought the bedroom tv down and connected that to the rooftop aerial and it worked fine. The set top aerial that worked fine for the bedroom tv did nothing for the downstairs tv, so took box back and got replacement and all fine now.

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Lilian Mae
9:27 AM

Hi there, My tv is only 5 yrs old but yesterday suddenly stopped working. It now tells me no signal. The set has built in free view. I have connected a free view box and the tv now works. Is it likely that I can get this repaired or am I stuck with a separate free view box? I know this sounds silly but my tv is wall mounted and I now have a thick cable trailing down the wall, I am 60 and live alone - so handy man available.

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Lilian Mae's 1 post GB flag

11:24 AM

Lilian Mae: What model of TV are you referring to? and have you tried completely resetting the device? this usually accessed from the main menu, although if as aforementioned the model is given then this can be checked on.

Just a small point though, have you double checked to make sure that the TV's hasnt been accidentally switched onto analogue?

The other point being, that its necessary to have knowledge of your location (post code or one from nearby) so that the signals expected at your location can be assessed.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 4 June 2012
Paul Nield
1:43 AM

Hi i am not happy about the signal quality from the sutton coldfield transmitter today.
I know you have to do work on it but what a week to do this, The picture was breaking up all day long.
I am looking after my mother who is 86 years old and she was looking forward to watching the jubilee celebrations, i know work has to be done but i thought you may have given some warning about this.
yours sincerely
Paul Nield

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Wednesday, 6 June 2012
7:33 PM

Sorry for taking so long to get back on here.. work and family stuff.
Have tried your wire suggestion and an internal digital aerial, and while channels on mux 2 do appear on the TV the signal is so weak I am getting either no picture or complete pixelation of sound and image.
This puts out TV receptionving back (approx) 3 yrs when they started "upgrading" the then prefectly good reception from Sutton Coldfield.
We lost mux 2 then as now.


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