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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 19/02/2024 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 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

 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), 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?

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How will the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmission frequencies change over time?

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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, 8 July 2014

7:28 AM

brian perry : In addition to that said by Dave Lindsay, this problem is known about by the BBC and whom have issued advice on a way around it to enable a viewer to "choose" which of the two HD muxes they wish to store in the receivers tuner, "choose" being mentioned as both cannot be stored at the same time until the TV or box manufacturer comes up with an "over air" software fix for the problem, as its not one caused by the BBC.

However although you can view the instructions by opening the undermentioned link, this procedure will only work if CBBC HD / BBC1HD / BBC2 HD etc are seen in the LCN / EPG listing, albeit that they cannot be viewed if selected, should they be seen in the listing then C40 would be the mux channel to enter ref:8 in the instructions.

If on the other hand they aren't seen in the listings then your best policy would be to remove the aerial followed by carrying out an auto-scan to blank out everything stored in the tuner, then on completion reconnect the aerial and carry out a "manual" tune on each of the muxes used by the station "excluding" COM7 (C33)

As you have made your posting under the Sutton Coldfield heading then the mux channels required would be as follows / 41 (BBC) - 46 (ITV) - 40 (HD) - 42 (ITV3 etc) - 45 (Pick TV etc) - 39 (4Music etc) - 51(local)

By the way, the advice given is to enable LCN / EPG 73 and also 101 - 105 to be viewed and not the COM 7 HD service.

Freeview Loss of BBC HD channels - BBC - FAQs - Home

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Thursday, 17 July 2014
J Spriggs
9:43 AM

What frequency is channel 303, BBC Red Button HD, broadcast on? I've lost it and can't find it listed above.

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9:19 PM

J Spriggs

Looking at the programme line-up given at the top of this page for Sutton Coldfield and expanding the listings to show all the programmes and services, there is no service listed on Logical Channel Number 303.

The BBC Red Button services are shown as being: BBC Red Button 1 on LCN 301 carried by the PSB1 mux on Ch 43 650 MHz, BBC Red Button on LCN 200 on the same mux, BBC Red Button 2 on LCN 202 carried on COM5 using Ch 45 660 MHz. There is no mention of a Red Button HD.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Saturday, 19 July 2014
J Spriggs
6:06 PM

Thanks for your response. I have since found that BBC Red Button HD303 was introduced on Ch40 626MHz for special events such as Wimbledon and Glastonbury, and has now been discontinued.

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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

12:04 PM

Brian Perry, The fact that you cannot receive Freeview HD channels 101-105 , but can receive HD channels on 106-111 perfectly ok, tells me that its because channels 101-105 are broadcast at full power 200kw, where's channels 106-111 are on temporary low power at 89kw on the new Com 7 multiplex. And this would suggest that your tuner in your Freeview HD box maybe being overloaded by too much signal. The mpeg4 tuners for HD in some set boxes and TV's and PVR'S are rather sensitive to the signal input compared to the standard Freeview receivers. IAs for myself, i have perfect Standard Freeview reception, but i have a high bit rate reception on HD. I can receive all available HD channels ok, but my signal level is too high for perfect reception, so im going to have to replace my group E antenna with a log periodic which will give me a consistent level signal across the band with no extra gain, which will help lower the signal strength input, and hopefully lower my bit rate loss level I currently get. You need to let this site know roughly where you are located and what set up you have such as tv model, antennal set up etc. Then I'm sure someone on here will be able to help you resolve your reception issue.

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Friday, 25 July 2014
Adrian Wathes
9:13 AM

Hi, I believe my freeview in Nuneaton (CV10 7) comes from Sutton Coldfield. Whilst I get an excellent freeview picture, my Sky HD magic eye, which used to work perfectly well, now won't change channels. The picture quality on the channel I was tuned to has deteriorated, so I have changed the channel to a better quality picture - which is fine, however, I can still no longer change channels.

Do you have any advice on which channel is clear of any interference from other channels, as I am assuming something may have changed from a certain date (around 3 months ago).

Tried to follow the information above, but can't work it out.



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5:34 PM

Adrian Wathes: Checking the reception possibilities with reference to CV10 does indeed indicate that your Freeview reception is from Sutton Coldfield, but though!, dependant on your exact location it might also be possible to pick up signals from the Waltham transmitter, this then creating the situation where approximately 16 channels would have to be avoided.

However, rather than using your Sky boxes RF modulator on these lower channel numbers you should keep it set in the higher 60's range such as Ch64 - 68 where zero transmissions take place.

As far as your Sky box not changing channels is concerned, is your magic eye still illuminated? and does said eye fluctuate when you try to change channels using the Sky's remote control?

Finally, have you made any changes to the coax cabling between your Sky boxes RF output and the magic eye?

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 11 August 2014
7:26 PM

I live in Quinton Birmingham, again I have lost channels on my Freeview, today only having 9 channels to watch and none of them I what to watch.
It's no channels picture break-up or only some channels
to get this I have a buster box in my loft

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Kenneth's 2 posts GB flag
7:28 PM

I live in Quinton Birmingham again I have lost Freeview channels now only having 9
this is always happing WHY?

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Kenneth's 2 posts GB flag
Sunday, 17 August 2014

1:45 PM

Kenneth, It looks like your problem is too much signal received at the tv set, because you have it connected to a in loft antenna through a signal amplifier. The signal strength at you location line of sight of Sutton Coldfield is around 63 dbuv. This signal strength is enough to receive all Freeview channels without the need for an amplifier. Disconnect the amplifier and see what happens. The fact that your wife can receive Freeview on her tv downstairs without any issues minus an amplifier makes me think its the amplifier causing your channel break-ups and channel losses.

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