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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.

MuxH/VFrequencyHeightModeWatts
PSB1
BBCA
 H max
C43 (650.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
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, plus 19 others

PSB2
D3+4
 H max
C46 (674.0MHz)433mDTG-200,000W
Channel icons
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?

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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

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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, 25 May 2011
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Mike Dimmick
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3:11 PM

Andrew: The early HD broadcasts really had to be crammed in, so the radiation pattern is restricted. Based on the position of the transmitting aerials - half-way down the south face of the Lichfield mast - the intent was to serve Birmingham only.

The full service available after switchover is expected to be transmitted in all directions, and you should be able to get it then.

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Barry Elkington
10:55 PM
Coventry

Continued from yesterday.
Thanks for the help so far.

Have now removed the video player and read all the information on the Sutton Coldfield transmitter.
Reception on most channels is perfect.
Mux D, with ITV4 and Film4, is better but still breaks up from time to time.
Given the age of the aerial it looks as though it is a Group B one and is currently struggling to pick up the out of band transmission of ITV4 and Film4.
However, am I correct in thinking that when the digital switchover completes in September then ITV4 and Film4 will fall within the band that the aerial can receive properly ?



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Thursday, 26 May 2011
Transmitter engineering
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4:34 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 09:52 on 24 May to 17:51 on 24 May BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 09:51 on 24 May to 17:51 on 24 May [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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4:34 AM

SUTTON COLDFIELD transmitter - Analogue BBC ONE Weak Signal; DSO related from 09:52 on 24 May to 17:51 on 24 May BBC TWO Weak Signal; DSO related from 09:51 on 24 May to 17:51 on 24 May [BBC] Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally, Radio (analogue) Possible weak signal, Radio (digital) working normally. [DUK]

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Briantist
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8:06 AM

Barry Elkington: Yes, that is correct.

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Barry Elkington
10:53 AM
Coventry

Briantist, thank you for your help. I shall now stop worrying about it and look forward to September.

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Friday, 27 May 2011
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David
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1:36 PM

How does one reconcile the statements from Sutton Coldfield transmitter news (top of the page) where on the one hand

"Over the next week Sutton Coldfield main transmitter: TV (analogue) Possible weak signal, TV (digital) working normally..."

On the other hand, effective power level for mux 2 and A is 'low' ????

Since I cannot get a sensible picture from nux 2 or A most of the time (B43), I believe the latter, not the former.

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Mike Dimmick
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3:39 PM

David: effective power level for Mux 2 and A is always 'low'. It's a consequence of the fact that they never changed mode after ITV Digital failed in 2002. Mux 1, B, C and D changed to a mode roughly equivalent to increasing the power by 2-2.5x, without causing any increase in interference to analogue transmissions (primarily those from Emley Moor). The cost was about 25% of the capacity on each multiplex.

The bars shown against each multiplex indicate the normal situation. When there is engineering work, Digital UK only report 'possible weak signal' and don't tell us exactly when and by how much the signal is to be reduced.

At switchover, power levels are 25 times higher and there is no longer a clash with Emley Moor. All SD multiplexes will use the same mode as Mux 2 and A do now.

The BBC did recommend that all six multiplexes changed mode, but ITV and Channel 4, who run Mux 2/D3&4, and S4C, who then ran Mux A, were not required to do so and decided to maintain the higher capacity at the cost of coverage. (ITV Digital had only operated Mux B, C and D. Freeview Ltd doesn't operate anything, it's a PR organization only.).

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Briantist
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3:40 PM

David: They are both correct, the output levels are normal as shown. Please see Two frequency interference
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