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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?

If you have any kind of Freeview fault, follow this Freeview reset procedure first.

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, 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

 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! 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?

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.

Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Thursday, 6 October 2016
Transmitter engineering

12:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Possible weak signal [DUK]

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Friday, 21 October 2016
Fiona Molloy
10:47 AM

WV16 6QH We have an aerial on the roof coming in to a booster box which serves 4 TVs in the house. All were working last night. This morning all 4 TVs have no signal. The Sky TV in lounge is fine but that is on separate system.
We have a signal checker which shows aerial is sending signal to the booster box. The cables into each TV have a signal going through. All have been unplugged and tested.
We have retuned one TV and that has found nothing so no programmes are being transmitted to us.
having checked TVs, cables and aerial we can only assume that there is a transmitter problem.
Can you look into this for us please.

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12:42 PM

Mrs Malloy,there are no problems with TV Transmitters at the moment,it is likely that your booster box has become faulty.
This does not always mean that the box is not powered up,the fault lies in the power supply to the box which affects the quality of the digital TV signal.
My name is Chris Burroughs,a local TV Aerial installer and if you wish, you can contact me on 07988539200.Tele-Satt Aerials ltd.

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12:59 PM

Mrs Malloy,Sorry forgot to located in Bridgnorth...Chris Burroughs Tele-Satt Aerials ltd 01746 767381

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Saturday, 22 October 2016

11:13 AM

Fiona Malloy:

You may have inadvertently turned off a switch on a socket feeding mains power to the aerial amplifier/splitter. Check first that there is power on the amplifier/splitter, a little light usually shows it is powered up. You may have the amplifier/splitter in the loft? Take care when checking.

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Sunday, 23 October 2016
Robert dale
11:11 PM

Andrew Harrington: I have totally lost all HDchannels on ch 40 on all 10 TVs around the house , I have done factory resets reboots check cables , plugs , been on the roof ! All other channels are 85% quality 100% strength ! Although I do live near Buxton ! I am very high ! 1000ft above sea level .... it went from the TVs about ..... 2 months ago ... and was working great , no pixilation or freezing ! But now even when manually tune . Is not seeing anything whatsoever on c40 ! ..... any help is greatly appreciated !

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Monday, 24 October 2016

2:16 PM

Robert Dale:

A strength of 100% is far too strong, especially for HD transmissions. You need to try adding an attenuator into the aerial cable at the wall socket to reduce the signal so around 75-85%. Attenuators are cheap and available in different degrees of attenuation. I suggest you start with a 6 dB one first and see if that affects the strength enough to reduce it to the 75-85% level. If not try other 'sizes' until the signals appear to return.

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Tuesday, 25 October 2016
Colin Lawson
5:40 PM


I have had problems with my freeview tele's on DVB channel since Monday 24th October.The signal was fine on Sunday 23rd October. Although I can view the stations they are pixcellating and the sound is breaking up. All the tele's are connected to a digital signal aerial via a powered signal booster. I have checked the latter and it it powered up. Has the signal been affected at the transmitter?

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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

3:22 PM

Colin Lawson:

What are the signal strengths of the affected services? You have not given a post code so we have no clue as to where you are in relation to the transmitter. It is well known that too much signal causes the symptoms you describe. Please give your full post code and the requested signal strengths. Then we can perhaps suggest how you might correct the situation.

BTW, as you appear to be using Sutton Coldfield, as you posted here, then unless you are many miles away from the transmitter site then it is highly unlikely that you even need an aerial amplifier/booster.

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