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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 25/09/2023 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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 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

LB
 H -13dB
C48 (690.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
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?

regional news image
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
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

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.

Comments
Tuesday, 2 September 2014
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KEVIN GARDINER
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7:12 PM
Stourbridge

JOHN HERBERT, On wed 3rd Sept all the multiplexes are staying on the same frequencies as before. The only changes that are happening are that some tv channels are moving to another channel number, and some radio stations are moving multiplex.

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John Herbert
10:55 PM

Thank you for your help OK do we then no when there are these other channels being added to freeviev and roughly then will there be anymore HDchannels added soon iIunderstand tthat's what this update is all about to make space for more channels

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John Herbert
10:59 PM

Sorry was meant to say roughly when will these new channels be added do we no yet

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Matt
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11:13 PM

Hi everyone, I have been experiencing reduced signal for the past week and am wondering if this due to changes atmospheric pressure, as I'm sure this happens around this time of year to every year. Has anyone else experienced this?

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014
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KEVIN GARDINER
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11:00 PM
Stourbridge

John Herbert, the channel re-shuffle today is to make finding certain channels by genre more easier than before. As you know, on the main transmitters, there are 5 standard Freeview multiplexes, two are 24.1 mb stream and three multiplexes are 27.1mb configuration. The 24.1mb stream can transmit a maximum of 10 tv channels per multiplex and the 27.1 stream can transmit a maximum of 14 tv channels per multiplex, making a maximum of 62 tv channels being broadcast. However, due to number of tv channels being broadcast on a multiplex will effect the picture quality, especially the multiplexes broadcasting 14 tv streams. Both the BBC and ITV multiplexes transmit the fewest channels and have the higher bit rate per channel.
With regards to new channels coming on board in the near future. ITVBE has a reserved slot on channel 36. launch date is Wednesday 8th October, and a Christian channel TBN UK reserved on channel 65 is set to launch in January 2015.And Tru-tv + 1 is set to come on very soon on channel 69. Another reserved slot on channel 90 is CBS Action. On channel 126, pop gets a plus 1 service. With regards to any new HD channels coming on anytime soon. There's a reserved slot on channel 136. I can reveal that this slot is going to be reserved for the first HD plus 1 service, that being BBC 1+1. As of yet, i'm not sure of its launch date or whether its going to be a 24/7 service. This will depend which HD multiplex they decide to put it on.

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MikeB
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11:09 PM

Matt: No atmospherics have been reported (and are pretty unlikely, looking at the weather). Lodically, its your system at fault.

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Friday, 5 September 2014
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KEVIN GARDINER
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1:18 PM
Stourbridge

Latest news is that CBS ACTION on channel 90 is in current holding mould and will move to channel 70 on launch day Wednesday October 1st.

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MikeP
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8:56 PM

Kevin Gardiner

In all the years I've been in the industry, I've never heard of a 'holding mould'! I would understand a 'holding mode' though.

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Kevin Gardiner
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9:04 PM

Mike P., lol. That was what I meant.

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Monday, 29 September 2014
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Hannah
9:05 PM

I seem to have lost my itv and channel 4 and various other freeview channels and I don't know why? Any ideas would be greatly recieved. Iv done the retune thing!

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