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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-3200,000W
Channel icons
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

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-3200,000W
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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, 26 ITV4, 30 E4 +1, 35 ITV +1 (Central west),

PSB3
BBCB
 H max
C40+ (626.2MHz)433mDTG-6200,000W
Channel icons
56 5SELECT, 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, 106 BBC Four HD, 109 BBC Three HD, 204 CBBC HD, 205 CBeebies HD, plus 1 others

COM4
SDN
 H max
C42 (642.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
12 Quest, 20 Drama, 21 5USA, 29 ITV2 +1, 32 5STAR, 33 5Action, 41 Legend, 42 GREAT! movies action, 46 Channel 5 +1, 58 ITVBe +1, 59 ITV3 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 CBS Reality, 74 Dave ja vu, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 89 ITV4 +1, 203 CITV, 208 POP MAX, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, plus 15 others

COM5
ArqA
 H max
C45 (666.0MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
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, 57 Smithsonian Channel, 60 Drama +1, 70 Quest +1, 75 Yesterday +1, 83 Together TV, 233 Sky News, plus 8 others

COM6
ArqB
 H max
C39+ (618.2MHz)433mDTG-8200,000W
Channel icons
 FreeSports, 25 W, 27 Yesterday, 34 GREAT! movies, 39 DMAX, 44 HGTV, 71 Quest Red +1, 73 HobbyMaker, 82 Talking Pictures TV, 84 PBS America, 88 Classic Hits, 235 Aljazeera English, plus 19 others

LB
 H -13dB
C51 (714.0MHz)433mDTG-1210,000W
Channel icons
from 31st October 2014: 7 Big Centre TV,

com7
 H -3.5dB
C55 (746.0MHz)433mDTG-689,200W
Channel icons


DTG-3 64QAM 8K 2/3 24.1Mb/s DVB-T MPEG2
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?

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
Wednesday, 13 April 2011
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C. Welch
12:54 PM
Dudley

I have lost all my BBC channels on my digital tv, tried, first installation tune and re-tuning etc., not very technically minded, so some of the solutions I have read seem very complicated, does it need to go back to the shop ???? My postcode is DY2 0DJ and my aerial is on the roof, this has been working perfectly before and nothing has been changed.

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Mike Dimmick
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4:25 PM

C. Welch: It's most likely that you're using the Brierley Hill relay, where there is engineering work today. Wait until 6pm and see if comes back.

If you are using the relay, the aerial's rods will be going up-and-down rather than side-to-side. Brierley Hill is south-west of you, while Sutton Coldfield is to the north-east.

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Mike Dimmick
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4:26 PM

C. Welch: and if you are using Brierley Hill, you will probably need to retune again after 6pm, because your TV will now have forgotten where all the channels are.

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Paul Bertenshaw
6:33 PM
Ashby-de-la-zouch

I live in Ashby de la Zouch LE65 post code and prefer East Midlands Today local news as it is more relevant than the local news from the Sutton Coldfield transmitter, ie:- mainly news from the West Midlands inc Birmingham.
Will we have the option of continuing to receive East Midlands Today from switchover in September, even though apparently we come under the Sutton Coldfield transmitter area? Do we to choose between receiving local news from an area that we don't live in & accept that the signal will be weaker, or choose the stronger signal strength but irrelevant local news option? If that is the case, what happened to free choice?!

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KMJ,Derby
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7:54 PM

Paul Bertenshaw: If you currently enjoy good analogue reception from the Waltham transmitter you should still be able to receive the BBC East Midlands service after switchover. The Digital UK postcode checker currently shows Waltham as offering the best Freeview service, after switchover Sutton Coldfield has good reception for all muxes and Waltham good reception on the PSB muxes and variable reception on the COM muxes. If this gives any signal problems 2 aerials can be installed to receive all required signals.

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Bob
8:34 PM
Dudley

I started having problems with freeview reception yesterday. Live in DY2 8AN (same area as C.Welch above and live in an apartment block with communal aerial) and have generally had around 70-75% signal strength and quality. Since I got home yesterday, signal strength has been 25-50% with a lot of errors, causing break-up of all channels (analogue worse as well). Got worse today and have re-tuned several times on 2 digital TV's and checked all cables, etc. After re-tune I am picking up Gloucestershire transmitter as well (normally just get "West Midlands") - which has lead me to suspect the aerial has moved, could this be the problem or is it the Brierley Hill transmitter engineering works ? Any help appreciated - thanks !

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Bob's 2 posts GB
Thursday, 14 April 2011
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Bob
10:58 AM

Many thanks Briantist for your response. As this wasn't an issue before Tuesday, could it be that the aerial has moved and caused the pick-up of another transmitter (then I can get the building managers to come and look at it) ?

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Christopher Pugh
11:51 AM

Briantist: I've no doubt that a more modern set-top box will work correctly. I was hoping to make this one last until the elderly cathode ray tube TV to wich it is connected needs replacing.The Alba box is now working OK.

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