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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?

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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
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),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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

LB
 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?

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
VHFB E TB E TB E TB E K TW T
C4BBCtvwaves
C33com7
C35com8
C36LOCAL2
C39+ArqBArqB
C40BBC2wavesBBC2wavesBBC2waves+BBCBBBCB
C42SDNSDN
C43ITVwavesITVwavesITVwavesBBCABBCA
C45ArqAArqA
C46BBC1wavesBBC1wavesBBC1wavesD3+4D3+4
C48_local
C50tv_offC4wavesC4wavesC4waves
C51tv_offLB
C55tv_offcom7tv_off
C56tv_offCOM8tv_off

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
Table shows multiplexes names see this article;
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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.

Comments
Saturday, 9 April 2011
J
Jez
11:52 PM

BBC signal just gone again (no signal screen).

The brilliant picture I had lasted all of 50 minutes!!


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Sunday, 10 April 2011
M
Martin
12:01 AM
Whitchurch

I retuned again 20 mins ago, still watching BBC1, but like Jez, waiting for it to suddenly fail....

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Pete Mitchell
11:50 AM

Whats with BBC freeview constantly going on and off this morning 10/04/2011? Its getting to be a little annoying. Sutton Coldfield transmitter.

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Mr.R.Herbert
4:49 PM

Dear Sir/Madam, DY130AS
I cannot get rid of the wrong date--27 03--which is being shown on BOTH my video recorders.I have correctly reset the clock/date etc.,but when I check a few hours later,I find the
wrong date again.Hence programmes cannot be timed properly to record. Where is the information transmitted from?
I hope you can help me with this problem.
Yours
R.J.Herbert

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Monday, 11 April 2011
Briantist
sentiment_very_satisfiedOwner

6:01 AM

Mr.R.Herbert: Can you provide some more information about the make and models of your equipment please?

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Briantist
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6:10 AM

Pete Mitchell: No such thing has happened, I would see Freeview intermittent interference | ukfree.tv - independent free digital TV advice .

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Tuesday, 12 April 2011
C
Christopher Pugh
10:02 AM
Derby

Location: DE23 2LG (Derby)
Alba STB8 box, software version 3.4.2 (with teletext EPG). I can receive all multiplexes from both Sutton Coldfield and Waltham. I use Sutton, because signal strength is better.

I had the same trouble as Martin on April 6th, with the loss of BBC channels and their reappearance in the 800 series. I have spent hours experimenting and now have the channels back in the right order and with the correct channel numbers.

This is what I did: I carried out a first time installation procedure but removed the aerial plug from the box when the Waltham channels were being scanned, reinserting it when the Sutton Coldfield channels were scanned. Thus the aerial was in place for channels 41 44 47 51 52 and 55 and was withdrawn for channels 23 29 33 42 45 and 49. When the scan had finished, the teletext EPG attempted to load. I immediately terminated the load and selected the channel list from the menu.From this list I selected BBC2, one of the channels which was affected by the problem. (This previously disappeared after 3 minutes, being renumbered as channel 800). 15 minutes later it had not disappeared. I went through the channel list deleting those which I did not want. I exited the menu and all the BBC channels were numbered and ordered correctly. Later the channel change list appeared saying that 19 channels had been added. These were not in the 800 series but were the reappearance of channels that I had just deleted. I deleted these again. The same cycle happened several times but eventually by repeated deletion, these channels disappeared permanently. The channels are still correctly displayed today. The only problem is that the teletext EPG fails to load at 3 am and an error message appears when the box is first used. I have some ideas as to how this might be overcome but have not tried them yet.


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Briantist
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2:39 PM

Christopher Pugh: You might find that a more modern set-top box will work correctly.

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Wednesday, 13 April 2011
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Jetuk2000
9:00 AM

In B75 we have no analogue at all and only 14 digital channels such as Russia Today, Yesterday etc (nothing of much use!). How can we fix this?

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