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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 04/12/2023 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.

 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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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?

1950s-80s1984-971997-981998-20112011-137 Mar 2018

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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.

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

7:08 PM

dave: If your neighbours TV is not of the large screen variety, thereby moveable, if possible, you should try tuning it on your own aerial system, as that's the easiest way of finding out if your neighbours aerial system is faulty, or alternatively that their TV is being overloaded by the signal from the local Redditch transmitter at around 0.5 miles away, although I doubt if it would be, as the transmitter in question is only 2watts.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

10:30 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 146,816 posts xx flag
Saturday, 25 July 2015
Transmitter engineering

4:31 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Sunday, 26 July 2015
Neil Rogers
4:20 PM

I am in Finham Coventry I am experiencing picture and sound break up on BBC 1 & 2 ( bad signal strength) but ITV Chanel 4 and 5 are fine with good signal strength what is going on? This has been over the last 2 days.

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Neil Rogers's 1 post US flag

11:24 PM

Neil Rogers:
It could be related to the engineering works being done at Sutrton Coldfield, see the entry above yours here.

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MikeP's 215 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 4 August 2015
Trevor H
12:02 PM

We've had zero Freeview signal (standard or HD) for about 10 days now, just get a black screen with the occasional 'signal lost' message flashing up. This is for all channels, we're in CV47. Done all the expected equipment checks / re-tunes etc. but it''s the same on all the TVs in the house. The annoying thing is this has happened every year in the summer for the last 3-4 years (since we've been in this house). It lasts anything between 1-4 weeks and then suddenly comes back. We hope it comes back again this time (still waiting!), but it's annoying when you can't watch or record any TV at all. An even more annoying side effect is that the Freeview recorder still tries to record programmes on series record, and as it gets no signal on the recordings this corrupts the hard drive, making any previously recorded programmes inaccessible. The only solution to this is to re-format the disk which wipes out months of recordings we wanted to watch.
Anyone any ideas what this could be, and how to avoid it happening?

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Trevor H's 1 post EU flag

12:43 PM

Trevor H: I have to admit to be being slightly stunned that you've had the same problem for 3-4 years, and each time assumed that everything would be OK, and there was no underlying fault.

The answer is brutally simple - you have a huge fault with your aerial system, and you need to get a professional to look at it. We have no idea where you are, so cannot say what your normal signal should be like, but I can't think of any natural phenonema which would account for such a problem so regularly (it can't be trees or weather), but at a guess, the distribution system for the various feeds around the house would likely be the cause (or upstream).

Why it should go off in the summer is something we'd be interested in finding out, but its not impossible for someone to have rigged up the distributor themselves and wired in the power supply to something else. Switch that other circuit off, and the whole thing dies. Could be frayed wires expanding just enough in the heat of summer to no longer connect, etc. Whatever it is, you need a professional to sort it out.

Last night I replied to a question about a similar problem by saying that even though a fault might disappear temporarily, if you have a fault, its going to come back. Your case shows that very clearly, in that you've had the same problem for at least 3 years.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag

5:56 PM

Trevor H : I suspect that your problem is basically down to the signal strength received from your aerial system running at a level thats only slightly above that necessary to resolve a picture, whereby any slight drop in same results in the signal dropping out. The other aspect of engineering work taking place at the Sutton Coldfield transmitter this week certainly not helping matters any, as a warning of "possible weak signal" has been posted on the engineering page.

However, taking the middle of Coventry as an example, the signal path from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter suffers from a line of sight blockage at around 1 and just under 2 miles from said location, and even before these blockages the signal path is seen to run at a very low angle across the terrain, this type of situation being prone to reception being affected by seasonal changes in weather conditions etc, which I suspect, is the root cause of your problem.

Needless to say, your aerial system really requires improving to raise the level being fed into your TV or box, so that any reduction in level will not result in drop out.

Even although the screen might well be blank, you should carry out a signal level test on S/C's BBC1, the procedure being to carry out a "manual" tune on C43 but "not" followed by pressing search or scan after having entered the number, as on most equipment the strength of any signal received (nomatter how low) will show up in the indicator bars, you could also try the test on ITV C46.

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jb38's 7,179 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 12 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

1:33 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - MainPossible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 20 August 2015
Transmitter engineering

1:33 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:43 today to 12:02 today. [BBC]

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