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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?

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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, 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
Channel icons
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?

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, 11 July 2019

1:50 PM

Richard Harris:

Yes, there is a local mux from Sutton Coldfield. There's another on UHF36.
Put your postcode into Digital UK - Coverage checker to see what you are likely to receive.

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Chris.SE's 3,678 posts GB flag
Friday, 12 July 2019
Richard Harris
8:23 AM

Okay so when is the channel/ mux information above going to be updated

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11:43 PM

Richard Harris:

I guess when the site owner has time to update it all. It's no mean feat keeping the information for all the transmitters around the country up-to-date. He's also found some bugs in some of his scripts which isn't helping!

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Thursday, 1 August 2019
douglas page
7:49 AM

what channel no: do I use for itv midlands today @6 pm . iam in the ST8 7dh area sot thankyou

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Friday, 2 August 2019

7:47 AM

douglas page:

The trouble with your location is that it's on the periphery of the Central & Granada regions where the best reception is supposedly from the Winter Hill transmitter. ie not ITV Midlands Today at 6pm. and no reception from Sutton Coldfield according to the Digitaluk checker at Digital UK - Coverage checker
Whilst there is a Central region repeater (Fenton - low power & requires aerial with vertical polarisation) with "some very limited" predicted coverage at your postcode BUT other than the BBCB/PSB3 HD mux that coverage will disappear next year as other transmitters change channels as part of the 700Mhz clearance and this results in interference so the signals become unusable, so not recommended.

There are some areas to the east & west of you that can supposedly get Sutton Coldfield, from the information that I can currently see, you are in a slightly hilly area so it will depend on the precise geography surrounding you as to what you MIGHT get.

The D3&4 Mux (multiplex) that carries ITV might be receivable from several transmitters but may not be reliable from several. They are as follows (with UHF channel & approximate bearing) -
Fenton - C27 ~due S (179) low power 2kW aerial vertical polarisation
Sutton Coldfield - C46 ~E of S (160) high power 200kW aerial horizontal
The Wrekin - C23 ~W of S (208) med power 20kW aerial horizontal
Winter Hill - C59 (changing next year) ~W of N (337) high power 100kW aerial horizontal.

All the above transmit all multiplexes & you'll need a Group T or Wideband aerial to get all. If you are not bothered with the temporary muxes COMs 7&8 then if you particularly want Sutton Coldfield a group B aerial might be best and it's the strongest transmitter. You will clearly need to play around a bit with your aerial to see what you may get. HTH.

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Monday, 7 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

2:32 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:17 today to 11:18 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:17 today to 11:18 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:17 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 11:17 today to 12:00 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air from 11:17 today. [BBC]

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Transmitter engineering

5:30 PM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:17 today to 11:18 today. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:17 today to 11:18 today, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:17 today to 11:18 today, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 11:17 today to 12:00 today, Radio 4 FM Off Air from 11 [BBC]

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019
Transmitter engineering

4:29 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - DAB: BBC National DAB Radio Off Air from 11:17 yesterday to 11:18 yesterday. FM: Radio 1 FM Off Air from 11:17 yesterday to 11:18 yesterday, Radio 2 FM Off Air from 11:17 yesterday to 11:18 yesterday, Radio 3 FM Off Air from 11:17 yesterday to 12:00 yeste [BBC]

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