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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 22/04/2024 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

 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?

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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, 7 April 2011
7:40 PM

Looks like it'll be a case of trial and error between Lichfield and the Wrekin, then. I'll give it a go after the second phase in a fortnight. Thanks.

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Mike Dimmick

11:10 PM

Ryan: I really need a full postcode, because the performance can change so much over just a few metres distance.

The prediction for DE55 7HH, the centre of Alfreton, is basically terrible.

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Friday, 8 April 2011
stephen lee
5:12 PM

Gordon. I live at DE56 1RG and i have a class 3 wideband aerial with NO amplifier. I can get Sutton Coldfield freeview on all channels except Mux D (ch 55), which is very poor because of higher signals from Stanton Moor (analogue)interfering with the digital signal from Sutton Coldfield. This will cease when Stanton Moor goes digital All the other pictures are at quality 8, 9 ,or 10 with 6 and above signal strength and I have had no problems for a long time.

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6:17 PM

Hi, since doing a reinstall of all services on April 6, I have lost BBC Channels...they seem to work OK for a few minutes with an excellent signal strength, then suddenly turn off, with no signal. Not had any other problems and not before 6 April. Aerial in loft, pointing at Sutton Coldfield.
Anyone got any ideas? Tele is a Philips LCD.

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Mike Dimmick

7:06 PM

Martin: it's possible that the TV has decided to store signals from The Wrekin, which is now at high power, rather than from Sutton Coldfield. You have clear line of sight to both transmitters, and The Wrekin is a bit closer. The field strength calculator at Field Strength Calculator reckons the signal from The Wrekin would now be stronger. About 10 dB or ten times stronger, in fact.

There are a couple of possibilities. The first is that because The Wrekin is a bit off-beam, but not that far, the signal is too low to be reliable but not too low to be detectable. The second is that the TV has trouble with the 8K mode or with a split NIT - check the lists at and although these lists are not comprehensive.

Finally there's a possibility that the combined signals from all the transmitters you can see is now too large for your equipment to handle. If you have a booster, try removing it.

To avoid the problem, delete the BBC channels then manually tune C41. You're likely to get the same issue on ITV channels after the 20th.

Digital UK's trade predictor is showing non-existent results for COM muxes from Sutton Coldfield after switchover, because they have been allocated the same frequencies as the PSB multiplexes at Moel-Y-Parc, 57km to your north-west. You are expected to get reliable results on these muxes from The Wrekin once they move to final channels in September. (RG47SH)

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
10:07 PM

Thanks for the info Mike....not sure what it is but you may be right about the signal strength, I have just retuned again, got everything, but in the transmitter info it says West Midlands, whereas before it said Sutton Coldfield, so it may be pointing at the Wrekin. BBC1 is 514000 KHz.
I also get some other signals for BBC channels in the 300's channel number that say that it is picking up Northwest probably Winter Hill.
What is strange is that after watching about 5 mins BBC1 with no problem it suddenly loses the channel along with all other BBC channels, EPG and also the BBC Northwest Channels. ITV seems unaffected.
Does this point towards anything?
Appreciate your help,

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Saturday, 9 April 2011

7:55 PM

Martin, have you tried a factory reset on your box.

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10:55 PM

I have the same problem as Martin. I live in cannock. Never had a problem with ANY BBC channels until a couple of days ago. No equipment has moved. BBC channels just disaapeared. Retuning hasn't helped.

So something definitely going on.

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Jez's 3 posts GB flag
11:01 PM

Retuned and now all channels back on. (How long it will last is anyone's guess).

Phoned a mate up who lives a couple of miles away and he's been having the same problems as me for the last couple of days.

Must be some work going on somewhere.

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Jez's 3 posts GB flag

11:48 PM

Mike, sorry, was going to put it, but didn't think it was needed.

DE55 7DG is my post code.

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