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.
Are there any planned engineering works or unexpected transmitter faults on the Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) mast?
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.
1 BBC One (SD) West Midlands, 2 BBC Two England, 9 BBC Four, 201 CBBC, 202 CBeebies, 231 BBC News, 232 BBC Parliament, 250 BBC Red Button, plus 18 others 700 BBC Radio 1, 701 BBC Radio 1Xtra, 702 BBC Radio 2, 703 BBC Radio 3, 704 BBC Radio 4 (FM), 705 BBC Radio 5 Live, 706 BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 707 BBC Radio 6 Music, 708 BBC Radio 4 Extra, 709 BBC Asian Network, 710 BBC World Service, 719 BBC C&W (BBC local radio), 720 BBC H&W (BBC local radio), 721 BBC Shropshire (BBC local radio), 722 BBC WM (BBC local radio), 726 BBC Stoke (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Derby (BBC local radio), 735 BBC Gloucestershire (BBC local radio),
3 ITV (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, 25 ITV4, 29 E4 +1, 34 ITV +1 (Central west),
72 Shopping Quarter , 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, plus 1 others 65 TBN UK,
CCXTV, 12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 28 ITV2 +1, 31 5STAR, 32 Paramount Network, 41 GREAT! movies action, 45 Channel 5 +1, 55 5SELECT, 57 ITVBe +1, 58 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 63 Blaze, 66 CBS Reality, 68 Horror Channel, 73 Drama +1, 77 TCC, 80 Blaze +1, 203 CITV, 211 Ketchup TV, 212 YAAAS!, plus 15 others Racing TV, 16 QVC, 50 TJC, 95 Create and Craft, 252 Kiss Chat & Date, 253 Proud Dating, 263 SonLife, 264 VisionTV, 265 On Demand 365, 269 Arise News, 670 ADULT Section (start), 680 ADULT Xpanded2, 724 Capital, 727 Absolute Radio, 728 Heart,
11 Sky Arts, 17 Really, 19 Dave, 30 4Music, 35 pick, 39 Quest Red, 42 Food Network, 46 Film4 +1, 47 Challenge, 48 4seven, 56 Smithsonian Channel, 69 Quest +1, 74 Yesterday +1, 82 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 9 others 44 Gems TV, 85 Craft Store TV, 673 ADULT smileTV3, 678 Xpanded TV, 723 talkSPORT, 730 RNIB Connect, 731 Classic FM, 732 LBC, 733 Trans World Radio,
23 Dave ja vu, 26 Yesterday, 33 GREAT! movies, 38 DMAX, 40 CBS Justice, 43 HGTV, 67 CBS Drama, 81 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 234 RT, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 18 others ADULT smileTV2, 22 Ideal World, 36 QVC Beauty, 37 QVC Style, 71 Shopping Quarter, 206 Pop, 674 ADULT Babestn, 679 ADULT Studio 66, 699 ADULT Section, 711 Hits Radio, 712 KISS FRESH, 713 KISS, 714 KISSTORY, 715 Magic, 716 Greatest Hits Radio, 717 Kerrang!, 718 Smooth Radio, 725 Premier Radio,
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,
Together TV +1, Merit, 64 FreeSports, 70 Quest Red +1, 76 Now 70s, 86 More4 +1, 87 PBS America +1, 89 Court TV, 96 Forces TV, 106 BBC Four HD, 107 BBC News HD, 113 RT HD, 114 Quest HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 2 others 111 QVC HD, 112 QVC Beauty HD,
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?
BBC Midlands Today 2.9m homes 10.9%
from Birmingham B1 1RF, 15km south-southwest (200°)
to BBC West Midlands region - 66 masts.
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?
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|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
Sony Movies Christmas (a seasonal rename of Sony Movies Classic) is transmitted on Local Multiplexes. Sony chose to move a number of their channels to Local multiplexes over a year ago. (See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex).
Local multiplexes are only transmitted from a limited number of transmitters serving large urban centres of population and the signals are generally beamed to those areas at a lower power, but the transmission mode helps improve coverage (but it reduces bandwidth - space for the number of channels).
Transmitter powers (of all multiplexes) are set to try and give the best coverage of the areas they serve under normal conditions, without causing interference to other transmitters that have to use the frequencies.
Sutton Coldfield has 2 frequencies for the Local multiplex (most only have one!), C48 at 10kW which is beamed SW (towards Birmingham) and C36 at 1kW beamed N to cover Lichfield and surrounding districts.
Unfortunately you are slightly too far to the west as well as some distance away and if you are on the Stafford side of your locale, reception may not be as good. The Freeview Detailed Coverage Checker predicts some very variable reception of the Local multiplex for you as a consequence, whilst still giving very good reception of the main multiplexes. You may find reception of the Local multiplex varies maybe throughout the day or is quite weather dependent.
Whilst you have 6% Signal strength, it's the Quality figure that's a lot more important, if that is 0%, then you are probably wasting time and money trying to do anything about it (too much interference on the channel - but do check you haven't got any equipment with RF outputs such as older VCRs, game Consoles etc. that are set anywhere near C36. If you have, try resetting to C60 or above).
If you don't have 0% Quality, whilst you could try boosting the signal with an amplifier, as you have 100% signal on the other multiplexes, you are in danger of having too much signal for the other multiplexes which could cause front end overload and reduced sensitivity, as well as pixellation and/or sound breakup.
If you choose to try that option you should use one that has variable gain or use a variable attenuator between the amplifier and TV set to help ensure that you can reduce the signal to prevent overload - which of course might mean you still don't have a satisfactory signal for the local multiplex!
I'd suggest that you monitor your signal on C36 and if the Quality figure is reasonable (as well as maybe a slightly better Signal strength) for a reasonable amount of time, it may be worth a go, but I'm doubtful.
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Why are we constantly getting signal interference the picture keeps breaking up so nights can't understand a word they are saying pixels flashing everywhere I live at cv3 5nl and my mother has the same problem she lives at cv3 6pf this started a two a month ago this happens most day now
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Whilst you are well within the coverage area, you aren't in the best of locations for really good reception especially of the COM multiplexes. Your mother is better located and should have good reception except for COM7 where it'll probably be variable. Which channels are you having problems with?
See Channel listings for Industry Professionals | Freeview for which channels are on which multiplex. Check that other channels on the same multiplex(es) as the ones you have a problem with have the same issues.
Have you changed anything in your installations?
Neither Freeview nor the BBC are reporting any current transmitter problems and there's currently no Planned Engineering listed. There was Planned Engineering back in November with "Possible weak signal" and if you retuned or your set auto-retuned when you have no signal or badly pixellated pictures (never a good idea as it often clears correct tuning) it's possible you might have got tuned to another transmitter with poorer signals as several can be received in your area (but not as well as Sutton Coldfield).
So it's worth checking in your TV's tuning section that you are tuned to the correct UHF channels for Sutton Coldfield. All the multiplexes are C43, C46, C40+, C42, C45, C39+, C55, C36/C48 that's in the order BBCA/PSB1, D3&4/PSB2, BBCB HD/PSB3, SDN/COM4, ArqA/COM5, ArqB/COM6, COM7 and Local L-BRM.
Any aerial or cable degradation will also affect reception (not necessarily always affecting all multiplexes) so I would check that your aerial seems intact and pointing in the correct direction - bearing 317/8 degrees (~NW) and that your downlead looks undamaged (especially if it is old, and not flapping in the wind). Also check all your coax plugs, connections, flyleads etc, unplug connectors check for corrosion or other problems and reconnect them. Flyleads are a common problem, try swapping/changing them. See what signal strengths and quality you are getting for the multiplexes (groups of channels) shown in your TV's tuning section.
Problematic connections, water ingress etc. can seem to affect reception of just an individual or several multiplexes.
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Again Sutton Coldfield is currently listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal" so it's quite likely this may be the cause of the problem you are seeing. If you provide a full postcode, we may be able to comment further.
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I have noticed over the last few weeks that the quality of HD transmissions from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter has been diminishing. HD channels became pixelated initially at the weekends only, but now pixelation occurs every day, meaning only SD channels can be watched.
I have just retuned, before writing these comments, with the following results in terms of signal quality:-
Ch39 = 1, Ch42 = 10, Ch43 = 10, Ch45 = 1,Ch46 = 5, Ch55 = 1
Having retuned, if I select BBC1 HD or ITV1 HD the screen displays a message stating that the channel does not exist. Prior to the reduction of signal quality I had noticed that for the above HD channels the signal quality = 7.
My postcode is CV35 9LX
Something needs to be done on the transmitter to return signal quality of the HD channels.
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The Sutton Coldfield transmitter has for several recent weeks been listed for Planned Engineering with "Possible weak signal", so it's highly probable that is the reason for what you have been seeing. The BBCB HD/PSB2 multiplex is on UHF C40 from Sutton Coldfield, which in light of your comments is unsurprisingly missing from your list.
(The full list of multiplexes is in my post above on p310, 26tyh Dec.). You are not predicted to get the Local L-BRM multiplex at your location (doesn't mean your won't!), your aerial should be pointing at a bearing of 339 degrees (~NNW) rods/squashed x's horizontal.
The transmitter isn't listed this week, but that doesn't mean that some work may not be continuing, we've seen many cases where the lists have not be accurate. No faults are currently listed.
Try a manual retune on UHF C40.
Also worth checking all your coax plugs and connections, make sure your downlead isn't flapping in the wind etc. Also check that you don't have any HDMI leads close to any aerial or flyleads, especially if the aerial and flyleads aren't high quality double screened types. HDMI is known to sometimes cause interference, especially to C55 (COM7)
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