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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 19/02/2024 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, 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
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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?

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?

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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.

Saturday, 11 November 2017
Keith Cunliffe
9:54 AM

Do you know what the Kidderminster relay station channels are going to be

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Keith Cunliffe's 8 posts GB flag

11:55 AM

Keith Cunliffe : If you're referring to the new frequency allocations to take effect from Q1 2018, they don't appear to have been published yet for Kidderminster (or for many other smaller transmitters).

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StevensOnln1's 3,601 posts GB flag
Saturday, 25 November 2017
3:59 PM

@Keith Cunliffe

From 7th March Kidderminster's new channels will be 32, 34 and 35 (all Group A).

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ntscuser's 7 posts GB flag
Friday, 15 December 2017
Thomas Lord
10:17 PM
Sutton Coldfield

Hi there, postcode B721bY
we are lined up to the Sutton Coldfield transmitter and getting some interference on C40 BBCB TV channels. We get more interference when its rainy or windy but also when its not. Its not all the time and doesn't affect any other channels.

The TV says strength approx 80-95%, quality approx 70-100%. The signal gets grainy when quality drops to 70-80%.

The aerial is a class 1 W type in the loft. It has high quality cabling in the loft to a powered amp that splits the signal to 8 tv points in the house. Ive tried a variable attenuator which helped a bit but didn't cure the issue.

Can you advise what would cause the interference on C40 channels only and not the others?

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Saturday, 16 December 2017

5:23 PM

Thomas Lord:

The most common cause of this type of problem is poor connections between the aerial and the TV set. A bad contact in a plug/socket is the likely cause. It tends to affect just one multiplex. So please check all your aerial connections by unplugging and refitting the connections. Then see if the reception of the BBC B multiplex.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
Thursday, 21 December 2017
Keith Cunliffe
7:35 AM

Thank you very much for all the information you have supplied recently, I very much appreciate the help and advice you have given.,
May I wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year, and hope you continue this valued and good work on this website.,
Thank you once again

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Keith Cunliffe's 8 posts GB flag
Wednesday, 14 February 2018
Dave Horne
4:20 PM

Teletext not working on BBC1 Freeview works on Freesat ok

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Dave Horne's 1 post GB flag
Wednesday, 21 February 2018
4:26 PM

Here's an odd one for you... on this page we have listed channels 39, 40, 42, 43, 45, 46, 51 which work just fine with my TV and PVR... however 33 and 35 don't show any signal at all, not even a weak scrap (as I might have expected to see with a not-quite-right aerial as I suspect these flats have installed), on either DVB-T or DVB-T2. But the PVR has a Network Search mode that uses hints in each multiplex to find all the other muxes in the area, and it insists on looking for programmes on Ch26 regardless of which other channel I start the search from... there doesn't seem to be anything broadcasting in this area, even on the helper retransmitters, on 26, and there's no signal received from it either.

What exactly is going on? :)

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tahrey's 2 posts US flag
Thursday, 22 February 2018

11:07 AM

tahrey, you don't say which area you are from but channel 26 is used by both The Wrekin & Bromsgrove transmitters. As for channel 33 & 35, I have noticed lately that the signal seems a lot less robust on COM 7 & 8,

From 7th March, COM 7 & 8 will move to channels 55 & 56, will be interesting to see if these channels are more robust after that.

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Stuart's 34 posts GB flag
Saturday, 3 March 2018
11:18 PM

According to….pdf

LOC1 mux also moves 51 -> 48

And there will also be a new LOC2 mux on ch36, though I can find no information about LOC2 anywhere on the net

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