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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 10/06/2024 Pixelation or flickering on some or all channels Digital tick

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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

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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

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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 ITV3 +1, 59 ITV4 +1, 64 Blaze, 67 TRUE CRIME, 68 TRUE CRIME XTRA, 78 TCC, 81 Blaze +1, 83 Together TV, 91 WildEarth, 93 ITVBe +1, 209 Ketchup TV, 210 Ketchup Too, 211 YAAAS!, 267 Al Jazeera English, plus 30 others

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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), 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
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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?

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

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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.

Friday, 6 May 2011
Ian Brown
2:20 PM

Mike D

Many thanks for your very positive response to my problem, it is much appreciated. It gives me a few things to be going at. The aerial and splitter that I have were installed a couple of years ago by a very reputable local aerial company. They also added an amplifier for the TV that is giving me the problems (I will try removing this to see what happens). I can always get back to them in the light of your suggestions to see if they can fix the problem.

What puzzles me though is that before the Nottingham changeover, both TVs tuned in to ALL of the Freeview channels, with excellent reception. It was only after the Nottingham transmitter switched that this problem began.

Yet I always thought that Kimberley was a relay for Sutton Coldfield (not Nottingham), and wondered if all the engineering works now taking place there might, in some way, be to blame.

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Mike Dimmick

5:04 PM

Ian Brown: Nottingham (Kimberley) was a relay of Waltham for analogue services. That is, it received the signal off-air from Waltham and rebroadcast it on different frequencies.

It wasn't possible to do this for digital as the signal from Waltham simply wouldn't reach that far (particularly as the power levels were originally half what they are now). Instead, Nottingham - serving a major town, significant for advertisers and to secure subscriptions for the original onDigital service - was fed independently by leased line, with satellite as a backup.

As it was fed independently, it was possible to switch Nottingham over before its former parent, or indeed any other transmitters in the region.

The fact that everything worked fine before switchover points to having too much signal. Amplifiers and tuners can only handle so much signal before distorting, and that distortion causes errors. The signal contains redundant information so that the box can correct many of those errors, but once the threshold amount of errors has been exceeded it can no longer correct them, and you get sound breaks and picture break-up.

Signal levels do vary naturally over time - this is nothing to do with the transmitter, all to do with signal propogation from the transmitter. This is why it can work sometimes, but not reliably.

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Mike Dimmick's 2,486 posts GB flag
9:32 PM

Had new digital aerial fitted with amplifier etc.Engineers stated due to distance from Sutton Coldfield area [I live in Studley, Warks and on busy A435] will get some interference. This is happening especially when traffic is bad and also when I put on certain electrical appliances. Lads said would be ok after September switchover, is this correct. Also bought cheao freeview box, would a better one help?

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Teresa's 2 posts GB flag

10:45 PM

Teresa: after switchover in September the signals will be 25 times stronger so yes the engineer is correct in saying that things will improve. You might find that you end up with too much signal and have to remove the amplifier.Although some models of freeview box claim to deal with interference better than others there is really no solution to the situation where the interference is stronger than the required signal.Positioning the aerial so that the house or chimney stack act as a screen to interference from traffic can help, and using good quality fly leads is essential when interference from household appliances or switches is a problem.A mains filter can help with interference within the home. You might decide it is better to wait a few weeks for switchover then see what the situation is like.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Saturday, 7 May 2011
Ian Brown
6:20 PM

Mike D

Thank you once again for your most informative, and interesting, reply to my last post.

I'm sure I'll soon have both TV sets running as they should, with the helpful advice you have given me.

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Ian Brown's 4 posts GB flag
9:57 PM

To KMJ Derby,
Thanks for your prompt and helpful advice
Kind Regards

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Sunday, 8 May 2011
James Mooney
11:26 AM

Mike D Many thanks for your response. BBC 4 is no problem, as is BBC Parliament which I believe is also Multiplex B. I live at Compton Verney which is about 8 miles east of Stratford upon Avon and aerial is inside a bell tower pointing at Sutton Coldfield. Should I try Lark Stoke direction? Perhaps that is the the interfering transmitter? I have tried unplugging aerial halfway through scan but that has made no difference. Perhaps current tech work at transmitter will resolve. Paying TopUp TV for an unobtainable service starts to hurt! Thanks, James

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3:36 PM

James Mooney:If you have lost Sky news, that is MuxC on C52+ and Sky Sports on MuxB (C51) suggests possible interference around C51/C52.Is the BBC4 that you are receiving definitely coming from Sutton Coldfield or have you stored channels from Lark Stoke Mux BBCA? Regarding the aerial when scanning for Sutton channels you need to leave the aerial unplugged for the first third of the scan to miss out Lark Stoke PSBs, then re-insert before C40 to cover the Sutton frequencies. It is very unlikely that you would be able to receive Sky Sports from Lark Stoke as you would need to receive Mux ArqB which is currently low power and not expected to serve your location until September.

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KMJ,Derby's 1,811 posts GB flag
Monday, 9 May 2011
5:52 PM

I have a freeview TV in my bedroom running off a new aerial located in my loft. I have had great reception up until last week and now unable to watch it as I have lots of interference and breaking up on all the channels. I have just purchased a booster and although it looks like BBC1 and BBC2 are now okay (up until now), all the other channels are much the same. Can you please advise. I live in Kitts Green, Birmingham B33 0AQ

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