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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 22/04/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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.

 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.
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, 25 July 2013
10:43 AM

My Sony Bravia got its epg messed up on Sunday, tried to retune and now it can't get any stable tuning at at, even tried factory reset, etc, etc. set is now basically a monitor, tuning useless. Am awaiting an engineer call under warranty.

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Bill's 1 post GB flag

3:35 PM

Bill : Although tuners do go, and loads of us have had the EPG problem on our PVR's, I havn't heard of anything going wrong with Sony TV's (unlike Australia a while ago). If you know the model number, that might help to narrow down as to whether it is a software problem.

Unfortunately, you havn't included a postcode, so its difficult to to know if your reception has suddenly changed to a point its simply unusable (although Sony's have very good and stable tuners, so thats unlikely).

The problem is if it is a software problem, there is often not a lot any store can do to correct it, because the glitch might be something which is external to the machine, but interacting with Sony's own software.

The other thing that does occur to me is that it might be a result of a fault within your aerial system. If you have an old digibox, plug it in to the aerial feed and to the TV - if its having problems/picks up nothing, then you know its the aerial. If its fine, then its more likely to be the tuner/software.

Be interested to know what the problem is, since someone is bound to ask me a similar question at some point...

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Friday, 26 July 2013
4:40 PM

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Monday, 29 July 2013
10:01 PM

TV engineer SAS that the TV 'has a main board fault' and is going to replace the board under warranty.

However over the set 36 hours my old Freeview box, a normally bomb-proof PVR, cannot display any watchable channels. I have not yet tried a retune on this as some advice is NOT to tune during high pressure weather. Really rather lost as to what to pursue next. My post code is DY9 9XA, which means I should tune to Bromsgrove but there is a pylon and a cell phone mast in line of sight to Bromsgroveand no aerial engineer has ever gotten decent results off it, despite my neighbours only 20m away using it. They however can't get a usable signal from Sutton Coldfield.

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Paul's 4 posts GB flag
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11:01 PM

I am wondering if 4G may be an issue?

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Ian from notts

7:48 AM

Paul- It sounds like 4G could be an issue when its rolled out, On the Bromsgrove Transmitter, tho with a pylon already confusing signals it doesn't mean much. Just to note, The Cell Phone mast must be "chosen" to use the "800" frequency's for it to cause interference ? If you want to retune your PVR can you do it manually? Sutton Coldfield uses frequency's 39,42,43,45,46 and I think HD is 50 but check that? Manual tune will stop high pressure confusing the results. High pressure may still cause interference tho.

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8:35 AM

Paul/Ian from notts: It's worth noting that under normal circumstances, the 4G services are not mounted on the TV transmitter mast, but on the more localised network of mobile phone masts.

Even when the 4G is mounted near a mast, the power of the DTT signal will normally be so high in comparison that - as the London trails have shown - that no problems occur.

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Briantist's 38,915 posts GB flag
9:01 AM

Ian from notts: just to add there are no 800MHz masts in the area yet and as Brian said you'd be pretty unlucky if you were to be affected. It depends on 3 things, proximity to dtt transmitter and its power, proximity to 4G mast and the frequencies your dtt transmitter uses.

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john's 1 post GB flag

4:01 PM

Paul: Since both your TV and your very reliable PVR are both showing a problem, it sounds like your aerial connection, or possibly your reception generally.

If the repair guy says your TV has a main board fault, then thats fine, but its odd that both boxes have a problem picking up a signal. Try the PVR in your neighbours house - if its fine, then you have have to wonder about your setup.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
11:32 PM

Cheers guys. Will have to get aerial checked out professionally, as it all seems fine to me. Also Humax PVR works fine until about 7pm, then it goes. Have also ordered a 4G filter to try as well.

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