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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

 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?

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.

Sunday, 17 August 2014
Kevin Thomas
9:29 PM

I live in Bartley Green area in Birmingham West Midlands. My house backs on to Bartley Woods which as large trees close to my property. When I first moved into the property 3yrs ago I had a new digital aeriel fitted but the picture was not good so I had to have cable tv supplied by Virgin. Do you know if things have improved transmitter wise to pick up better signal through a wooded area.My post code is B32 3PZ

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Monday, 18 August 2014

3:03 PM

KEVIN THOMAS: when you moved into your present property 3 years ago, the signal strength from all transmitters transmitting the new Freeview format were on low power due to having to run along side the old analogue channels bbc1, bbc2, itv and channel4. It was not until September 21st 2011, that the full power digital switchover took place. I assume, that you switched to virgin cable before this event happened? you say that you house backs onto the Bartley Woods. if so, is your roof top antenna pointing through or in the direction of the woods? And is the antenna directors horizontal or vertical polarisation? If they are horizontal, then the antenna is pointed to Sutton Coldfield.However, from what I can see, the woods are blocking your view somewhat, so I would suggest re-aligning the antenna to point towards Brierley Hill mast instead vertical polarisation. You can receive all the standard Freeview channels from this transmitter. Brierley Hill mast is 5 miles from you at 292 degrees. It's a group C/D antenna required. If this does not resolve your reception issues, then I'd suggest you stick with virgin cable. There are some areas where reception via roof top antenna is not possible due to both geographical and technical reasons.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014
Gordon Insley
5:46 AM

Adrian Wathes:

Re: Sky box 'magic eye'.
Assuming the 'magic eye is not faulty or failed then it is not uncommon for the light on the small box connected to the IR 'magic eye' device to be illuminated and for the eye not to function.
This is because the Sky box has got IR function in a loop.
Go into the settings of the Sky box and turn off the RF2 power.
Then go and turn it back on (don't forget to click the change setting 'button' each time).
This will reset the IR logic and the 'eye' should now work.

Gordon @ Picture Perfect

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Gordon Insley's 8 posts GB flag
2:52 PM

Does anyone have any ideas as to what to do with an unwanted Freeview set top box? I've posted it on Gumtree for £10 but so far ther has been no interest. What are people doing with their old/unwanted boxes?

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Carol's 9 posts GB flag

3:02 PM

Carol: Frankly, my ones on the way out, so if your close to North Cambridgeshire....

Seriously, they cost about £20 or less new, and most people now have TV's with Freeview or Freeview HD included (in fact I'm amazed they still get people to buy TV's with just Freeview in them - an HD panel should really have an HD tuner), so its only older TV's without a digital tuner (or one thats stopped working) that really need them.

My best advice is to keep it for the moment. Always useful if someones box does pack up, and you can add it to an older TV, VCR or even a PC with a video card (to make into a recorder). Just box it up and stick it in the loft. At some point it might go to the tip, but at present, it just might come in handy.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
5:02 PM

Thanks for your reply Mike. I think I'll contact some charities to see if they're interested. They did take away my old TV so you never know. I'm not good at keeping things I don't need. Failing that, it could be Currys!

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Carol's 9 posts GB flag
Thursday, 28 August 2014
7:25 AM

hi all, hope you can help, where can I find listings for UK sid's on freeview

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Friday, 29 August 2014
11:10 AM

Hi, i am having problems receiving bbc four hd from sutton coldfield transmitter do you know when the power is being increased, thanks

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richard's 6 posts GB flag

11:39 AM

richard: It's transmitted at a woeful 24kW power along with 8 other channels on channel 31, it could be your aerial or cabling if you are problems receiving it, get it checked out. Old aerials or knackered cables can often make all the difference between getting it, or poorly, or even not at all.

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Anthony's 70 posts GB flag
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11:49 AM

According to the list above its on channel 33 and 6.4 kw. I dont have any trouble receiving other channels :/

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