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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 02/10/2023 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.

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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, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 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, 109 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! Movies Action, 57 Dave ja vu, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 69 HorrorXtra, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 203 CITV, 208 Pop Player, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 16 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 31 E4 Extra, 36 pick, 40 Quest Red, 43 Food Network, 47 Film4 +1, 48 Challenge, 49 4seven, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 71 That's 60s, 74 Yesterday +1, 75 That's 70s, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others

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C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! romance, 73 HobbyMaker, 76 That's 80s, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 90 Together TV +1, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 19 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.

Friday, 29 August 2014

8:25 PM

Richard : I think Anthony has mistakenly checked the info for Winter Hill's COM7 rather than the Sutton Coldfield transmitter, COM7 on the latter radiating at 89.22Kw on Mux C33.

However, even although 89.22Kw cannot really be classed as being low powered, it is when compared to the 200Kw radiated by other multiplexes, likewise the reception of COM7 is entirely dependant on your location, checking on this only possible with the aid of a post code or alternatively one from nearby, e.g: a shop / Post Office.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Saturday, 30 August 2014
9:16 AM

ok cool, i was just checking to see if there were any plans of a power increase before i get my aerial done again, thanks

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richard's 6 posts GB flag

10:29 AM

richard: Yes, but as to my knowledge there arent any plans to make further increases in power, then in order to check if its possible to receive COM7 in your area go into the tuning menu on your TV or box, selecting "manual tune" and entering Mux C33, but "NOT" followed by pressing scan or search but waiting to see if anything is indicated, as this action makes the tuner act like a form of signal meter which will reveal if any signal exists in the first place to be improved on, be it by an aerial upgrade or the use of a booster.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
3:16 PM

There is a signal there it just breaks up and some days disapears i removed an 18db attenuator off the aerial and replaced a low gain distribution amp for a four way f-splitter. Signals were fine when HD was all on ch40, i have no problems getting other muxs on 8kw its just com7 on 6.4kw i guess its falling off the slope i intend to keep the system as it is but change the aerial for a slightly higher gain one and dont worry we are in a very good signal area its DY4 hence i wouldn't be able to split the aerial like this. All signals checked on a meter, thanks

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richard's 6 posts GB flag

7:43 PM

richard: Well, the DY4 area can be as little as 10 miles away from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter, and as such the area should in theory anyway, be capable of receiving a good signal from same, however, judging by what you have reported as far as the signal breaking up and disappearing on some days, then this gives rise to suspicion that although the transmitter is located at only 10 miles away you might not actually have a clear a line-of-sight to it, something which can cause problems not only related to atmospheric conditions, but also the surface condition of the terrain, meaning wet or dry.

This being another reason for requesting a reasonably accurate location, i.e: to enable the terrain checker site to be used as well as the signal level predictor, info obtained from both sites being based on a post code.

By the way, just to reiterate, according to DUK, all six multiplexes at Sutton Coldfield are radiating on 200Kw, COM7 being 89.22KW, and the local L-BRM Mux being on 10Kw.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 1 September 2014
1:49 PM

What time is the digital retune happening on Wednesday 3rd September 2014?

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Howard's 1 post GB flag

9:20 PM

Howard The information given at…tml, which was updated today 1st September, does not appear to give a time but does detail how the changes will affect viewers. Another page says "On-screen messages will prompt viewers to retune on or after mid-afternoon on 3 September." which is not very precise! Hope that helps?

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
John Herbert
10:25 PM

Hello all does anyone no what the channel frequenciesare for sSutton Coldfield after the free viewupdate on wWednesday 3rd sSeptember cheers

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John Herbert's 7 posts GB flag
John Herbert
10:28 PM

Sorry I meant to say frequencieschannel numbers 39 46 etc

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John Herbert's 7 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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