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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 27/11/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

Choose from three options: ■ List by multiplex ■ List by channel number ■ List by channel name

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

 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, 89 ITV4 +1, 91 WildEarth, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 35 others

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C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
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 Smithsonian Channel, 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 Christmas, 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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 Quest Red +1,  Classic Hits, 12 Quest, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 52 GREAT! christmas, 56 That's TV (UK), 61 GREAT! movies extra, 63 GREAT! christmas mix, 71 That’s 60s, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 83 Together TV, 84 PBS America, 235 Al Jazeera Eng, plus 20 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?

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.

Sunday, 12 March 2023
5:36 AM

Hi mate, I'm located in Burton on Trent approximately 22 miles from the SC transmitter. I order an ANTIFERENCE TCX18BK AERIAL 18 ELEMENT BK, from Amazon, but their seller sent me a group K (grey end) instead. My question is will now not get all the programs that I would have got if they had sent me a group B like asked for?

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Andy's 1 post GB flag

10:55 AM

Andy : Group K covers the entire UHF band that is in use for Freeview. Unless you have a very weak signal it should be fine.

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag

5:17 PM

Andy :

According to Antiference's data sheet the Group K has 0.7dBi more gain which is practically insignificant, but it should also help with rejection of interference from any unwanted mobile signals unlike the Group B which goes above C48 to C53. Mobile operators can now use frequencies above C49.

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Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Monday, 13 March 2023
Transmitter engineering

5:07 AM

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Transmitter engineering's 146,549 posts GB flag
Monday, 3 April 2023
Anthony Bowkett
9:49 AM

Hi I live in Kidderminster (DY10 1YD,) Can I receive signals from Sutton Coldfield? What aerial should I consider?

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Anthony Bowkett's 1 post GB flag
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2:18 PM

The answer is yes as long as you are on reasonably high ground and clear through to the north east .The strongest transmitter is Kidderminster, but is only free view lite!Other transmitters that may be usable is The Wrekin and Bromsgrove full free view in the north and north-east side of town.Ridge Hill is usable on high ground in central and Stourport Rd areas.
Best to put your postcode into checker,this is reasonably accurate!

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Aerialman's 140 posts GB flag

2:20 PM

Anthony Bowkett: You are predicted to receive a strong signal from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter. It's generally recommended to use a Group K or wideband type of aerial such as a log periodic which will receive the entire UHF channel 21 to 48 range used for Freeview. Any reputable aerial installer should be able to supply and fit something suitable.

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StevensOnln1's 3,567 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 18 April 2023
Phil Dalton
3:22 PM

Aerial is on roof on the longest pole providing maximum height without planning permission. CV35 9LX

Every mid-April the HD channel (40) loses signal strength and quality. Occasionally it will disappear altogether for a few days. This will go on until winter arrives when signal strength and quality will improve sufficiently to make the HD channels watchable.

Is there anything that can be done to keep the signal strength and quality at a watchable level.
Other channels measure a 10 out of 10 for signal quality and strength

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4:19 PM

Phil Dalton:

You didn't say what figures you were currently getting on C40.
The transmitter isn't currently listed for a Planned Engineering and I can't find any faults listed at this time.
In general I would have expected signal propagation to be slightly better now than in Winter and you are certainly predicted to get good signals from Sutton Coldfield for all 6 multiplexes.
Do you have any aerial amp/splitters to feed more than one TV?

The fact that you say you have signal strength 10 (& quality 10) for the other multiplexes leads me think there's a possibility you may have slightly too much signal and any overall improvement in signal with current weather conditions may lead to overloading of the tuner front end and hence a reduction in quality, in this case to the HD multiplex.

Does your aerial feed direct to this one TV or do you have an amp/splitter to feed more than one, if so, does it have a variable gain control?
If so, turn it down a touch, strength readings below 10 aren't really of any consequence (as long as they don't go too low!) it's Quality remaining at 10 (100%) that is important.

If you have an amp/splitter but no variable gain, the other thing you can try is unplug the aerial from it and connect it direct to the one TV feed (turn/power off the amp) and provide the readings for each UHF channel when connected like that.

if you don't have an amp/splitter, then maybe trying a variable attenuator might be worth a go. See for example eBay item number:310039226920

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Chris.SE's 3,917 posts GB flag
Tuesday, 2 May 2023
Transmitter engineering

10:08 AM

Sutton Coldfield transmitter - Sutton Coldfield transmitter: Possible effect on TV reception week commencing 01/05/2023 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels [DUK]

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