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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 08/04/2024 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

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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

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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?

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?

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.

Thursday, 22 March 2018

4:32 PM


Thanks for that info, I was going by the data Briantist gives at the top of the page, so that's now out of date.

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Charles Herwin
5:44 PM

B295PN. Weoley Castle area.
External Rooftop aerial aimed at Sutton Coldfield, 15m 7mm coax feed.
Televes H45 Spectrum analyser test set.

All 200kW transmissions good at 68 to 70dBuV
Also Ch48 (not listed as Sutton Coldfield freq): 52dBuV MER 28dB, pic steady-Made in Birmingham & Sony chs.
Chs 33, 35 & 51 (listed as Sutton Coldfield freq with lower power): No signal whatsoever (background noise 17dBuV).
Chs 55 & 56 (not currently listed as Sutton Coldfield freqs) no lock, 55dBuV & 45dBuV with strong slope (higher end of 8mhz bandwidth 8-10dB weaker).
So since the last changes there's no reception of BBC 4 HD or BBC News HD any longer.

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6:50 PM

Charles Herwin: What type of aerial do you have? If it's a Group B rather than wideband then it may be less effective at receiving UHF channels 55 & 56. Reception is predicted to be good for all Sutton Coldfield multiplexes at your postcode according to the Digital UK checker.

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Friday, 23 March 2018
Charles Herwin
1:26 AM

Yes, that could well be the reason for the unusual slope on the high channels, I now realise that Sutton Coldfield are using Ch 38, 55 & 56 instead the ones listed on this page.
Having moved here recently I've yet to get up to the chimney stack, but when I do I'll be sure to have a wideband aerial ready to replace it. I can always fit a filter if I get problems when the 700mhz band starts being used for mobiles. Thanks for your help.

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robert moore
12:48 PM

telly works fine on its own but as soon as i ad my new hd dvd recorder all picture and sound brake up making it impossible to watch had recorder replaced makes no difference what could be the problem my position is gl556sr fed from sutton coldfield transmitter

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robert moore's 1 post GB flag

1:57 PM

robert moore: I checked that postcode (if you put your postcode into the site, it will automatically bring up all sort of useful information, rather than having to trawl for it),

and your 55km from Sutton Coldfield. Coverage Checker - Detailed View

Thats OK - its the same distance I am from mine. But you need to check a couple of things.

1) Is the PVR tuned to the same transmitter as the TV?

If it not, then the signal might be too poor to use. So make sure its tuned to Sutton Coldfield.

2) Whats signal strength like on both?

Your PVR and TV have slightly different tuners - and so might react differently to the same signal strength. Your system might be just on the threshold of failing, but the TV is OK, whereas the PVR isn't as sensitive, and wont pick up stuff at all.

Or (and this might be more likely if its a Humax), the tuner is slightly more sensitive than the TV, and thats why your getting breakup. If the signal strength is 80% plus, search for the page 'too much of a good thing'.

And check cables and connections - it might be as simple as that.

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MikeB's 2,579 posts GB flag
Saturday, 24 March 2018
Ian Allcock
8:01 AM

Robert Moore are you using a quality through lead to connect the aerial signal from your recorder to TV ?

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12:54 PM

Robert Moore:

I don't know that model, but does it have an RF modulator? Even if it has i=one but is not used, if it is set to a frequency used by your preferred transmitter it can cause unwanted effects on your pictures. So check whether is has an RF modulator and if so what frequency it is set to use. If that is in the range beow 700 MHz, then adjust the RF modulator frequency upwards. Note that not all devices have a modulator these days, using HDMI instead.

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MikeP's 3,056 posts GB flag
7:44 PM

Is this page out of date ???

Now pick up 746 MHz and 756 MHz. (to get Channel 4 HD etc.....)
586 MHz has gone.??

Or I'm picking up some other transmitter.

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Richard's 1 post GB flag
Sunday, 25 March 2018
5:08 PM

Will I be able to receive HD Freeview channels from Sutton Coldfield Transmitter on an indoor aerial in B47 5NR

Hollywood Nr Wythall

Thank you

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