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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.

This transmitter has no current reported problems

The BBC and Digital UK report there are no faults or engineering work on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter.

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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

 H max
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
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?

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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, 22 January 2015
Mr & Mrs I L Rubery
11:20 AM

We get good Freeview reception from Sutton Coldfield transmitter with an old C/D roof aerial, and receive West Midlands news programmes. When we point it around to the Waltham direction and retune so as to obtain East Midlands news programmes the reception is very poor to non-existent. Our post code is DE6 3EP (between Ashbourne and Belper, north-west of Derby).
With technology as it is now, is there a way of receiving and selecting East Midlands news programmes from Sutton Coldfield?

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Dave Lindsay

11:59 AM

Mr & Mrs I L Rubery: No, because they aren't broadcast from Sutton Coldfield.

There are a number of transmitters up the Derwent valley that relay Waltham, but you are out of range of them all.

Refer to this terrain plot:

Terrain between ( m a.g.l.) and (antenna m a.g.l.) - Optimising UK DTT Freeview and Radio aerial location

The ground rises and falls within a couple of miles of you and may be the cause of your difficulty.

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Dave Lindsay's 5,724 posts GB flag
Friday, 23 January 2015
Dave Kirk
5:44 PM

MikeB: Thanks for your help. Not the answer I was expecting! I can't find your cheap 20dB aerial attenuator on Amazon, so I'll dash out for a 12dB one from my nearest Maplin (£6.49) and hope that's enough.

Thanks again!

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Dave Kirk's 3 posts GB flag

6:11 PM

Dave Kirk: You can, but you will spend a bit more. See here: 18dB Coax Plug Inline ATTENUATOR: Electronics

They obviously do other ones as well. Best thing to do is to buy a couple of different ones, and then you can see which one works best. If you need to kill the signal more than just using one, you can put them in series. Also good idea to use an extra fly lead, so that nothing vaguely heavy stick out of the socket.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 January 2015
Dave Kirk
10:43 AM

MikeB: That's ridiculously cheap, especially as it says postage is free! Makes me wonder about the quality, but the two reviews (and you) say it works so I'll order one (or two).

I'll use it in the loft where the aerial is plugged into the down lead. Thanks again! I'll report back on what happens.

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Dave Kirk's 3 posts GB flag

10:59 PM

Dave Kirk:

You would be better putting it/them close to the aerial input socket of the TV. That way the signal strength in the downlead is greater and therefore less susceptible to interference if there is any locally. As MikeB suggests, put a short flylead into the TV socket and then put the attenuator on the end of that and then connect the downlead to the attenuator.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Sunday, 25 January 2015
Gordon Insley
6:15 PM

Mr & Mrs I L Rubery
There are local transmitters in Ashbourne, Bolehill (Wirksworth) and Belper (Firestone Hill / Chevin).
Reception is somewhat geographic / terrain / elevation related and dependent on exactly where your property is located will determine which local relay or main regional transmitter(s) are within range for suitable reception. I assume you are in or near to Hulland.
However, I do have clients in your vicinity who receive reception directly from the Waltham regional transmitter.
But to receive all the available channnels you do require a decent 'wideband' high gain TV aerial of professional grade and quality, an old 'Yagi' C/D grouped aerial will certainly not do the job.


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Gordon Insley's 8 posts GB flag

7:15 PM

Dave Kirk: I'd agree with MikeP - if only so you dont have to go up in the loft! And yes, they are cheap, which is fine, they seem to the job OK for me, so buy a couple of different ones, and see how they do.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Mr T jones
7:07 PM

Had problems with itv3 today +itv3+1.

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