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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, plus 19 others

 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),

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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

 H max
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
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

tv_off Being removed from Freeview (for 5G use) after November 2020 / June 2022 - more
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.

Tuesday, 24 August 2021

11:44 PM

Steven Ernest Woolley:

A little more information could be useful!
When did you lose them, a full postcode so we can look at predicted reception at your locale and which transmitter(s) and multiplexes you might receive.
Whilst Sutton Coldfield is no longer listed for Planned Engineering, experience says that work might still be going on and the list may not be accurate.
I can't find any current listing of any faults nor any reported affecting the HD channels in the last 5 days.

There is also adverse weather conditions periodically affecting reception in some parts of the country resulting in interference because signals from other transmitters are traveling further.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
Friday, 27 August 2021
Tracey Loasby
11:40 AM

I recieve signal from Sutton Coldfield transmitter and wondered is there any way to find out when it will be sorted. As they were doing engineering works beg of August and altho its now off the list for works, i still have a reduced signal, 20% and not many channels, no HD at all. Sometimes around 10pm i lise the signal completely and have no channels at all. My tv upstairs was set up b4 the works so ive still got all my channels including HD channels but sometimes pic pixels and signal level is same as downstairs 1 but my tv downstairs is new and been trying to scan and get channels but as i said, not many channels and no HD channels. Any info when Sutton Coldfield will be up and back to normal would be great please. My postcode is WS15

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Tracey Loasby's 3 posts GB flag
Saturday, 28 August 2021

5:43 AM

Tracey Loasby:

In the TV tuning section, what signal strength and quality figures are showing for the Upstairs TV for each of the UHF channels it is tuned to?
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.

On your downstairs TV, you could try manual tuning on UHF channels C40 and C55 for the various HD channels, autotune sometimes misses weaker signals.

I replied to your previous query about the engineering here Sutton Coldfield (Birmingham, England) Full Freeview transmitter | free and easy now on the previous page.

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Tracey Loasby
9:53 AM

Chris.SE: Thank you for your reply. I will try the things you sugguested and see if that helps. From your experience and knowledge, would it be fair to say, that the works for Sutton Coldfield transmitter should all be over and finished by latest end of September, given that the works started beginning of August, so by then i should be back to normal and recieve all channels and full signal, just sos i know that if i still have problems with the signal end of September, i can get someone to check my ariel, (i dont want to pay for someone to check my ariel just yet, only to find that ive wasted my money because its the transmitter at fault not my ariel). Thank you again for your reply and your previous reply to my query last week.

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Tracey Loasby's 3 posts GB flag

1:34 PM

Tracey Loasby:

Quite understand about you not wanting to pay someone to check your aerial installation just yet, that's one of the reasons I've asked about the Signal Strength and Quality figures (or the Error count - set dependent) for each multiplex on your upstairs TV, these will give a better feel for what is going on, and maybe being able to offer some more detailed guidance.

It's impossible to say anything positive about the engineering work. Trying to get hold of appropriate people to get accurate information from Arqiva is no easy matter (rather than customer services type staff who may not be fully informed) and at present they rather have their hands full with the Bilsdale transmitter fire problem.
Works have been going on at a number of transmitter sites with new 5G installation preparations (that was going on when the Bilsdale fire occurred) and whilst no information has been made available (or may even be known yet) the cause of the fire may cause suspension of works elsewhere or slow it down, or maybe make no difference whatsoever to other transmitter work (it depends on the nature of the work).

If there are any changes to the information available, I'll certainly try and post the relevant information.

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag

1:37 PM

Tracey Loasby:

Sorry, forgot to mention, roughly how old is your aerial installation?

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Chris.SE's 4,081 posts GB flag
Monday, 6 September 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:23 AM

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 06/09/2021 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,949 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 September 2021
Transmitter engineering

11:23 AM

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 13/09/2021 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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Transmitter engineering's 148,949 posts GB flag
Friday, 24 September 2021
11:20 AM

Sutton coldfield 746Mhz all channels unwatchable for the last few days
It looks like the power is far too low - even our amplifier that produces nice clean 80% on
most channels at the moment can only do 40-48% with quality all over the place on BBC-4 etc
This is on multiple recievers all leads checked and boxes reset as advised.

Are they ever going to fix this permanently?

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jack's 1 post GB flag

11:45 AM


As per the post before yours, Sutton Coldfield had been on Planned Engineering and that work may not have been completed. As COM7 operates as an SFN, dependent on your location, your reception could be affected by other main transmitters with COM7 eg. Oxford and Ridge Hill both on Planned Engineering.
Just to compound matters, current weather conditions may be producing some disruption to signals as a result of interference from distant transmitters.
If you are still having issues after the weekend, please provide a full postcode so we can look at predicted reception in your locale.

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