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Full Freeview on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) transmitter

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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.

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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1 BBC One West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 601 BBC RB 1, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
Channel icons
3 ITV (Central (West micro region)), 4 Channel 4 Midlands ads, 5 Channel 5, 6 ITV 2, 13 Channel 4 +1 Midlands ads, 14 More4, 15 Film4, 24 ITV4, 24 ITV4 +1, 28 E4, 33 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
45 Film4 +1, 101 BBC One HD (England no regional news), 102 BBC Two HD (England), 103 ITV HD (ITV Central West), 104 Channel 4 HD Midlands ads, 105 Channel 5 HD, 204 CBBC HD,

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
10 ITV3, 20 Drama, 21 5 USA, 26 ITV Be, 27 ITV 2 +1, 30 5STAR, 34 ITV3 +1, 37 Quest, 44 Channel 5 +1, 54 My5, 58 ITV Be +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 61 True Entertainment, 66 CBS Reality, 70 Horror Channel, 80 Blaze, 83 Blaze +1, 92 Quest +1, 203 CITV, plus 19 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
11 pick, 12 Dave, 17 Really, 29 E4 +1, 32 Sony Movie Ch, 38 Quest Red, 41 Food Network, 46 Challenge, 48 Movies4Men, 68 truTV, 69 Tru TV +1, 72 YourTV, 233 Sky News, plus 12 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
18 4Music, 19 Yesterday, 25 Home, 31 Spike, 39 CBS Action, 42 Travel Channel, 47 4seven, 71 CBS Drama, 73 YourTV +1, 79 Dave ja vu, 88 Quest Red +1, plus 22 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C33 (570.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons
56 5USA +1, 57 VIVA, 64 CBS Action +1, 67 CBS Reality +1, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 82 Vintage TV, 87 Keep It Country, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 108 Al Jazeera Eng HD, 109 Channel 4+1 HD, 110 4seven HD, 113 RT HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

com8
 H -3.7dB
C35 (586.0MHz)433mDTG-686,000W
Channel icons
55 5STAR+1, 63 Community Channel, 86 More4 1, 91 Front Runner TV, 115 BT Showcase HD (not free), plus 4 others



DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
DTG-6 256QAM 32KE 2/3 40.2Mb/s DVB-T2 MPEG4
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
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
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?

years1950s~851984-971997-981998-20112011-132013-182013-1730th Jun 2018-
aerial groupVHFB EB EEB E KB E KWB E K
C4BBCtv
600C33com7
C35com8
C39+ArqB+ArqB+ArqBBBCA
C40BBC2BBC2BBC2+BBCB+BBCB+BBCBD3+4
C41+1
C42SDNSDNSDNBBCB
C43ITVITVITVBBCABBCABBCASDN
C44+2
C45ArqAArqAArqAArqA
C46BBC1BBC1BBC1D3+4D3+4D3+4ArqB
C47+A
700C50C4C4C4
C51+BLB
C52+C
C55D

orange background for multiplexes names more
green background for transmission frequencies
lilac background for power levels in watts
800MHz band: 4G mobile started in 2013
700MHz band: 4G from 30 June 2020more
600MHz band: new or moved digital TV services more
Notes: + and - denote 166kHz offset; aerial group are shown as A B C/D E K W
Italics for analogue, digital switchover was Wednesdays 7th September and 21st September 2011.

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
Sunday, 4 December 2016
Transmitter engineering
11:09 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:29 on 01 Dec to 10:32 on 01 Dec, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:30 on 01 Dec to 10:31 on 01 Dec. DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Weak Signal from 11:51 on 30 Nov to 15:57 on 30 Nov. FM: Radio 1 FM Weak Signal from 11:18 [BBC]

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Monday, 5 December 2016
Transmitter engineering
4:32 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Freeview: BBC Digital TV Off Air from 10:29 on 01 Dec to 10:32 on 01 Dec, HD Digital TV Off Air from 10:30 on 01 Dec to 10:31 on 01 Dec. [BBC]

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Thursday, 29 December 2016
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Helen Tipton
8:30 PM Church Stretton

We get our Freeview signal from Sutton Coldfield and are in a poor signal area, (postcode SY6 7JA). We have a year old roof mounted aerial and a booster but we are currently experiencing problems again with either no signal or strong bit errors with pixelation. This always seems to happen when the Freeview Lite transmitter at Oakley Mynd has a reported fault. Could this be affecting our signal ? I know the weather may have been poor of late but this doesn't usually affect our signal. We are lucky enough to also have Freesat as a backup but many of the channels we like to watch are not available on this service. We cannot receive transmission from the Wrekin.

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Friday, 30 December 2016
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Helen Tipton
9:57 AM

Helen Tipton: Oakley Mynd Freeview Lite transmitter is showing as repaired this morning and, as expected, we can now receive a perfect signal from Sutton Coldfield once again. The problem was obviously nothing to do with weather conditions.

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Helen Tipton's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 5 January 2017
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Steve Hart
1:37 PM

Big Centre tv now replaced by Made in Birmingham

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Steve Hart's 1 post GB
Friday, 6 January 2017
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joe bloggs
11:44 AM

For the last 4 years we have had nothing but trouble with any channel on 666Mhz
Others have reported the same on other transmitters in other areas
- is this frequency just unsuitable for freeview or is it just permanently faulty ?

None of the other frequencies are so poor so regularly (almost daily issues)


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joe bloggs's 2 posts GB
Saturday, 7 January 2017
R
Richard Cooper
12:03 PM

joe bloggs: It is the work of the devil!

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Saturday, 14 January 2017
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joe bloggs
11:53 AM

Richard - that would be 616 not 666
(the other side have been spreading false propaganda...)

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joe bloggs's 2 posts GB
Wednesday, 18 January 2017
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sam hodgson
2:36 PM

Hi, I'm in Oswestry and want to move my aerial to pick up COM7 fro Sutton Coldfield to get Keep It Country TV. Can I do this myself or do I need an engineer?

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MikeP
4:13 PM

Sam Hodson:

Just possibly! It depends entirely on where you live, so we need a full post code so we can examine the reception possibilities at your location. Some parts of Oswestry may be served by Sutton Coldfield but others are not. If you are served then the signal may need an amplifier to bring the level up to a reliable level.

Regarding the aerial, that depends on which transmitter you are currently using and what level of skill you have for things mechanical and electrical. It also depends on whether your current aerial is outside above the roof, inside in the loft or elsewhere.



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